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Bruce David Bain

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tyler, TX

3.9   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

I am board certified in family law and also a credentialed mediator that focuses my practice solely on family law cases. I care for clients in divorces, child support, child custody, modifications, prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, grand parent visitation and paternity. I am well versed in both interstate disputes as well as international conventions regarding children. Call or email me so we may discuss how I may help you in your individual case.

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Law Offices of Bruce D. Bain

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Brenna | June 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience in a Difficult Time
Bruce was extremely helpful and knowledgeable during a difficult time. He was able to help me negotiate with the best terms possible, for my exact situation. I highly recommend him to anyone going through family law of any kind.
Posted by Shelly Stephens | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family law attorney
My husband and I hired Bruce to handle a long stressful and drawn out family law case in Rusk County. I had very little patience by then and I am sure he could tell. Bruce was fair and honest with us. He was patient with me even when I got upset over things I didn't always understand or when I would overthink and drown him with repetitive questions. I needed constant reassurance and I wasn't the easiest client to work with. Bruce was always patient, reassuring and he quickly came to a favorable solution for our case. He is extremely knowledgeable in family law and he and his staff are top-notch! We are at peace now and we have Bruce and his staff to thank for that! Hire this guy! You will be very glad you did!
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Posted by Sean | December 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding family law litigator
Bruce is at the top of his field. I know him from the perspective of a client, and also as his opponent in court. He is very knowledgeable and highly experienced. I know when I see him on the other side of a case, I am facing a skilled and prepared counterpart. I've been trying cases for 27 years, and I chose Bruce to help me when I needed representation. He coordinated with me and made sure to do what we needed, but no more. He got great results for a very reasonable fee. I could not be more pleased at the job he did.
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Posted by Marty | December 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding, honest and helpful
I reached out to Mr. Bain from WA state as I was sued for divorce by my Ex from NC.. to say the least,Mr. Bain was upfront and let me know my unique situation was out of his being able to represent me. 'Equitable settlement of property' as its called in NC. He has guided me and provided much needed direction, and is greatly appreciated for his knowledge and time. My own lawyer in NC, Ben Holloman Jr. of Roxboro had not responded in over 2 years since divorce was already final, and I found out by accident, he had signed a court order in August of 2019 directing the sale of our former home in Flint. With Mr. Bain's guidance, I was able to contact cpurt clerk to validate, and know a follow up date is due in January 2010. Again, the BEST lawyer I have ever talked to! Highly recommended to anyone needing his legal expertise. and I wiah him all the Best!
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Posted by Chace | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING Work and Dedication!!
After having a horrible experience with two other attorneys full of excuses and not fight in a previous case I wasn't excited when me and my wife had to hire another one for a small issue that came up. Boy was I glad she hired Bain!! He fought for us even when we didn't want to anymore, and HE WON!!! Hard nose and stands for what is right!! Will never think twice about hiring or recommending anyone else! He was awesome which is an experience we haven't had before we met him!
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Posted by Carla | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Bruce Bain-he's the best family law attorney!!
I highly recommend Bruce Bain for any family law issue anyone may be facing. This is not a paid advertisement. He successfully handled my family law case which first required transferring the case from Dallas to Tyler and then filed a law suit to enforce the child support orders since my son's father refused to pay child support for many years. I had been owed a lot of money so there was a lot at risk and I didn't want to just trust any attorney in town. Bruce Bain was recommended to me by my boss, who is also an attorney, so the fact that Bruce Bain came highly recommended by his peer meant a lot to me. Bruce Bain is known in this community for his success and for being a great guy so I put my faith in him. I knew that my boss, who knew almost every attorney in town and whom I trust, would not steer me wrong. And he was right. Bruce Bain successfully fought for my rights, getting me every penny I was owed. From the initial meeting he showed me that he really cares about his clients, and he is impressively intelligent. He had all the characteristics I was looking for in an attorney-caring, not afraid to pursue court action, and he kept my case moving forward. He instinctively knew what was required to get the job done and compassionately guided me throughout the process. When the stakes are high it is important to get the best lawyer, whether it is about money, children, or your family. There are good attorneys out there but if you want the best one on your side you should hire Bruce Bain. Bruce Bain came highly recommended to me, and for good reason-he's the best. My case is actual proof he is great at his job and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a family law attorney for any reason, especially someone who needs to take that step towards getting the child support they are owed!!!
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Posted by Patrick | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best and hardest working attorney in TYLER TX!
Bruce has been exceptional through out my divorce. He listens and keeps you calm through out the whole process. Affordable and worth his time! There’s really not much more to say about Bruce. Honest, knowledgeable, solid integrity, great attorney glad I hired him!!
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
I hired Bruce Bain to help me with issues that I was having related to my ex-husband's threatening behavior directed at myself and my child and his refusal to pay court-ordered child support. Bruce was very professional and worked very hard to obtain an outcome that was in the best interest of my child. I highly recommend him!!!
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Posted by Amanda | April 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pleased
Excellent lawyer. He got us in very last minute for a consultation. He also stayed late to help us. Highly Recommend!
Posted by Marie | February 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Bruce Bain did an amazing job on my case! He was always very reassuring and knowledgeable I am very happy with his work. Its great to find an attorney who has a good disposition yet doesn’t back down. I would hire him again in a heartbeat if ever needed!
Posted by Brad | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Stars is not enough!!
I hired Bruce Bain on the spot after meeting with several other family lawyers in the East Texas area. After my initial consultation it was obvious that Mr. Bain and his paralegal, Kristen Eargle, stood far above any others that I had met with. Both Bain and Eargle were highly professional, honest, understanding and knowledgeable. Throughout my civil process Bain and Eargle continuously exceeded all of my expectations. I am forever grateful for everything they did and I have the utmost respect for them both. I highly recommend Bruce Bain to anyone searching for a Family Law Lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Bruce and his team met and exceeded my expectations at every opportunity. I would highly recommend anyone needing an attorney for family law to work with this outstanding law office.
Posted by One Happy Dad | August 14, 2014
Very Knowledgeable and Highly Recommend!
Out of state father who needed help on Family Law issues. Contacted Bruce and he clearly has a extensive knowledge on out of state custody issues. Hired him last minute (day before filings were due) and both he and his paralegal Shauna took action and got responses filled on time. Communication was great I was well informed with every aspect or development that took place despite being two states away. With his knowledge and know how my ex was forced to come back to the home state of our original agreement, which has now allowed me to see my daughter on a regular basis. Definitely Recommend!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2009
Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, and Fair
I consulted several lawyers before retaining Mr. Bruce Bain for my divorce attorney. Mr. Bain has been practicing family law for 14 years, was recognized as an Outstanding Young Lawyer, and specialized in family law; working with contested divorces. I felt like he had the experience and knowledge I was looking for in an exceptional lawyer. Every time I entered or spoke to his office I felt he and his paralegal were both extremely professional. They were both well prepared and prompt at returning all of my phone calls and emails. Mr. Bain guided me through the legal system and was thorough in disputing the case. He was knowledgeable in all aspects, trustworthy and honest. Mr. Bain went above and beyond what a typical lawyer would. I will forever be appreciative of all his hard work and dedication to my divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2007
Lawyer You Can Trust
I would recommend Mr. Bain if you want an attorney who is professional and great at practising family law. Child custody cases are extremely emotional and to have an attorney who cares but remains detached in order to provide you with a "winning" case is very important. I think Mr. Bain does just that, provides a "winning" case. Mr. Bain makes you think that you are his only client as he is very attentive to your case on a daily basis. I am grateful to have had a great lawyer for such an important family matter and he literally saved a child's life, what more can I say.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2007
One you can trust
Divorce can be bitter and nasty. Add a custody battle, and it is a nightmare. When I hired Mr. Bain to represent me, he was compassionate, hard working, professional and most importantly, honest. He anticipated my legal needs and dealt with them as though they were his own. When I need advice, he is the one that I will continue to use.
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Posted by Brandon | May 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Piece of crap
I hired him for a simple case last year he would respond to emails never worked on my case and stole 3500 from plus all my documents he wouldn’t give back
Posted by Lindsay | March 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want to throw your money basically out the window hire Bruce
Not a good attorney. Does not return phone calls or emails. Literally didn’t hear from him for a stint of 6 months. I hired him to handle a very simple case. I literally got nothing. Took my money and did not do anything he said. 3500 dollars down the drain. Do not hire this man.
Posted by Shirley | October 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Befuddled
I went to Bruce Bain on September 23, 2020, to seek a divorce due to legal ramifications with estate not for the usual reasons. He was so nice and caring on day one, but then after numerous calls to both him and his paralegal there were no returned calls 10/2/20. Paralegal had Covid 19, which I understood and made apptmt for 11/4/20. Bain was in the office so talked with him butt they had misplaced some of my documents that I needed for another matter. Still have not found them as 10/ 20/21. Nothing from them from 1/4 meeting until 2/21/21. They would not return calls. On 4/13/21, I finally used a friends phone with unknown number and Bruce answered. Told me he was on a Zoom call and would call back around 2:30PM CST same day. No call back. They had requested my 2020 IRS tax receipts which I dropped by their office and instructed them to not send to CPA in NM. After numerous calls from 5/6/21 thru 6/2/21 finally got paralegal and demanded my tax receipts so I could file tax return. Luckily, they had scanned and she emailed to me and I rushed to my Local TX CPA to file tax return on this last day. No contact with Bain from 6/10/21 thru 8/24/21. My husband passed away on 8/20/21 and I tried to called Bain and had to leave a VM to tell until 8/24/21 when Bain called that he had stopped divorce proceedings. He told me when I retrieved my documents from his office on 9/30/21 he would be sending me a refund after expenses were deducted. This is 10/20/21 and I've still heard nothing from his office. Sending a registered letter via USPS 10/21/2021 requesting refund immediately.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family matter
Did not explain the law and how it applied to my case. Seemed distracted and hard to reach. Results were not good - it’s been several months and I still regret hiring him
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Bruce D. Bain, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, PC
  • 1998 - 2016

Education

  • The Dispute Resolution Training Institute
  • Credentialed Mediator
  • 2008
  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford
  • B.B.A
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • ITIO Julian Phillips
  • Trial Court's Judgment affirmed
  • Metcalfe v. Metcalfe
  • Trial Court's Judgment affirmed for my client

Associations

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2016
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Director
  • 2004 - 2007
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2000 - 2004
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Most Litigated Cases Handled Award
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • 2017
  • Smith County Volunteer Mentor of the Year
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • 2014
  • Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Silver Key Award
  • 1994
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Publications

  • The College Bulletin
  • The Old Becomes New - Reimbursement
  • 2011
  • ATLA Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Texas Cases - Recent Developments
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law - 2105
  • Handling Client Funds, Trust Accounts, IOLTA and Trust Accounts
  • 2015
  • Summer School
  • Important Provisions to be Included in a SAPCR
  • 2014
  • Marriage Dissolution Seminar
  • Guardianship and the Divorce Client
  • 2014
  • Advance Family Law
  • Handling Client Funds, Trust Accounts and IOLTA
  • 2014
  • Marriage Dissolution Seminar
  • Inventory & Appraisement
  • 2013
  • Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know:
  • Family Law
  • 2012
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Paternity and Paternity Fraud
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Seminar
  • Post Divorce Medical Benefits
  • 2012
  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Child Support: Statutory and Contractual
  • 2012
  • Advanced Family Law Seminar
  • Getting What You Want Through Negotiation
  • 2012
  • Advance Family Law
  • Advanced Negotiation
  • 2012
  • Parent Child Relationships
  • Child Support in the Failing Economy
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono CLE
  • Evidence - Getting It In & Keeping It Out
  • 2008
  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Economic Torts in Divorce Action
  • 2008
  • Texas College for Judicial Studies
  • Economic Contribution and Valuation
  • 2007
  • Rural Association for Court Administration
  • Ethics: Paralegal & Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Parent Child Relationship Course
  • Child Custody
  • 2007
  • Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp
  • Ethics: Paralegals and You
  • 2007
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook
  • Post Judgment Issues
  • 2006
  • Family Law Basic Training
  • Motions in Limine
  • 2005
  • Advanced Family Law
  • When Disaster Strikes
  • 2005
  • Child Support Accountability Program
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • 2003
  • Family Law Monthly Meeting
  • Economic Contribution
  • 2002
  • East Texas Heads of School
  • Family Law and Employment Issues
  • 2002
  • Pro Bono Project
  • Modification of Custody
  • 2001
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • The New Discovery Rules
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (9)
Endorse Bruce
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is an exceptionally gifted attorney. He has a reputation in the legal community that is above reproach. I highly recommend him and endorse him without any reservation."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bruce Bain is a fearsome opponent who possesses a brilliant mind, demonstrates compassion for every client and brings a passion for law and justice to bear in every matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is an outstanding attorney who cares about representing his clients. You will not find an attorney who is more professional or thorough in his representation of his clients. Bruce was President of the Smith County Bar Association while I was a Director."

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Tyler Divorce and separation Lawyer Bruce David Bain
Bruce David Bain
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tyler, TX
Licensed for 29 years