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Stephen F. Luce

Family Attorney at Arlington, TX

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Buddy Luce

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1978
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, Enforcement of Orders, Property Division, Tracing, Business Evaluation; Separate Property Retention

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Enforcement of Orders, Property Division, Tracing, Business Evaluation; Separate Property Retention

  3. Child custody
    Modification, Visitation, Relocation

  4. Child support
    Increase, Decrease, Retroactive

  5. Uncontested divorce



I have dual Specialty Certifications in both Family Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. One of less than

50 Attorneys of the 70,000 in Texas have this dual certification!  


I have received the AV Preeminent rating in MartindaleHubbell, a peer-review rating that is widely considered to be the most sought after recognition in the legal profession.


Served on City of Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission in late 1980's, elected to Carroll ISD Board of Trustees, 1991-2000, serving as Board President during last 3 years. Charter member of Carroll Education Foundation, Teen Court.


Married 44 years to Ann, 2 children Stephanie and John, both Carroll ISD and OU great grandchildren. 




Currently serving as Board Member for Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Tx.





Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating


Luce Law Firm
1229 Corporate Dr. W
Arlington, TX, 76006


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Cheryl | November 5, 2014
Best Lawyer
Stephen handled my divorce. It went on almost two years while my ex husband went through three lawyers. I had great representation, he worked with me and kept me in the loop on what was going on. I felt he heard me when I wanted to talk about issues, He always gave me the answer or explanation I was needing when the process was a little confusing. I have given his name to several people and highly recommend him. While I knew he had many other clients, Stephen always made me feel I had his full attention. The results of the settlement were very much in my favor! Thank you for all the work Stephen!
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2014
100% satisfied
I have known Buddy for almost 4 years, all as a client. I not only am happy he's my attorney, but I'm proud to call him my friend. He has always kept me in the loop and informed at all times through what was a very long process. He is very patient...and he is wise to know WHEN to be patient. Several times I wanted to put my foot on the gas and he wouldn't allow it...and he proved to be right...each time. He's really good at talking things out and allowing me to come to the same conclusion he's already just takes me a few minutes to get there. And we go with his plan, and it works. But that doesn't mean he makes all the decisions...he will allow me to start to make a dumb decision, even if he's against it, but then he will strongly advise me...and then we'll talk it out...and I'll see it his way...and he'll end up being right. So after a few cycles of that...I just shut up and listened to what the man suggested...and my case ended up greater than I ever could have imagined in the first place. He's always professional, of course, and responsive, and knowledgeable, etc etc...I already expected those things in the first place anyway. He knows the court personnel, and he anticipates their lenses they will be looking through before we ever walk into the courtroom, before the first word is said. 100% satisfied client.
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Posted by Landry | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I can't say enough about Buddy. He helped me through a very dark and rough time in my life. I'm so grateful to have been introduced to him and what he was able to do for me and my three children.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Buddy. Buddy is knowledgeable, his billings are fair, his advice is honest and ethical, and his legal representation was top-notch. Buddy's office was always responsive and timely regarding my inquiries.


  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Luce Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bradley Luce Bradley LLP
  • 1995 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Webb Kinser and Luce
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Partner
  • Franks & Luce
  • 1980 - 1988
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  • St. Mary's University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Texas System, Arlington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975


  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Carroll Independent School District Board of Trustees,
  • President
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Irving Bar Association
  • President
  • 1984 - 1985

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Tops in Tarrant
  • Society Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1990
  • Board Certified - Civil Trial
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1990
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  • Attorney’s Liability and the DTPA
  • Triple or Nothing
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (4)
Endorse Stephen
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had multiple cases with "Buddy" Luce. In each, he worked hard for his clients and was a tough negotiator. He also is a formidable and well-prepared opponent in the courtroom."