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Craig M. Fowler

Family Attorney at Denton,, TX

5.0   4 reviews

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About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family Law, including adoption, alimony,divorce, child custody, , modification, high net worh property cases, pre-marital, post marital property agreements, non-marital cohabitation agreements

    48 years

  2. Mediation
    Private Judge and Mediation: 12 Years experience as a family court judge

    40 years

  3. Probate

  4. Wills and living wills
    durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, directive to physicians; probate

With more than four decades practicing law, Craig Fowler is one of the most respected  lawyers practicing family law in North Texas. He is an experienced and aggressive family lawyer who is passionate about protecting the rights of his clients. He handles complex family law matters, often involving millions of dollars in property.


Mr. Fowler spent ten years as a Family Court District Judge in Dallas County, in the 255th District Court from 1998-2007. He is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1975. He has represented hundreds of family law clients. His background includes jury trials, and appearances in the Court of Appeals and before the Texas Supreme Court.



Mr. Fowler was one of the founding attorney’s in the area of alternative dispute resolution. He was one of the very first lawyers to become a mediator, and has taught mediation classes to other lawyers and professionals since 1990.



His depth of experience in the adversary system gives him a unique insight into the impact of this system on children and families and equips him with unique versatility. This enables Mr. Fowler to handle any particular case according to the desires of the client, whether it is by trial, negotiated settlement, mediation or the collaborative process.



Having the knowledge and experience to handle the most complex issues in family law today, Mr. Fowler offers creative alternatives to the uncertainty of a courtroom resolution. He believes in thorough preparation of each case which gives his clients the best chance for a favorable outcome – either by settlement, early resolution or contested trial.



He is committed to the principles of civility, professionalism, ethics and legal excellence. Mr. Fowler was the founding President of the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court and in 2004 and received its highest honor of selection to the Serjeants Inn. He has lectured frequently on various family law matters to a variety of professional organizations.

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State TX
Status MCLE Non-Practicing
Acquired 1965
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Holmes, Diggs & Eames
1517 Centre Place Ste. 300
Denton,, TX, 76205


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by John | February 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Star, Experienced Attorney
When it comes to legal matters, experience matters. Craig has a long standing as serious, professional, dedicated attorney in several counties across DFW. We hired him because of this, and not only did he understand the law verbatim, he had the experience and expertise to execute it decisively in court. This man is a life saver, and a credit to his line of work. He is brilliant, articulate, and at then end of the day cares about his clients and his affect through legal representation on their lives. I would never trust anyone else with my legal matters, period.
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Posted by Robin | April 4, 2014
He Fought & Won My Very Difficult Custody Case
I honestly never write reviews regarding anything, especially when I have 4 children that take most of my time & attention, but with my most recent experience with Mr. Fowler, I feel it is much deserved. Mr. Fowler, I cannot express enough gratitude & thankfulness towards you for all the hard work you put into my case. On April 4th 2014, after a long intensely difficult battle I had endured, I finally walked out in victory today. I couldn't have done it without you. I had burnt through 4 other attorneys throughout the years that seemed to never have carried enough knowledge, expertise, professionalism, caring, will & determination to fight for my daughter...but you did and because of that we prevailed today. You worked diligently with me on my case & never gave up. You consistently had everything planned out, ready to go & always thought ahead. I honestly never had any trust and/or faith in a attorney before...until I met you. I look up to you not only as my legal counsel but that you stood beside me and my daughter like we were family, which is something I couldn't say about any other attorney I have ever known. Please accept my everlasting appreciation. I will never be able to thank you enough for everything you've done for me Mr. Fowler....and most importantly, believing in me. Anyone that you represent currently or in the future will be beyond blessed to have you on their side...I mean that from the bottom of my heart, I will truly miss you dearly. If you are looking for a very tough, truthful, committed to working hard & exceedingly experienced attorney then I 100% HIGHLY recommend Mr. Fowler. Even if you've had bad experiences in the past with attorneys, Mr. Fowler will totally change your view and prove to you through his expertise when fighting by your side even through the hardest of battles such as mine was, will give you more confidence than any other attorney you have ever worked with before. On a scale, he is a million plus.
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Posted by Charles | November 19, 2013
This Attorney is a Complete Professional
I was fortunate enough to have located Mr. Fowler during my divorce. As part of that process, Craig included wording which provided for completion of the sale of a personal residence and other important financial aspects. Subsequently, Craig prepared all of my updated Estate documents including my Will. He prepared a Pre-Marital agreement and in his capacity as a retired judge, performed the wedding ceremony for myself and new bride. In addition, Craig is simply a fine person that I am happy to have met in my life.
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Posted by Jessica | March 29, 2013
Finally found a lawyer I can continue using!
I had some very bad luck with a new family judge and a sue-happy ex. Craig has been extremely helpful in every way. He is very knowledgeable of Texas laws because he use to be a judge. He has explained all of our avenues that can be taken and what the outcomes could be in terms that I understand. He is very organized and prepared for every case. He will not waste your money like most lawyers do. I would highly recommend him!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hammerle Finley Law Firm
  • 2007 - Present
  • Family Court District Judge
  • 255th District Court, Dallas County
  • 1998 - 2007


  • University of Houston
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1965
  • Texas Christian University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Injunction granted by trial court.
  • Affirmed
  • HAMMOND V. City of Dallas
  • Affirmed


  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1965 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Judicial Pro Bono Service
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Outstanding Judicial Pro Bono Service
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2001
  • Meritorious Pro Bono Service Award
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 1986


  • Aspatore
  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Texas
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • View From the Bench
  • Family Law
  • 1998
  • Mediation in the Family Courts
  • Mediation
  • 1991
  • Handling Pre-judgment Custody, Attachment, Abuse and Threats to Child
  • Family Law
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
Endorse Craig
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig Fowler is a tough, experienced, and intelligent attorney. His understanding of the law from years of practice and as a family court judge, is invaluable to any family law matter."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig's knowledge and expertise is second to none. An incredible attorney with a broad range of experience."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig is an absolute wealth of knowledge in all things family law. I have had the pleasure of going to trial with him and he has been a huge asset to our trial team. Craig also brings an ability to think outside of the box which few family lawyers possess. I whole-heartedly endorse Craig and will continue to associate him in on many of my family law cases."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig Fowler brings experience and gravitas to any case he is involved in."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a highly respected former District Court Judge and now sucessful mediator."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Few people can match the experience of Craig Fowler in the area of family law, divorce and child custody matters. He is capable of handling any type of family matter, and highly effective in dealing with complex marital property issues and complex child custody issues. I highly recommend him!"
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Judge Fowler on family law matters and he is very diligent, thorough, knowledgeable, and sincerely wants to help clients make their way through their times of hardship. I also think he is a wonderful mediator and have called upon him to mediate even the most challenging of cases with great success."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is an expert in the area of family law. He is an experienced and well-known mediator. His courtroom demeanour and knowledge-base is superior. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig Fowler is a compassionate and kind human being. Those qualities serve him well with his clients as he is sensitive to their needs while advocating on their behalf. Additionally, Mr. Fowler uses his years on the bench to craft inventive mediated settlement agreements to resolve issues for families in conflict."
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