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Dennis Marston Slate

Divorce and separation Attorney at Houston, TX

4.8   84 reviews

also known as Slate & Associates


Licensed for 21 years

Virtual consultation available

About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    23 years

  2. Child custody
    20%

    23 years

  3. Family
    20%
    Divorce, custody, prenups, post-nups, wills, estate planning, adoption

    23 years

  4. Child abuse
    10%
    CPS Defense

    23 years

DYNAMIC REPRESENTATION BY A FIRM OF BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY AND CHILD WELFARE LAW SPECIALISTS.

With offices in Houston, Deer Park, and Pearland, we serve all of the greater Houston, Galveston and Brazoria County areas, This Firm prides itself on offering clients dynamic legal representation for a fraction of the cost of most downtown firms. Dennis M. Slate and his staff of attorneys and paralegals have devoted their legal careers to handling complex Family law matters and defending families from false CPS allegations.

Client's Choice 2022
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Licensed for 21 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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SLATE & ASSOCIATES
1635 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX, 77006
Pearland Office
1920 Country Place Parkway
Suite 354
Pearland, TX, 77584
Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law
112 East Forrest Lane
Deer Park, TX, 77536-4110
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4.8 / 5.0
  84 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Dennis received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Beth | March 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Better Lawyer for Family Law
In short, I don’t believe you can find a better qualified or more caring attorney in family law. I know we couldn’t. We were initially referred to Dennis because there were both civil and criminal components to our case. Dennis Slate is able to handle both. Our case spanned over 5 years. I don’t know if that is typical or not, but I do know that we were partially at fault for waiting too long to go on the offensive. (This was when we chose to hire Dennis.) The other reason it took so long was that we had the misfortune of having an opponent with newly acquired resources who was able to delay, delay, delay by outspending us 3-1. Dennis will be forthright with you about where you stand, what you can expect and what you may have already done that could hurt your prospects in the family court system. He’s nobody’s fool and is wise to the legal and psychological maneuvers a parent set on alienation will pull. Time is not your friend in family law matters. Every day that you’re away from your children is a day you don’t get back, no matter who ultimately “wins”. It has taken a long time to think about what to write in this review. I write reviews all the time – hotels, shopping, etc. Your relationship with your lawyer is more intimate and longer than you’ll expect. Dennis will be your voice and your representative in what is a very complex system. It’s impossible to convey in an online review the depth of our gratitude to Dennis Slate and his firm for the manner in which they handled our case. I don’t think our situation was typical, as our case was so long. That’s a long time to be working with an attorney, in territory that you’re unfamiliar with. You could not choose a better partner.
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Posted by Chris | February 22, 2019
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Immensely Impressive
Dennis and his associates were an absolutely impressive team of people. We were blindsided by a family member trying to seek custody of our child after my significant other had a horrifying incident. Mr. Slate and his team were always on hand in the drop of a hat to help us through this process. When the day of court finally came, it was the most impressive thing I have ever seen someone do. Mr. Slate is absolutely worth every single penny. He is the hardest working individual I have ever met and his scope of knowledge is uncanny. He is no nonsense and very blunt, but if you do what he says and follow his instructions he will absolutely get the job done. We can not thank him enough and if you ever need a lawyer for family law there is no one in Houston that can match his caliber.
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Posted by Jess | November 14, 2022
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The Best of the Best
If I had not come across Dennis Slate one night while doing research, my life with my two girls would have been extremely different. I'm more thankful than words can describe for his hard work, efforts, research and time spent to get my girls back with me where they belong. Dennis Slate is the best of the best.
Posted by Kristie | October 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best Family Lawyer
Dennis Slate is extremely knowledgeable, diligent, reputable, and is worth every penny. He got our case resolved quickly and we will always be thankful to Dennis for reuniting our family! Dennis Slate is an attorney who cares for his clients, and will do whatever it takes to fight for you, ESPECIALLY if it’s a case with CPS! Dennis has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Nicole | September 24, 2022
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Dennis Slate, the Attorney you want in your corner
Dennis and his team worked on overdrive to prepare for my trial. He not only gave great legal representation, but also helped me on a personal level by giving me the strength and support I needed to endure the process.
Posted by Donald | September 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Dennis Slate handled my child modification. From our initial meeting I knew I had met the man I needed to help protect my son. Mr. Slate demonstrates high confidence and morals. He is highly respected. Mr. Slate is detail oriented and always came prepared. He is respected by all those that know him including supposing counsel. I have recommended him many times since my modification ended and will continue to recommend him. I wish I had known about him in my initial divorce proceedings. Everything Mr. Slate has done in his life he takes to the top level. I credit Dennis Slate for improving the quality of life for my family.
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Posted by Les | September 19, 2022
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Top Notch
My experience during one of the most difficult times in my life was nothing short of outstanding. Slate & Associates were very responsive, knowledgeable and handled all of my legal matters with the utmost importance. I was kept well informed and prepared for all depositions. The fees I paid were well worth the first-class, professional service I received every step of the way. I fully support and would not hesitate to refer Slate & Associates.
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Posted by Clarissa | September 17, 2022
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The best of the best
Mr. Slate is professional on every level. He handled my case with the highest concern not only for me, but for my sons as well. I had absolute trust in his understanding of the law and legal system and he made dealing with the court system a smooth process for me during this very stressful time. He not only won the case, but had the original divorce decree modified in my favor. He is calm, upfront, sincere, respectful, compassionate to his clients , and most of all passionate about his work. I cannot recommend Mr. Slate and his amazing team highly enough if you are seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by Pari | September 15, 2022
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Worth every penny!
We consulted with many lawyers when my family needed legal counsel though I had gotten recommendations for Dennis through the rare disease community. I chose him for several reasons. One, was that he makes sure he and his team learn every aspect of your case no matter the complexity. When needing protection for something as precious as family rights, he’s cheap! Most importantly, we chose him because he truly is making a legislative difference to defend YOUR rights. He recognized a problem with the system and fights for change!
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Posted by Hector Carbajal | September 14, 2022
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Don't let CPS be a Menace, get Dennis
Counselor Dennis Slate was able to make a significant and rapid improvement in my divorce case after my previous top-tier attorney got stumped and stalled by the involvement of CPS in my divorce. His rates are in-line with what other top divorce attorneys charge in Houston. I highly recommend him if you have a simple or a complex case.
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Posted by Melinda | September 14, 2022
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Best Family Lawyer in Houston
Dennis has represented me and other family members during the hardest years of our lives. He and his team worked tirelessly and knew every detail. They were knowledgeable, experienced, and invested in the outcome. It’s a hard thing to trust a lawyer to successfully navigate through multiple false CPS claims, litigation and a jury trial when it’s your family on the line. He did receive a favorable jury verdict within about 4 ½ minutes of the jury exiting to deliberate. We waited nearly 3 years for that moment, and it was worth far more than we could have ever paid him. I’ve worked with lawyers for over 20 years, and I know first-hand that Dennis is absolutely one of the top trial lawyers in Houston. We couldn’t have trusted just any lawyer to get us through this time, we needed the best.
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Posted by Tim | September 14, 2022
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Board certified in child welfare law
Experience matters in cases that involve your precious family, especially children. If you have an issue with DFPS/CPS you need to call Slate and associates.
Posted by Mac | September 14, 2022
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Simply Impressive
I've had several issues that Mr. Slate has helped me with, and this latest is no different. It's comforting to work with him and his team because you know everything is going to be alright. Very responsive. The direction he gives through the process and knowledge of the law is great, and it's reassuring when you see the respect given when you walk the halls of the courthouse. Everything goes exactly the way it's supposed to. Very thorough.
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Posted by Eric | September 14, 2022
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Unbelievably great law firm!
I just have to say, Slate & Associates law firm is unbelievably amazing in defending your case. We worked with Dennis and his team and were extremely thankful for the hard work and extreme dedication they put into our case. Not only were they extremely responsive to every question we had, they made sure to explain every little detail of the whole process (laws can get quite complex). If you’re looking for a law firm to work with in the family/divorce realm, look no further because this is the best law firm in the US hands down. 5 stars all around Thank you Slate & Associates!!
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Posted by Angela | September 14, 2022
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A Family Saver!
I have used Dennis Slate two times now. I would not give my trust or confidence to anyone else. I was fostering 2 kids for 3 years and was supposed to adopt them. Everything changed at the last minute and I was faced losing the kids that I had loved and raised. They were going to be put into a very bad situation. Dennis and his team spent countless hours preparing for my case. Dennis knows CPS like the back of his hand. He was knowledgeable and prepared the day of the trial. He saved my family and I will forever be grateful!!!! I would never hesitate to use Dennis again. If you want to win you HAVE to go with Dennis.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2022
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Thank you Mr Slate
I have to thank Mr. Slate for having done a good job in my case. There is nothing worse than being falsely accused of anything that a person has not done. He helped me in my case. I will encourage teachers to take him as a lawyer in case any of them receive injustice from students, parents, schools or districts.
Posted by Orlando Dcosta | December 7, 2021
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Thank you, Mr. Slate!
After we got separated, my ex-wife was not letting me see my kids for almost three months. She put the protective order on me, that’s when I decided to go to law office of Dennis slate. I was so scared that I will never see my kids. Dennis assured me that he and his staff will work hard for me, and he will make sure that I will get my kids back. Dennis Slate and his staff especially Ryann listen to me deeply, with empathy and compassion. Dennis Slate and Ryann worked really hard to prepare my case to present to the judge for my court hearing. Dennis won the protective order hearing. Dennis attended every court hearing even when he was sick. Dennis Slate and his staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work. I’m so excited, I’m spending lot of time with my kids today and all I’m saying is without Dennis Slate I would be a father with no kids. Thank you so much Dennis Slate for all you have done. I will never forget your dedication, kindness and support. My divorce was so complex, but Dennis and his staff made it so easy by working so hard and giving extra attention to my case, divorce meditation was smooth and I’m really happy with the outcome. I would highly recommend Dennis Slate to anyone who is looking for an aggressive, straightforward, honest, humble attorney who is willing to work hard for his clients.
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Posted by Amanda | November 10, 2021
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A family law hero
Dennis slate is a shark. I would at least consult with him simply because I would never want the opposing party to use him. I hired Dennis in the middle of my custody modification when everything was a mess. Him, and his AMAZING staff, took care of everything - which included an emergency hearing 30 days after he was retained. I’ve hired a few other attorneys previously but never felt as cared for and properly handled as much as I did with Dennis and his team. I genuinely felt like they all cared about my case (and therefor my child). I went back to do another consultation with my husband, who is was going through his own custody modification, and Dennis remembered my case clearly and had even been talking to legislators about cases similar to mine way after my retainer had ended. Every penny you spend on him will be worth it!
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Posted by Kim | February 24, 2020
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Exceptional Attorney
There are not enough words to adequately describe what an exceptional job Dennis Slate & Associates accomplished in my case. My teenage kids were taken away by CPS and the judge ruled in CPS’ favor during the initial hearing with misinformation. My attorney at the time did not want to anger the judge because she had to try other cases before him and did not want him to be biased against her - small town politics in play in the courtroom. The way the case was going, I was not going to have my kids back within the year - if ever! I began to look for outside counsel which is when I found Dennis Slate. Even though he was nearly 7 hours away, he diligently listened to my story and I think even he was a little shocked at how brazen CPS and the judicial system here was. He told me that he had to check a few things out and would give me a call by the end of the day. The end of the work day came and went with no call from Dennis. I though, “typical lawyer with typical promises”, but then, much to my surprise, he called me a little before 9pm! He wanted to get some clarification on some issues before advising me. I couldn’t believe it. That is when I knew he was the attorney for me. I fired my current attorney and hired Dennis. Within the month, the CPS case was totally dismissed and my kids were back home. Dennis and his staff always answered my questions promptly and professionally. I would HIGHLY recommend Dennis Slate to anyone looking for a highly motivated, competent, and compassionate attorney that is more than willing to go the extra mile for his clients.
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Posted by Justin | February 5, 2020
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The right man
Dennis is the man you want in your corner. As a veteran he felt like someone that I know could help me. I live 5 hours away from where my case was filed. So not knowing anyone needing help to maintain my rights as a father. Referred to me my by a lawyer near me. This man saved me in a dark time of worry. He was there for me through the beginning and the end. My case lasted a year and a half and the whole time him and his team were there for me. We won both cases during that time and maintained my rights as a father. This man is honest so when he tells you something buddy you believe it.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Judge
  • City of Pearland
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner
  • Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law
  • 2001 - Present
  • Associate Judge
  • City of Houston
  • 2009 - 2013

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Juris Doctrate
  • 2000
  • Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Ex-Spouse Defamation Case
  • Ex-wife found liable for libel and slander and ordered to pay damages of $2.1 Million.
  • Miller Children
  • CPS ordered to immediately return children and sanctioned $32,000

Associations

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas Municipal Courts Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Equal Access to Justice Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Houston Fit Marathon Training Program
  • Assistant Coach
  • 2004 - Present
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Houston Family Attorney
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Family Lawyers in Houston
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Family Lawyers in Houston
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top Houston Family Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2007
  • Top Houston Family Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2006
  • Best Advocate Award
  • William Daniel National trial Competition
  • 2000
  • Best Speaker
  • Hippard Trial Competition
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Texas Judge Advocate General's Conference
  • Military Pension Division in Texas
  • 2015
  • Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Institute
  • Family Law Legal Update
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (7)
Endorse Dennis
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent trial room decorum."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. slate was appointed as the mediator in one of my cases. He was very knowledgeable and helped to resolve a case that had drug on for over a year."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dennis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Friend
"Dennis is a patriot and an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He served our country in the military. He has also served the community as a municipal judge, and he ran for county criminal court judge in 2010. He is a tough defense lawyer in the courtroom. Any defendant would be fortunate to have him as their defense attorney. I endorse Dennis and highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is a very good lawyer with a high energy level. I was amazed when he got such a high award against CPS. He is highly respected in the legal community"
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dennis is a tremendous asset to our legal community and will hopefully be part of our judiciary in the coming elections."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is honest and very hard-working!"
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work... I have referred several matters to Dennis Slate, and he has handled them all with professionalism. I always get good feedback from the clients I refer to him."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Dennis on several issues and highly endorse his work."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dennis is an expert in both family law and criminal law matters. I have referred many cases of these types to him and the clients have called to thank me for the referral and have complimented his skill."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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