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In Real Life I am blessed to be the devoted husband of one, father of four, grandfather of ten, and confidant of my trusty companion, Sammie, an energetic 5 year old Cocker Spaniel "rescue" who agrees with me on almost everything . Married to the former Joann Worley of Houston, Texas in 1956, I have spent my entire adult life in Houston except for sojourns to Texas A&M University for an education, and the University of Texas Law School to "learn a trade." Along the way I have been privileged to play college and semi professional baseball, sing with the Houston Grand Opera, ride tens of thousands of miles on a motorcycle deep into Mexico (long before motorcycles were cool), own a motorcycle dealership, conduct The Houston Symphony Orchestra, be a church choir director and bail bondsman, all while managing to persuade my bride of all these years to continue to be patient with me. This eclectic journey has taught me how truly unique each client, and that client's values, really are. Collaborative practice allows me to honor the uniqueness of each client, while serving as an advocate, counselor and guide during perilous times in their lives.


I believe that "the family" is the single most important entity in our culture, and in our time. I was drawn to family law because of its' potential to truly make a difference in the lives of individual clients and help strengthen that institution in direct and positive ways at the same time. This,to me, is an awesome opportunity to leave the world a little better than you found it, one family at a time.


I hope that 58 years of marriage, 53 years in the practice of law, and 30 consecutive years inclusion in Best Lawyers of America suggests that, God willing, I will be here when you need me, and can be counted on to provide thoughtful and understanding counsel as well as passionate advocacy for those things you feel are most important.




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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 35%
  2. Family: 35%
  3. Mediation: 10%
  4. Probate: 10%
  5. Arbitration: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Donald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Mack J. Travers

    Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community. I endorse Don Royall without hesitation.


    Mack Travers Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Royalls, P.C.

1177 West Loop South, Suite 650
Houston, TX, 77027


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 196107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Txas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Hall of LegendsFamily Law Section, State Bar of Texas2002
Frank Evans Family Law Mediator of theYearSouth Texas College of Law1999
David Gibson Award for professionalism in Family LawGulf Coast Family Law Specialists1994
Sam Emison Award for meritorius contributions to Family LawTexas Academy of Family Law Specialists1991
Board Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1984
Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2014Naifeh and Smith, Publishers1983
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Royalls, PC1983 - Present
PartnerFouts, Moore, Coleman and Royall1967 - 1983
Staff AttorneyPhillips Petroleum Co1964 - 1966
OwnerDonald R. Royall and Assocs.1961 - 1964
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Family Lawyers of HoustonChairman2003 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2002 - Present
Family Law Inns of CourtMaster Emeritus2000 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1999 - Present
Gulf Coast Family Law SpecialistsMember and Past President1976 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember1973 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsBoard Member2003 - 2007
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasVice President and Board Member2002 - 2010
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionFormer Chair1977 - 1979
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1977 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of TexasN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Family Law CourseProfessionalism2012
Collaborative Law Conference 2009ABA Ethics opinion on Collaborative Law2009
Advanced Family Law CourseFamily Law Then, Now, and in the Future2009
Advanced Family Law CourseProfessionalism2007