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Donald G. Henslee

About me

Mr. Henslee helps parents, students and teachers with their legal issues.  His areas of focus include student matters, special education and teachers.

In the course of his practice Mr. Henslee has tried over 300 lawsuits and administrative hearings and has argued education related appeals before state and federal trial courts, state appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is a widely sought after speaker and lecturer on education law.  He has served as a guest lecturer at every major college and university in Texas. Books and other publications written, edited and/or published by him have served as teaching materials at sixteen colleges and universities. He has frequently provided continuing education for attorneys, parents, educators and others interested in education law issues.

Mr. Henslee also provides mediation and negotiation services, utilizing his postgraduate training at the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. He enjoys photography, follows grand Prix racing and likes to hang out with his twin grandsons, Mason and Braden.

Specialties:     Education Law, Special Education


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Practice areas


  1. Education: 90%
    43 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Mediation: 10%
    16 years, 175 cases



Hourly ($250-450/hour), contingent (20-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

25 total 

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  • Jennifer S. Goldman

    I have referred clients to Mr. Henslee and would not hesitate to do so again. He is my go-to lawyer for any client or individual needing to resolve issues with a school/school district.


    Jennifer Goldman Child custody Attorney
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  • Kevin Rindler Madison

    Mr. Henslee's credentials are quite impressive. He would be my "go to person" for family or my clients who need a lawyer in any cases dealing with schools or education law. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Donald G. Henslee

901 Mopac Expressway South
Barton Oaks Plaza One | Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78746


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197208/17/2016
WAAdministrative Suspension200108/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
School Law Conference Planning CommitteeUniversity of Texas2010
Outstanding Service AwardTexas Council of Administrators of Special Education2006
Honorary Life MembershipTexas Association of Community Schools2005
Commendation for Service to Rural SchoolsTexas Rural Education Association2005
Special CommendationNational Rural Education Association2001
Special CommendationTexas Association of School Boards2000
Public Service AwardTexas School Public Relations Association1989
Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Texas EducationTexas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association1988
Senior Class PresidentUniversity of Houston Law Center1972
Dean (President)Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity1972
PresidentPi Sigma Sigma Honorary Political Science Society1969
PreidentKappa Kappa Psi Honoray Music Fraternity1967
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Donald G. Henslee2013 - Present
Founding PartnerHenslee Schwartz LLP1978 - Present
Director of Hearings and AppealsTexas Education Agency1975 - 1978
Municipal JudgeCity of Webster1973 - 1975
PartnerHenslee, Ryan & Driscoll1972 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Austin Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1972 - Present
National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law FirmsMember2009 - 2013
Council on Litigation ManagementMember2008 - 2013
Texas Historically Underutilized BusinessCertified2007 - 2013
Defense Research InstituteMember2002 - 2013
Texas Association of School Boards Council of School AttorneysMember1990 - 2013
National School Boards Association, Council of School AttorneysMember1990 - 2013
Texas Rural Education AssociationMember1986 - 2013
University of Houston Law Center Student Bar AssociationPresident, senior class1971 - 1972
Delta Theta PhiDean (President)1971 - 1972
Pi Sigma Sigma honorary political science societyPresident1968 - 1969
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sanches vs. Carrollton-Farmer's Branch ISDMr Henslee represented the prevailing school district.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Weekly School Law NewsletterFriday Facts2013
BookSchool Personnel Law in Texas2004
BookHow it Works - Special Education Law in Texas2002
BookHow it Works - Assessment, The Key To It All2002
BookSchool Law for Principals2001
BookPublic Officials Risk Management1999
Texas School Law NewsLegal and Legislative Updates, WeeklyN/A
Decisions of the State Commissioner of EducationAnnotated Decisions of the State Commissioner of EducationN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of HoustonPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
11th Annual TxP2P Statewide Parent ConferenceThe Special Education Legal Process in Texas2015
TWU Graduate Superintendency ProgramSchool Law for Administrators2010
Texas Association of School Boards ConventionDifficult ARD Committee Meetings2007
University of Texas, Graduate School of Educational Administration, Guest LecturerThe Law of Special EducationN/A
Texas School Law News Annual Spring ConferenceContract Termination and Non-RenewalN/A
Texas A&M University Graduate School of EducationEmployment Reductions in ForceN/A
Texas A&M Commerce Graduate School of EducationTerm Contract Non-RenewalN/A
TCASE Annual ConventionSpecial Education Law UpdateN/A
TCA Annual ConferenceConfidentiality and CounselorsN/A
TASSP Principals' Regional WorkshopNegotiation and Mediation of DisputesN/A
NREA ConventionConsolidation of School DistrictsN/A
Lamar U. Graduate School of Educational AdministrationSchool Law for AdministratorsN/A
Graduate School of EducationSpecial Education LawN/A
Claims Management TrainingResolution of Disputed ClaimsN/A
Annual ConventionCompetitive BiddingN/A