Ashley McDowell

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Turner McDowell Rowan, PLLC
 | 8080 N Central Expressway, Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-780-0646
Fax: 214-780-0649
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2008 - 2009, 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Focusing her practice exclusively on family law matters, Ashley McDowell is a partner at Turner McDowell Family Law. Born and raised in Dallas and working from the firm's office in her hometown, she has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, Ms. McDowell is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas.

    The bulk of Ms. McDowell's practice involves the representation of area residents whose marriages are coming to an end and who are thus having to face such issues as child custody and visitation, the division of complex marital assets and liabilities, and spousal and child support. A forceful courtroom advocate for her clients when necessary, she also often seeks to help them come to an accord on these matters through negotiations and other alternative dispute resolution methods. In addition to her matrimonial work, Ms. McDowell's family law experience includes the preparation and review of prenuptial agreements, and she has handled adoptions on behalf of stepparents and third parties. She also assists clients who have already gone through a divorce and who are now seeking to modify or enforce existing parenting and support orders.

    Ms. McDowell has earned the high regard of her colleagues for the ethical manner in which she handles what are often emotional and highly charged cases, and this is reflected in her receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, she has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. A 1993 recipient of a Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University, she obtained her legal education at St. Mary's University School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1998.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2009, 2011

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    About Ashley McDowell

    Admitted: 1998, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Texas Rising Stars of Family Law, Thomson Reuters and Featured in Texas Monthly, 2008 – 2009 and 2011
    • The American Institute of Family Law Attorney's 10 Best Award, 2015-2016
    • D Magazine's Best Attorneys in Dallas, 2015-2016
    • Graduated in the Top 15% of her Class, 1998
    • Participated in mock trials, reaching quarterfinalist in the state competition and semifinalist in the national competition, St. Mary's University School of Law
    • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2016 - 2017
    • Vice President, Student Bar Association, St. Mary's University School of Law
    • Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters and featured in Texas Monthly, 2014 - 2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Member
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
    • Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Member
    • Collaborative Divorce Texas, Member
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member and Fellow, 2018
    • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Member
    • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
    • CASA of Collin County, Past Member, Board of Directors
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • Collin County Bar Association, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association, Member
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member
    • Texas, 1998

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Volunteer, 2005
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Member
    • Texas Family Law Foundation, Legislative Bill Review Committee, Participant
    • Collin County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Author, Drafting an Enforceable Protective Order, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2009
    • Presenter, Pleadings, Supporting Documents and Standing Orders, Nuts and Bolts Training - Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, 2016-2017
    • Presenter, Representing a Pro Bono Client in a Simple Divorce, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, 2013
    • Author and Presenter, Domestic Violence, Divorce & Protective Orders, How to do a Pro Bono Divorce - Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Contributing Author, Agreements between Counsel and Parties. Rule 11, MSAs, and Other Settlement Agreements, Advanced Family Law, 2010
    • Presenter, Third Party Standing in Suits Affecting Parent-Child Relationship, Interoffice presentation, 2009
    • How couples can communicate better to effectively co-parent, February 11, 2016 / Child Custody
    • Presenter, The Judge's Notebook, Denton County Paralegal Association, 2009
    • Co-Author, The Ultimate Judge's Notebook, Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar, 2009
    • Protecting your kids during a Texas divorce, November 29, 2013 / Child Custody
    • Father seeks custody of abandoned infant, September 3, 2013 / Child Custody

    Educational Background:

    • Texas Christian University, Majors: Advertising and Public Relations, B.A., 1993

    Industry Groups

    • Family Law
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    Office Location for Ashley McDowell

    8080 N Central Expressway
    Suite 1300
    Dallas, TX 75206

    Phone: 214-780-0646

    Fax: 214-780-0649

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