Carla M. Calabrese

Top rated Family Law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Calabrese Budner LLP
Carla M. Calabrese
Calabrese Budner LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1986

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2023

Calabrese Budner LLP

5944 Luther Lane
Suite 875
Dallas, TX 75225 Visit website


For more than 30 years, Carla M. Calabrese has successfully represented clients in every area of family law in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. With a business background and significant experience handling sophisticated financial divorce arrangements, Carla adeptly manages divorces and marital agreements for high-net worth clients facing complex property and business issues.

A pioneer in the field of Collaborative Divorce, Carla is one of only a handful of attorneys in Dallas to earn the Collaborative Divorce Master Credential. She leads a team that takes a strategic approach to divorce, protecting the full range of clients’ interests at all stages in the process. Whether using a cooperative method through Collaborative Divorce or a more competitive approach through litigation, Carla advocates zealously for her clients every step of the way. Carla co-hosts Dallas Divorce Talk ™️, a podcast about everything divorce-from the court system to collaboration to parenting to advice for surviving – or even avoiding divorce.

Carla’s reputation for excellence has earned her a spot on the Super Lawyers list consistently for more than 20 years, and put her in demand as a speaker and educator on all aspects of family law. D Magazine has repeatedly ranked her as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas named her one of the Top 5 Exceptional Collaborative Practitioners in Texas.  

When she first started handling divorce cases, Carla decided she wanted to devote energy to bringing families together, as well as to protecting children during family transitions. She not only developed an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved in adoption and assisted reproduction technologies but also founded two adoption agencies to help families with the practical side of adoption. As a member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and an adoptive mom herself, Carla finds joy in helping with the formation and growth of families.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

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

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • U.S. News & World Report, Calabrese Budner LLP, 2008-2023, Best Law Firms–Family Law
  • Carla Calabrese, 2016, 2017, 2018 , The Top 500 Business Leaders in DFW, DCEO
  • D Magazine, Carla Calabrese, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • U.S. News & World Report, Carla Calabrese, 2008-2023, Best Lawyers–Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese, 2003-2023, Texas Super Lawyers
  • Certified Collaborative Divorce Master, Carla Calabrese, 2017-2023, Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Family Law, Woodward White, Inc., Carla Calabrese, 2008- 2023, Best Lawyers in America®
  • The Top 500 Business Leaders in DFW, DCEO, Carla Calabrese, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 5 Collaborative Practitioners in Texas Making a Difference, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, 2009
  • 5 Exceptional Collaborative Practitioners in Texas, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, 2009
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese, 2004, 2006, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America® - Collaborative Family Law, Woodward White, Inc., 2008-2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Adoption- ART Fellow
  • A Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, Founder
  • Hope International Adoption and Humanitarian Aid Agency, Founder and Board Member
Educational Background:
  • Bowling Green State University, Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) magna cum laude, 1982
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, JD graduated with honors,1986 

Office location for Carla M. Calabrese

5944 Luther Lane
Suite 875
Dallas, TX 75225

Phone: 214-939-3000


21 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2023

Top Lists

Top 50: Women Texas Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006, 2010

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