Karen B. Turner

Attorney Profile

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: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Karen B. Turner has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. The co-founder of Dallas-based Turner McDowell Family Law, she continues to focus her practice exclusively on those matters for people throughout the state, and she is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts.

A child of divorce and having gone through one herself, Ms. Turner brings a compassionate and understanding perspective to those of her clients whose marriages have come to an end, assisting them in dealing with property division, custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. Trained in collaborative law, Ms. Turner will often recommend that alternative dispute resolution method as a way of reaching an accord on these issues outside of the courtroom, although she will put her extensive trial experience to use in situations when litigation is necessary. In addition to her divorce practice, Ms. Turner's family law work has included the preparation of prenuptial and post-marital agreements.

Highly regarded by her fellow attorneys for her successes in and out of the courtroom, Ms. Turner has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for several consecutive years. She has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. She is frequently asked to deliver presentations on family law topics to lawyers and accountants, and she is an active participant in several related professional groups, including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. A Texas native, Ms. Turner received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Texas Tech University in 1984 and her Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1988.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

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, Arbitration, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2019

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About Karen Turner

Admitted: 1989, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.turnermcdowell.com/karen-turner/


  • 2011-2014 named Best Lawyers in America; AV Rated by Peers in Martindale-Hubble; Named A Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble; 

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Family Law since 1994

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Family Law Section Board Member, Member of Committee for Qualified Judiciary
  • Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (CQJ) in Dallas County, Member
  • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (1994 to present); Member, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section (1989 to Present); Member, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section (1989 to Present); Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation (1998 to Present); Lifetime Member, Texas Family Law Foundation (2008 to present); Elected to the Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past Board Member, Dallas Child Advocacy Center; Current Member, Women's Auxiliary to Children's Medical Center; Current Volunteer, Highland Park United Methodist Church; Past Board Member, Dallas Summer Musicals; Current Volunteer, Armstrong Elementary; Past Volunteer, Parkland Hospital; perform pro bono services in family law matters 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Commercial Transactions and Legal Entities, Advanced Family Law Course, 2013;  Speaker, Use of Trial Exhibits, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2013; Speaker, Testifying and Working with Lawyers, Dallas Child and Family Guidance Center, January, 2000; Author and Speaker, Update of Enforcement of Family Law Orders, University of Houston Law Center Family Law Practice Seminar 1997; Speaker, Relocation, Dallas County Family Law Bench Bar Conference 1997; Author and Speaker, Enforcement of Family Law Orders, University of Houston Law Center General Practice Institute Seminar 1996; Author and Speaker, Preparing and Using a Trial Notebook, 1995 Advanced Family Law Seminar; Author and Speaker, Enforcement of Court Orders in Family Law Cases, Case Update, University of Houston Law Foundation Family Law Practice Seminar 1994;Speaker, 1993 Legislative Changes to the Family Code, County and District Clerk's Seminar at Texas A & M University, Spring 1994;Author and Speaker, Enforcement of Court Orders in Family Law Cases, 1993 Update, University of Houston Law Foundation General Practice Institute, Winter 1993;Author and Speaker, Family Law Enforcement 1993 Update, University of Houston Law Foundation Family Law Practice Seminar 1993;Co-Author, Family Law Enforcement, University of Houston Law Foundation Family Law Practice Seminar 1992
  • Author and Speaker, Financial and Legal Issues in Family Law, DFW Financial Planning Association, March, 2011; Author and Speaker, Financial and Legal Issues in Divorce, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants - Permian Basin Chapter, November 2010;

Educational Background:

  • Texas Tech University (B.A. cum laude, Advertising, 1984)

Industry Groups

  • Board Certified In Family Law Since 1994
  • Fellow Of American Academy Of Matrimonial Law
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Office Location for Karen B. Turner

8080 N Central Expressway
Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75206

Phone: 214-780-0646

Fax: 214-780-0649

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Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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