Keith M. Nelson

Top rated family law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP
Keith M. Nelson
Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP

Practice Areas: Family law

Licensed in Texas since: 1983

Education: Baylor Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2023

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP

5950 Sherry Lane
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75225 Phone: 214-273-2400 Email: Keith M. Nelson Visit website


A widely published author, frequent lecturer and highly respected Family Law attorney, Keith Nelson is a name partner in the law offices of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, one of the largest and most respected Family Law firms in the Southwest. Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Nelson has specific expertise in topics including the psychological aspects in divorce and custody matters, jurisdiction, custody, visitation, common-law marriage and Amicus Attorney arrangements. Nelson is particularly interested in issues involving children and has extensive experience in addressing the psychological impact of custody and divorce litigation on children and their parents.

First Admitted: 1983, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America annually since 2006 in Family Law. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, ,
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas by Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, ,
  • 500 Leading Family Lawyers in America by Lawdragon, 2020
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth by Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2011-2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. 2021, 2022, ,
  • Honored by D Magazine as Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2014, 2017, 2018
  • Recognized by D CEO Magazine as one of 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas/Fort Worth, 2016.
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers magazine annually since 2003
  • AV®Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988. Recertified: 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018.
  • Admitted: State Bar of Texas, 1983; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Keith served on the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section Board of Directors and as a consultant to Lawyers Against Domestic Violence. 
  • Keith provides pro bono representation for indigents in cases where serious issues regarding children exist.
Representative Clients:
  • Due to the nature of Family Law, clients are kept confidential.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Frequent Lecturer and Author on Family Law related topics since 1990; Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Barrister, Annette Stewart Inn of Court; Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Special Concerns of Children Committee and Custody Evaluations Committee; Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section; Member, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; Past President, Irving Bar Association; Member and Past Board Member, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section; Member, Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines; Past Board Member, Children's Hope Chest; Member, National Association of Counsel for Children; Former Consultant, Lawyers Against Domestic Violence.
Educational Background:
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A. – 1979, Major: Economics
  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, J.D. – 1983 
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Custody Evaluations Committee, 2008 – Present
  • Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education Advanced Family Law Drafting and Advocacy Course Director, 2003
  • Appointed to serve on the Texas Supreme Court Committee on Visitation and Child Support Guidelines, which promotes proposed changes to the Texas Family Code for the Texas Legislature.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimomial Lawyers, 1993-Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), Member
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Curriculum Vitae available on website for additional lectures and writings
  • Effective Cross-Examination of Mental Health Experts: Re-Shrinking the Experts, (Co-Author), The University of Texas Law School; 2009 Family Law on the Front Lines Seminar, June, 2009
  • Working with the Psychologist, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2008
  • Dauberts/Experts, Ultimate Trial Notebook, Family Law, 2006
  • The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Psychological Testing and Diagnosis in Evaluations, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2011
  • Custody Evaluation Standards, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2010
  • Talking to Children and Youth in Chambers (Co-Authored with Dr. Benjamin Albritton), Texas Judicial Summit, 2010
  • How Attorneys and Mental Health Personnel Can Work Together Ethically on Behalf of the Mental Health of Infants, (Co-Author), Texas Association for Infant Mental Health and Texas Parents as Teachers, 2010
  • Reimbursements Revisited: Separate Property Companies; Jenson Claims; Alter Egos; Reverse Piercing; and Representing the Spouse Who Does Not Run the Company, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2009
  • Parenting Plans-Who, What, When, Where & Why, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • “How Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals Can Work Together on Behalf of the Mental Health of Infants” (Speaker and Co-Author, with Dr. Ben Albritton, Ph.D.), Institute on Infant Mental Health Conference, 2010
  • “Talking to Children and Youth in Chambers” (Speaker and Co-Author with Dr. Ben Albritton, PH.D.), Texas Judicial Summit, 2010
  • How to Help Your Clients Navigate Divorce and Holiday Visitation Schedules, Texas Bar Blog, December 7, 2017
  • “The Adventures of Deposing Mental Health Experts” (Co-Authored with Lynne Corsi, J.D., LMSW) North Texas FIT Biannual Workshop Conference, October 30, 2020.
  • “Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations: Reports and Legal Considerations," (Co-Author) UT Southwestern Medical Center Department on Psychiatry, March 8, 2022

Office location for Keith M. Nelson

5950 Sherry Lane
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75225

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