Melinda H. Eitzen

Top rated Family Law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Duffee + Eitzen
Melinda H. Eitzen
Duffee + Eitzen

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1994

Education: University of Houston Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2023

Duffee + Eitzen

4311 Oak Lawn Ave
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75219 Visit website


Attorney Melinda H. Eitzen is co-founder of Duffee + Eitzen law firm, which has law offices in Dallas, and by appointment only: Plano, Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 26 years of total legal experience, Ms. Eitzen focuses exclusively on family law, providing invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issue affecting their families.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Eitzen has gained a reputation for her outstanding professionalism and unwavering commitment to her clients. She has received recognition from Best Lawyers, Expertise’s Best Family Lawyers, and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas. She has also received designation as Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America from Lawdragon, Best Lawyers- Family Law,  Best Lawyers- Collaborative Law,  and Best Family Law Mediators in Dallas.  She is credentialed as a Master in collaborative practice by Collaborative Divorce Texas.

A leader in her field, Ms. Eitzen served as President of the Collin County Bar Association and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Texas Lawyers for Children, President of the Plano Bar Association, a chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, director of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, director of Texas Young Lawyers Association, and chair of the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association. She also is a member of the philanthropic organization Altrusa International. Duffee + Eitzen is a Donor to Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP)- in honor of her late father Judge Merrill Hartman, and a founding supporter of the SMU VanSickle Family Law Clinic.

Ms. Eitzen has also co-authored two books on divorce, published articles, and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics related to family law and divorce. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in 1994, and the State Bar of Texas admitted her to practice that same year.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Dissolution, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Name Change, Paternity, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Collin County Trial Lawyer of the Year, Collin County Bar, 2012
  • Elected to D Magazine Best Lawyer, Best Lawyer, D Magazine, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2016
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers under 40, D Magazine, 2002
  • Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2010
  • Award given for pro bono work and mentoring and teaching in the pro bono arena., Atticus Finch Award, Collin County Bar Association, 2004
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Texas Lawyers for Children, Board Member
  • SMU VanSickle Family Law Clinic
  • Altrusa International, Member
  • Philanthropic Organization, Member
Educational Background:
  • Texas Christian University, 1989
  • Law degree from University of Houston, 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, 2006
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Director
  • Collin County Bar Association, President
  • President of the Plano Bar Association, 2007
  • Treasurer of the Collin County Bar Association, 2012
  • Secretary of Collin County Bar Association, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Vicki James and Scott Clarke a book about Collaborative Law., Co-author, Divorce the Collaborative Way. Is It the Way for You?, iuniverse and amazon, Divorce, 2009
  • Co-Authored book with Joanna Jadlow and Brenda Roberts, Author, Considering Divorce? Critical Things You Should Know., iUniverse publishing, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Master Credential in Collaborative law granted by Collaborative Divorce Texas, 2017

Office location for Melinda H. Eitzen

4311 Oak Lawn Ave
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75219

Phone: 214-416-9010

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