Paula Larsen

Paula Larsen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

GoransonBain Ausley
 | 8350 North Central Expressway, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-373-7676
Fax: 214-373-9959
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    With her unique ability to minimize conflict in critical situations, Paula Larsen helps clients navigate family law matters in the least acrimonious way. When negotiating premarital agreements, she recognizes the agreement lays the foundation for the marriage and must be handled with the utmost care.

    A partner in the firm, Paula provides consultation on divorce matters as well as consultation and representation in the negotiation of premarital agreements. As a former judge, she has seen the impact of divorce on families, and partners with clients to craft agreements that are attainable and durable.

    Respected by her peers for her ability, professionalism and integrity, Paula was named as the Dallas Collaborative Family Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc. Board Certified in family law since 1985 and consistently featured in The Best Lawyers In America by Woodward White, Inc. since 1997.

    About Paula Larsen

    Admitted: 1979, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • 2008 - 2019, Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, Woodward and White Press
    • 2011, Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press
    • 2019, Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law Mediation, Woodward and White Press
    • 2014, Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press
    • 2010, Selected to the “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine
    • 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 – 2018, Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas”, D Magazine
    • 1995 - 2019, Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press
    • 1995, “Most Ethical Family Law Attorney”, D Magazine

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Pattern Jury Charge Committee
    • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section Member Board Member, 1995-1998, 1995
    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Member Public Information Committee, Chair, 2003 – 2005 Webcast & CLE committee, Chair, 2006 District 6, Director, 1995 – 1996 District 6 Grievance Committee, 1991 – 1995 Family Law Council, 1999 – 2008 Judicial Liaison, Family Law Council, 1989 – 1993
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Dallas Bar Foundation, Family Law Section Sustaining Fellow
    • Collaborative Divorce Dallas (f/k/a The Collaborative Alliance)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Advanced Family Law Course, The Child as a Witness, 2000
    • Advanced Family Law Course, Stock Options Where Are We Now?, 1999
    • State Bar of Texas, Impact of the New Rules of Discovery, 1998
    • Advanced Family Law Course, Handling the Big Money Case, 1998
    • Marriage Dissolution Institute, The Art of Persuading the Judge, 1995
    • Marriage Dissolution Course, Persuading the Judge, 1995
    • Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, The Estate Planning/Divorce Interface, 1994
    • Solo Firm Section, Dallas Bar Association, Making the Judge’s Job Easier: Practical Suggestions for Improving Your Performance in the Preparation and Trial of a Family Law Case, 1994
    • Divorce Conference, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Appearing in a Family Court Proceeding as an Expert Witness: Meeting the Judges Expectations, 1994
    •  Advanced Family Law Course, Discovery Workshop, 1991
    • Advanced Family Law Course, The New Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, 1993
    • Advance Family Law Course, Affective Use of Experts in the Collaborative Law Process, 2008
    • Advanced Estate Planning And Probate Course, Death after Divorce, 2008
    • Advanced Family Law Course, Asserting Community Property Claims/Complex Trust Issues, 2002
    • New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Tax Traps/Tax Tricks and the Complex Property Case, 2000

    Educational Background:

    • University of Cincinnati B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Political Science, 1976
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law J.D., Law, 1979
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    Office Location for Paula Larsen

    8350 North Central Expressway
    Suite 1700
    Dallas, TX 75206

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    Last Updated: 7/10/2020

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