Elizabeth Durso Branch

Top rated family law attorney in Rockwall, Texas

The Branch Law Firm, PLLC
Elizabeth Durso Branch
The Branch Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1990

Education: Mississippi College School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019, 2022
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The Branch Law Firm, PLLC

721 Justin Rd
Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75087 Visit website


Elizabeth Durso Branch is the founder and principal attorney at The Branch Law Firm, PLLC, in Rockwall, Texas. A family first law firm, she practices law with her son, Ryan Branch, and associate, Valencia K. Campbell. The Branch Law Firm, PLLC serves clients throughout Rockwall, Dallas, Collin and Hunt counties and the surrounding areas, The firm's clientele consists of individuals who have legal needs in the following areas of the law: 

·         All types of family law issues, including divorce, child custody and support, alimony, property division, adoptions, parents' and grandparents' rights, guardianships and more

·         Divorce mediation

·         Simple wills, powers of attorney and health care directives

·         Probate and estate administration

A highly-rated attorney in her 30th year of practice, Ms. Branch holds the distinction of being the only woman lawyer in Rockwall certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Trained in alternative dispute resolution, Ms. Branch strives to settle her clients' disputes and reach agreements without the need for court intervention; however, she will advocate strongly on behalf of her clients in court when necessary. Ms. Branch recently completed the Texas Family Code requirements to offer services as a Parent Facilitator or Parent Coordinator to parents in need. Ms. Branch also accepts appointments as an Amicus Attorney in disputed custody matters.

Family matters touch the heart of the individual, Ms. Branch treats her clients with compassion, respect, and dignity, working closely with them to achieve the positive results they expect. In all cases, Ms. Branch fights hard to protect the rights and best interests of her clients and their children. The Branch Law Firm believes clients should understand how the law impacts them in order to make informed decisions.

Through this level of commitment to her clients and her high ethical standards, Ms. Branch has earned numerous awards and honors. She holds a 10 out of 10 rating from Avvo and an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A 1987 graduate of Lamar University, Ms. Branch graduated in 1990 with a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law and obtained her Texas law license later that year. She is a member of several professional legal organizations, including the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, The Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, the Rockwall County Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Association. Ms. Branch is a former board member for Women in Need, Inc. and sits on the board of the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation. 

*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

Family law, Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Name change, Paternity, Marital property, Same sex family law, Father's rights, Mediation

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 1990, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.thebranchfirm.com/about/attorneys/betsy-branch/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board member - Rockwall County Bar Association 2016 - 2018
  • Board - Women In Need, Inc. (Batter's Women's Shelter serving Hunt, Rockwall, and VanZandt counties 2016-2019, 2020
  • Texas Pediatric Society Foundation - Board Member 2015-2022
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Making A Silk Purse Out Of A Sow's Ear: Making The Best Of Llcs, Llps, Flps And Trusts, New Frontiers In Marital Property Law - October 2004 - Colorado Springs, Co, Co-Authored
  • The Ultimate Trial Notebook 2004: Family Law - Expert Witnesses
  • Protecting Children From Incompetent Forensic Evaluations And Expert Testimony (2005) 19 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law 277 (Edited)
  • Be Careful What You Ask For, You May Get It: Common Senses Discovery Requests And Responses;Advanced Family Law - August 2006 - San Antonio, Tx, Co-Authored
  • Making Summary Judgment Relevant Again Advanced Family Law - August 2007 - San Antonio, Tx, Co-Authored
  • Making Sense Of Child Support: Crunching Numbers, Filling Out Forms Half Moon Seminars - May 11, 2007 - Arlington, Tx
  • Enforcing And Modifying Family Law Orders And Decrees Half Moon Seminars - February 8, 2008 - Arlington, Tx
  • Family Law Year In Review, 72 Texas Bar Journal 98 (February 2009)
  • Getting A Head Start: Statutory Presumptions In The Family Code Marriage Dissolution Seminar 2009 Fort Worth, Tx
  • Getting A Head Start: Statutory Presumptions In The Family Code Marriage Dissolution Seminar 2009 Fort Worth, Tx
  • When Two Worlds Collide: Pediatrics And Family Law Pediatric Society Of Greater Dallas - November 3, 2009 - Dallas, Tx
  • Attorneys Ad Litem, Amicus Attorneys And Guardians Ad Litem: Representing The Very Young Infant Mental Health Advocacy Conference - January 8-9, 2010 - Dallas, Tx
  • Obtaining Financial Information Half Moon Seminars - February 5, 2010 - Arlington, Tx
  • The Art Of Persuasive Speaking Advanced Family Law - August 2010 - San Antonio, Tx, Co-Authored
  • Ortega v. State, 974 S.W.2d 361 (Tex.App.-San Antonio, 1998)
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas at Austin, 1976-1978  
  • Mississippi College School of Law, 1990, J.D.
  • Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, B.A., 1987
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rockwall County Bar Association, 2012-2022, 2012
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court - Barrister, 2004-2015
  • Member, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 1991-2022, 1991
  • State Bar of Texas, 1990-2022, 1990
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2006-2022, 2006
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Completed Alternative Dispute Resolution Training and Family Dispute Resolution, 2015
  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2006  
  • All requirements completed to act as a Parent Facilitator or Parent Coordinator, 2018
  • Certified in Family Law Mediation since 2015
  • A-V Rated by Martindale Hubbell©, Martindale Hubbell©, 2022
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2012- 2019 Texas Super Lawyer 2022, Super Lawyers, 2022

Office location for Elizabeth Durso Branch

721 Justin Rd
Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75087

Phone: 469-610-2626


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