Rochelle & Rankin LLP

Rochelle & Rankin LLP

We are able to provide our clients with the perspective that comes from over fifty years of combined experience.

Firm Overview

At Rochelle & Rankin LLP, our attorneys focus primarily on family law matters but also handle a wide variety of cases in probate and general civil litigation. We are able to provide our clients with the perspective that comes from over fifty years of combined experience. Whether the issue is divorce, child custody, complex property litigation, domestic violence, adoption, pre- and post-marital property agreements, common law marriage claims, annulments, post-divorce child support/custody enforcement, termination of parental rights, adjudication of paternity, grandparent rights, cohabitation disputes, probate litigation, or breach of contract actions, our experienced attorneys guide each client through his or her case with dignity and compassion. We know that each case is unique and must be personalized to the client's specific needs. Whether a case calls for fierce litigation or a more collaborative approach, our attorneys have expertise both inside the courtroom and in the more private and confidential confines of the collaborative and cooperative non-litigation processes. Our primary concern is tailoring our representation to the needs of each client and family who trust us to help them through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Main Office
Main Office
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 1010
Dallas  TX  75219
Phone
  • 214-522-4488
Websites
Family
The Law Offices of Rochelle & Rankin LLP will represent your Family legal matters.
The Law Offices of Rochelle & Rankin LLP will represent your Family legal matters.

Patricia Rochelle

Education:

University of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1974
South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1978

Memberships:

State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member
The Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
Texas Family Law Foundation

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Pre and Post Marital Agreements
Complex Property Division
Child Custody and Visitation
Divorce
Informal Marriages
Contempt and Enforcement
Arbitration
Collaborative Law
Paternity
Modifications
Cohabitation Agreements
Characterization of Assets

Professional Designations:

A/V Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Education
  • South Texas College of Law
    J.D.

Susan A. Rankin

Susan Rankin has spent her adult life helping children and families by serving as a judge, family lawyer and counselor. Whether it be as a mediator, collaborative lawyer or trial litigator, she represents her clients zealously, attempting to bring about the best resolution for their family law matter quickly and efficiently. When substance abuse, child abuse or family violence have impacted a family, she is able to guide her client to the appropriate agencies or legal remedies to best help their family. Her time on the Bench gives her an invaluable ability to help her client see all sides of an issue in order to effectuate the best resolution for them and their children. Recognizing Susan's expertise, other attorneys refer her matters to mediate and arbitrate. She has also testified as an Expert Witness as to the reasonableness and necessity of attorney's fees in family law matters and whether an attorney's conduct complied with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

Prior to forming her partnership with Patty Rochelle, Susan was honored to serve the citizens of Dallas County as the Judge of the 301st Family District Court for ten years and as the Associate Judge of that same court for over two years. Before going on the Bench, Susan practiced family law on her own and with Vial Hamilton Koch & Knox where she handled complex property cases and child related matters. In 1992, she became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to her legal career, after attaining a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Susan worked with children and families referred through the child protective services system and juvenile probation.

In 2010, Susan was chosen by her peers as one of the Top Women Lawyers in North Texas by D Magazine. Susan has been a frequent author and lecturer on a wide variety of family law topics and concerns including being a contributor to the LexisNexis Texas Annotated Family Code, Case Notes and Annotations for Title IV - Protective Orders and Family Violence, 2011-2012 eds.

Areas of Practice:

Family Law
Adoption
Hague Convention
Pre and Post Marital Agreements
Complex Property Division
Child Custody and Visitation
Divorce
Informal Marriages
Contempt and Enforcement
Arbitration
Mediation
Private Judging
Paternity
Modifications
Cohabitation Agreements
Characterization of Assets

Licenses and Training:

Collaborative Training - 2007
Sid Stahl & John Estes Mediation Training - 2007
Child Custody and Domestic Violence Institute - Technical Assistance Collaborative Addressing Domestic Violence and Child Custody - 2005
Domestic Violence and Child Custody - 2005
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence - Enhancing Judicial Skills In Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange - 2004
Settlement Consultants, Inc. - General Civil Law and Family Law Mediation Training - 1992
Board Certified - Texas Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization - 1992
Texas Psychological Association - Psychological Associate Certification - 1979

Education and Awards:

D Magazine's Top Women Lawyers in North Texas - 2010
J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law - 1985
M.S. Trinity University, Clinical Psychology - 1978
B.S. Southern Methodist University, Psychology - 1976

Admission to the Bar:

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas - 1986
Licensed to Practice law in State of Texas - 1985

Past Employment Positions:

Partner - Rochelle & Rankin LLP - 2007 to Present
Presiding Judge, 301st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas - 1997-2006
Associate Judge, 301st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas - 1994-1997
Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Texas - 1993 to 1994
Private Practice - 1991 to 1993
Vial Hamilton Koch & Knox, Associate - 1987 to 1991
Gardere & Wynne, Associate - 1985 to 1987

Professional Activities:

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Texas Family Law Foundation
Expert Psychological Witness for Termination Case
Dallas Bar Association - Family Law Section and former Board of Directors member
Texas Bar Association
Advisory Board FLP Supervision Center (former member)
Annette Stewart Inn of Court (former member)
Education
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    J.D.
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