Law Office of Susan E. Duesler

Experienced & Respected Divorce and Family Law Attorney in Dallas & Fort Worth

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Firm Overview

The focus of my practice is always on the client.

Many family law situations can impact the family in significant ways. These cases can be overwhelming experiences for parents and children alike. I guide clients through the process of a family law case, helping that process go as smoothly as possible.

After graduating from Rhodes, I stayed in Memphis and worked for a small but prominent criminal defense firm. There, I was able to directly assist in preparing capital murder cases for trial. I returned to Texas with a passion for helping clients. During law school, I clerked for the United States Attorney's Office and had several clerkships with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, where I gained felony trial experience. I completed a post-graduate clerkship with the Tarrant County District Attorney's office in the Crimes Against Children Unit.
Prior to entering private practice, I worked as in-house counsel for an asset management company. The company held not only commercial and residential real estate, but also other diverse portfolio interests, such as stocks and other subsidiary companies. I helped form business entities to ensure their organizational success and handled litigation matters for these companies. I also worked on a divorce that had a net community estate worth well over $50 million.

While working for that company, I began building my private practice by handling private cases for others in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and litigation. I have continued to serve clients in these and other related areas of law.

Example cases

I frequently represent clients in the areas of family law and litigation. Through my general practice, I have broad experience in a variety of cases. My trial experience speaks for itself.

While no lawyer can guarantee the outcome of any case, I continuously strive to obtain the best possible results for my clients. I understand that many people have concerns about hiring an attorney, and work directly with my clients to ensure that their concerns are addressed. My goal is to provide the highest quality of assistance to my clients.

Main Office

Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas  TX  75240

Phone
  • (214) 999-0088
Fax
  • (214) 219-2329

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. Typically, an initial consultation lasts about 30 minutes. This may be done over the phone or in person, but I usually prefer a face-to-face meeting because clients need to feel comfortable with the person they hire to represent them.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For family law and litigation matters, I do not. For the preparation of certain types of documents, I will. These vary in price, but are more than reasonable. I am very up-front about pricing in my consultations.

Hourly Rates

$225, generally. However, each client is different and has a different case, so a different rate may be appropriate under the circumstances.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

After hour appointments available by request.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I practice in family law because of the personal nature of the cases. I enjoy helping people. While litigation can often help someone, the personal contact and impact is not there as much as it is in family law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage clients to educate themselves so that they can better understand the ways in which they can curb the costs of their legal needs. However, there is a difference between educating themselves and becoming experts. One cannot become an expert on a legal issue by searching online. There is simply no guarantee as to the accuracy of online information. Further, each state has its own respective laws on nearly every issue that varies state to state. Those laws frequently change or are amended. Therefore, while I encourage clients to educate themselves, clients must be open to the advice that their attorney gives to them, rather than insisting upon supposed shortcuts found on the internet.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Absolutely. I frequently review documents that are prepared by clients, as well as documents prepared for clients by other sources.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

No. The reason for this is that most people who want to represent themselves are not looking for coaching. They are looking for validation. In my experience, if they wanted help and were willing to pay for that assistance, they would have hired an attorney to represent them in the first place.

That being said, I usually work with my clients to figure out ways that they can contribute to the case, which will also reduce some of the costs associated with their case.

Susan E. Duesler

Solo Practice, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Wise Asset Management, L.L.C., North Richland Hills/Fort Worth, Texas - Assistant General Counsel
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Fort Worth, Texas - Felony trial experience; prepared for and argued at motion hearings; indicted cases and prepared for trials
United States Attorney's Office, Waco, Texas - Law Clerk
McAfee & McAfee, Attorneys at Law, Memphis, Tennessee - Law Clerk
Hon. Larry Gist, Senior District Judge, Jefferson County, Texas - Intern
Hon. Earl S. Hines, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Texas - Intern

Everything I do makes me a better attorney. My past experience and education has propelled me to be the attorney I am today. This trend continues with every new case I work on, every new person I meet, and every one of my actions. I always can learn something that might help me assist a client in the future.

Style: I am both laid-back and aggressive. I enjoy maintaining a somewhat laid-back approach to my daily life as it reduces stress. Similarly, if a case can be resolved by non-aggressive cooperation, I will pursue that option prior to taking a hard stance. I do not believe in creating or maintaining antagonism if it isn't needed. If a case or client needs it, I am able to be an aggressive and effective advocate.

Strengths: Hands-down, my work ethic is my greatest strength. I will work until I find the answer or solution, and will work harder to bring about that result.

Personal interests:

Aside from my work and the areas of law in which I work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am also an avid college football fan.

License
  • Bar Number: 24057712
    Texas , 2007
Education
  • Baylor University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate (J.D.) , 2007
    Waco, TX

    Trial Advocacy.

    Honors include:

    • Mock Trial Coach for Baylor Undergraduate Team
    • Research Assistant for professor for United States Supreme Court Brief
    • Student Bar Association Executive Board
    • Jefferson County Bar Association Scholarship
  • Rhodes College
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) , 2003
    Memphis, TN

    Double-Major in Political Science and History.

    Honors include:

    • Order of Omega Honor Society
    • Student Representative to the Faculty Curriculum Committee
    • Rhodes College Mock Trial team, invitational team captain
    • Resident Assistant (RA)
    • Rhodes College Varsity Softball Team
    • Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority (Social Chair, Continuous Open Recruitment Chair)

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