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Carla M. Calabrese - Dallas, TX

5944 Luther LaneSte 875 Dallas, TX 75225

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Dallas Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Managing Partner
For more than 30 years, Carla M. Calabrese has successfully represented clients in every area of family law. What sets Carla apart is her balance of tenacity and level-headedness and her formative big firm training at Dallas-based Haynes & Boone, LLP. Carla primarily handles divorces and marital agreements for high-net worth clients with complex property and business issues...
Managing Partner
For more than 30 years, Carla M. Calabrese has successfully represented clients in every area of family law. What sets Carla apart is her balance of tenacity and level-headedness and her formative big firm training at Dallas-based Haynes & Boone, LLP. Carla primarily handles divorces and marital agreements for high-net worth clients with complex property and business issues. Combining her business background with being highly adept at reading and understanding people’s emotions, Carla strategically counsels clients to protect what matters most to them.

As a Master Credentialed Collaborative Divorce attorney (one of only a few in the Dallas area**) and a pioneer of Emotionally Intelligent Divorce®, she skillfully navigates and guides her clients through the tumult of emotions that accompany the ending of a marriage. Whether in Collaborative Divorce or litigation, Carla, decisive and possessing a rigorous work ethic, goes to bat for her clients. She unrelentingly pursues her clients’ goals, yet does not lose sight of the fact that over-zealous representation damages clients and their families.
Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward White, Inc. (2008-2022*), Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2022*), Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters (2004, 2006, 2010, 2022), Top 5 Exceptional Collaborative Practitioners in Texas by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas (2009), and one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2022), Carla regularly speaks and educates on family law.
Carla’s vast family law experience also includes child custody, paternity, child support, modifications of the parent-child relationship, grandparents’ rights, adoption and assisted reproductive technology including surrogacy and gestational arrangements. Early in her career as a divorce attorney, she knew she also wanted to help bring families together. To that end, Carla has helped hundreds of clients form or expand their families through domestic and international adoption.

Tapping into her passion for helping people and wanting to give back, Carla founded Hope International Adoption and Humanitarian Aid Agency, a non-profit organization that facilitates adoptions for foreign-born and orphaned children. She also founded A Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, a domestic adoption agency. She is a member of the international Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. An adoptive parent herself, Carla brings invaluable insight to her adoption clients.

About Carla M. Calabrese

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorces
  • Marital Agreements

Litigation

  • 15%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1986

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas (Member)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: With Honors
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1982
    B.S.
    Honors: magna cum laude

Past Positions

  • Haynes & Boone, LLP, Commercial Litigation Lawyer, 1986 – 1991
  • Xerox Corporation, Industrial Buyer, 1982 – 1983 (left to attend law school)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Hope International Adoption and Humanitarian Aid Agency
  • A Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
  • Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

Classes and Seminars

  • “Why Collaborative Law Should Be a Household Name.” – Presented to the Dallas Roundtable, April 16, 2013
  • “Resolving divorces using the collaborative law process – What it is, how it works, and why your clients should consider using it?” Presented to The Lifeworks Group, PA, April 26, 2012
  • “Case Study from Hell”, presented to Collin County Family Law Bar Assoc., March 2011
  • “Collaborative Law – Ethical Considerations,” The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Course, 2011
  • Ask the Experts – Collaborative Family Law, D Magazine, January 2011
  • “How to Protect Your Clients and Their Net Worth During Divorce – A Process That Every Top-Notch Financial Professional Should Know About”, presented to Tolleson Wealth Management, October 2010
  • “Cracking the Mental Health Code: Helping Lawyers Spot (and Understand the Impact of) Mental Health Issues”, The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Course, 2010
  • Collaborative Law Primer – Presented to Andrews & Barth, March 2010
  • “Introduction to Collaborative Law – Dissecting the Case from Hell”, presented to Plano Bar Association, October 2009
  • “Case Study from Hell”, The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Course, 2009
  • ▪ “The Collaborative Team Model, Learn It, Do It, Love it!”, Texas State Bar Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2007
  • “Why Aren’t Those Lawyers Going to Court”, presented to 100 lawyers at the Mahon Inns of Court, Fort Worth, Texas 2006
  • “The Collaborative Team Model, Taking Texas to the Next Level”, Texas State Bar Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2005
  • “Introduction to Collaboration in the Practice of Law”, Dallas Bar Association ADR Section, 2004
  • “Top Ten Reasons to Choose Collaborative Law”, Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, 2003
  • “Introduction to Collaborative Law”, Dallas Group Analytical Practice, 2003
  • “Protocols for the Practice of Collaborative Family Law”, Adopted by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Co-Authored with the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Protocols Committee, 2003 - present
  • “How to Sell Collaborative Law”, Dallas Collaborative Law Group, 2002
  • “Collaborative Law – A New Way to Practice Family Law” Instructor, Law Awareness Course, The Hockaday School, 2003
  • “Top Ten Reasons to Choose Collaborative Law”, Haynes & Boone, LLP, 2002
  • Scriptwriter & Participant, Children in the Middle, AT&T Cable Program, Role-playing Collaborative Law Case, 2 episodes, 2002

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Carla M. Calabrese

Included on the 2024 Texas list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Carla M. Calabrese on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® - Collaborative Family Law, Woodward White, Inc. 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2003 - Present
  • Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, Carla Calabrese 2010
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese, 2004 - Present
  • 5 Collaborative Practitioners in Texas Making a Difference, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas 2009
  • 5 Exceptional Collaborative Practitioners in Texas, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas 2009
  • Carla Calabrese earns Collaborative Divorce Texas Master Credential March, 2017
  • The Top 500 Business Leaders in DFW, DCEO, Carla Calabrese 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America® - Family Law, Woodward White, Inc., Carla Calabrese 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese 2003-2019
  • Collaborative Divorce Master Credential, 2017 (one of four Dallas Attorneys)
  • Recognition in Strathmore’s Who’s Who 2003-2004 Edition
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese, 2006 - Present
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters, Carla Calabrese, 2010 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2007 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2008 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2010 - 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014 - 2019

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