A partner at Goranson Bain, Tom is known for his approachable manner. His reputation for honesty and integrity serves clients well in skillfully negotiating with opposing counsel to resolve cases. He manages complex divorces with expertise, and has successfully litigated child custody and complex property issues in jury and non-jury cases. He also practices collaborative law and conducts mediation.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Tom has more than 20  years of family law experience. He has been selected for inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers in Dallas” 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 by D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in America” 2005-2014 by Woodward White Press, “Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Texas” in 2009, 2011, and 2012 by Thomson Reuters and “Texas Super Lawyers” 2003-2013 by Thomson Reuters. Tom also holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell which is the organization’s highest rating. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Tom has served  on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Family Law Advisory Commission and has served on the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Board of Directors, the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, and the State Bar of Texas District 6A Grievance Committee. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Collin County Bar Bench Foundation. He has also authored and presented numerous articles on family issues, including legislative updates, discovery rule changes, and a commentary on custody and property issues. He received his B.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. from Texas Tech University Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody, Possession, & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Premarital & Post-Marital Agreements
  • Alimony & Maintenance
  • Modifications
  • Contempt & Enforcement
  • Collaborative Law
  • Complex Property Divisions
  • Mediation
  • Modifications
  • Paternity
  • Post-Judgment Modifications & Enforcement
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Premarital & Post-Marital Agreements
  • Property Division
  • Same Sex Agreements & Cohabitation Agreements
  • Same Sex Adoption
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • Wills & Trusts

Published Works

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • B.B.A.
    • Major: Finance

Presentations

  • How to Avoid Grievances, Malpractice Claims, and Breach of Fiduciary Claims, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Drug Testing – Use and Defense, 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Article, Divorce and the Stay-At-Home Mom, published by Huffington Post.
  • Article, Finding a Family Law Attorney, published by Huffington Post.
  • TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2011
  • Collaborative Law and Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, 2010
  • The Future of Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Tom Greenwald was recently quoted in an Associated Press Article, Divorce dilemma: Texas Says Gays Can’t Get Divorced.
  • Models of Effective Presentations and Visual Persuasion: The Effective Use of Trial Aids, Demonstrative Aids, and Summaries, Collin County Bench/Bar Conference, Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Models of Effective Presentations, Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas School of Law, 2009
  • Evidentiary and Discovery Issues in Family Law Cases, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Building a Bridge in 20 Minutes or Less – Tips for an Effective 20 Minute Temporary Hearing, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, 2008
  • Depositions: The Devil is in the Details, New Jersey Lawyer, 2005
  • Depositions, 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • Economic Contribution, Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, 2004
  • Default Divorce, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
  • Uncontested Divorce, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
  • Preparing Clients for Depositions, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2003
  • Decrees and Orders, 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Expert Deposition and Trial Preparation – Custody Issues in Texas, Lorman Education Services, 2003
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2001
  • Discovery Problems, 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1999
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Revised Texas Civil Discovery Rules, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon LLC, 1999
  • A Guide to the New Texas Rules of Civil Discovery, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1999
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Rebutting the JMC Presumption – What the Judge Must Hear, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Family Law Case Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1998
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Peoples’ Law School, Peoples’ Law School Committee, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Family Law Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Family Law and Proposed Legislation, Plano Independent Child Care Association, 1997
  • Offensive Use of Collateral Witnesses in a Relocation Case, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1997
  • Basic Pleadings in Family Law Cases, Pro Bono Family Law Training, Dallas Bar Association, 1996
  • Transfer Documents – From Aircraft to Zebras, Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants and Other Legal Professionals, State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Courthouse Decorum, Courthouse Policy and Attorney Ethics, Family Law Section Bench-Bar Conference, Dallas Bar Association, 1996
  • The Cutting Edge of Reimbursement, 18th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Family Law Case Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers in Dallas”, D Magazine 2002, 2003, 2007-2009, 2011 and 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Texas”, Thomson Reuters 2009, 2011 and  2012
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth”, Thomson Reuters 2010 and 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2012
  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers in America”, (Copyright, Woodward White Press, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.) 2005-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Ten Leaders in Divorce Law Age 45 & Under – Dallas Forth Worth”, The Ten Leaders Cooperative, 2002 – 2012
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership, Dallas Bar Association 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Christian Trial Lawyers Association
  • Featured on ChristianLawyers.com
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
  • Texas Collaborative Lawyers, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Family Law Advisory Commission, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member

Client Recommendations

  • “I retained Tom Greenwald to represent me in a significant divorce matter.  From the outset, Tom’s attention to detail, knowledge of the applicable law regarding the assets involved, and his ability to take control of the legal proceedings without polarizing the other side was extremely impressive.  Tom’s knowledge and skill resulted in a very favorable and early resolution to my case.  I would recommend Tom to anyone who desires the best result in the shortest time.” – B.W. former client
  • “All family lawyers are not the same-believe me. As a practicing attorney of over 25 years, I know how lawyers operate. Tom Greenwald is a godsend and helped me through a very contentious divorce. Tom is practical, attentive, patient, strategic, measured, efficient, and ethical. If you think all family law/divorce lawyers are alike then choice will not matter. However, if you want an experienced lawyer who looks for solutions and resolution, not big legal fees, then Tom Greenwald is the lawyer to represent you in what will be most certainly one of the most difficult times in your life.” – M.T. former client
  • “It was my great fortune to select an attorney as dedicated , committed and as professional as Tom Greenwald. Tom provided clear, advantageous counsel and was truly able to assess potential negative and positive ramifications resulting from our decision making process. Divorce is certainly not a lot of fun. Having Tom in my corner relieved a great part of my concerns.” – C.W. former client
  • “Last December, my wife of 17 years and mother of my two children surprised me by filing for divorce.  I was despondent.  Not only was the person that I loved and trusted the most wanting me out of her life, I was left with a document containing legal language which I did not understand.  Numerous questions filled my mind: Who would get the children?  What were my rights?  What steps are involved in the divorce process?  I contacted Mr. Greenwald, and he responded immediately.  He patiently and compassionately answered all of my questions and explained the legal language in terms which I could understand.  Mr. Greenwald’s expert explanations comforted my anxiety and made me feel much better about what to expect.  While I do not wish for any married couples to experience a divorce, I highly recommend Mr. Greenwald to anyone who needs a great family lawyer.” – A.K. former client