Recognizing that divorce is a difficult time and often involves the division of an estate, Thomas Goranson applies a keen understanding to marital assets and how they can be valued and divided to achieve maximum benefit to the client. Befitting the founder of the firm, Tom also brings a certain stature to his cases that supports the client’s goals in the proceedings.

With an eye toward preserving assets rather than destroying them, Tom offers clients a thorough analysis and creative but realistic plan to accomplish their objectives.

Tom began his law practice in 1971 as an associate with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Early on, he was assigned an estate case and quickly became familiar with community and separate property concepts, cases and law in Texas. Then, Tom assisted in a divorce case involving a jury trial. In a rather short period of time, Tom was placed in charge of the divorce practice at Akin, Gump. In 1987, he founded a law firm devoted exclusively to divorce and family law, known today as Goranson, Bain, PLLC.

Tom’s current divorce practice emphasizes significant property cases.  He is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1980, a graduate of SMU School of Law (1971), and a frequent lecturer on family law matters. He is also a member of two separate American Inns of Court.  The William “Mac” Taylor Inn is a general litigation organization. The membership of the Annette Stewart Inn is limited to family law attorneys.  Tom was a founding member of the Annette Stewart Inn and was Education Vice-President for 2003 – 2004.  Inns of Court were established in the United States for the purpose of fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1982. Tom has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, by Woodward/White, Inc., for over twenty years.  He was selected by for inclusion in the list of “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law” in 2009 and 2011, and “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law” in 2008. He has also been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2016. He also made “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004- 2005, as well as “Top 100: Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2005.  Tom was one of the founding members of, and is currently an active member in, a local Toastmasters International Club – Counselors (#5918).  He is especially proud of establishing a law firm that developed a great reputation among judges, mediators, other professionals and clients.

 

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1971
    • J.D., Law
  • Southern Methodist University, 1969
    • B.B.A., Finance & Management

Presentations

  • 1980 – Supernumeraries:  Master, Auditors, et al, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, State Bar of Texas
  • 1983 – Valuation of Property and Proof of Value, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • 1984, 1985 – Special Problems of Valuation and Division of Corporations, Partnerships and Trusts, Advanced Family Law Short Course, South Texas College of Law
  • 1988 – Valuation of a Closely Held Business and Related Problems of Distribution, Focus on Family Law:  Selected Issues in Property and Parent/Child Relationships, State Bar of Texas
  • 1992 – Estate Planning — When it Comes Apart, Advanced Underwriting Seminar, Dallas Chapter of CLU & ChFC
  • 1992 – Examination of the Expert:  How to Dress and Un-dress the CPA on the Witness Stand, the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs (with Angeline L. Bain)
  • 1992, 1994      A Characterization & Valuation Primer, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Pro Bono Training Session
  • 1993 – What Accountants Really Want to Know About Divorce, the CPA Club of North Dallas
  • 1993 – The Partine Dissolution, Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • 1994 – Estate Planning/Divorce Interface, 18th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, State Bar of Texas with Robert H. Kroney and Judge Paula Larsen – 1994
  • 1995 – Enforcement and Clarification – Property Issues, Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants
  • 1995 – On the Cutting Edge of Reimbursement, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, State Bar of Texas (with Tom Greenwald)
  • 1995 – Temporary Motions, Orders and Hearings,  Legal Services of North Texas- July Pro Bono Training (With Paula Larsen)
  • 1995 – Family Law Principles In Divorce and Estate Planning, the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
  • 1996 – Co Presenter of Reimbursement and Alternative Theories of Recovery, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas, Coronado – California, October 11, 1996
  • 1997 – Working as an Expert Witness in Family Law Matters, Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA’s Divorce Conference -September 25, 1997
  • 1997 – Co Presenter of Defined Contribution Plans, Including the New Treasury Regulation Containing Sample QDRO Language and the PBGC Booklet on QDROs, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas, San Diego,  California – October 16, 1997
  • 1998 – Intellectual Property, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas (with K. Dennise Garcia), August 19, 1998
  • 1998 – Co Presenter of Strategies for Division of the Complex Estate, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas, Santa Fe –  New Mexico, October 16, 1998
  • 1998 – Moderator, Relations and Tensions Between the Media and Attorneys, William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court – November 10, 1998
  • 1999 – Intellectual Property Issues, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas (with K. Dennise Garcia), August 17, 1999
  • 1999 – The Next Millennium: 2000 Ways to Dramatically Present Your Case, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas (with K. Dennise Garcia) – August 19, 1999
  • 1999 – Moderator of Intellectual Property Law and Divorce, The Battle Ground of the Future, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law 1999, State Bar of Texas, San Diego, California – October 14-15, 1999
  • 2000 – Panel, Valuation Problems in the 21st Century, Advanced Family Law Course 2000, State Bar of Texas – August 23, 2000
  • 2001 – Speaking In Codes: What Every Family Lawyer Should Know About the Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Property Code, and Business & Commerce Code (And Throw in the Finance Code and Penal Code), 2001 Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas (with Ron Goranson, K. Dennise Garcia and Lynn Davis Ward) – August 7, 2001
  • 2002 – Panelist of Executive Compensation Beyond the 401(k), New Frontiers of Marital Property Law 2002, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio – October 10-11, 2002.
  • 2003 – Speaking In Codes: What Every Family Lawyer Should Know About the Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Property Code, and Business & Commerce Code (And Throw in the Finance Code, Business Organizations Code and Penal Code),  Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas (With K. Dennise Garcia, Ronald L. Goranson and Lynn Davis Ward) – August 18, 2003
  • 2005 – Moderator of Panel on Employee Compensation, 2005 Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas  – August, 2005
  • 2005 – Panel on Employee Compensation, 2005 New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas – October, 2005
  • 2006 – Estate Planning Counsel – Economic Contribution with Robert Kroney
    Speaking In Codes,  Advanced Family Law – State Bar of Texas – August, 2006
    Employee Compensation, Panel Member, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas – October, 2006
  • 2007 – Business Valuation – Advanced Family Law Course – State Bar of Texas – August, 2007
  • 2008 – Speaking In Codes – Marriage Dissolution Institute – State Bar of Texas – 2008
  • Dealing with Complex Business Entities on Divorce, Panel Member, New Frontiers of Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas – October, 2008
  • 2009 – Panel Moderator, Family Law Isn’t Just the Family Code: Understanding How Other Codes Apply to Family Law, 2009 Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas – August, 2009
  • 2010 – Reimbursement – 2010 Family Law on the Front Lines, University of Texas, June 4, 2010
  • 2011 – Panel Moderator, Real Estate, Oil & Gas and Estate Planning, 2011 Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2011
  • 2011 – A Modest Primer on Business Ownership, Divorce And The Courts, New Frontiers In Marital Property (With Aimee Pingenot) – October 2011
  • 2012 – Identifying, Valuing and Characterizing Natural Resources, New Frontiers In Marital Property – October 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1982 – Present
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 1987 – 2017
  • Selected to the “Top Lawyers: Family Law”, D Magazine, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 – 2009
  • Selected to the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas; Family Law”, D Magazine, 2011
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2008
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2016
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004- 2005
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1971

Professional Associations

  • American Inns of Court
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inns of Court
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, 2003 – 2004
  • Founding Member, Education Vice President
  • Toastmasters International Club Counselors #5918
Founding Member
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Denton Bar Association
  • Collin County Bar Association