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Lene Alley DeRudder | Dallas Collaborative Divorce Attorney | Cowles and Thompson

Lené Alley DeRudder


Senior Counsel

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Summary

Senior Counsel Lené Alley DeRudder is a collaboratively trained divorce attorney with strong litigation skills. She takes a strategic approach to problem solving and helping guide clients to resolution – both inside and outside of the courtroom. She focuses on highly complex divorces – specifically those involving high-value and/or extensive property issues, as well as contentious family law matters. A respected and recognized leader in the family law community, Lené has appeared as a guest on broadcast television and radio nationwide. She primarily practices in Collin, Dallas, and Denton counties.

Representative Matters

  • Represented numerous high net-worth clients in divorces that involved marital assets and estates at or above $5 million in value, and obtained disproportionate divisions of property for clients.
  • Represented numerous clients in complex divorces where multiple business entities were involved, including entities formed for purposes of real estate investment.
  • Obtained exclusive right to designate primary residence for mother in highly contentious matter where custody evaluation was in favor of the father.
  • Obtained exclusive right to designate primary residence for a father in week-long jury trial in Collin County.
  • Obtained a revers and remand on appeal in termination of a father’s parental rights.
  • Successful and extensive track record of obtaining favorable results for clients in informal and formal settlement.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • “Unwinding a Healthy Marital Estate:  Where to Begin,” author, Cowles and Thompson Business and Legal Update, July 2021.
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Divorce, guest appearance, WFAA-TV Ch. 8, Dallas, TX, April, and September 2020.
  • Faith, Politics, and Marriage; guest appearance, BEONDTV talk show, KDOC-TV, Los Angeles, CA, 2019.
  • “The Anatomy of an Inventory and Appraisement: What, Why, & How,” author, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, September 2019.
  • “Update on Military Divorce Law and Primer,” panelist, State Bar of Texas Webcast, August 2017.
  • “Money Makes Your Practice Go Round – Strategic Operational Considerations,” co-presenter, Collin County Bar Association 6th Annual Making Your Practice Work CLE, January 29, 2015.
  • “Attorney’s Fees: Five Cases You Must Know. Getting Them, Fighting Them, the Ins and Outs,” presenter, University of Texas School of Law 2014 Trial Skills Training Camp CLE, May 2, 2014.
  • “Guarding Against Scams and Violence,” Presenter, Collin County Bar Association’s 4th Annual Making Your Practice Work CLE, January 17, 2013.
  • “Ten Notable Lessons from My (Almost) Two Years of Practice,” author, DAYL Dicta, February 2012 and TYLA Newsletter, March 2012.
  • Feature, Technology Page, Texas Bar Journal, February 2012.
  • “Blocking & Tackling: Interviews/Resumes/Social Media,” panelist, State Bar of Texas Webcast, November 2010.

Education

  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, 2010
    • Dean’s List Honor, Fall 2009
    • 2009 ABA Arbitration Traveling Team
    • 2008 Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Traveling Team
    • 2008 ABA Mock Trial Traveling Team
    • 2007 ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Traveling Team (semi-finalist)
  • B.A., Political Science, Appalachian State University, 1998

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 2010

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Past President, July 2020-Present
  • President, July 2019-June 2020
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas, 2018-Present
  • Collin County Women Lawyers Association
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, 2015-Present
  • Golden Corridor Republican Women
  • President Elect, 2021
  • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (volunteer)
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (volunteer)

Honors

  • Texas Rising Stars©, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®; selected for inclusion, 2014-2020
  • “One to Watch,” Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, January 2013
  • MacLean & Boulware Award, December 2009

Practice Areas

– Divorce

– Collaborative Divorce