Kinser & Bates, L.L.P.

Practice Limited to Family Law

Lauren E. Melhart

“Lauren
Lauren E. Melhart is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Melhart has extensive experience within the family law field, including several years as a Child Protective Services prosecutor. As a CPS prosecutor, Ms. Melhart received the award for excellence in serving children from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley. She had 100 percent success rate in jury trials and 100 percent affirmance on all appeals. She also was a felony prosecutor in East Texas with a 100 percent success rate as first chair in jury trials in addition to 100 percent affirmance on all appeals. Ms. Melhart previously taught torts and personal injury law to paralegals at a community college in East Texas.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Board Certified– Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

  • Trial Briefs Committee (2015-present)
  • Membership & Member Services Committee (2016-present)
  • Publications Committee (2016-present)
  • Historical Committee (2016-present)
  • Texas Family Law Foundation

  • Silent Auction Committee 2016
  • Membership Committee 2016
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas

    State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

  • Annotated Family Code Committee 2016
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association

    “Rising Star” 2014 – 2016 (Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service)

    EDUCATION

    BS (Political Science, magna cum laude), Texas Christian University, 2002

    BBA (Accounting & Finance, magna cum laude), Texas Christian University, 2002

    JD, Baylor University School of Law, 2007

    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Panelist:  “Preparing for the Board Certification Exam”, Advanced Family Law 2016, August 2, 2016
     
    Author:  “Pursue and Defend a Child Support Case,” Family Law 101 Course, July 31, 2016
     
    Presenter:  “Family Law Practice”, UNT Dallas College of Law, February 26, 2016
     
    Author:  “Assisting with Child Custody and Visitation Issues,” Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals Seminar, January 2016
     
    Author:  “Drafting the Jury Charge,” Advanced Family Law Drafting, December 11, 2015
     
    Presenter:  “Men: Child Support, Spousal Support, and Fighting for Custody,” Fort Worth Paralegal Association, June 25, 2015
     
    Panelist:  “Taking and Passing the Board Certification Exam,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Spring 2015
     
    Presenter:  “CPS Litigation 101,” CASA of Trinity Valley, 2009