Connatser Named Among Top 100 Attorneys in Texas

DALLAS – (BUSINESSWIRE) – Dallas divorce lawyer Aubrey M. Connatser has been selected one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Texas as well as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the state.

In addition, Connatser made the list of the Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas Super Lawyers while fellow Connatser Family Law attorney Mike DeBruin made the list of Texas Super Lawyers for the twelfth straight year. These designations are made by Thomson Reuters from a survey of their fellow lawyers and are published by Texas Monthly magazine and Texas Super Lawyers magazine.

Connatser, managing member of the Connatser Family Law firm in the Uptown section of Dallas, was one of the youngest Texas attorneys ever chosen for the Super Lawyer honor, at age 29. Two years ago, she left the largest family law firm in the southwest to create Connatser Family Law. She was joined in her practice this year by DeBruin, considered one of the top veteran family lawyers in the state. Connatser Family Law now has five attorneys who handle exclusively family law cases.

Both Connatser and DeBruin are board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm also has three associates who handle their own caseloads – Christine Powers Leatherberry, Abby Gregory and Alissa Castro. “We handle family law cases of all sizes and fact situations,” Connatser says. “We have the manpower and experience to handle the largest case involving a huge estate and many business interests. But we also have attorneys who can handle a simple divorce on a cost-effective basis. We set up this firm to accommodate most clients.”

To determine the Texas Super Lawyers honorees, researchers solicit nominations from more than 70,000 lawyers. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys and the publication’s editors then select the final honorees, who account for less than five percent of all Texas attorneys. The 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list is published in the October issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines, and is available online at

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Connatser Family Law attorneys Aubrey Connatser and Mike DeBruin have been selected to the list of Best Lawyers in America® for 2015. They have been selected among the nation’s most outstanding attorneys in the practice areas of family law and collaborative family law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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DALLAS, March 26, 2014 (BusinessWire) – Dallas family law litigator Christine Powers Leatherberry is recognized among the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys in the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters. Leatherberry is an associate attorney at the family law firm of Connatser Family Law in the Uptown area of Dallas. She has experience in commercial litigation and family law.  She has handled numerous cases involving complex property negotiations as well as child custody matters.

“Christine came to us last year fully able to handle her own caseload,” says firm founder Aubrey M. Connatser. “She is fearless in the courtroom and has a rare ability to empathize while maintaining a practical approach to managing their case.”

The divorce and family law attorney is among the less than 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys chosen for the Rising Stars list, which appears in the April 2014 issue of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazines. The exclusive list is based on nominations from fellow lawyers and independent research that reviews lawyers’ abilities in twelve key categories. In addition to results achieved for clients, the categories also include court experience and professional activity. Her divorce clients include business owners, other high net-worth individuals or their spouses, and she consistently obtains favorable outcomes that protect their interests.

Noted Dallas Attorney Mike DeBruin Joins Connatser Firm

Veteran Dallas family lawyer Mike DeBruin has joined Connatser Family Law after 23 years with the state’s largest divorce firm.

He brings a wealth of experience and good judgment to firm clients. Mike is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters 2003-2013) and as one of Texas’ Best Lawyers (Woodward White 2009-2011).

Many of Mike’s cases involve complex property and business matters, intractable child custody and visitation issues, asset tracing, tax matters and the validity of marital agreements. His clients include professionals in law, medicine and finance, high-level business executives, professional athletes and their spouses. He is known for effectively communicating his position to people of all backgrounds.

Connatser Family Law is Planned for Greatness

Aubrey Connatser has established Connatser Family Law as the next in a line of great Texas divorce and family law firms.

For Aubrey, it was time to blaze her own trail in Texas family law when she started the firm in the fall of 2013. She is known throughout the state for her engaging personality and the ability to work with opposing counsel, judges and juries to benefit her clients.

Over the past several years, Aubrey has matured into an emerging force in Texas divorce and family law. Many of the area’s wealthiest and most famous people depend on her for family law advice.

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Family law services to meet every need

Family law is a constantly evolving area of practice. Once there was only divorce where mom usually got the children but dad often controlled the purse strings. Today there are uncertainties based on the facts of the case. Each case demands a practitioner with few pre-conceived notions, but with the creative energy, results-oriented outlook and a clear pathway to meed the needs of you, the client. The Connatser family law firm offers a wide range of services to accomplish your goals.

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Connatser Family Law team members include, from left, Ashley McDonough, Office Administrator; Patty Lowney, Receptionist; Abby Gregory, Associate Attorney; Christine Powers Leatherberry, Associate Attorney; Mike DeBruin, Member; Aubrey M. Connatser, Managing Member; Alissa Castro, Associate Attorney; Debbie Churchill, Paralegal; and Abbey Hudson, Paralegal.

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Members of Connatser Family Law have earned some of the most widely respected honors and special designations in the legal profession.

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