Mike DeBruin is a veteran of decades of family law problem solving across the state.
An active family law attorney whose creativity, attention to detail and effective communication resulted in his selection as one of Texas’ Best Lawyers (Woodward/White 2009-2011), Mike has handled many cases involving complex property and property division as well as intractable child custody and visitation problems.
He has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2014), a listing of the state’s top 5% of attorneys published by Thomson Reuters and featured in Texas Monthly magazine.
Mike DeBruin is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a former member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Child Visitation.
Mike has also written articles and made presentations to family law seminars on trial skills, the tax aspects of divorce, asset tracing and the problems of child support.
He was born February 22, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota (B.A.,1977) and the South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1980).
Mike DeBruin – Representative Clients
•Former executive of a Fortune 500 company in a divorce proceeding with a substantial estate and complex retirement benefits and comprehensive retirement packages.
•Former major league baseball player in a custody modification action in order to obtain primary possession of his son.
•The owner and partial owner of real estate partnerships in Texas in a divorce/custody action that involved characterization of the partnership interests and necessary significant restrictions on the spouse’s possession of and access to the children.
•Major league baseball player in connection with a premarital agreement.
•CEO of a mid-sized corporation in connection with a divorce action contesting premarital agreement.
•A wealthy Dallas resident, concentrated on issues dealing with children and complex property issues with a premarital agreement and more than one post-marital agreement in play.
•Wife of a wealthy Dallas resident with children and a very substantial estate managed and controlled solely by the husband.
•A physician in a divorce involving property and custody issues, including valuation of a medical practice.
•Major league baseball player in connection with his divorce shortly before the player was scheduled to attend arbitration.
•The wife in a divorce action where both parties were executives of a major Fort Worth company that involved licensing agreements, personal goodwill, valuation of the company, and custody issues.
•CEO of a substantial Texas corporation in connection with a modification action to obtain necessary safeguards in connection with the ex-spouse’s possession of the children due to substance abuse concerns.