Tom began his law practice in 1971 as an associate with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in the general litigation department. In 1972, he was assigned an estate case and quickly became familiar with community and separate property concepts, cases and law in Texas. The next case involving those same issues was a divorce that was being handled by Jack Hauer. Tom assisted Jack, and in a jury trial, substantiated all of the client's separate estate. In a rather short period of time, Tom was in charge of the divorce practice at Akin, Gump. In 1987, Tom founded a law firm devoted exclusively to divorce and family law. Today that law firm is known as GoransonBain Ausley.
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 covering topics as varied as valuation of property, tracing property, using expert witnesses, estate planning in a divorce context, proving reimbursement claims, understanding intellectual property, and using demonstrative evidence at trial. Tom 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 Academ y of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1982. Tom has been selected for inclusion in the list of Best Lawyers in America", by Woodward/White, Inc., for over twenty years. Thomson Reuters has selected him for inclusion in the list of "Super Lawyers" in family law in its November issues from 2003 - 2018 (including a selection of one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas in 2004 and 2005). Tom was one of the founding members of, and is currently an active member in, a local Toastmasters International Club Counselors (#5918)
At GoransonBain, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver sound legal advice while attempting to de-escalate contentious, emotional situations. Our legal team can help the residents of Texas with the following family law matters: