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Michael Debnam

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Michael G. Debnam is a Founding Partner at DebnamRust, practicing divorce and family law. Michael's practice focuses on navigating the sensitive and nuanced issues facing families in litigation. At DebnamRust, we seek to keep families out of the courtroom as much as possible; instead, focusing our efforts on reaching creative settlements that meet your family's needs. Michael has tried Family Law cases all over the State of Texas, and practices exclusively Family Law.

Michael is known for his calm demeanor and thoughtful approach. In-person, he is soft-spoken and articulate, saving aggression for the courtroom. Most of his clients are going through acute trauma. For that reason, Michael believes in listening first. He focuses on trying to fully understand what his client is going through. Though Michael believes that a settlement between the parties is often the best-case scenario, Michael thrives in the courtroom as well.

Michael practices all areas of family law, but a considerable amount of his practice is dedicated to protecting the LGBTQ+ community. He considers fighting for equality of the LGBTQ+ community to be his life’s work, which is what originally led him to start practicing family law.

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Texas Tech School of Law, J.D. (2017)

  • Advanced Mock Trial Winner – Texas Tech (2017)
  • ABA Negotiations National Finalist (2016)
  • ABA Negotiations Regional Champion (2016)
  • Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal, Articles Editor

Texas Tech University

  •  B.S. in International Economics, Minor in Philosophy

Community Outreach/Admissions

  • 2020 to Present – Council of the LGBTQ+ Section of the State Bar of Texas - Chair
  • 2019 to 2020 – Council of the LGBTQ+ Section of the State Bar of Texas - At-Large
  • 2020 to Present – Dallas LGBTQ+ Bar Association - Treasurer
  • 2019 to 2020 – Dallas LGBTQ+ Bar Association - VP of Community Development
  • 2017 to Present – Dallas Association of Young Lawyer's
  • 2019 to Present – Aid to Homeless Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2017 to Present – Dallas Bar Association
  • 2018 to Present – Of Counsel for GALA North Texas

Awards & Recognition

  • 2022 - Super Lawyers Nomination
  • Super Lawyer 2022 Mar 23, 2022
    Super Lawyer 2022
  • Super Lawyer 2022

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