stephen depaul

Stephen C. Depaul

Attorney

FAMILY LAW

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After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Stephen attended Indiana University’s Mauer School of Law, one of the nation’s top ten public law schools. During law school, he amassed every major academic distinction awarded to law students: graduating top of his class, magna cum laude; serving as editor of the school’s oldest and most prestigious law review, the Indiana Law Journal; and earning induction into the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor awarded to law students.

Stephen began his legal career as a corporate litigator at an elite Chicago firm. His clients included Fortune 500 companies and Illinois’ largest public utility. Chicago is a city well known for its aggressive legal culture, and it was there that Stephen honed his skills as a litigator, relentlessly representing the interests of his clients in court.

After his time practicing in Chicago, Stephen held a series of senior administrative posts in academia, including at The University of Texas System, where he served as Director of Global Initiatives. While an aggressive, adversarial culture is the hallmark of litigation, academia is the opposite: progress is achieved only through smart, patient, effective collaboration. During his tenure in academia, Stephen became a sought-after mediator on a range of complex issues, indispensable for his rare ability to identify areas of common interest, where others saw only competing interests, and then deftly mediate toward the best outcome based on the shared goals of the parties.

Stephen also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, which he earned with the same high honors as his law degree. While completing his MBA, Stephen worked as a business consultant, utilizing a range of sophisticated methodologies to value businesses (including, specifically, medical and other professional practices) for sale or division.

Stephen’s far-ranging experience has equipped him with a rare mix of skills uniquely valuable in family law practice: a thorough understanding of financial considerations; consummate mediation and collaboration skills; zealous advocacy in litigation; and patient, empathetic understanding of the circumstances his clients confront.

Most importantly, however, Stephen is sensitive to each client’s unique situation and family dynamics. He knows when to call upon his different skill sets to achieve the desired outcomes for his clients. He is passionate about working closely, side by side, with each client, tailoring the best approach for them personally, based on their specific situation and concerns.

Stephen has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 2005.

Education

Bar Admissions

  • University of Georgia Terry College of Business
    • High Honors
    • Board of Regents Merit Scholar
    • Masters of Business Administration (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Government & English)
    • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence
  • Indiana University Mauer School of Law
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Editor, Indiana Law Journal
    • Order of the Coif (Highest Academic
  • Honor Awarded to Law Students)

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • The Law of the Lawyer – Parenting Part Deux, The Practical Lawyer, 2013
  • Helping a Family Law Client Achieve Their Goals, Strategies for Family Law in Texas (Inside the Minds) 2013
  • Parenting Part Deux, Dallas Morning News, 2012
  • Grandparents Rights in Texas, Jewish Community Center, 2013
  • Expert Witnesses, Expert Witnessing, 2009

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