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Elisa Reiter

Areas of practice: Family Law; Child Welfare Law; Elder Law

Senior attorney Elisa Reiter focuses her practice on family law matters, including simple to complex divorces, modifications of child support and custody (parental alienation and reunification cases), grandparent rights, child welfare cases, interventions, LGBT issues, elder law issues, as well as cohabitation, premarital and post marital agreements. Elisa’s trademark: TENACIOUS ADVOCACY. Elisa Reiter graduated from SMU School of Law at the age of 22, later returning to teach family law. She holds an AV Preeminent Rating as a trial lawyer from Martindale Hubbell, peer-reviewed at the highest level of professional excellence for legal expertise, communication skills and ethical standards.


Juris Doctor degree, - Southern Methodist University School of Law
Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Political Science – Southern Methodist UniversityBachelor of Arts, cum laude with departmental distinction in English – Southern Methodist University

Professional History

Admitted to Texas Bar - 1985
Admitted to Massachuesetts Bar - 1998
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar - 1998
Admitted to New York Bar - 1999
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Texas

Board Certified, Family Law and Child Welfare Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Affiliations

Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Massachusetts Bar
Member, District of Columbia Bar
Member, New York Bar
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Rated AV PreeminentTM

"AV PreeminentTM and BV DistinguishedTM are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies." Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Recent Publications

'I'm right.' 'No, I'm right.' New techniques for mediating high-conflict disputes | ResearchGate
Hindsight bias in the context of child protection services | ResearchGate
Reunification Therapy: The Legal Angles | ResearchGate
Let's Confront Child Welfare Law Buzzwords | ResearchGate
Will the Real Expert Please Take the Stand? | ResearchGate
What Constitutes Malpractice by a Child Welfare Attorney? | ResearchGate
Where Does an "Outcry Witness" Fit in the Child Abuse Arena? | ResearchGate
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month -- so is May, June ... | ResearchGate
The RIGHT Response to Elder Abuse | ResearchGate
Children, Parents, CPS and Second Medical Opinions | ResearchGate
Still Thrashing: Is the Thrash Case A Bleak Commentary on Incapacity? | ResearchGate