“Family is at the core of who we are, whether that family is biological or chosen. That is why a solid legal foundation is so important. I endeavor to tackle the complex issues of family law in a positive, constructive way, always advocating for the needs and wishes of my client first, while being mindful of the emotional impact behind each and every decision.”
Brett’s primary practice is Family Law. Assisting families through transition is his drive and passion. He looks for the win-win scenario in all disputes involving families as the post-resolution familial relationships are important and ultimately bear the lifelong effects of the dispute resolution process. Brett handles matters relating to premarital and post marital agreements; divorce; suits relating to children and modification or enforcement of existing family court orders.
LGBT family matters are a significant facet of his practice. Understanding the added layers of complexities heaped upon these disputes by society and government is important to getting a fair, right and just resolution to these matters that allow the parties to move on.
In addition to Family Law, Brett practices in the area of Probate. His probate continues his commitment to assisting families in transition.
Prior to beginning his family practice, Brett served as general counsel for an emerging technology company – managing all aspects of the organizations corporate legal needs. He has experience in contracts, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment and corporate finance.
Brett’s professional career began in 1991 as an auditor with a then big six accounting firm. He is a Texas Certified Public Accountant and brings that experience as a significant tool in his toolkit in addressing the varied matters on which he provides counsel. Understanding the complex financial elements contained in most matters of life, he is able to develop creative solutions that support his “win-win” approach to conflict resolution.
Brett is currently the treasurer for the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Collaborative Law section of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a council member of the LGBT Section of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Dallas LGBT Bar.
Brett Christiansen has experience in the following areas of law:
- Family Law
- Complex Property Division
- Child Custody
- Pre-marital and Post-marital Agreements
- Trusts and Estate Planning
- Will Drafting
- Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestures
- Corporate Governance
- Financing/Debt Covenants
- Contract Drafting, Negotiating, and Management
- Commercial Real Estate Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Trademark and Copyright
- Risk Management Strategies