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GoransonBain Ausley’s Diana Friedman Honored for Distinguished Service to the Practice of Family Law

October 6, 2016

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists presents GoransonBain Ausley attorney with Sam Emison Award. Diana Friedman recognized for leadership and service in the field of family law.

Diana S. FriedmanDeveloping professional relationships can be life-changing. For Diana S. Friedman, early career mentoring and active participation in the Family Law Bar opened the door to service and leadership in the field of family law. It has led to a career in which the GoransonBain Ausley Partner has risen to the forefront of the practice and recently earned her recognition as the 2016 Sam Emison Award recipient from the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

“Diana’s ability to lead, serve, inspire and persuade has earned her one of the most coveted awards in Texas family law,” said Curtis W. Harrison II, Managing Partner of the Texas family law firm. “Her personal accomplishments are a testament to her passion for the practice of family law and the pursuit of all our attorneys to be at the forefront of the industry.”

The Sam Emison Award is one of the most prestigious honors a Texas family lawyer or judge can receive and is earned in recognition of a significant impact on the practice of family law and the family law bar association.

The award has special meaning to Friedman. As a law clerk more than 25 years ago, her mentors invited her to the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Annual Dinner. The Sam Emison award presentation was one of the defining moments that shaped her career. “It provided a great example of leadership in the field of family law and demonstrated to me the importance of embracing collaboration, intellectual inquiry and legislative advocacy,” said Friedman.

A leader in driving legislative changes that will improve Texas divorce laws, Friedman is an active member and past chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, serving as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. She is the Past President of the Texas Family Law Foundation, a member of the Family Law Council State Bar of Texas, Past President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. She is a frequent course director, speaker and author of matters related to family law.

She is equally invested in paying it forward with the next generation of family lawyers. “The mentors I had played an instrumental role in me understanding not just the business of family law but the practice,” said Friedman. “There is not a more personal practice of law than family law . The relationships you develop through active participation in your professional associations and networking benefit not only you but your clients,” she adds.

A fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Friedman has earned the 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law by The Best Lawyers in America and Dallas 500 – The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Ft. Worth awards. In 2014, the Family Law Section presented her with the Dan R. Price Award. Friedman has been named a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003, and a Best Lawyer in America for the past seven years.

Friedman received her B.S from Louisiana State University and her J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

About Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (TAFLS)
Established in 1984, The Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists is a professional organization of Board Certified family law attorneys and Board Certified family law paralegals. For further information,

About GoransonBain Ausley, PLCC
GoransonBain Ausley is a Texas family law firm founded in 1987. Since its inception, GoransonBain Ausley has fostered a constructive atmosphere and strategic approach to help client’s controls costs, minimize the disruption to their daily lives and achieve the best possible outcome. The firm’s team of attorneys, including three former family court judges, offers clients comprehensive experience and perspectives to work towards an efficient resolution in complex situations.

Services encompass virtually every facet of family law, including divorce, asset identification and valuation, complex property matters, collaborative law, mediation, premarital and postmarital agreements, child custody and visitation, property division, child support, adoption, paternity, and same-sex legal issues.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, U.S. News & World Report named GoransonBain Ausley a Best Law Firm in its U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for family law and family law mediation, an achievement that involved a rigorous independent evaluation process.

The firm maintains three Texas offices in Dallas, Plano and Austin.

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