Stephen Orsinger

Stephen Orsinger
Of Counsel

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University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX: J.D. (2007)

St. John’s College – Santa Fe, NM: B.A. (2003)

Stephen Orsinger

Stephen Orsinger focuses his practice on civil litigation, civil appeals and family law. He has extensive experience in handling family law matters involving disputes over both custody and property, and has a special aptitude for appellate law. Stephen dedicated the first several years of his practice to family law exclusively at one of the most prominent family law firms in Dallas, but since returning to Austin, has expanded his practice to include commercial litigation, transactional law, and general civil appeals.

Stephen is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars, and has authored papers on a wide variety of topics including: business valuation and entity structure; characterization of community and separate property; personal and commercial goodwill; trusts; electronic discovery; and pre-nuptial agreements.

Stephen has been selected by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for 7 straight years (2010-2016), an award reflecting the Top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under age 40.

 Representative Experience:

    • Obtained two mandamuses from the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio in the same case, reversing the removal of a child from the custody of her primary conservator.
    • Obtained a mandamus from the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, reversing an order preventing a mother from appealing severe restrictions of her parental rights.
    • Secured primary conservatorship for a child’s mother against the father, who was seeking to have her parental rights significantly curtailed.
    • Prosecuted and defended against multiple enforcement actions seeking incarceration for contempt of court.
    • As an appellate advocate at trial, successfully briefed and argued multiple evidentiary exclusions, drafted the trial court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, and secured an affirmance of the final judgment in the subsequent appeal.
    • Successfully defended a summary judgment rendered against a corporation’s conversion, breach of contract, tortious interference and declaratory judgment claims.
    • Tried a seven-day recusal hearing defending a trial judge’s actions against allegations of bias and prejudice.
    • Participated in several oral arguments in six different Texas Courts of Appeals.

Professional Associations:

    • State Bar of Texas: Family Law Section.
    • Texas Family Law Foundation – Bill Review Committee (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015).
    • Marriage Dissolution Institution Planning Committee (2012, 2016).
    • eDiscovery in Your Case Planning Committee (2014).

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Professional Recognition:

      • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).