Recognizing that divorce is a difficult time and often involves the division of an estate, Thomas Goranson applies a keen understanding to marital assets and how they can be valued and divided to achieve maximum benefit to the client. Befitting the founder of the firm, Tom also brings a certain stature to his cases that supports the client’s goals in the proceedings.
With an eye toward preserving assets rather than destroying them, Tom offers clients a thorough analysis and creative but realistic plan to accomplish their objectives.
Tom began his law practice in 1971 as an associate with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Early on, he was assigned an estate case and quickly became familiar with community and separate property concepts, cases and law in Texas. Then, Tom assisted in a divorce case involving a jury trial. In a rather short period of time, Tom was placed in charge of the divorce practice at Akin, Gump. In 1987, he founded a law firm devoted exclusively to divorce and family law, known today as Goranson, Bain, PLLC.
Tom’s current divorce practice emphasizes significant property cases. He is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1980, a graduate of SMU School of Law (1971), and a frequent lecturer on family law matters. He is also a member of two separate American Inns of Court. The William “Mac” Taylor Inn is a general litigation organization. The membership of the Annette Stewart Inn is limited to family law attorneys. Tom was a founding member of the Annette Stewart Inn and was Education Vice-President for 2003 – 2004. Inns of Court were established in the United States for the purpose of fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1982. Tom has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, by Woodward/White, Inc., for over twenty years. He was selected by for inclusion in the list of “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law” in 2009 and 2011, and “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law” in 2008. He has also been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2014. He also made “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004- 2005, as well as “Top 100: Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2005. Tom was one of the founding members of, and is currently an active member in, a local Toastmasters International Club – Counselors (#5918). He is especially proud of establishing a law firm that developed a great reputation among judges, mediators, other professionals and clients.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Complex Property Division
- Collaborative Law