Elisa Maloff Reiter

Elisa Maloff Reiter

Sole Practitioner since 1990
Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
469-513-1899
Fax:
469-212-0931
Email:

Elisa Maloff Reiter is licensed to practice in multiple jurisdictions (Texas, New York, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).  A seasoned litigator, she has focused on family law cases for the majority of her practice.  Her background in general litigation spawned a passion for family law, where she has used her skills to attempt to preserve estates, and the most precious asset of all:  children. 

Hanging out her own shingle in January, 1990, she has built a reputation based on offering personal service, pulling in a network of colleagues as needed to facilitate cost effective representation.  While she is a solo practitioner, her network is based on more than thirty years' experience in the Metroplex, building relationships that offer the client added value:  as needed, she associates some of the strongest colleagues in the area in forensic accounting, psychology, private investigation, estate planning, intellectual property and tax matters.

Martindale Hubbell has listed Elisa Reiter as an "AV" rated litigator
in excess of twenty years.  Mrs. Reiter is a member of the State Bar
of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association, as well as of the Family Law Sections of each of these organizations.  She is a Fellow of the State Bar College. 

Mrs. Reiter is not only a certified mediator and collaborative lawyer, she taught mediation and family law in Southern Methodist University's Dispute Resolution Program, and its predecessor, the SMU Continuing Education Program.  In those venues, she helped educate hundreds of individuals seeking accreditation in mediation, be they lawyers, mental health professionals, law enforcement professionals, human resource managers, and/or those simply seeking ways to help manage relationships and bridge impasses in times of crises.

Mrs. Reiter received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science (with Departmental Distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, both cum laude, from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1980.  She graduated from SMU with her undergraduate degrees at the age of 19.  She graduated from SMU Law at the age of 22.

Elisa Reiter's trademark:  TENACITY.

Mrs. Reiter entered private practice after graduating from law school.  She worked as an associate attorney for John J. Diggins, P.C. (theretofore a solo practitioner), the firm of Bedsole & Bird (at B&B, her case load included general litigation and family law matters), to the firm of Seeligson, Douglass, Falconer, Vanden Eykel, Steinberg and Solomon.  At Seeligson, she was privileged to work for and with Ike Vanden Eykel and Mary Johanna McCurley, two of the top family litigators in Texas.

Elisa Reiter's skills as a family law specialist have brought her recognition by her peers, apart from the appreciation of clients.  She served on the Texas Family Law Exam Commission (TFLEC) for seven years (2002-2007), the committee charged with writing and grading the examinations for lawyers seeking accreditation as Family Law Specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Mrs. Reiter ultimately served as Chairperson of TFLEC.

Elisa Reiter presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, having been appointed to a second term by Buck Files, President of the State Bar of Texas.  Mrs. Reiter's initial term was from 2010 to 2012.  Each TBLS Board term is three years in duration.  The Board of Directors of TBLS oversees experts seeking certification in one or more select areas of Texas Law.  TBLS was established in 1974 by the State Bar of Texas to "promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of attorneys to the public in particular areas of the law. . . and advance the standards of the legal profession."

There are over 70,000 attorneys in Texas.  Only 7,000 have earned accreditation to be publicly recognized as a Board Certified Specialist.  If you have a family law issue, you need a specialist -- and Elisa Reiter is the lady lawyer for you.

The Parent Aide Mentor Program, which trains volunteer parent aide mentors to work at risk families referred by Child Protective Services and the Child Advocacy Center;
The Families First Divorce Education Program, which teaches divorcing parents with minor children the effects of divorce on their children;
Shaken Baby Syndrome Education, which teaches students and citizens strategies for dealing with crying babies and preventing this form of abuse;
Healthy Families Dallas which works with at risk pregnant teens in high poverty areas from the onset of pregnancy to the baby's third birthday.
In addition, she has authored and/or co-authored several articles which have been presented at continuing legal education seminars on family law.  She has been a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars and/or continuing education seminars for mental health professionals.

Elisa Maloff Reiter was recognized by Texas Monthly as a Super Lawyer (2006).   Texas Monthly grants the distinction of Super Lawyer to less than 5% of attorneys in Texas.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1985
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1986

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1983
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 1980
    • Honors: With Departmental Distinction
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
    • B.S.Pol.Sc, Bachelor of Science in Political Science cum laude - 1980

Published Works

  • Psychological Testing, An Update (Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Course, Irving, Texas, May, 1989
  • PJC V: Life After Pattern Jury Charge V (Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Course, Irving, Texas, May, 1989
  • Conservatorship: Case Strategies (Co-Author), Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August, 1989
  • The Power of Privilege: The Mental Health Professional's Obligation to Juggle Confidentiality and Protection in the Era of AIDS, Texas Mental Health Counselors Association, June, 1992
  • What To Do When You Are Served With a Subpoena, Progress Notes, TMHCA, Vol. 1, Fall, 1991
  • The Counselor as Journalist, Progress Notes, TMHCA, Vol. 1, Winter, 1991

Classes/Seminars

  • Family Law SOS/101, Child Abuse Prevention Center Training Seminar, Dallas Texas, April, 2007 - Present
  • Amicus Attorney: Practicing Practically Under the New Statute, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Training Seminar, Dallas, TX, Belo, May, 2005 - Present
  • Amicus Attorney: Practicing Under the New Statute, Mariage Dissolution Institute, Chapter 3, Galveston, TX, April, 2005 - Present
  • Domestic Relations Seminar: Dispute Resolution Program, SMU at Legacy, Winter II Term, 2005 - Present
  • Avoiding Crises at the Courthouse: Some Legal and Ethical Considerations for Counselors, The Family Place/Faith and Liberty Center, May 21, 2004 - Present
  • Avoiding Crises at the Courthouse: Some Legal and Ethical Considerations for Counselors, Dallas Metro Counselors Association/Sponsored by Green Oaks Hospital, January 14, 2003 - Present
  • Avoiding Crises at the Courthouse: Some Legal and Ethical Considerations for Counselors, CFRC (Graduate Student Forum) at the University of North Texas, October 16, 2003 - Present
  • Avoiding Crises at the Courthouse: Some Legal and Ethical Considerations for Counselors, Suicide and Crises Center Fourth Annual Seminar, September 27, 2002 - Present
  • Family Law Symposium: Dispute Resolution Program, SMU at Legacy, Winter II Term, 2003 - 2004
  • Pre-emption, Privacy and the Mental Health Professional OR Who’s on First, What’s on Second and Big Brother is Everywhere, October 10, 2003 - Present
  • Risk Management for the Prudent Mental Health Professional: Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse!, University of North Texas Department of Psychology, Denton, Texas, February 22, 2002 - Present
  • Family Issues in the Millennium, Henry D. Schlinger Memorial Ethics Symposium, Temple Emanu el, Dallas, Texas, October 14, 1998 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Concepts for the Prudent Mediator, Northlake College Mediation Program, April 18, 1998 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Concepts for the Prudent Mediator, Northlake College Mediation Program, November 15, 1997 - Present
  • Family Law and You, SMU Master of Liberal Arts Class, February 19, 1998 - Present
  • Mediating With The Irascible, Presbyterian Hospital Grand Rounds, March 4, 1997 - Present
  • IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, 40th ANNUAL TEXAS COUNSELING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION: PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP, Ft. Worth, November 6, 1996 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, LAW AND PSYCHIATRY SYMPOSIUM, SMU, March, 1995 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, LAW AND PSYCHIATRY SYMPOSIUM, SMU, October 26, 1994 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS' Ethics Forum, Sponsored by the American Heart Association, October 12, 1994 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, 37th ANNUAL TEXAS COUNSELING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION: PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP, Galveston, TX, October 2, 1993 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, 36th ANNUAL TEXAS COUNSELING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION: PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP, San Antonio, TX, November 5, 1992 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL GRAND ROUNDS, September 1, 1992 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, CHARTER HOSPITAL KINGWOOD ETHICS SEMINAR, June 5, 1992 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, CPC CAPITOL HOSPITAL ETHICS FORUM, May 29, 1992 - Present
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice: What Every Prudent Mental Health Professional Should Know about Law and Ethical Conundrums, EXAS MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS ANNUAL SEMINAR, February 1, 1992 - Present
  • Dealing with Governmental Entities, or, The D.A.'s On First, C.P.S. is on Second, and I.C.P.C. is on Third, 21st Annual Advanced Family Law Course (Section KK), DALLAS, TEXAS, August, 1995 - Present
  • Nuts & Bolts: Roles and Responsibilities of the Participants in a Child Abuse Case, 1995 Guardian Ad Litem Series (First Session: Taking An Active Role, Co Sponsored by the 304th and 305th District Courts and Dallas CASA), DALLAS, TEXAS, October, 1995 - Present
  • The Joys of Elder Law, JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE FORUM ON GUARDIANSHIP, October, 1995 - Present
  • The Joys of Elder Law, PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL GRAND ROUNDS, September, 1995 - Present
  • Falling Through the Cracks: Child Abuse Seminar, CHARTER HOSPITAL GRAPEVINE, November 1, 1994 - Present
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being An Expert Witness,, CHARTER HOSPITAL GRAPEVINE CLINICIANS LUNCHEON, March 10, 1992 - Present
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being An Expert Witness, PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL GRAND ROUNDS, September 4, 1991 - Present
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being An Expert Witness, St. PAUL MEDICAL CENTER PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, June 28, 1991 - Present
  • The Power of Privilege: The Mental Health Professional's Obligation to Juggle Confidentiality and Protection in the Era of AIDS, GREEN OAKS HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRY FORUM, January 17, 1992 - Present
  • Family Law in the 90's: A Warrior's Perspective, FREE INQUIRY, 17th Annual Convention, Kansas City, Missouri, November 1, 1991 - Present
  • The Power of Privilege: The Mental Health Professional's Obligation to Juggle Confidentiality and Protection in the Era of AIDS, CHARTER HOSPITAL GRAPEVINE ALLIED STAFF FORUM, October 23, 1991 - Present
  • What Every Texas Woman Should Know About Family Law, NORTHLAKE COLLEGE NOON FORUM SEMINAR, October 16, 1991 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Member, Board of Directors (2009-2012, 2013-2015
  • Texas Family Law Exam Commission Chair, 2005 - 2007
  • Texas Family Law Exam Commission, 2002 - 2007
  • Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • Seeligsm & Steinberg PC, Associate, 1988 - 1990

Ancillary Businesses

  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University, Family Law
  • Certified Mediator

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Pi Sigma Alpha