Rebecca Armstrong sees her job as conflict management, from start to finish. Practicing primarily in Collin and Dallas counties, every day she helps people find solutions in divorce, child custody actions, modifications of prior custody orders, and collaborative law cases. She also specializes in courtroom advocacy, including hearings, jury and bench trials.
“My approach is to help my clients achieve their goals in the most cost efficient manner, while minimizing the stress and anxiety that can occur during this process. I have seen too many cases where clients have hired me after firing their first attorney because they felt they were giving too much for too little. In most of these cases, the problem is usually that the initial lawyer and the client never sat down to figure out the client’s actual goals throughout the divorce.”
These goals can be specific provisions in child custody, visitation, property division, and financial matters, along with many other issues. If you don’t set these goals initially in the process, cost efficiency suffers, adding to an already stress-and-anxiety-filled situation. “I make sure the client knows where they’re headed early on in the process so that we can keep working towards that direction; it saves time, money, and keeps us prepared for bumps in the road.”
This is especially true when it comes to property division, an area that Ms. Armstrong deals with routinely. She has extensive experience in cases involving a range of estates: from common estates, to large estates with complex assets, including tracing separate property, family-limited partnerships, and family-owned businesses.
Rebecca Armstrong’s objective in these cases is to keep the client mindful of the economic ramifications associated with the various strategic goals throughout the divorce. “I make sure the client understands the options, so that he or she can make an educated, financially intelligent decision.”
“If children are involved, it’s imperative to attempt to transition the relationship from a married couple, with children, living in the same home, to divorced parents, with children, living in two happy homes.” Most parents going through a divorce want this for their children, but they need help getting there. Often times, the transition and divorce process shows to be much more complex than clients realize at the beginning: it can be frustrating, and it can be overwhelming to them. Rebecca Armstrong’s experience with different types of custody cases allows her to help her client’s navigate through this complex dynamic. “I do so many custody cases, yet each one has unique circumstances and unique characteristics. Through my experience, I can put together many options and use a variety of tools that work well, not only for my client, but for the children and the other parent as well.”
Rebecca Armstrong - No stranger to the courtroom
No stranger to the courtroom. While Ms. Armstrong has plenty of success obtaining quick and advantageous settlements for her clients, her experience in trial advocacy is just as impressive. Rebecca has successfully argued and tried issues of custody and property division for her clients. Trial advocacy became a passion for Rebecca while obtaining her Bachelor of Communications at Texas A&M University, and continued through her graduation from Southern Methodist’s Dedman School of Law, where she was selected for the Mock Trial team.
In one memorable case, Ms. Armstrong convinced a Texas judge to take jurisdiction of a case involving a mom and child who live in Dallas and a father who lives in California. By understanding an extremely complex legal issue and arguing it passionately–against an attorney with 20 years more experience–Ms. Armstrong was able to save her client the difficulty of going to another state and the expense of hiring an attorney to maintain the possession schedule.
“As an attorney, going to trial is about becoming your best weapon: do you need to be a hard-hitting hammer against a stubborn opponent, or is a softer approach needed to contrast yourself against an overly zealous opponent? Depending on the case, I can be either, both, or anywhere in-between; whatever works best to serve my clients best needs.”
“Active participation in bar activities is a huge advantage in family law. Getting associated with the judges you practice in front of, as well as the attorneys you face on the other side cannot be understated. These associations not only give you invaluable insight as to how the judge may rule in your case, but can better help you settle your client’s case.” Ms. Armstrong is actively involved in both Collin and Dallas County bar functions. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar association since 2010. In this function, Rebecca works with judges and other prominent Dallas family law attorneys to increase the communication between the bar and the judiciary. Rebecca Armstrong is also a member of the prestigious Annette B. Stewart Inn of Court in Dallas with top Dallas family lawyers and prominent Dallas County judiciary.
In addition, Rebecca Armstrong serves on the Board of Directors for the Collin County Young Lawyers Association, and is president-elect (2014) for the organization. In this capacity, Ms. Armstrong organizes outreach to students and provides mentorship to incoming Collin County area young lawyers, meanwhile planning events that encourage their members to interact with the Collin County judiciary. Rebecca is also a member of the Curt B. Henson Inn of Court, along with members of the Collin County Judiciary and prominent Collin County family law attorneys and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Ms. Armstrong is also trained in the area of collaborative law and is a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Dallas, a collaborative law practice group. Through her collaborative law practice group Rebecca meets with and discusses with other professionals the advances in collaborative law as well as discussing how to make the process more efficient and cost effective for their clients.
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Phi Delta Phi, Member
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.A. (Communication with Minor in Business) 2004
Lambda Pi Eta, Member
Distinguished Student Award
What’s Your Status? Common Law Marriage in Modern Days, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, June 2010.
Conservatorship Basics, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 2011, co-authored with Rick Robertson.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Collin County Young Lawyers Association, President Elect
Collin County Bar Association, Member
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
Collaborative Professionals of Texas, Member
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors
Dallas County Young Lawyers, Member
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Houston Family Law Trial Institute (Attendee 2013)
State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
Texas Family Law Foundation
College of the State Bar of Texas
For more about Rebecca Armstrong contact her at the KoonsFuller, P.C. Plano office