Mention the words “Collaborative Family Law” to a Texas family lawyer, and one of the first names that comes to mind is Norma Levine Trusch of Houston. Norma has spent most of her 35 plus years as a family lawyer trying to bring civility and humanity to her divorce practice. An experienced litigator, Norma has often been called upon by courts to represent children in divorce disputes. That experience led her to search for a process that was more protective of the needs of children and families than the traditional adversarial system. The search led her to the practice of mediation and collaborative law, practices in which she is now a recognized leader.
Clients turn to Norma when they are looking for an attorney who is knowledgeable and compassionate, dedicated to applying her experience and talents to the settlement of family disputes in a manner that protects their interests while preserving those values and relationships that are most important to the client.
Norma Levine Trusch is a magna cum laude 1977 graduate of South Texas College of Law. She was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983, and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1990. A frequent lecturer on family law both in Texas and nationwide, Trusch was the 1996 recipient of the David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism, awarded by Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. Trained in mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, Trusch is an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, where she teaches Collaborative Law and Texas Marital Property Law. She is dedicated to helping couples resolve family law disputes in a dignified and compassionate manner, without resorting to the pointless adversarial posturing that can create unnecessary expense and stress. Married, with two grown children of her own, Trusch believes that the first duty of a family lawyer is to protect the children involved in divorce by guiding the parents to methods of resolving their disputes with a minimum of acrimony. In 1983 Trusch received the Houston Bar Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Houston Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Trusch was featured in the Texas Bar Journal’s “Profiles in Service” in January of 1999 for her dedication to the providing of pro bono legal services to the working poor. She has served for two decades as the course director of the Houston Volunteer Lawyer’s Program’s annual Family Law Institute, and mentors volunteer lawyers who agree to provide free representation for litigants in family court. In 2006, Trusch was named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America.