Marie BrinerMarie Briner


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Marie Briner is a highly experienced family lawyer who works fervently in the best interest of clients and their children as well as handling complex litigation of property issues with extreme care. Over the past two decades, she has developed expertise in the courtroom as well as the negotiation table.

After earning her law degree from Southern Methodist University Law School (now SMU Dedman School of Law) in 1998, Ms. Briner worked in the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. She was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Child Abuse Division, which allowed her to help families through a combination of criminal law and family law situations.

She has tried more than 100 cases to verdict, gaining trial experience that is unexcelled by other family law attorneys in Texas.

Ms. Briner moved to private practice in 2004, becoming an associate at Atkins O’Toole & Briner, LLC and being elevated to partner in 2007. She has been recognized as one of the top family law professionals in North Texas and across the state by satisfying rigorous standards and gaining the support of her peers.

She has been selected one of the Top Lawyers in Dallas under 40 and featured in D Magazine. Ms. Briner was honored on the list of Texas Rising Stars and featured in Texas Monthly magazine and Texas Rising Stars magazine. She made the list of Texas Super Lawyers and was one of only 2.5% of Texas attorneys to be featured in Texas Monthly magazine.

Marie Briner is one of a select few Texas attorneys who are Board Certified in both Family Law and Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Briner is often called upon to handle family law cases that include an element of criminal law, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, DWI (driving while intoxicated), interference with child custody, kidnapping and/or possession of weapons.

In addition to her knowledge of parent-child issues, Ms. Briner is accomplished at handling the most complex property matters. A business graduate of Texas Tech, she is especially proficient in business valuation and ownership, tax issues, the division of oil and gas interests, IRS Form K-1 partnership distributions and other financial matters.

  • D Magazine, “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas,” 2006
  • Texas Monthly and Thomson Reuters, Rising Stars 2007 and Texas Super Lawyers 2013-14
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


“Great results are what you want for each client,” says Ms. Briner, “and those great results can mean different things to different people. It is important in any case for me to identify the client’s goals at the outset of the representation, and then define a strategy to reach those outcomes.”

Goal-setting can seem deceptively simple, but it is crucial in family law cases where emotions often run high. Clients should always rely on their attorney to remain focused, prepared and confident. Ms. Briner has taken over many cases where the client felt the need to evaluate another attorney’s representation.

Whether the matter involves complex property issues or the best interest of a child, there is no substitute for expertise in your field, a command of the facts, and preparation.

Not every family law case should be taken to trial, but family law attorneys should always be ready for the courtroom. Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods are indispensable tools to resolving family law matters.


  • Juris Doctor Degree, 1998
    Southern Methodist University
    Class of 1998 SMU Excellence in Advocacy Award
    Class of 1998 National Order of the Barristers
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
    Texas Tech University

Professional Associations

  • Member, Texas Association of Family Law Specialists
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (Family and Criminal Law Sections)
  • Member, American Bar Association (Family and Criminal Law Sections)
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association (Family and Criminal Law Sections)
  • Member, National Order of the Barristers
  • Member, “Mac Taylor” American Inn of Court
  • Sustaining Member, Junior League of Dallas
  • Member, Board of Directors, Child and Family Guidance Center of Dallas
  • Former Member, Dallas County Child Death and Fatality Review Board
  • Former Member, Advisory Council, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Child Development Program

Prior Legal Experience

  • Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Former Deputy Chief of the Child Abuse Division

Faculty Engagements

  • Former Trial Advocacy Instructor – Southern Methodist University
  • Former coach of several Southern Methodist University national mock trial teams


Ms. Briner is married with three children.

To contact Marie Briner and set up an initial consultation, email her or call (214) 346-9550.