Mary Johanna McCurley
Of Counsel

Among the state’s most respected family law attorneys, Mary Johanna McCurley has the experience to knowledgeably address some of the more complex issues relating to families. These include asset tracing; dealing with family-owned business entities; corporate involvement; inter-spousal torts; and family psychological issues. She champions the team approach so important to the holistic approach of Shackelford Law.

Widely respected among lawyers and business people, she is a published author and frequent lecturer before such groups. Ms. McCurley has appeared before the State Bar of Texas, New York Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association, National Business Institute, and law schools throughout Texas.
Mary Johanna McCurley is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

She has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers listing since its inception in 2003, receiving special recognition among the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2013, the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas for 13 consecutive years, as well as being included eight times in the listing of the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth (Thomson Reuters). She also has been recognized for her law practice by D Magazine, Lawdragon, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

A leader among her peers, Ms. McCurley is a past chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. She is also an active member of a number of other professional organizations, and has served as national vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, president of the Texas Chapter of the AAML, secretary/treasurer of the Annette Steward American Inn of Court, co-director of the 2005 State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, and member of the Family Law Council.

Ms. McCurley has chaired the Mediation Study Committee and the Special Concerns for Children Committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has been co-coordinator of the organization’s continuing legal education program on multiple occasions. For nearly a decade, she shared editing responsibilities for the Family Law Practice Manual, a publication of the State Bar of Texas. In keeping with her concern for children, Mary Johanna was Co-Chair of the Child Support and Child Visitation Guidelines Committee for the Supreme Court of Texas for 1992-93 and served on the committee in 1997.

She is certified as a life coach by the College of Executive Coaching and recently co-authored, along with four other experts in women’s health and wellness, A Happy Healthy You: A Woman’s Guide to Happiness, Health & Harmony. The book offers advice and counsel on nutrition, exercise, menopause, spirituality, relationships, and other wellness issues for women in the second half of their lives.

Ms. McCurley began her distinguished career after graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1979, where she was student body vice president and president of the Senate. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centenary College, where she served as student body president.

Practice Areas
Custody and child support modifications
Suits affecting the parent-child relationship
Enforcement and contempt of existing orders

St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Honors: Student Body Vice President
Honors: President of the Senate
Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A., 1972
Honors: Student Body President

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1972

Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States, 2004

Professional and Civic Associations:
Mary Jo McCurley is co-founder of 511 Home Group (a charitable organization) and an active member of University Park United Methodist Church.

Fun Facts
Besides enjoying hiking in the Himalaya’s, Ades, and Rockies, Mary Jo enjoys running in Dallas area races.

Tel: (214) 780-1400
Fax: (214) 780-1401