Daniel R. Bacalis


Hurst, TX






Dan Bacalis is an attorney who is a widely recognized leader in the area of family law litigation. Dan has practiced primarily in the area of family law in Tarrant County and Galveston County (and the surrounding counties) for almost 40 years. He was educated at the University of Michigan and the South Texas College of Law, and he is presently board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Dan Bacalis is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. To become board certified, an attorney needs to go through a process of peer reviews in order to be permitted to be tested to prove his special expertise and competence in the area of family law. In addition to the testing procedures, one must also have practical "hands-on experience" in actual cases tried and contested before judges and juries.

Dan has tried cases all over the state, although the bulk of his practice is in Tarrant County where he is well known among the family law attorneys, court personnel and presiding judges.

Dan's strength as a practitioner lies primarily in his desire and ability to make the legal process as simple as possible. When negotiating and settling cases he has found that the client ends up with a quicker, more efficient result that is less expensive and less emotionally draining. However, when circumstances dictate otherwise, he is more than willing to "take the matter to court" to get a fair and equitable settlement from the court system.

His board certification status establishes he knows how to litigate if such is necessary. Most of the cases involve matrimonial issues such as divorce, child support, custody and property division. Family law cases are typically emotional and stressful situations that call for a talented litigator to balance the needs for a fair settlement through "the court systems" against achieving a fair result by full scale litigation. Dan tends to get to the heart of the issues without needlessly inflaming the emotional fires that already exist within the case.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Military Divorce
  • Father's Rights
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Property division

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1984


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • B.S. - 1981
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Tarrant County Family Law Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas , Member, 1989 to Present
  • Galveston Bar Association, Member