Ashley McDowell, Dallas Super Lawyer

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Dallas attorney and TSG superstar, Ashley McDowell, has had a big year. Texas Monthly named her to its Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers list for yet another year and she established the highly successful firm of Turner McDowell Family Law with fellow attorney Karen Turner. Drawing on McDowell’s experience and expertise regarding complex family law matters, the firm’s services include child custody and visitation, divorce and premarital agreements to name a few. 

I caught up with Ashley to discuss her new venture, juggling work and family life and her favorite Dallas spots!

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Photos courtesy of Turner McDowell Family Law

Tell us a little bit about your background and what lead you to focus on a career in family law specifically?

Though it may sound cliché or naïve, my parents’ divorce was a main motivator in my decision to practice family law. They separated when I was about 11 years old and finalized the divorce three years later. The divorce process was very hostile and seemed to last forever. Because I was the oldest of three girls at the time, it felt like no one was interested in what I wanted. While my job as a family law attorney is not typically representing the children of cases, I feel very strongly that preserving the family as much as possible helps the future of the family, even if the final result is a divorce.

What would you say sets Turner McDowell apart from other family law practices?

Our ability to empathize with our clients is a huge asset to our practice. In addition, we are able to rely on each other’s strengths and approach each case as a team in order to do what is in the client’s best interest.

Do you feel especially passionate about a certain type of case?

I feel passionately about helping my clients accomplish their goals. I have the privilege of representing clients who are hard-working parents who want to continue to be involved with their children through providing for them and participating in their day-to-day lives. This applies to mothers and fathers as they approach a new definition of family after divorce.

In 2017 alone, you established a highly successful family law practice and ranked as one of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers ­– All while being a full-time wife and mom. What is the best piece of advice you would like to share on successfully juggling work and family life?

I don’t believe that I personally do any more than the average working mom and wife. My advice is to take it one day at a time and approach each day as a new one, with new goals to conquer. Most importantly, I try not to be too hard on myself.

As a longtime Dallas resident, do you have any favorite spots that you frequent?

There are so many places that we love! Of course, date night and nights out with our children look a little different. Our current favorite date night location is Lover’s Seafood. If we are with our kids, we love a good bowl of chips and queso at various places around Dallas, such as Bandito’s, Rusty Taco or Mi Cocina. One restaurant we have enjoyed visiting and watching grow is Café Momentum. It is a restaurant that helps non-violent juvenile offenders learn life skills and shows them a different way of life.