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  • "[I] have used this firm three times. Alex has represented me twice. He did a great job both times. Melinda did a great job as well."
    M.C.
  • "Just want you to know I am so relieved and so happy. I've been doing backflips the whole night. Thank you!"
    R.E.
  • "Grant Frankfurt! Grant Frankfurt handled my long, frustrating divorce with a professionalism that exceeded all of my expectations. Grant is extremely knowledgeable, both about the law and life. It was a pleasure to work with Grant and the rest of the Law Firm through my difficult endeavor. The best things in life are worth paying for, right? "
    R.M.
  • I was made to feel like my case was important to Melinda.
    J.A.
  • Melinda, thank you for speaking at the Law Practice Management meeting on Monday. Everyone really enjoyed the presentation. I took away several good tips to help improve my practice. Thank you for taking the time away from your practice to help the attendees improve theirs.
    B.H.
  • Thanks again for your support and terrific negotiating skills during Mediation. It was a very difficult day, but one that I am happy to have behind me. You are amazing!
    A.T.
  • Melinda’s advice was spot on and helped achieve the desired results.
    J.J. & D.J
  • I have had people say things that would make me distrust my legal representation, but I stick by my God-led decisions, good or bad, come hell or high-water. It had to be the Eitzen at Duffee + Eitzen. I talked to other lawyers, I told myself I was going to go with someone else, and I just couldn’t. So in my Lifetime for women movie, they will have to get someone smart and beautiful to play Angel and Melinda, who were the champions that righted a horrible injustice before I moved forward to help it from happening to other idiots like myself.
    M.L.
  • [Melinda]Thank you for working so hard on our case. It truly means the world to us. We have finally been blessed with you in our lives, doing the incredible work that you do. You have changed the way we view attorneys, in such a positive way.
    N.R. & C.R.
  • Melinda’s patient approach and overall expertise were critical to a resolution in this matter.
    M.B.
  • [Melinda] I am so thankful for you and your team. Word of mouth goes a long way and I know who I will be using in the future if the need arises. Thanks again!
    C.D & D.D
  • Melinda, thank you for all the support and effort you put into the resolution of my marriage. I believe we did a wonderful job at coming to a fair solution for all parties involved and I could not have done it without you.
    G.E.
  • I never had to hire an attorney until I found myself getting divorced. As a stay home mom with three young children and an unexpected divorce in my lap, I wanted an attorney who had experience with divorce and the family court system. I wanted an attorney and staff that would understand the emotional process as well as the legal process. I feared I would not find a firm who made me feel like they had any skin invested in my legal and emotional welfare. Lisa and her staff eased these fears by going the extra mile to make me feel as though they were attempting to walk in my shoes during the process. I have been divorced over 5 years now and have needed her services for various other legal actions. At times I have needed a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen to me vent. I always know with this team it feels like I have someone fighting my battles as they would fight for themselves.
    C.M.
  • Thank you, Melinda. Many thanks to you and Lindy for all your help through this difficult process. Couldn’t have done it without you.
    D.S.
  • Thank you! Melinda, you’re incredible. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to meet you!
    L.W.
  • After a three year divorce process and facing more post divorce legal challenges, I changed attorneys and hired Lisa Duffee of Duffee + Eitzen. In contrast to my prior attorneys, Lisa Duffee’s representation was proactively aggressive instead of passive. She pressed for reimbursement of attorney’s fees and succeeded in getting The Court to order my ex-husband to pay the fees. When he defaulted on agreements, she held my ex-husband accountable before the court and did not give him grace, as my prior attorneys had done multiple times. She listened to me, heard me and acted with conviction on my behalf. Lisa treated me with respect and showed compassion for my situation. Lisa fought for me. She billed me fairly and restored my belief that competent, client loyal attorneys really did exist and they could represent a client effectively without leaving them financially emaciated. Lisa was unfaltering in her care and commitment to me and my legal situation. I am extremely in debt to Peggy Richard, the Duffee and Eitzen paralegal who worked in tandem with Lisa. Peggy is exceptionally qualified, resourceful, highly intelligent, detail oriented, compassionate and committed. After working with Lisa and Peggy, I now believe my biggest regret regarding my divorce process is that I did not hire Duffee and Eitzen initially.
    N.S.
  • [Melinda] thanks so much for your help. This would not have happened without your expertise, commitment, and compassion!
    F.W.
  • Melinda and her team were fantastic in handling my family law case. Utilizing her knowledge of the collaborative process made my particular case go as smooth as possible. Communication was easy and professional. I would definitely recommend Mrs. Eitzen to friends and family.
    A.M.
  • For anyone unfortunately going through the divorce process, I cannot recommend Lisa and her amazing staff enough. I truly was able to relax during the process knowing that my best interest was first and foremost Lisa’s priority. She fought for me, she guided me, she reassured me, she consoled me and took control over a situation, that for me, was completely out of control. I was able to focus on my children during this painful process, my own health and happiness, and all because worrying about my representation was the last thing on my mind. I KNEW I was in the best hands in Dallas! I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to my divorce. The results were amazing and the process smooth and efficient
    D.B.
  • George, first of all, a heartfelt THANK YOU for all you have done, along with the paralegals and the rest of the staff. You made this process as easy as possible and I am grateful for your direction and sincerity. –B.C.
    B.C.
  • Melinda is very professional, sensitive, caring, and demonstrates that she will obtain results for her clients. She has outstanding skills in collaborative law. I highly endorse Melinda Eitzen. Thank you.
    T.W.
  • [Melinda Eitzen] To a person I will NEVER forget both professionally and personally. I can see you now at the head of your conference room table playing the magic of collaborative law. I also liked very much your “numbers” guy! Best wishes for continued growth in your practice.
    W.W.
  • Melinda Eitzen and George Shake did a good job handling my case.   I felt comfortable with this office from day one and appreciate everything they did for me.  Thank you for a positive outcome.
    A.G.
  • Thanks to the best attorney team in DFW
    C.M.
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PLANO OFFICE

6860 N Dallas Parkway, Suite 200
Plano TX 75024
(972) 403 1200
By Appointment only

DALLAS OFFICE

Main Office
4311 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 600
Dallas TX, 75219
214 416 9010

FORT WORTH OFFICE

201 Main Street, Suite 600
Fort Worth TX 76102
(817) 952 3155
By Appointment Only

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PLANO OFFICE

6860 N Dallas Parkway, Suite 200
Plano TX 75024
(972) 403 1200
By Appointment only

DALLAS OFFICE

Main Office
4311 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 600
Dallas TX, 75219
214 416 9010

FORT WORTH OFFICE

201 Main Street, Suite 600
Fort Worth TX 76102
(817) 952 3155
By Appointment Only

Lisa Greenwood Duffee
Founder/CEO

Lisa Duffee, a founding Partner in Duffee + Eitzen, has been practicing law in the Dallas area for more than 30 years. Earlier in her career Lisa Duffee specialized in real estate and business litigation, serving as the lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials, and today utilizes the knowledge acquired through her previous areas of focus to complement the initiatives of Duffee + Eitzen, and effectively and efficiently represent her clients as a Dallas Family Attorney.

As a family law attorney experienced in the field of collaborative law, Lisa Duffee employs her ease with communication, compassionate spirit, business acumen, and skills in innovative problem solving to formulate strategies and advocate for her clients, assisting them in reaching their goals. Lisa Duffee has established herself in her field by seeking resolution of her cases through negotiation, facilitation of communication, and clearly understanding her client’s end-goals, resulting in resolutions that minimize the expense, emotional toll, and psychological impact of family law cases.

Lisa Duffee is active in the Dallas community supporting organizations such as The Family Place. She is consistently involved with Collaborative Law Dallas, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and was formerly a board member of the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association.

Lisa is known for her ability to find unique and creative solutions to situations in order to find the best scenario to solve her client’s needs. It has been this creativity along with her deep-rooted care for her clients that has gained her the reputation as the creative caretaker. Time and time again clients walk away feeling better about their situations and having long-term successes that they could only dream of when the process started. Lisa Duffee is truly gifted at solving her client’s problems.

Family Law
100%
Divorce
100%
Family Law
100%

Melinda Hartman Eitzen
Founder/CEO

Melinda Eitzen, recently recognized by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” and one of the “Best Family Law Mediators in Dallas”, is an attorney on the forefront of the collaborative law movement in Texas, is a partner in the Dallas-Fort Worth area based family law practice of Duffee + Eitzen.

Focused on multimillion-dollar divorces, custody modifications, paternity cases, and premarital agreements, Melinda Eitzen is highly experienced in all facets of family law, and well versed in managing high-profile cases. She is the daughter of beloved retired Judge, Merrill Hartman, who was a Dallas District Judge for 22 years on both the Civil bench and Family bench.

Melinda Eitzen has utilized her expertise in the practice of Collaborative Law to pen lectures, articles, and books on the subject including co-authoring “Divorce The Collaborative Way. Is It The Way For You?” and “Considering Divorce? Critical Things You Need to Know.”. In addition, she has presented dynamic lectures on many family law issues and the practice of family law. She has received the distinction of being a “Super Lawyer” multiple times by Texas Monthly Magazine (every year from 2003-2006 and every year again from 2009-2017) and one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine. Melinda is the recipient of numerous awards, particularly for her pro bono work and for teaching others how to do pro bono work.

Melinda has served as President of the Collin County Bar Association and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Texas Lawyers for Children from 2011-2013, as President of the Plano Bar Association, as a chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, Vice President of the Collin County Bar Association, chair of the Good Works Committee of the Collin County Bar Association, director of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, director of Texas Young Lawyers Association, and chair of the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association.

Melinda Eitzen has a true passion for helping people through difficult times. She has an exceptional mix of both compassion for her clients and an unyielding toughness on her opponents in the courtroom This unique blend gives her clients someone to talk to and someone they can depend on to protect their interests and get them everything they deserve. Melinda Eitzen is your Dallas Family Attorney.

Mediation
100%
Family Law
100%
Trial
100%
Collaborative Divorce
100%
Mediation
100%

Marianne Howland
Partner

Marianne Howland, a partner at Duffee + Eitzen, has been practicing family law for over ten years. She graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2006. Since graduating, she has handled cases ranging the entire spectrum of family law from adoptions, custody battles, pre and post-nuptial agreements, to divorces and post-divorce modifications and enforcement. She is very comfortable in the courtroom litigating her client’s case. However, she encourages clients to settle their issues amicably when possible. Prior to joining Duffee + Eitzen, she had her own law practice for 10 years.
She has two small children and has personally been through a divorce. She brings these experiences to every case and has compassion and knowledge that assists her in her representation of each of her clients. This experience allows her to give her clients the kind of attention and advocacy they deserve.

Experience
Family Law Attorney, Law Office of Marianne Howland
October 2007-2018
A sole practitioner representing clients in divorces, custody matters, child support matters, termination of parental rights, and protective orders in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton County.

Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

December 2006-October 2007
Worked as the onsite attorney at Genesis Women’s Shelter. Represented women in divorces, custody disputes and protective orders.
Education
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • J.D. 2003-2006
The University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • B.A. History – 2003 (with Distinction)
  • Honors: Dean’s List (every semester)
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
    • Family Law Section
    • Trial Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Member of Oak Cliff Women and Business

George Shake
Partner

George Shake, a partner with Duffee + Eitzen, L.L.P., has been practicing law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since graduating from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He practices family law and special education law. George received undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Business from the City University of New York. George received a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of North Texas and became licensed to practice school psychology.
He worked with families directly for several years, assessing children and helping parents and schools to create educational programs for those children. George developed specialties in ADHD and Autism and has participated in countless special education meetings, discipline meetings, and teacher conferences. He has held administrative positions in several local public schools. He has written policies and trained school personnel to comply with federal and state regulations for serving children with special needs.George has been working on behalf of individuals with disabilities for twenty-five years and training professionals throughout the Dallas area for fifteen years. George’s work in family law often involves families with children with disabilities.

Family Law
100%
Special Education Law
100%
Custody
100%

Jodi Bender
Partner

Jodi Bender, a partner at Duffee + Eitzen L.L.P., represents clients in all types of family law matters such as divorce cases including simple or complex, property division, child custody cases, modifications, termination and adoptions, enforcement actions, and drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements. Jodi’s practice involves both litigation and participation in the collaborative or cooperative process. Jodi has been practicing law in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area since graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University School of Law.

Divorce
100%
Modification
100%
Family Law
100%
Zak Martinez
Associate

Zak Martinez, an associate at Duffee + Eitzen, was born in Dallas and raised in the nearby suburb of Rockwall, where he graduated from Rockwall High School in 2010.  He attended Southern Methodist University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Religious Studies.

After graduating from SMU, Mr. Martinez went on to attend Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.  He was selected as a Public Service Law Fellow during his first year of law school.  As a Fellow, he completed hundreds of hours of pro bono public service work at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in California.  Mr. Martinez then served on the Board of the Fellowship at his law school, planning fundraising events, and encouraging other law students to participate in pro bono public service work.  During the summer after his second year, he was selected as a specialized intern for the family violence unit at the Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office in his hometown.  It was while working here that he found a passion in helping people get out of toxic situations, which led him to want to work in family law.

Mr. Martinez did some of his coursework at the University of San Francisco School of Law in the Bay Area.  There, he expanded his legal portfolio by taking classes like Maritime Law and International Human Rights, and also participated in the LGBT law student organization, OUTlaw, and the Criminal Law Society.

After he graduated law school in 2017, Mr. Martinez took the bar exam and was admitted to practice in Texas in November 2017.  He also took the Uniform Bar Exam in the State of Washington, and he has pending admissions there and in the State of Colorado.  He clerked for a labor and employment law firm in Dallas, where he gained valuable insight into civil law proceedings before he joined Duffee + Eitzen in 2018.  He has a penchant for travel and aviation, his favorite destination being Hong Kong.  He also enjoys spending time with his parents, former and current Dallas Police Detectives, and his younger sister, Brooke, a student at Rockwall High School.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, November 2017
  • Washington State, 2018 (Pending)
  • Colorado, 2018 (Pending)

Education

Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

  • D. – 2017
  • Honors: Public Service Law Fellow and Board Member of the Fellowship

University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California

  • D. Visiting Student 2016

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • A. – 2013 Economics and Religious Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2017 – Present
    • Family Law Section
    • Aviation Law Section
    • LGBT Law Section
    • Criminal Justice Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2017 – Present
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member, 2018- Present
Grant Frankfurt
Associate

Grant Frankfurt, an associate at Duffee + Eitzen, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduating from St. Mark’s School of Texas in 2005. He attended the University of Oklahoma, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, with Distinction, while also minoring in Political Science and History. He completed his undergraduate studies with Distinction in three and a half years.  While at OU, Mr. Frankfurt served as an elected student congress representative, interned for a United States Congressman in Washington, D.C, and interned with financial crimes special agents at the United States Secret Service, where he closely worked on federal criminal investigations. Mr. Frankfurt also completed the police academy at Eastfield College and was certified in administering the standardized field sobriety tests that police officers use in DWI investigations.

Mr. Frankfurt was admitted to Emory University Law School in Atlanta, ranked as a top-twenty law school by U.S. News & World Report, and finished his law degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he was on the dean’s list. Mr. Frankfurt also had the privilege of working with one of the most prominent criminal defense firms in Dallas, where he assisted attorneys on DWIs, criminal appeals, and federal criminal cases.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Frankfurt worked for a firm that concentrated on family law and civil litigation. In his first year of practice, Mr. Frankfurt participated in three jury trials. He then went to work for a real estate development company where he gained experience in real estate transaction law. However, Mr. Frankfurt missed practicing trial law and went to practice with a firm in downtown Dallas that concentrated on family law and commercial litigation. Although Mr. Frankfurt gained invaluable experience, he left in 2015 to start his own practice to focus on the two areas of law that he is passionate about: criminal defense and family law. Mr. Frankfurt has worked with some of the top DWI and criminal defense attorneys in Dallas attended advanced seminars in DWI defense and marriage dissolution law and has spent considerable time representing clients in the criminal and family courts across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mr. Frankfurt joined Duffee + Eitzen in 2017.

Mr.Frankfurt is licensed to practice in Texas courts as well as federal courts in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He enjoys following college sports, fishing, hunting and playing tennis. His wife, Dr. Heather Frankfurt, is a veterinarian in Dallas.

Areas of Practice
  • 50% Family Law
  • 50% Criminal Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Internet Crime Law
  • DWI Defense
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2014
Education
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
  • J.D. – 2012
  • Honors: Dean’s List
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • B.A. – 2009 (with Distinction)
  • Honors: President’s List
  • Honors: Dean’s List (every semester)
  • Honors: Sociology Honor Society
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2012 – Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present
  • Texas DWI Lawyers Association, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2015 – Present
Jodi Bender
Partner

Jodi Bender, a partner at Duffee + Eitzen L.L.P., represents clients in all types of family law matters such as divorce cases including simple or complex, property division, child custody cases, modifications, termination and adoptions, enforcement actions, and drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements. Jodi’s practice involves both litigation and participation in the collaborative or cooperative process. Jodi has been practicing law in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area since graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University School of Law.

Divorce
100%
Modification
100%
Family Law
100%