Our Attorneys


Marianne Howland is a 2006 graduate from the Texas A&M University School of Law. She handles adoptions, custody battles, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorces, post-divorce modifications and enforcement. While Howland is comfortable in the courtroom litigating cases for her clients, she encourages clients to settle their issues amicably whenever possible.

She has also been representing students in education matters such as discipline, discrimination, and placement for several years.

Howland is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, the State Bar of Texas Trial Section, the Dallas Bar Association and Oak Cliff Women and Business. She specializes in school and family law.


George Shake received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2012. Shake also has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Business from the City University of New York, a master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of North Texas. 

Shake’s professional admissions include the State Bar of Texas, Texas Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been named as a SuperLawyers Rising Star, selected by Expertise as a Best Family Lawyer in Plano, AVVO “Superb” 10 Rating, and has received the Stars of Texas Bar Award for his article series “Families with Children with Disabilities.” Shake is also active in Texas Lawyers for Children.

 Shake has participated in thousands of special education meetings, discipline meetings, and court proceedings. He has held administrative positions in several local public schools, written policies and trained school personnel to comply with federal and state regulations for serving children with special needs. Shake has worked tirelessly on behalf of individuals with disabilities for twenty-five years, and trained professionals throughout the Dallas area for fifteen years.

 Shake specializes in the practice of family law and education law.


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