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About Calabrese Budner

Calabrese Budner is the go-to family law firm for clients who expect more than the predictable, standard routine at the courthouse. With a mission to provide clients enlightened counsel and effective solutions that promote healing, growth and dignity, Calabrese Budner lawyers have extensive training and experience in collaborative divorce.

Carla Calabrese is one of only four Dallas lawyers to earn the Master Credential in collaborative divorce. When litigation is necessary, Lee Budner brings his many years of expertise, serving family law across the great state of Texas. In every case, the Calabrese Budner team will leverage the conflict resolution tools and sophisticated forward-thinking model that make collaborative divorce the better approach for families. Because compelling leadership means more than a loud voice.

Carla Calabrese

Partner of Calabrese Budner, LLP

For more than 25 years, Carla M. Calabrese has successfully represented clients in every area of family law. What sets Carla apart is her balance of tenacity and level-headedness and her formative big firm training at Dallas-based Haynes & Boone, LLP.  Carla primarily handles divorces and marital agreements for high-net worth clients with complex property and business issues.  Combining her business background with being highly adept at reading and understanding people’s emotions, Carla strategically counsels clients to protect what matters most to them.

As a Master Credentialed Collaborative Divorce attorney (one of only a few in the Dallas area) and a pioneer of Emotionally Intelligent Divorce®, she skillfully navigates and guides her clients through the tumult of emotions that accompany the ending of a marriage.  Whether in Collaborative Divorce or litigation, Carla, decisive and possessing a rigorous work ethic, goes to bat for her clients. She unrelentingly pursues her clients’ goals yet does not lose sight of the fact that over-zealous representation damages clients and their families. 

Carla’s vast family law experience also includes child custody, paternity, child support, modifications of the parent-child relationship, grandparents’ rights, adoption and assisted reproductive technology including surrogacy and gestational arrangements.  Early in her career as a divorce attorney, she knew she also wanted to help bring families together.  To that end, Carla has helped hundreds of clients form or expand their families through domestic and international adoption.

Carla and her partner, Lee Budner (also a former big firm civil litigator), combine large firm experience with boutique attention and focus to create one of the most successful and effective family law firms in Dallas.

Calabrese Budner is a North Texas Leader in divorce litigation, Collaborative Divorce, complex property division, high net worth estates, pre and post marital agreements, child custody and support, modifications of existing child custody and child support orders, domestic and international adoption, surrogacy, egg donor, and gestational agreements, and assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Carla is recognized by her peers and named among D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine’s Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, Best Lawyers in America (U.S. News -Best Lawyers®️), Top Women Attorneys in Texas (Texas Monthly), and Super Lawyers. Calabrese Budner LLP is named among the Best Law Firms in America (U.S. News -Best Lawyers®). Carla Calabrese is a Master Credentialed Collaborative Divorce Attorney. Carla is a member of the well- respected international Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Attorney Academy, one of the select few in Dallas. She founded two adoption agencies – A Cradle of Hope (www.cradleofhope.com) and the well-known local non-profit, Hope International Adoption and Humanitarian Agency (www.hopeadoption.org).

If you have family law issues that you would like to discuss with Carla, you can email her at carla@calabresebudner.com.

Lee Budner

Partner of Calabrese Budner, LLP
Meet Lee Budner-Strategy-focused and driven, while possessing the emotional intelligence necessary to handle the most sensitive legal matters. Lee’s family law experience includes prevailing before the Dallas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court in a challenge to the validity of a premarital agreement, including a successful motion for a new trial following a two-week jury trial. Lee will work tenaciously to protect what you value most using our unique Family Matters® approach. 214.939.3000 lee@calabresebudner.com