Mary Louise Phelps


Practice Area: Family Law

Bio: Mary Louise Phelps joined Ikard Wynne in 2015 with a focus on family law, collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Ikard Wynne, she was an associate attorney with the Dallas-based firm Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson, LLP (formerly McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson and Downing, LLP).

Mary Louise is skilled at solving the intricate financial, social, and relational issues of high-net worth divorce and complex family law matters. She provides a personalized approach, working with clients to support their best interests and helping them understand potential impacts of their decisions. An advocate for children, she has extensive experience and formal training in collaborative family law and collaborative divorce. Clients value her compassion, her commitment, and her ability to communicate effectively during stressful times.

Originally from New Orleans, Mary Louise earned her undergraduate business degree (B.S.M.) from Tulane University in 2001. She then got her law degree (J.D.) and graduate business degree (M.B.A.) from Tulane University in 2005. While in law school, Mary Louise served on the Tulane Law School Moot Court Judicial Council and participated on the Tulane Moot Court Negotiation Team, as both a member and team coach.

Mary Louise interned in the West Wing of the White House and at Patton Boggs, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. She is a former executive recruiter with R. William Funk and Associates, and has led search committees for university presidents and provosts nationwide.

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