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Ben Selman

Of Counsel


Great clients with significant legal issues, combined with the best partners and working environment possible, produce results within client needs and goals.  It is a distinct honor to partner with our clients to help achieve legal answers to the thorny issues of the family confronting them.

Ben Selman is focused exclusively on litigation. He has extensive jury and non-jury trial experience including many complex and multiparty cases, as both plaintiff and defense. He has worked on numerous cases throughout his career ranging from personal injury, premise liability, medical malpractice, general business litigation, and family law, including marriage dissolution and child custody/parental rights.

Ben is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent lecturer and writer in the area of family law. He is an active participant in panels and presentations in children’s rights, adoptions, attorney-client ethical relationships, and mediation training.

Ben is currently an adjunct professor at Baylor University School of Law, where he presents Family Law Survey, Advanced Family Law and Family Law Advocacy.

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi


Lola Wright Service Award, Texas Bar Foundation, 2022

Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Legal, 2012 – Present

Call to Service Award of the President of the United States—2013; President of the United States Volunteer Service Gold Award—2008

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director’s Assistance Recognition Certificate—2012

Distinguished Service Citation, Texas Police Chiefs Association; Individual Commendation of the Senate of the State of Texas; Texas Department of Public Safety, Director’s Unit Citation, 2002


Civic & Professional

Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

Bell County Bar Association

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education-Reserve License; Intermediate License; Active Duty, City of Woodway Public Safety Department (Police, Fire, Rescue, Special Response Team)

State Bar of Texas, Crime Victims and Witnesses Committee – Past Member

State Bar of Texas, District 8B Grievance Committee – Past Member; Past Chairman; Past Investigatory Panel Chairman

State Bar of Texas, Commission for Lawyer Discipline – Member 2003-2006, Vice Chairman 2004-2006

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

Supreme Court of Texas, Board of Disciplinary Appeals – Member 1995-2001, 2006-2012; Vice Chairman 1996-1999; Chairman 1999-2001, District Disability Chairman 2013-present

News & Insights

Beyond the Law

Advisor to Dayspring Community Fireservice Initiative, Gaba City, Uganda

Ordained Deacon and Ordained Elder of the Church in active service.

Certifications & Specialties

Certifications & Specialties

Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


  • State Bar of Texas, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1973

  • Baylor Law Review
  • Moot Court

Baylor University, B.A., 1970

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