Larry Hance is managing partner and founder of the Dallas law firm Hance Law Group. As an attorney who practices family law exclusively, Mr. Hance is known for inspiring confidence in clients at one of the most stressful times in their life. Listening, educating, advocating, he guides clients to sound strategic decisions that protect their priorities. Mr. Hance is focused on assuring clients realize the greatest value from his legal counsel, while minimizing the emotional costs of divorce. A skilled litigator, as well as an insightful collaborative lawyer, Mr. Hance offers clients the full range of approaches to best suit their situation and goals. With almost 40 years of experience in family law, Mr. Hance uses his experience with the legal system, judges and other lawyers to help clients achieve the best possible results.
A graduate of the S.M.U. School of Law, Mr. Hance has practiced law in Dallas since 1980. He became Board-Certified in Family Law in 1985. Mr. Hance is a member of The Collaborative Alliance (a Dallas Practice Group). From 1988 through 1990 he sat as the Associate Judge of the 301st Family District Court in Dallas County. Mr. Hance’s interest in alternative dispute resolution led him to complete training as a mediator in 1990. He is also co-founder, past president, and current member of Collaborative Divorce Texas (formerly known as The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas).
Mr. Hance is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. He is also a member and Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. Mr. Hance is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar College. He was selected as one of Dallas’ top family lawyers by D Magazine in 2003, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020. Texas Monthly has named him a Super Lawyer every year since 2003, and one of the top 100 Texas Super Lawyers for the Dallas/Fort Worth region in 2010. Each year since 2008, he has been nominated and named to the Best Lawyers in America and for 2021 recognized as “Lawyer of the Year – Collaborative Law: Family Law”. Hance Law Group has been named a Tier 1 firm in Dallas/Fort Worth for family law by US News-Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms in 2017-2021”. In 2018, Larry was recognized as a Credentialed Collaborative Professional by Collaborative Divorce Texas and in 2019 recognized as a Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional.
Committed to educating and sharing his expertise, Mr. Hance has spoken to numerous groups and organizations throughout Texas on family law. His topics have included trial preparation, collaborative law, alternative dispute resolution methods, and mediation techniques. He is an Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the University of North Texas Law School in downtown Dallas.
A native of Dallas and Rockwall, Mr. Hance is married to Jill, and they have three children. He was a charter member of the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Posse. Outside of his practice, Mr. Hance enjoys fly fishing, reading, skiing, riding his dirt bike, doing everything with his children and spending time outdoors.
Board Certified in Family Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
“Best Lawyers in America”
“Best Lawyers in America" -Lawyer of the Year 2021 in Collaborative Divorce:Family Law
“Best Lawyers in Dallas” – D Magazine
“Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, DFW” – Texas Monthly Magazine 2010
“Texas Super Lawyer” – Texas Monthly Magazine 03-20