Denise French is a partner and testifying expert at Stewart, Hurst, French & Dodson, and creator of Divorce Strategies Group. Ms. French is an expert in financial forensics, business valuation, pension valuations, executive level compensation plans and complex estate valuation. Ms. French has over twenty-six years of experience in the financial industry with specialties in brokerage and retirement valuation, tracing, characterization, complex issues with executive level compensation plans and mediation consulting. Ms. French has worked on hundreds of cases throughout Texas and has provided expert testimony in Montgomery, Fort Bend, Harris, and McLennan counties.
Mrs. French holds the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) designation as well as the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysis (NACVA). She was formerly the peer elected Chairman of the Valuation Credentialing Board at NACVA. She is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and a peer elected board member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. She is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) through the College for Financial Planning. In addition, Ms. French is a fiduciary level, Series 66 licensed Investment Advisor Representative and a Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent under Engrave Wealth Partners, LLC. She has formerly received the Series 7 General Securities representative, and Series 6 Variable Contracts representative designations. She is also a licensed Insurance and Annuity agent in the State of Texas.
While at the University of Houston, I wanted to pursue a career where I could advocate for those who do not have a voice. That led me down the path of becoming an attorney. I graduated with my Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA, in 2017. I felt the call to practice family law, which led me to De Ford Law Firm in January 2021. I am currently the Senior Associate Attorney and get to help those who have been silenced in their marriages and treated poorly. Supporting people is the absolute best part of my job. While it can be challenging, the reward of helping someone transform their life is well worth the long hours.
In my free time, I spend it with my wife and our two cats. We love spending time with our family and friends, traveling together, and making memorable experiences.
With over 24 years of experience in legal practice, we’re dedicated to giving individuals the tools and support needed to best protect their families and businesses. From divorce and child custody to estate planning, our family law services span a number of different matters. We aim to walk our clients through potentially stressful matters with ease and confidence while also educating you about the legal process.
Teresa DeFord is the Owner and Managing Attorney with over 25 years of legal practice. Mrs. DeFord is both a litigating attorney and an attorney mediator. Hammad Syed is an experienced family law attorney with over a decade of legal experience.
Guajardo Khoury Family Law
With over a decade of experience, Denise Khoury is a strong advocate for the clients she serves in divorce litigation. However, she is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution which is a softer option compared to traditional litigation for divorce and modification. This approach that puts civility first and avoids the interference of the courts in your personal, life-changing decisions. She is a litigating attorney and an attorney mediator.
Kern Law Firm
At Kern Law, PLLC, we offer creative solutions to meet the needs of each family we serve. We focus on the best interest of all families, especially children. While all legal matters can be stressful, family law issues can be particularly emotional. We can help to minimize the stress on families with our compassionate approach, and clear, candid legal advice.
We believe that family relationships are the most important in our lives. Because of the importance of those relationships, family law is our sole area of practice. Lori M. Kern is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has dedicated her practice to protecting what her clients value the most. By achieving Board Certification, Lori M. Kern is among a select group of family law attorneys demonstrating an exceptional level of competence in family law.