The Collaborative Law movement in Texas and internationally has benefited from the dedication and commitment of Houston Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator Norma Levine Trusch. Since the first training of collaborative lawyers in Texas in 2000, Trusch has devoted much of her energy and time to expanding the use of this process of non-adversarial settlement of family law disputes.
As President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she led the group’s expansion from the United States and Canada into Europe and Australia . As director of training for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, she has contributed to the leadership of Texas into innovative new models of collaborative practice.
Norma Levine Trusch is a magna cum laude 1977 graduate of South Texas College of Law. She was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983, and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1990.
A frequent lecturer on family law both in Texas and nationwide, Trusch was the 1996 recipient of the David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism, awarded by Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists.
Trained in mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, Trusch is an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, where she teaches Collaborative Law and Texas Marital Property Law.
She is dedicated to helping couples resolve family law disputes in a dignified and compassionate manner, without resorting to the pointless adversarial posturing that can create unnecessary expense and stress.
Married, with two grown children of her own, Trusch believes that the first duty of a family lawyer is to protect the children involved in divorce by guiding the parents to methods of resolving their disputes with a minimum of acrimony.
In 1983 Trusch received the Houston Bar Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Houston Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Trusch was featured in the Texas Bar Journal’s “Profiles in Service” in January of 1999 for her dedication to the providing of pro bono legal services to the working poor.
She has served for a decade as the course director of the Houston Volunteer Lawyer’s Program’s annual Family Law Institute, and mentors volunteer lawyers who agree to provide free representation for litigants in family court.
Trusch is often appointed as ad litem to represent children in family court matters, and has trained hundreds of Ad Litems through the Ad Litem Task Force’s bi-annual seminars.
In 2006, Trusch was named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America