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Damiane Curvey-Banieh

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Years of Experience

Damiane Curvey Banieh has over 12 years' experience representing individuals, business owners and other professionals from East Texas to El Paso. She has successfully litigated cases in the areas of divorce, custody, child support, CPS, modification of orders, property division, adoptions, and even name changes.  Described by some as "straight to the point", Ms. Banieh is always honest with her clients and genuinely cares for them like family.

 

Family Law Attorney

 

Attorney Banieh has handled over a thousand family law/probate matters. While trial court litigation is key to her practice, she also conducts mediations for other colleagues who have family law cases, which allows her the opportunity to resolve even more family law cases. Most important to Attorney Banieh is her large mentorship program that she created for young attorneys who desire to work as sole-practitioners. She understands how difficult it can be to navigate the waters of Family Law and has dedicated her life to making the "sole-practitioner" road easier for attorneys who follow her lead. She assists these attorneys with strategy, interpretation of the Family Code, negotiations with opposing counsel, and hearings, including trials. Her goal is to "go out and do good, like Thurgood". (Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice)

Legal Internships and Accolades

  • First Court of Appeals under Judge Tim Taft; responsible for reviewing appellate briefs, researching applicable case law, and preparing a written opinion for the Judge as to how the court should rule based upon case law;

  • The Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Pedagogy; assigned to research the legality of the structure of the Texas public school funding program and whether its inequities violate the constitutional rights of its citizens;

  • Torts tutor for 1L students;

  • Treasurer, 2L class;

  • Vice-President, 3L class; and

  • Managing Editor of Thurgood Marshall Law Review.

Bar Admission

  • Texas Bar, November, 2005

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, May, 2006

 

Education

  • Graduated Cum Laude from M.B. Smiley High School

  • Graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Radio –Television-Film in August, 1993.

  • Texas Secondary English-Language Arts Teaching Certification from The University of Houston-Downtown in May, 2000.

  • Graduated Cum Laude and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May, 2005.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • Houston Democratic Lawyers Association

  • State Bar Pro Bono College

  • State Bar College

  • Harris County Drug Court Volunteer Attorney

Former Career Experiences

  • DePelchin Children's Center - Adoption Recruiter

  • Aldine ISD and Houston ISD - Classroom Teacher

  • Commercial and stage actress

  • Comedienne

 

Legal Volunteer Opportunities

  • In April, 2008, Damiane watched news reports as investigators and Children’s Protective Services raided the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch in El Dorado, Texas and removed over 400 FLDS (Fundamental Latter Day Saints) children from the only homes they have known. She volunteered her time and resources to travel to San Angelo, Texas, and was able to remain unbiased and focused on the applicable law. Ultimately, the families were reunited and the case against the FLDS was dismissed, as there was never any probable cause to remove the children from their homes.

  • Attorney Banieh volunteers her time and resources on a weekly basis to represent parents with alcohol and drug addictions who are involved with Children's Protective Services. Her main goal is to provide mentorship and legal guidance for these families as they navigate this system in hopes of regaining custody of their children.

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About Attorney Banieh

  • Damiane is a lifetime member of Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church where she served as the Fine Arts Director for five years. Of all of her blessings in life, she is most grateful for her husband, Stephen, their children, Nicholas and Emma, and their fur-babies, Bobby and Ginger.

 

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