Dallas Morning News Article

Burdette & Rice were recently featured in the Dallas Morning News. Click here for a copy of the article in PDF format, otherwise the full text is reproduced below.

Burdette & Rice is a Dallas based trusts, estates, and probate dispute law firm comprised of four accomplished attorneys. “We’re a true boutique probate litigation practice,” says firm founder Elliott Burdette. “Everyone here is focused on this practice area.”

Burdette, who has been AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, decided to concentrate exclusively on probate disputes after having a general business and estate practice for a number of years. “By 2002, the area of probate and guardianship litigation had grown to such an extent that it became the firm’s focus,” he says.

Today, Burdette & Rice is one of the top firms in Dallas for probate, fiduciary disputes, trust litigation, will contests, and guardianship law. The firm represents clients throughout Texas and often receives referrals from estate planning practitioners who don’t handle these emotionally charged disputes. “We see the big picture when it comes to these kinds of lawsuits,” Burdette says. “After these cases are over, the people involved are still family members and we try to be mindful of that.”

Elliott Burdette received his law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. While in law school, he won an American Jurisprudence Award. He attended the American University of Paris and received his B. A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and he is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He has also held several leadership positions within the Dallas Bar Association and has many years of service to the State Bar of Texas.

Ed Rice joined Burdette at the firm in 2002 after working as a litigator at a large San Antonio firm. His experience in individual and business transactions and appellate law has proved essential in his current practice, which focuses on fiduciary, and probate litigation. Rice received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M and his law degree from the University of Houston where he was an editor of the Houston Law Review.

Mark Caldwell has practiced as a probate litigator since graduating from law school in 2005. He joined Burdette & Rice in 2010. He attended the London School of Economics and earned his B.A. magna cum laude from SMU. He received his law degree from New England Law Boston where he earned Dean’s List distinction on multiple occasions. Caldwell leads an ongoing probate study group attended by fellow probate lawyers and court staff and has written law review articles on guardianship disputes and litigation involving powers of attorney. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has awarded Mark their designation as an Advocate.

Brian Thomas received both his BA and JD from Baylor University. Brian excelled in the legal advocacy programs while at Baylor Law School, earning speaking honors in the school’s moot court competition. While a law student at Baylor, Brian knew he wanted to litigate estate, trust and guardianship disputes. Since graduating, he has maintained this practice concentration and has developed into a skilled probate litigator. He has written and spoken extensively on probate, trust and guardianship matters to a variety of professional and community groups.