Dannielle Simms is an associate attorney with Dennis M. Slate, Attorney
at Law. She specializes in complex family law issues including divorce,
modifications, child support, and CPS defense. Prior to working for Dennis
Slate, Dannielle participated the in Success Through Addiction Recovery
(STAR) Program of Harris County. While working with this program, Dannielle
handled cases for parents and children who were in active cases involving
the Department of Family and Protective Services. As an advocate for parents,
Dannielle was tasked with representing parents navigating through their
cases; assisting with recovery from drugs or alcohol; and ultimate reunification
with their children.
After participating in the STAR Program, Dannielle began taking court appointments
representing indigent parents and their children in various district courts
in cases involving the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services,
formerly known as CPS. Dannielle’s experience in the courtroom with
this type of work has allowed her to obtain the unique skills required
to work a case involving the agencyfrom start to finish. Dannielle’s
familiarity with these types of cases brings a special knowledge base
to guide clients through an ordeal that can be very traumatic without
proper leadership and guidance from an attorney experienced in this area.
Dannielle attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law and dedicated much of
her law school curriculum to coursework that directly including: family
law; marital property; wills, trusts, and estates; mock trial; and trial
advocacy. Since beginning her legal practice in 2012, Dannielle has specialized
in complex family law issues including CPS defense, custody modifications,
property division, and divorce. In addition, she has a vast array of courtroom
experience on a multitude of family law cases.
Prior to coming to work for Dennis Slate, Attorney at Law, Dannielle interned
at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from Summer 2010
to Fall 2012. During her tenure at the Harris County District Attorney’s
Office, Dannielle has handled a variety of cases under the supervision
and guidance of the various district attorneys. Dannielle worked in the
Vehicular Crimes Division of the District Attorney’s Office where
she managed files, interacted with victims,observed crime scenes, and
sat through trials. Dannielle then moved to the 180th Judicial District
Court where she handled felony case files. During law school, Dannielle
was an active member of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Mock TrialTeam
which won the National Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Competition.
Through mock trial, Dannielle developed the oral and written advocacy
skills necessary to win both in and outside of the courtroom.
Legal Education: Thurgood Marshall School of Law, J.D. 2012
Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University, 2009 major in Political Science with a minor