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Karri Bertrand

Associate
  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Associations
  • Notable Work
  • Community Involvement

Karri Bertrand’s approach to family law embraces both the role of protector and champion, a philosophy which stems from growing up the oldest child of 13. Her passion for family law was ignited when she witnessed a close friend’s traumatizing divorce, which then fueled her through 8 years of night school to finish her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Karri brings a unique foundation to the practice of law, having been a certified paralegal for 15 years prior to obtaining her law degree. This experience provided her with many hands-on opportunities, including trials, depositions, and mediations, as well as knowledge in handling complex legal matters reserved for more senior attorneys. Further, she assisted renowned family law appellate attorney Michelle O’Neil in her preparation and presentation of an oral argument before the Supreme Court of Texas.

As a law student, Karri received training in advocacy both in the classroom and representing clients at UNT Dallas College of Law’s Community Lawyering Center (CLC), where her achievements earned her special recognition. Because of her diverse experience and background, Karri has the unique ability to analyze family law from every angle - from client to paralegal to lawyer.

Karri graduated summa cum laude with Major Honors from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.A. in Literary Studies. While an undergraduate, she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Golden Key Honor Society, and on the Dean’s List. At the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Karri received many accolades, including appointment to the Accessible Law law review, multiple appearances on the Dean’s List, the CALI Awards for the highest grade in contracts and trial practice, and a Dean’s scholarship. Additionally, she was an inaugural appointee to the Board of Advocates for demonstrating strong advocacy skills in performance-based coursework.

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of Texas, 2018

Honors

  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association – Inaugural Leadership Class 2015
Employment
  • O’Neil Wysocki, P.C., Associate Attorney (2018 – Present)
  • O’Neil Wysocki, P.C., Law Clerk/Paralegal (2016 – 2017)
  • Modjarrad, Abusaad, Saad (MAS) Law Firm, Head Paralegal - Family Law (2015-2016)
  • Glast, Phillips & Murray, P.C., Paralegal (2012-2015) Intrepid USA (Snelling Holdings, LLC), Paralegal (2010-2011)
  • Colven & Tran, P.C.: Paralegal (2004-2010)
  • Intrepid USA (Snelling Holdings, LLC), Paralegal (2010-2011).
Education
  • Juris Doctor University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law - Graduate School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies University of Texas at Dallas - Undergraduate School 2014
Licenses
  • Certified Paralegal National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) 2010
  • Advanced Certified Paralegal – Trial Practice NALA 2010
Memberships
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family and Appellate Sections
  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law, Appellate Law, and LGBT Law Sections
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Dallas LGBT Bar Association
Publications
  • Alimony vs. Maintenance: Differences & Similarities* TAPS September 26, 2018 2018
  • Criminal Law Issues Affecting Your Family Law Practice St. Bar of Tex. Advanced Family Law Course, Ch. 53 2017
  • Top 10 Paralegal Responsibilities TAPS October 5, 2017 2017
  • Dallas Divorce Law Blog Contributor Visit Publication
  • Gay & Lesbian Family Law in Texas Contributor Visit Publication
Community Involvement

Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)