She earned an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Finance from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. She worked with Real Estate development firms assessing raw land and multi-family developments in Texas as well as along the east coast. These projects honed her analytic and consensus building skills through negotiations with sellers, construction contractors, city and governmental agencies, community stake holders, institutional lenders and completed project purchasers.
She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Deadman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Opening Laura Alpert and Associates in 1990; her practice included Family Law litigation, Estate Planning, Small Business, Financial Services and Mediation. Laura was certified by the Southwest Mediation Institute beginning her mediation practice in 1993. In addition to her civil and family mediation practice, Laura’s wide-ranging Pro Bono activities included mediating for the Dallas County Juvenile Department and acting as a volunteer coordinator and volunteer mediator instructor. Mediating over a hundred juvenile cases for the department.
Laura developed LRC Restaurant, Inc. and Frontier Pioneer Restaurant Group LLC opening and operating restaurants in the Dallas area. She gained unique insight into the hospitality industry along with the governmental regulations involved in alcohol sales and employment issues.
Her artistic leanings lead her to California as Director of Creative Affairs for Exxcell Entertainment. Along with her duties of analyzing potential film projects she assisted in formulating the Screen Actors Guild position on the merger of SAG and AFTRA. She was recruited to Develop and draft the formation of ACT (Art and Culture Taskforce) a 501c3 dedicated to the promotion and assistance to American Artists in the film industry. While in California, Laura wrote Priority Package a raucous comedy which was produced by the Ojai Valley Theater Company.
Upon her return to Texas, Laura worked for the US Small Business Administration providing much needed financial assistance to survivors of hurricane Katrina before being tapped as the Public Affairs and Legislative Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas, Texas. As Legislative Director, she aided in the drafting and implementation of increased lifesaving dementia training requirements for health care workers in Texas as well as participating in briefing the Texas delegation in Washington D.C. on the need for further medical research in Alzheimer’s.
Returning to her roots, Laura opened L. Alpert Mediations delivering excellent, cost effective dispute resolution services. She brings to the table three decades of negotiation experience in a wide variety of business and family situations. Laura looks forward to assisting you and your clients in finding comprehensive solutions to your professional and personal conflicts.
State Bar of Texas
Collaborative Law Section
Texas Bar College
Dallas Bar Association
Family Law Section
Texas Association of Mediators
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