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Do No Harm
Attorney Dennis Slate will not sit idly by while the interests of his clients are being threatened. In the podcast Do No Harm, Attorney Slate had a chance to speak about a recent case where the adults that were in charge of taking children away from harm were actually the only ones causing it. Listen here to learn more about how Dennis was able to fight for justice for the Bright family.

Houston Child Protective Services Attorneys

Find out How You Can Fight CPS: Call (281) 407-9254

Although Child Protective Services (CPS) was established to defend and promote the welfare of children, it sometimes utterly violates this purpose. Having your contact and relationship with your children threatened is one of the most devastating experiences any parent can face.

If you feel you may be at risk of losing your children or have already suffered this injustice, contact a Harris County child protective services lawyer immediately. The sooner you have a legal professional fighting by your side, the more opportunity there is to right this wrong and get your children back.

By law, parents may not be deprived of custody of their children against the parent's wishes without the existence of extraordinary circumstances. The circumstances must be on the order of proof of child abuse, child neglect, abandonment, parental unfitness, or similar issues.

We provide child protective services defense, and have recently achieved victory against CPS in a landmark case in which children removed from their family were ordered returned, with CPS explicitly sanctioned.

About Our Team

Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law is a firm founded on discipline, compassion, and hard work. With 100+ years of collective experience to our name, we are able to offer our clients with skilled legal guidance backed by collaborative strategies and integrative processes that have proven to be effective in the past. In fact, our winning track record and glowing client testimonials are two of the things we’re most proud of about our practice, as they are both a direct reflection of the relationships we build and foster with our clients. If you are looking for a team that will put your needs over everything else, look no further than Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law.

  • Dennis M. Slate
    Dennis M. Slate Founding Attorney
  • Robert I. Kuehm
    Robert I. Kuehm Associate Attorney
  • Ben J. Raia
    Ben J. Raia Associate Attorney
  • Lauren F. Durso
    Lauren F. Durso Associate Attorney
  • Brittany N. Henderson
    Brittany N. Henderson Associate Attorney
  • Karlene Poll
    Karlene Poll Appellate Attorney
  • Dennis M. Slate Founding Attorney
    Dennis M. Slate

    Dennis M. Slate serves most of Greater Houston with offices in Deer Park, Houston, and a Brazoria County office in Pearland. Slate is a Double-Board Certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law By The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attorney with over 17 years’ experience, and thousands of cases under his belt. Slate is well respected in the court system and is a powerful advocate to have by your side. Read Full Profile

  • Robert I. Kuehm Associate Attorney
    Robert I. Kuehm

    Robert I. Kuehm is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Robert was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2007. Robert is a second generation family law attorney that has focused his practice exclusively on helping clients with their family law issues. Read Full Profile

  • Ben J. Raia Associate Attorney
    Ben J. Raia

    Ben J. Raia is an Associate Attorney at Slate & Associates. He has been practicing law since 2008 focusing on family law matters, including divorce, child custody, asset division, protective orders, modification of orders, and adoption; as well as drafting wills and ancillary documents along with other probate matters, including administrations, guardianships, heirship proceedings, and estate planning. Read full profile

  • Lauren F. Durso Associate Attorney
    Lauren F. Durso

    Lauren F. Durso is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was named a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that, Lauren was named as a Rising Star in Family Law by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005 and from 2007-2014. Read Full Profile

  • Brittany N. Henderson Associate Attorney
    Brittany N. Henderson

    Brittany is an Associate Attorney at Slate & Associates with a passion for serving clients. Since joining the firm, she has helped serve clients in all aspects of family law, including complex divorce, child custody and asset division matters. Prior to joining the firm, Brittany consulted individuals and small businesses in tax related matters. read full profile

  • Karlene Poll Appellate Attorney
    Karlene Poll

    Karlene Poll joined Slate & Associates in 2022 as founder of its appellate section. She has extensive experience as an appellate lawyer and working at every level of Texas appellate courts. READ FULL PROFILE

Why Choose Us?

  • Over 100 Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • Named One of the Top Family Law Firms in Houston by H Texas Magazine
  • 10/10 Avvo Rating
  • Attorney Slate Served in U.S. Military for 25 Years

What to Do If CPS Took Your Children

You need legal advice and representation immediately. Don't hesitate to contact Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law today. Here you will be treated with the utmost care, dignity, and respect.

With over six decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and skill necessary to take effective action on your behalf. At our firm, we hold parents and parenting in the highest esteem and are dedicated to protecting the sanctity of the family unit. We have achieved countless successes for our clients, all while providing service at a fraction of the cost to our clients compared to the service of large downtown law firms.

We make ourselves accessible to clients at all hours, so you are never left without help when you need it most. Areas we serve include Houston, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Kemah, La Porte, Seabrook, Webster, Texas City, Galveston, Dickinson, Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, Clear Lake Shores, Clear Lake City, Pearland, Angleton, and Alvin.

Contact a Houston child protective services lawyer for help fighting for your rights and those of your children.

Our Blog

Recent Posts
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Client Testimonials

  • “He was a hard fighter for us.”


  • “I promise you won't be disappointed!”


  • “Dennis owns the court room and demands justice.”

    Happy Client

  • “It was a relief to be able to place my situation in capable hands.”


  • “To Dennis and his entire staff, our family will be forever indebted.”

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  • “I recommend your life in the hands of Mr. Slate.”

    Happy Client

  • “Look no further because Dennis Slate is the best attorney in the Houston area.”

    Karen B.

  • “If you want to walk into the court room and get the real results that you deserve, then make the drive to Deer Park and hire Slate Law!”


  • “A voice for our family.”


  • “Epitome of integrity and awesome.”


  • “I will never forget your dedication, kindness and support.”

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  • “Do yourself a favor, trust Dennis Slate and his team to represent you in your time of need.”


Legal Guidance from Board-Certified Attorneys

Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, several of our attorneys are Board-Certified specialists who have met numerous qualifications necessary to be classified as a specialist in this field of law. Board certification demonstrates that the attorney has been distinguished from his or her peers in the same field of law. Approximately less than 10% of Texas attorneys have achieved this certification in any area of legal specialization.

Media Coverage

  • Attorney Slate Comments on CPS Case

    In a recent case, a family court judge ordered Child Protective Services to have no contact with 2 children that CPS had taken from their home by emergency removal. There is potential that the CPS caseworker lied to have the children removed and when questioned, he took the fifth amendment.

  • Attorney Slate Represents Father in CPS Case

    Attorney Dennis Slate recently successfully represented the father of a 3-year-old girl who was illegally removed from her home by Child Protective Services. Case workers seized the girl without a court order and later tried to dismiss the suit, but were ordered by the judge to pay $27,000 in legal fees to the father.

  • Attorney Slate Represents Father in CPS Case

    Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law was hired to represent the father of a 9-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a refrigerator drawer. The special needs child had been living with her mother when her body was discovered, so now Child Protective Services has placed the girl's 5-year-old sister with the father's family. Mr. Slate's client has been allowed to visit his daughter at CPS as long as he passes a drug test.

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