Deborah Y. Ham – Founder

Practice Areas

Deborah Y. Ham bio image

  • Divorce
  • Collaborative Law
  • Litigation
  • Modification & Enforcement of Prior Orders
  • Paternity
  • Pre-Marital & Post-Marital Agreements
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Conservatorship and Possession
  • Complex Property Divisions

Calm When It Counts

A family facing legal issues needs an ally who understands not only the law, but what you’re going through personally. Deborah combines her years of experience and her calming personal manner to approach each unique family situation.

By providing her clients with pertinent information and thoughtful guidance, Deborah is able to help her clients understand their legal options, make informed decisions, and move forward with a sound vision and plan.

Every Circumstance Is Unique

No two people are the same. As clients, neither are their personal family situations. Deborah has built her career by approaching each new client with seasoned experience and fresh perspective. She is well-suited to handle your situation whether it requires litigation, mediation, or the application of collaborative law. Deborah handles matters involving adoption, divorce, simple and complex property settlements, child custody issues, modifications and enforcements of prior orders, paternity, pre- and post-marital agreements, as well as other family law issues.

Professional Leadership

After her admission to the State Bar of Texas, Deborah practiced family law through the Law Offices of Deborah Ham, PLLC before founding Hunt Ham, PLLC in 2010, with former District Court Judge Lynn Hunt. Deborah has been appointed and trusted by Family District Court Judges to provide properly investigated and researched pertinent information in cases before these judges. For a number of years, she has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Deborah has been complimented by District Court Judges before whom she practices for her preparation during litigation.


Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. After a career in medical research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and medical products marketing in California, Deborah pursued another bold direction and entered the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. There, she was Senior Editor of Law Review, earned The Chancellor’s List Awards, multiple times, and was recipient of the prestigious Collegiate All-American Scholar Award before graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Certifications and Memberships

Collaborative Law
Former Certified Parenting Coordinator
Former Advisory Board, American Bar Association
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas for numerous years
Member, American Bar Association, Sections: Family; Law Practice Mgmt.
Member, Texas Bar Association, Sections: Family; Solo and Small Firms
Member, Dallas Bar Association, Sections: Family; Solo and Small Firms
Member, Collin County Bar Association, Sections: Family, past Co-Chair of section
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas

On A Personal Note

Deborah is actively involved in local bar associations, and she is an avid supporter and patron of the Arts. She is also an avid world traveler, visiting her daughter at her postings throughout the world as a U.S. Diplomat for the United States Department of State. Deborah is a Dallas native, and attended Richardson High School.




Lisa T. Goral – Paralegal

Details Are Everything

Lisa T. Goral bio imageLisa brings two decades of invaluable law firm paralegal experience with her to Ham Law PLLC.  She and Deborah Ham have worked side by side for more than 10 years. Her proven ability to maintain the highest degree of responsibility in case management serves our clients and our firm well. We depend on Lisa for her ability to interact with professionalism and a personal touch at every level. Her dedication to accuracy and thoroughness are second to none.


Lisa earned Certification as a Lawyer’s Assistant at the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, which included study abroad in an English Honors Program at Imperial College in London, England.

Before entering the legal profession, Lisa achieved success and satisfaction as a teaching assistant, event planner, retail business owner and a Congressional research associate. She is a sustaining member in the Junior League of Collin County and a very active member of her church and community.

On A Personal Note

Lisa enjoys serving as an adult counselor for the youth at her church, as well as volunteering for mission work.