Ben Selman

Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC

Ben Selman's professional career has centered on litigation practice almost exclusively with extensive jury and non-jury trial experience including a number of complex and multiparty cases, on both Plaintiff's and Defendant's sides of the docket. Cause of action types have ranged from tort claims for personal injuries, business litigation, trade practices claims, premises liability, worker's compensation and post compensation claims (discrimination in employment and third party actions), medical malpractice, legal malpractice, marriage dissolution and child custody/parental rights, guardianship and estate administration, and accounting malpractice to real estate transaction claims.

The chosen area of Board of Legal Specialization certification is family law. Litigation is the primary area of practice concentration for the past three decades including the practice of family law as a specialty for the past two decades, from both gender sides, emphasizing children's rights and issues in litigation philosophy. Frequent lecturer and writer in family law; the conduct of proceedings involving the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Children's Protective Services; legal ethics and professional responsibility; municipal liability; and emergency services liability and training. Primary areas of ongoing academic interest and emphasis include studies, panels, and presentations in children's rights and issues, mediation training, adoption with an emphasis on native American and Texas consummations of international placements, attorney-client ethical relationships and enhancement of the delivery of legal services to the public by the law profession, including law office management.


100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


Texas, 1973
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1989


Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas J.D. - 1973
Honors: Moot Court; Law Review
Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1970, B.A.
Adjunct Professor, Baylor University School of Law, 1989-Present


Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, State Bar of Texas
Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Legal, 2012 – Present


Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
Bell County Bar Association
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education-Reserve License; Intermediate License; Active Duty, City of Woodway Public Safety Department (Police, Fire, Rescue, Special Response Team)
State Bar of Texas, Crime Victims and Witnesses Committee - Past Member
State Bar of Texas, District 8B Grievance Committee - Past Member; Past Chairman; Past Investigatory Panel Chairman
State Bar of Texas, Commission for Lawyer Discipline - Member 2003-2006, Vice Chairman 2004-2006
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Supreme Court of Texas, Board of Disciplinary Appeals - Member 1995-2001, 2006-Present; Vice Chairman 1996-1999; Chairman 1999-2001


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