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Gabriella K. Bendslev

Associate - Senior Family Law
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Phone: 972-564-4644
Fax: 866-209-9785

315 S Bois D Arc St
Forney, Texas 75126

Knowledgeable, aggressive, but with a big heart, especially when it comes to children, clients seek out Gabriella “Gaby” Bendslev when they want a bulldog—a family lawyer known for being a strong litigator, a tough adversary, and for making her position and expectations clear. A formidable advocate for her clients, she prioritizes the best interests of the children, ensuring they are taken care of both emotionally and financially.

Gaby graduated from Texas Christian University in 1990, then attended The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1993. While at McGeorge School of Law, she also attended the Salzburg Institute on International Legal Studies, Budapest/Vienna Institute on East/West Commerce and Law. Gaby holds certifications in mediation and a certification for court appointments for attorney ad litem/guardianship advocacy.

After graduating from law school, Gaby opened a solo practice in Fort Worth, with an emphasis in family law, criminal defense, probate, general litigation, and as a mediator for civil/business litigation. She also worked as a municipal court judge for the Cities of Richland Hills, Arlington, and Fort Worth, as well as the Attorney General of Texas as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division. She joined Guest & Gray as a senior attorney in the Family Law Division in 2016.

Gaby’s 26 years of extensive in-court experience gives her a unique edge, enabling her to advise her clients about the general actions a judge can take in cases similar to theirs and working with her clients in formulating the necessary steps for them to achieve the best possible results for their individual case. Gaby’s vast knowledge of the law also makes her highly effective when handling family law cases involving complicated financial issues.

Married with three stepchildren and six grandchildren, Gaby lives on a 25-acre ranchette dubbed “Froggy Acres” east of Kaufman which she shares with her husband, three miniature donkeys, dogs, cats and a variety of wildlife. In her spare time, she’s a passionate volunteer for the American Legion, Post 165 in Kaufman, Texas, where her husband is currently the commander.


J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA, 1993
Oral Finalist, International Moot Court, 1992;
Legal Education Endowment Fund Scholarship; Honors at Entrance;
Student Trial Lawyers Assoc.; Pacific International Legal Society

European Studies, University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Salzburg, Austria, 1991
Salzburg Institute on International Legal Studies
Budapest/Vienna Institute on East/West Commerce and Law

B.A., History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 1990
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity Scholarship
Phi Alpha Theta Honor Fraternity, President 1989-90
Dean’s List
Student Liaison, TCU at Oxford Program

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Legal Specialties and Certifications

Family Law Mediation, El Centro College - Dallas, TX - 2006
Specialized training for mediation of family conflicts, including child custody, visitation, child support and property distributions.

Managing Commercial Conflicts Through Mediation - Dallas, TX - 1994
Basic training in all aspects of conflict resolution, including assisting disputing parties in communicating their positions on issues and exploring possible solutions.

Professional Experience

Assistant Attorney General IV , Child Support Division - Office of the Attorney General - 2007-2015

Attorney at Law/Mediator - Law Offices of Gabriella K. Bendslev - 2006-2007

Municipal Court Judge - City of Fort Worth, Texas - 2001-2006

Assistant Attorney General, Child Support Division - Office of the Attorney General of Texas - 2001

Municipal Court Judge - City of Arlington, Texas - 1999-2001

Municipal Court Judge - City of Richland Hills, Texas - 1997-2001

Attorney at Law/Mediator - Law Offices of Gabriella K. Bendslev - 1993-2001

Volunteer Mediator - Dispute Resolution Services - 1994-2001


Office of the Attorney General– Child Support Division - Regional Assistant Attorney General Conference, Region 4 - 2007-2011

Office of the Attorney General– Child Support Division - Statewide Assistant Attorney General Conference - 2008-2011

Client Reviews
Guest and Gray law firm is wonderful. I have had the chance to work with three of the lawyers and they all have been wonderful. They will tell you when you need a lawyer and when you don't. They actually try to save you money. They respond very fast to questions and try to help you understand what is going on. They are caring and are really judgment free. If I needed a lawyer again I would use this firm in a second and recommend them. K.K.
I used Guest and Gray to deal with my ex wife's accusations of child neglect.I dealt with Robert Guest and Tracy Gray. Both were excellent attorneys and surpassed every expectation I had in fighting the false accusations. We Won ! M.B.
I used Guest & Gray for a child custody case and they were great. I was really nervous about the case but they took care of everything and answered all my questions. I would recommend their services to anyone. J.R.
I can highly recommend Guest and Gray. I have worked on a number of cases with Robert Guest and and Scott Gray and find it amazing how MOTIVATED they are to do everything they can for their clients, not to mention that there superior knowledge, etc. In criminal cases supportive relatives always want to know "what can I do" to help. Hire Guest and Gray. C.S.