Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP is a business law firm based in Dallas, Texas providing nationwide counsel on starting, maintaining, and protecting small to mid-sized businesses. Dorman, Bell & Kramer is dedicated to supporting businesses throughout their life cycle. Our firm’s goal is to protect our clients, protect their businesses, and to help resolve any of their business disputes, whether internal or external. From formation and beyond, the attorneys at Dorman, Bell & Kramer offer customized services that contribute to the growth and success of our clients’ greatest asset: their business.
Corby D. Bell
Corby Bell concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property law and software licensing audits. He is a registered patent attorney and has testified at trial as a trademark expert. He has extensive experience counseling companies in identifying and protecting their intellectual property portfolio. His experience also includes assisting both technology and legal professionals in the management of software license disputes and negotiating settlements for his clients. With his technical background and breadth of experience within the legal arena, he is an ideal representative for his clients.
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
J.D. Texas A&M University School of Law formerly known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2002
Mandy Dorman focuses her legal practice on issues relating to business disputes. With her communications background, she understands the importance of an open dialogue with all parties in order to reach an efficient and expedited resolution. This candid approach allows her to effectively counsel her clients while reducing the risk of litigation, saving her clients both time and money. Mandy is passionate about offering flexible legal service to small businesses who would otherwise not have the option of legal counsel. Her goal is to create long term relationships with her clients as she understands they entrust her with one of their greatest assets: their business.
B.A. Journalism/Minor in Speech Communication, Texas A&M University, 2002
J.D. Texas A&M University School of Law formerly known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2012
Leslie Kramer has a broad practice experience, beginning in oil and gas title and transactions and expanding out to other areas. She focuses her practice for Dorman, Bell & Kramer on business disputes and transactions, business formations and property transactions. Ms. Kramer was a member of law review and was named an editor of the law review’s first multi-state oil and gas survey at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she was a teacher. Her background and experience give her a unique ability to listen to clients and find the right solutions to fit each client’s specific needs.
B.A. English Literature, University of the Pacific, 2002 – Cum Laude
J.D. Texas A & M University School of Law formerly known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2012
* Licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma
Our Office Staff
Business Development Officer
Mallory was born and raised in Rockwall and graduated from Rockwall High School in 2004. She went on to graduate from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a BA in General Studies in 2017. Throughout her college career, Mallory worked full-time. Her career started at 20 years old as the Office Assistant for the executive office of Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Company located in Las Colinas. A few years later, she was promoted to the marketing team as the Marketing Coordinator. Her duties consisted of assisting the agents, producing and supplying marketing materials, managing symposiums and networking events, as well as working/updating the intranet for LBL. She spent a total of seven years with Liberty Bankers Life Insurance and continues to credit LBL for where she is today in her career.
Then, Mallory took a position as the Director of Resource Development for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Texas. After years in management and business development, Mallory joined Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP in 2016. Mallory started at DBK as the Client Liaison and soon became the Office Manager. Her dedication and drive for a challenge lead her to transition into a new roll for Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP as Sr. Business Development Officer of DBK-Chicago Title Company. Mallory has a strong work ethic and a passion for people. Her dedication and loyalty have allowed her to continuously progress.
Our Escrow Officers
Sr. Escrow Officer
Haley Gousman began her career in title in 2012 after spending 5 years in the mortgage industry. Before joining our team, Haley worked as a Senior Escrow Assistant for 4 years. She’s very excited to begin her journey as a Senior Escrow Officer and lead our escrow department. Haley has extensive knowledge in clearing complex title curative issues including probates, heirship, affidavits, bankruptcies, foreclosures, REO properties, and much more. She also has experience with builder accounts. Haley believes customer service is the number one priority and proves that daily through her passion for her work and her dedication to our clients.
At Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP, we succeed when our clients succeed. From time to time, businesses are forced to make critical decisions that may have a significant impact on their bottom line, or in some cases their very survival. The partners at Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP understand your need to have the best information available when making those decisions. We formed this firm to focus on building relationships with our clients and providing them the best information available.
Traditional law firms focus on their own needs, which are based almost exclusively on the amount of billable hours that each attorney can produce. We know this because it is the environment out of which we decided to create a different kind of law firm. You should not be prohibited from receiving the best information and representation available because of the hourly fees charged by huge, impersonal law firms.
We reject the idea that the only method of being compensated for our services is to accumulate billable hours, tack on all incidental expenses, and send the client an invoice. In fact, we do not charge our clients for general overhead expenses, such as long-distance calls, basic copying charges, standard postage, or faxing. Further, no employee at Dorman, Bell & Kramer is asked to meet a minimum billing requirement. Our efficient operating model, flexibility, and disdain for the traditional billable-hour mentality allow us to work directly with you to obtain a billing arrangement that is fair, creative, and mutually beneficial.
While we offer the traditional hourly fee arrangement when it is needed, we are always willing to discuss alternative fee arrangements, including fixed fee, contingency fee, reverse contingency fee, and blended or hybrid fee arrangements. Ideally, our compensation is tied to the value you receive, not to how much time we bill or how long a dispute drags on.
Because we seek to directly align our interests with those of our clients, we succeed when our clients succeed.
At Dorman, Bell & Kramer, LLP, our mission is simple: to ensure that you receive the best legal service to protect your business from start to finish. We are passionate about the small business arena as we too are a small business. We are dedicated to providing an alternative to the traditional law firm for both our clients and employees. We aim to do this by:
- Understanding that the client is our customer;
- Building an ongoing, trusting relationship with each client;
- Providing the best available information and representation in the most cost-efficient manner;
- Practicing law in the most ethical manner; and
- Maintaining a work-life balance that enables each of our employees to enjoy their work.