Our Attorneys

Elliott E. Burdette

Burdette & Rice was founded by attorney Elliott E. Burdette in Dallas in 1984. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University, Elliott studied business and probate law and then proceeded to work at Dallas-area firms before starting his own practice.


Edward L. Rice

Edward L. Rice received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Texas A&M in 1982, then spent two years under the tutelage of his father, an MBA, in the family’s small business. He went on to law school at the University of Houston and upon graduation accepted an invitation to serve as a briefing attorney for the Chief Justice at the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston.


Mark R. Caldwell

Mark R. Caldwell is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, which he attended on full academic scholarship. Mark earned his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2005 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2005.


J. Ellen Bennett

Ellen’s practice focuses in the areas of probate, trusts, and guardianship disputes. She also handles routine estate and guardianship administrations. Ellen enjoys reviewing documents and gathering important facts to isolate and obtain key evidence, which she uses to persuasively present her clients’ cases. Ellen believes with diligent preparation, even the most difficult probate disputes can be resolved in a cost efficient and fair manner.


John H Phillips

John has been a Dallas Lawyer since 1976 and, in 1981, received his Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. John’s practice is focused on trusts and guardianships, estate planning and probate administration.


Murray W. Camp

Murray Camp served as a law clerk to the Hon. John McBryde, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas after his graduation from law school with top honors. He developed his skills in the business litigation arena and now applies his well-developed skill set to representing clients in estate, guardianship, and trust litigation.


Sarah V. Toraason

Sarah Toraason is an experienced litigation attorney with ten years’ experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes involving securities, contract, business tort, insurance coverage, ERISA, and intellectual property claims in state and federal courts as well as arbitration. Now, she applies her extensive business litigation background to representing clients in estate, trust, and guardianship disputes.


Marisol Trottier

Marisol began her legal career representing commercial lenders at large law firms, including Winstead, PC. After leaving the commercial field, Marisol worked as the Probate Auditor/Attorney in the statutory Probate Court in Denton County, Texas, and as a trust administration officer at a large financial institution. Now, her practice is dedicated to matters involving probate proceedings, estate administration, guardianship, estate planning, trusts, and other closed related areas of the law, including fiduciary related matters.


David Mead

David offers several years of experience in probate, guardianship and estate administration and has practiced exclusively in estate planning, probate and guardianship related matters since becoming a licensed attorney in Texas. Before law school, David worked as a merchant mariner and piloted a ship through the Panama Canal.