Dale was born in Tipton, Oklahoma on June 25, 1951. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1992. His preparatory education was at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1989 with high honors and special honors in Government. Dale attended St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio, Texas earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1992. Dale is a member of the Phi Delta Phi fraternity, the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, and the Denton County Bar Association.