Jennifer helps our clients with estate planning and probate needs. She also practices general civil trial and appellate law. Jennifer can help you achieve your wishes for your property after your passing, and for your property and yourself in the event that you cannot. She can draft your wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and directives to physicians. Likewise, if you are dealing with the death of a loved one, she can help you determine the best path forward for distributing his or her property.
Jennifer has drafted numerous winning briefs, motions, and responses to various Texas Courts of Appeals as well as Petitions for Review and responses to the Texas Supreme Court. She has practiced before multiple Texas appellate courts and the Texas Supreme Court. In her appellate practice, Jennifer has represented clients with an array of interests, including but not limited to business, family, and probate. She has successfully represented appellate clients based on substantive issues, such as the rare situation when an appellate court affirmed the rejection of a will that was procured by undue influence, business contract interpretation, issues of capacity in executing estate planning documents, and determining property tax valuation methods, among others. She has also successfully represented clients when the issue before the appellate court is one of legal procedure.
In her litigation practice, Jennifer represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex, commercial, and consumer cases in Texas state and federal courts. She has represented clients in matters related to probate and trust litigation, family disputes, breach of contract matters, real estate matters, and employment matters. Recent experience includes representing an oilfield equipment company in an international breach of warranty dispute in federal court, filing for extraordinary remedies in a case involving fraud on the court, and representing a subcontractor defendant in a case involving suit on a sworn account.
Jennifer also maintains an employment law practice. She drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, and non-competition agreements. She has also represented both employers and employees in front of administrative panels such as the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from the Texas Tech School of Law where she served as the Vice Chair of Mock Trial for the Board of Barristers. Before attending law school, Jennifer had the unique experience of working for several years as a human resources generalist who specialized in employee relations for a large hospital and healthcare system in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.
Jennifer has received numerous awards for her legal work in local and statewide publications. She is active in the community and local bar associations.
Areas of Practice
- 30% Estate Planning and Probate
- 30% Civil Litigation
- 30% Civil Appeals
- 10% Employment Matters
- Texas State Courts
- The Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
- The Federal U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- The Federal U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Texas, 2005
- Guardianship attorney and ad litem in probate matters
- Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
J.D. magna cum laude – 2005
Honors: Board of Barristers, 2004-2005
- Southwest Texas State University
M.B.A. – 1999
- Southwest Texas State University
B.S. magna cum laude – 1998
Major: Healthcare Administration
Honors and Awards
- Top Attorney (Litigation and Appeals) Fort Worth Magazine, 2008 – Present
- Top Attorney (Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probate) 360 West Magazine, 2018
Associations & Memberships
- Board of the Tarrant County Bar Association Women’s Section, 2018
- Mock Trial, Board of Barristers, Vice-Chair, 2004 – 2005
- Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
- Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Director, 2012 – 2013
- Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce ( including Vision Fort Worth)
- A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place, Committee Member, 2015 – present
- Ballet Frontier of Texas, Former Secretary and Treasurer, 2009 – 2015
- Tarrant County Bar Association, 2007 – Present
- Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, 2010
- Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, 2007 – 2011
- American Cancer Society, Cowtown Ball, Co-Chair, Auction Solicitation Committee, 2007 – 2008
- Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2005 – 2011
- 7th Avenue - Cook Children's, 2018
Past Employment Positions
- Winstead PC, Associate, 2007 – 2012
- Mehaffy Weber, PC, Associate, 2005 – 2007
- Covenant Health System, Human Resources Generalist, 1999 – 2002
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