Divorce and other family law issues are some of the most delicate legal
matters. The future lives of individuals and families will be affected by
the manner in which the issues are resolved. The impact that these difficult
times will have on your life and the lives of your children makes it that
much more important that you secure the counsel of an experienced and
effective family law attorney.
The Jackson Law Group divorce and family law attorneys have been helping
individuals and families find solutions to the challenges of divorce,
modification or child custody cases since 1994. We bring a depth of
knowledge and skill set to each client that has been recognized by their
certifications as family law specialists by the Texas Board of Legal
Earl N. Jackson is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization in family law. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family
Law Specialists; the College of the State Bar of Texas; Texas Bar
Association Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section
and has been admitted to the bar for the United States District Courts for
the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is the author of this
website and the articles within it.
Earl, together with his amazing staff, prides himself on giving each case
his full dedication and attention. Earl maintains a team of experienced and
skilled professionals who, if the matter requires it, assist Mr. Jackson in
achieving the client's goals. Earl approaches every case with the same
seriousness and dedication, be it an agreed divorce or a hotly contested
custody battle. His goal is to deliver value-driven representation to assure
that you receive quality legal assistance to the end that your desired
results are obtained.
Earl Jackson's family law experience is extensive. He is board certified.
Over the years, he has litigated with most of the top divorce lawyers in the
Dallas Metroplex area. His clients have included a broad range of
people from truck drivers, police officers, doctors, lawyers, government
employees, military personnel, independent business owners, executives, and
housewives. Earl appreciates the sensitive nature of the family law
case. It is private business and should remain private as possible.
Although Earl is an exceptional trial lawyer, he understands the value of
settlement. Through settlement, a party can control their own destiny,
control the future and substantially reduce the costs associated with
litigation. If children are involved, the amicable resolution of
a divorce case promotes the welfare of children. Recognize, although the
parents are divorced, a relationship between the parties will continue for
years to come. That said, preparation is the key to success for either
settlement or court proceedings. Earl has handled numerous custody
cases and has successfully obtained the primary designation for both Mothers
and Fathers. An example, Mother was denying possession and access to
Father. She refused to let Dad have his visitation. After several
attempts at a negotiated settlement and admonishment by the Court as to
Mother, the Father won custody of his child. As to property cases,
Earl has handled a number of business evaluation cases: cases involving
partnerships, limited liability companies and cases involving extensive
division of multiple retirement and mutual fund accounts. One of his first
cases, "back in the day," involved substantial tracing issues to ferret out
separate property which had been commingled with the community estate.
This case involved a party who brought substantial assets into the marriage
(separate property), earned substantial income during the marriage
(community property) and invested in multiples accounts across many
different brokerage accounts (commingled property) - a complex property
What is a Board Certified Attorney? For an attorney to use
this designation, to essentially hold him or herself out as a Family Law
Specialist, the attorney must have undergone a rigorous examination by the
Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This examination includes an
extensive review of the attorney's experience; has secured the
recommendation of judges and colleagues and has passed the board
certification exam which takes place over two days in Austin, Texas.
That is a "quick" summary but the details are far more extensive.
Earl N. Jackson earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist
University and his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. At
Texas Wesleyan. Earl graduated in the top 10% of his class at
Wesleyan and was Managing Editor for the Texas Wesleyan Law Review.
On a personal note, Earl and his family have a long relationship with the
City of Dallas and are devoted to community service. He is actively engaged
with and a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Earl is a member of the
Order of the Arrow (a BSA honor society) and Wood Badge. His two sons
are both Eagle Scouts. He currently serves as the Charter Organization
Representative for Troop 838 and, for the preceding five years, was the High
Adventure Chair. As High Adventure Chair he developed the troop's annual
Wolf Creek Ski Trip, Big Bend Introduction to High Adventure in addition to
the troop's adventures to Philmont, Seabase and the jamborees. he is a
member of the Dallas Safari Club and active in his church.
Ashley Jenkins is a Certified Paralegal, with over 25 years of
professional experience in the legal field. She is a member of the Texas
Bar Association Paralegal Division. She started her career by joining the
Shell Oil legal staff in Houston, Texas in 1986 and subsequently handled
matters involving complex issues in civil litigation, insurance defense,
bankruptcy, securities and family law. In 2009 she joined a boutique family
law firm in Allen, Texas and focused on family law matters exclusively.
Subsequently, she joined Earl Jackson and the Jackson Law Group. She is
qualified to sit for her board certification exam in family law with the
Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division. She is expecting to take the exam
Ashley brings a strong professional ethic to the Jackson Law
Group. She is an exceedingly valuable aid to Earl Jackson in the development
of case strategy, planning and implementation of the firm's family law
cases. Her drafting and organizational skills are without exception.
Unlike other forms of litigation, family law carries its own
stresses/anxieties that are unique to divorce/family law matters no matter
how simple the case. Ashley understands that no matter what the family law
issues are, it is a very emotional period for the client. She is empathetic
and understands those issues.
On a personal note, Ashley is married
and the mother of two wonderful children ages 5 and 15. She attends
Prestonwood Baptist Church (loves it) and is really into the 60s culture and
60s rock and roll. .
Robert Thornton, of counsel to the Jackson Law Group, has become more and
more an integral part of the Jackson Law Group's representation of its
clients. Although a young lawyer, Robert represented an opposing party in
one of Jackson's divorce cases where child custody and relocation were at
issue. Robert's attention to detail and aggressive posture impressed
Jackson such that he became a regular part of the Jackson team. Jackson
likes to say: "Robert ferreted out all my traps." Robert is regularly
called in to cochair cases where the stakes are high and the litigation is
Robert believes one of the most important aspects of family law is seeing
the 'big picture.' This means understanding the law, the facts of your case
and the range of possible outcomes. He is a student of the law but
understands people, their goals and the "big picture" in a family law case.
Robert will advocate for the very best possible outcome in every case
measuring both risks and rewards. His analysis is conveyed to the client so
that both the he and the client can make informed logical decisions. Robert
is a top tier advocate for the client.
Robert has worked on a
variety of family law cases, including tracing of assets, child protective
services, child custody, property division, international and interstate
child custody issues. As an example, the UCCJEA ("Uniform Child Custody
Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act") is one of the most complex statutes
within the Code. Robert's detailed knowledge of this multistate statute,
has both successfully maintained cases in Texas and excluded cases from
Texas depending upon the desires of the client. In one case, the judge was
"dead set against him" but he prevailed.
On a personal note: Robert
grew up in South Georgia, but is proud to be a Texas. He is one of those who
couldn't get here fast enough. He graduated from the Cumberland School of
Law at Birmingham, Alabama and earned his undergraduate degree from the
University of North Alabama. He loves the outdoors, and is passionate about
hunting and playing his guitar.