Child Custody cases are some of 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 Specialization. In addition to his skilled support staff and associates, Mr. Jackson maintains a team of experienced and skilled professionals who, if the matter requires it, assist Mr. Jackson in achieving the client's goals to effectively bring the family matter to a conclusion in the least amount of time and at the lowest expense.
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 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.
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; a member of the Order of the Arrow and is Wood Badge. In addition, 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 in 2013.
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 fierce.
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.