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John J. Pfister Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Frisco, TX

4.6   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1992
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    All areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, modifications and enforcement actions.

    31 years

  2. Family

I am a Board Certified Family Law attorney who handles complex property and custody litgation.  We always try to resolve cases out of court if possibe.  However, when that fails, we pursue our client's objectives in the courtroom.  We handle both bench trials as well as jury trials.

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Pfister Family Law
5300 Town & Country Boulevard, Suite 110
Frisco, TX, 75034


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Posted by Jacob | November 16, 2021
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100% Committed to you as a client!!!!
John and his staff were the perfect fit for me and my situation. I was going through a first divorce with kids, it was exhausting and brutal. John and his team not only helped me get through it professionally they helped me get through it mentally and emotionally. They were a sense of reason and a breath of fresh air through the entire process. Helping in everyway to make sure I was getting what I wanted, which was my kids as much as possible. John and his staff are a amazing group and I would recommend them to anyone looking for legal family help. Thank you again for everything you have done for me, I cannot thank you enough
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Posted by Patty | September 8, 2020
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Highly Recommend John and Cathy
After consulting with very "high end" attorneys, I was referred to John. I went to the consultation and was very impressed with his knowledge and his desire to help me with my case. It was a long battle and of course I got worried, but in the end, John, with his skills and knowledge prevailed! And let me say the opposing attorney was a high dollar and feared by some counsel. So if you have a difficult case, I certainly would recommend John and Cathy (paralegal).
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Posted by Alisa | April 9, 2020
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Wouldn’t go anywhere else!
I can’t say enough about John and how amazing he is at what he does!!! I have referred him to a few of my friends and was referred to him by a good friend. Every one of us has come out a winner and we owe it all to John. He is not only good at what he does, he is the BEST!!!!
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
As you will probably read in the previous reviews John is everything that you expect from a competent attorney. He also told me straight up from the beginning that he is not the cheapest and actually gave me a good idea of what the total cost would be. As a father going through a custody case there were obviously a lot of one off situations and sensitive subjects that came up and John was able to walk me through everything. John was 100% committed to my case and was very straightforward in his dealings with me. As far as the 15 minute minimum billing increment previously stated, I was informed of this up front so it was not a surprise, I simply tried to limit my non-essential communications with him. (Thought this was common sense but maybe not..) Long story short John was able to win my case and get me 100% of everything I asked for primarily custody of my child which says a lot for a father in Texas, so if you are looking for someone to win your case and not just charge you the least set up a consultation with John.
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Posted by Craig | November 6, 2018
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Looking for competent divorce attorney at good value?
I've been through two divorces with two separate attorneys unfortunately, but choosing John Pfister was the right choice for my 2nd divorce. John and his excellent staff took time to understand the nature of my case and the complications involved. John told me up front that he wasn't the cheapest attorney, but he generally gave his clients the best value in the end. He over-delivered in this respect. I highly recommend a consult with John if you are looking for a competent attorney with a top notch staff that follows through in a timely manner. My one tip for anyone going through a divorce is to do the legwork and homework on your end to the extent possible--in my case, John was completely comfortable in letting me do work instead of handing it to his staff. This produced an outcome that led to a settlement of the suit in a timely manner and at one third of the cost of my first divorce. Get a second opinion if you need to, but just make sure one of your consultations is with John Pfister.
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Posted by Christian | August 31, 2018
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When losing is not an option
John Pfister has been an exceptional family attorney for me during some seriously tumultuous times. My ex and I have gone through two different modifications (for reasons I will not go into). John overwhelmingly beat both attorneys both times and I now have primary custody of my son. #Fathersrights A few times I was frustrated about the lack of communication but it turned out that the lack of communication was because there was nothing to tell me. Instead of billing me to tell me nothing he waited until we had a reason to talk. Many people want their attorney to hand-hold them through a very emotional time but that can get expensive. I appreciated that he looked out for my money as well as my child. My ex’s attorney charged her like she was a money printing press. She paid 3x more than I did and John and I had a 100% win in court for my child. I read another review about John that said all he cared about was winning for his client; um…isn’t that the whole point of hiring him?? Overall he did everything I needed, he got my child everything he needed, he kept me calm throughout the process (even when I was anything but calm), and charged a fair price for an attorney of his caliber. I highly recommend John Pfister and so do 2 of my friends who have had the same success with him.
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Posted by Cassie | November 4, 2016
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John shines in the courtroom. He is confident and knowledgeable. Very precise in his presentation and doesn't let let anything get past him. Definitely glad he was on our side.
Posted by Michael | September 6, 2016
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Simply the Best
To be perfectly honest, I feel as though I had a divorce that entailed some out of the ordinary details. I field for divorce from my ex wife. She responded by leveling horrendous allegations against, not only myself but, my children as well.John Pfister was calm, patient and very willing to deal with this frantic father. He not only dealt with the Family Law side of my case but, also helped me through the CPS side. This whole process would have been impossible to get through without a skilled and competent attorney. John Pfister is both of these in spades. I would highly recommend Mr Pfister if you are in need of an attorney in the Dallas area.
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Posted by Danny Guerrero | March 10, 2016
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#1 Lawyer
I would like to Thank John for the hard work he did. He was always on top of things and I'm glad I could trust him with my case. His assistant Jolie was great and easy to work with. My case was involving Child Custody. I looked around and talked to other lawyers prior to talking to John, and John was the guy I went with due to his Character. He was firm in his words and knows the law. I would strongly recommend John and associates. At the end all said and done, I did get custody of my son. Once again, I am glad to have used this Law firm for my case and strongly recommend anyone going through a custody battle to consider this law firm. Thank you
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Posted by Michelle | December 11, 2014
Best Lawyer
After going through 2 lawyers, John was a God send. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative when it came to my divorce. He was always very professional and respectful. He is worth every bit of his fees. He has your best interested in mind and will make sure that you know exactly what is going on and what can be expected. You will never be left in the dark and wondering where your money is going.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2014
John was excellent in the court room, but the real work happened behind the scenes. He negotiated with all parties so that we could finalize the details before the judge. He helped us avoid going to trial and pushed for our best interests from start to finish. It is clear that he is highly thought of by others who work family law. I would highly recommend him to anyone with a family law matter.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2014
Excellent! Trust John!
Impressive knowledge of family law and negotiating with other attorneys and courts. I am in the first stages of my case, but so far I am extremely impressed and trust that John will execute on my best interests with very little guidance from me. He has already made significant progress in a short period of time. He is very judicious with his time, yet shows sincere compassion and sensitivity. I recently had to change lawyers and so glad I found John. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Robert | January 18, 2014
Perfect Family Law Attorney!
I have used Mr. Pfister on a few occasions with my children. He has extensive knowledge of the court system and gives honest options as to what to expect throughout the process. His staff is knowledgable yet will tell you if they don't have the answer and will get back to you either with an answer or with information that they simply can't answer that question at that stage of your case.
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Posted by Jason | November 20, 2013
Wonderful Family Law Attorney
I used Mr. Pfister for my highly contested divorce. Mr. Pfister listened to my concerns, offered his professional advice and provided me with a plan of action. Mr. Pfister and his staff were very helpful throughout the entire process. We ended up with a full blown trial in Dallas County. Mr. Pfister helped me, as a father, gain primary custody of my 3 minor children. For that I will be forever grateful to him and his staff.
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Posted by R. Palmer | October 18, 2012
Wouldn't want anyone else...
John Pfister is by far the best Family Law Attorney in Frisco. He has represented my husband in his custody case (ongoing) as well as getting final orders in my custody case. He keeps in touch , keeps us updated, is honest and gives great advice. We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of every Court appearance thus far. John does love a good fight (he is like a bull- he doesn't back down) and does command attention and respect, but the one thing I would never say is that he is in it for the money. The money is just a plus. He is a father himself and he genuinely cares about the children and parents that he represents. John and his staff have become more than just our "Attorney and his staff". We consider them friend's, even family. We wouldn't be where we are today (an awesome family of 6) without them. They are all blessings. If you need someone to help you fight for your rights as a parent or just protect your children, John is your guy.
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Posted by John | August 5, 2010
Outstanding advocate, knows the law like nobody's business
John Pfister is the best family law attorney I've ever hired, period. He is extremely sharp-- knows the Texas Family Code so well it he must have the entire manual memorized! He knows all the deadlines, the filing procedures, pleading requirements, and what's practical in your case. Where he really shines is the courtroom. John has a great command presence when arguing. At one of my last hearings he basically took over from opposing counsel as she futilely tried to explain to the judge the remaining issues that day. A lawyer I had prior to John Pfister, also board certified, mentioned John as a "fighter." That's not an understatement. Against two attorneys, one who is a top legislator in the Texas House of Reps., he cleaned their clocks. But being a fighter doesn't mean he'll want to fight war on everything, which of course costs us as clients a lot of money. He seems to want to pick the best battles, which I appreciated. I hired shadow jurors to take notes at my hearings, to give my honest, anonymous feedback. Here's what they had to say about John Pfister's performance: -- "Your lawyer is a badass. He's slammed everything head on that (opposing parent) and her lawyer asked for. He certainly knows his stuff. Good call on hiring this guy. He knows his stuff and brought up everything ("everything" is underlined 3 times) "PITTBULL!" (yes, two T's) "He is doing a great job on the issues, and keeping the judge on points" "Intelligent, competitive" "John Pfister pretty much bulldozed right over Jim Dunnam" "Professional, direct, thorough, got to the real point and heart of the matter" "Is absolutely correct about the dad wanting to be a part of his son's health & growth as well as his sickness, if or when his is ill" "Medical care arguments are completely legitimate" "Appears that Dunnam did not present much evidence against Pfister in medical care issue" "In my limited experience with him, he seemed very businesslike, and refreshingly impartial. All he is asking for are the rights made standard to any parent by law" "Chattered too much, but knew what he was talking about" "Well-versed for 1st time on case" "good job!" "Competent, knows his material. Working for the best interest of the child"
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Posted by Steven | August 18, 2018
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Does Not Work for his clients, BeWare
I retained Mr. Pfister as a part of my divorce. Mr. Pfister did not act in my best interest and only did things that would rack up his fees. I did not agree to the Rule 11 Agreement and expressed that to him. He did not question the opposing party at the hearing I asked. Told me to, stop talking to him when I asked him to question the opposing party. Did not explain how to fill out any financial and custody forms. He just handed me a piece of paper to fill out and stated you need to take a co-parenting course and left the court. Overcharged me for services not rendered as to drop me as counsel when I questioned his fees, once was retained. Be prepared to be billed in 15 minute for a time stamped 5 minute email, response and addition email. Also, his initial consultation is free, but will charge you $200 for, "Continued Initial Consultation," for a hand shake and walking you out the door.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2014
Run, Don't Walk Away from this Guy.....
If you want a highly contested, bitter, expensive divorce to appear out of nowhere with a very simple divorce, even with a willing divorce partner, John is your guy. Any contact with him I felt like I was bothering him and wasting his time, but he certainly billed me. Every single timeline, response, and answer from my ex wifes attorney he literally waited to the last possible minute to respond, creating an incredible, actually amazing, amount of animosity between him and what was once a willing party. The one court date we had, I was shocked at how angry, beligerant, and angry the other attorney was with him, and she mentioned it was due to his lack of communication, response, coordination, etc. He prefers to prolong, aggravate, and initiate conflict so he can bill you till your wallet is empty. What little hope that I had of mending my marriage at the last minute, I believe his actions helped slam that door shut. Oh, and yes, I caught him and his paralegal in numerous stretches of the truth, and had supporting evidence to substantiate it. One of the worst decisions I've ever made.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 125-500 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pfister Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pfister, Borserine & Associate, PLLC
  • 2002 - 2019
  • Owner
  • Pfister & Associates
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Weiner, Glass & Reed, LLP
  • 1992 - 2000
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  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Texas A&M University
  • B.B.A
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • In re RRK
  • won case


  • Frisco Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Frisco Bar Association - 2022 CLE Seminar in Cancun
  • Mock Trial Presentation - Temporary Orders
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. He is very well known and well respected. Very well versed in the law."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an exceptional lawyer. He is always well prepared and a strong advocate in the courtroom, which often leads to opposing counsel sending his clients wonderful settlement options. Great choice for any family law matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is professional and knows the law, and courthouse inside and out. I recommend him highly."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is professional, tenacious, and vigorously defends and prosecutes claims of his clients. He has an excellent reputation amongst his peers. I will gladly work with him on any future cases we may have together."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is an excellent lawyer. I appreciate his strong advocacy skills and his ability to rise above the fray. He works hard for his clients and he always remains professional no matter what the stakes are in the case."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Pfister is a fantastic family lawyer who knows the law and has the experience required to get favorable results for his clients in hotly contested family law matters. Assertive, not wildly aggressive. You can trust him."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is an aggressive attorney with years of experience in family law."
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