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J. Spencer Nilsson

Family Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

4.7   36 reviews

also known as Spencer Nilsson


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About J. Spencer

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Family Law attorneys at both the local and state level recognize J. Spencer Nilsson as one of the most advanced and innovative young lawyers the field. Spencer is notorious for pioneering strategies to combat the ever changing landscape of family law resulting from legislative reform and defense tactics aimed at extending litigation.

Spencer sets himself apart from other attorneys by his sincere dedication to his clients. He feels that one of the biggest deficiencies in the legal world today is attorneys leaving their clients in the dark throughout the evolution of their case. He understand that a client seeking a family law attorney is likely going through a tough time in their life and the last thing they want is to be told that everything is being taken care and not have an understanding of what is actually going on. He feels strongly that educating his clients and explaining the process is paramount to not only to the outcome of the case, but also to the attorney/client relationship.  Spencer believes that a family law attorney should handle every case as if it were their own. He has found that this mentality and level of commitment has resulted in his clients' ability to obtain the best possible outcome available. 

Spencer was born in Texas, but grew up overseas in Sweden and Holland, and eventually returned to Texas for college. He graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor degree in business and accepted a position in Dallas where he managed a national group of primary-care physicians.  He grew up in a hard working Christian family that never neglected an opportunity to help others, and Spencer continues to volunteer his time with numerous organizations including: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Paws in the City, Texas Hospice, and Love our Local Animals (LOLA). Spencer credits his tireless work ethic to his father: a man who often worked seventy hour work weeks and travelled constantly, yet never missed one of his two sons' sporting events.

Spencer earned his Juris Doctorate while attending night classes at Texas Wesleyan School of Law in downtown Fort Worth. As a night student, Spencer continued to work 50 hours per week while attending in the evening, and still excelled academically by repeatedly making the Dean’s List.  Spencer eventually resigned from his position to pursue law full time and become more involved in the legal community.  During his time at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Spencer worked part-time as a clerk in a family law firm, represented numerous clients as a student attorney in the Texas Wesleyan family law clinic, acted as a student ambassador for the school, and served as Vice Magister for Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity, President of the Animal Law Society, and as a two-time board member for the Intellectual Property Law Association.

Spencer thoroughly enjoys volunteering for causes close to his heart, spending his free time with his family and his beagle, Charlie.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • The Fort Worth Club
  • Mensa

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Licensed for 9 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact J. Spencer

Nilsson Legal Group, PLLC
930 West First Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX, 76102

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by CB | April 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Family Law Attorney
AMAZING law firm. Spencer and just team give you absolutely all of their effort. They are very communicative, honest, and caring. I have trusted Spencer with a more complicated than usual family law matter and have full faith in him. These are the folks you want on your side should you ever need legal counsel. He came highly recommended and has truly been a blessing. Don’t look any further for a family law attorney in Tarrant County. He is the best of the best.
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Posted by Juan | April 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law attorney in Tarrant County!!!
I had previously hired another attorney back in 2016, but due to the uncooperativeness of the other party's attorney and my attorney's own personal demons, my case was dragged out for two years with zero progress. Then, I met Spencer back in April 2018. I explained to him the backstory of my case as it currently stood. My case was not an overly complicated case at all, as I was simply being denied my access for visitation. He made no promises, but did tell me that I did have good merit for a modification of the parent-child relationship, which is what I believed to be the case prior to meeting with him. If I'm not mistaken, the final trial in my case had been reset a total of 4 times over the course of my case before we officially had trial. After all these years, dating back from 2014 - 2022 (8 years), my case was so loaded with evidence, it was actually planned to have trial over the course of 2 days. Luckily, we were able to finish trial in 1 single day. While Spencer does represent both mothers and fathers, Spencer has a real passion for representing fathers and is an advocate for fathers' equal rights, this is one of the reasons I was drawn to hire Spencer. I knew that I did not make a mistake when choosing who I wanted in my corner. For those that think that simply having an attorney is the be-all and end-all, you couldn't be more wrong. You should be on top of your case just as much as your attorney is. Your case is as good as you make it out to be, an attorney can only do so much. I went to trial thinking that my case could go one of two ways. I figured in the best case scenario, I would be awarded 50/50 custody, worst case scenario, nothing would change (which is what is typically expected in the District Court I was in since the judge is traditional and old fashioned - which means "pro-mom"). To my surprise, the judge awarded me primary custody with everything additional that I asked for in my pleadings (effective 04/11/2022). Spencer is a fantastic attorney who actually gets the job done and takes pride in his work! There are many attorneys that practice Family Law, but in my opinion, I wouldn't consider most of them to be good "trial attorneys", whereas Spencer knows all of the ins-and-outs of trial, he knows what evidence should be presented and when, he knows exactly when to make an objection, and he can be extremely persuasive to not only the judge but the opposing party. I never had any issues with communicating with him or his office. I could not have asked for better representation! I know exactly who I will refer people to when a Family Law attorney is needed! Thank you so much for everything, Spencer!
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Posted by Olga | February 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great honest and hardworking Attorney
Spencer handled a divorce for me. I was so impressed with the meticulous and determined manner in which he handled the case. The prior lawyer quit on us and didn't respond. Spencer stepped in and pushed the case forward and obtained an incredible result. Spencer fights for his clients until the end, then he fights some more. Because of his efforts, Spencer gained a client for life and I recommend him and his firm to everyone I know in need of a family law attorney.
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Posted by Carla | September 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Spencer is AMAZING!!!
I hired Spencer! He’s was very honest about the things in my case that we could change. Instead of wasting time and money on things that I couldn’t. Spencer and Jenny fought for me! I don’t regret hiring him at all!
Posted by Mike | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Contacted Mr. Nilsson about representing my son in a custody case. Very happy with his professionalism. His office responds quickly if you have any questions or concerns. AAA+++++
Posted by Christopher | May 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awsome lawyer
As a father of 3 girls ages 3-12 Nilsson helped me get custodial. I am so happy when other lawyers pretty much laughed at me after getting served trying to find someone last minute Nilsson was there for me and even let me pay out the remaining balance since I couldn't afford all of it right there. I highly recommend Spencer Nilsson to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Compassionate
Spencer helped me on a modification. He was extremely professional, as was his office staff. I would highly recommend him as your family law attorney.
Posted by Cory | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Spencer and his team have been on point and insightful throughout my entire custody case.
Posted by Van | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Helpful
Spencer and crew have been great during the divorce process. Never having divorced before, I had lots of questions and concerns that were all answered and addressed quickly.
Posted by Heather | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Nilsson/ Divorce
I struggled with divorce for years being strung along by my husband and his attorney and finally I meet with Mr. Nilsson. He talked with me about my options and what I needed to do to get the things over. Once Mr. Nilsson explained the process to me he took things over and made it easy. I should have went with Mr. Nilsson from the begging, I would suggest that anyone to sit and meet with him and they will see that he is the right choice to represent them.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Spencer and his team were great. He was realistic about my case, honest, and made every attempt to save me money and time. His advice paid off big-time for me in court. In the end, I gained everything that I asked for. His paralegal, Donna, was responsive and knowledgeable and his associate Stuart was helpful as well on the date of the hearing. I hope that I don't need these kinds of services again, but if I do I know who to call.
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Posted by Bart | October 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hire Him!
Spencer was knowledgeable, efficient, pleasant and made an astute honest observation regarding potential solutions with a focus on the most effective potential resolution versus what simply produced billable hours. Need a professional in every sense of the word? Then hire Spencer.
Posted by Joseph and Josie | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Spencer and his team have done excellent work for my husband and in if our child support case for modification. We have been stress out for a year having to deal with the AG putting of our case and dragging it out. Spencer pushed for the modification order to be done and not be set back and was able to reduce our support payments by over $1000.00 a month. We were so pleased by the outcome of our case that for the first time my husband could sleep peacefully without this hung burden on him. He was very honest and everything he said he would do came to pass. His paralegal Donna was always so helpful and kept me updated with the progress. I would defiantly recommend hiring Spencer and his team to represent you.
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Posted by April | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Handling very efficiently
My case is on going but so far he has shown good credible work and was affordable for my needs.
Posted by Josabet | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A + for Mr. Nilsson!
The Nilsson Legal Group represented me during my divorce proceedings this year, with Class A integrity & professionalism... The kind that you would expect to receive from a law firm during a difficult time like a divorce. Mr. Nilsson & Staff did a great job in keeping me updated on my case.. therefore I had a great sense of peace knowing how diligently they we're working on finalizing my divorce. I highly recommend Mr. Nilsson and his staff for all family law needs!
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Posted by micheal y. | October 26, 2015
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honest and trustworthy.
After speaking of multiple attorneys to try to find one for my divorce Spencer was the only one who I felt confident with the only one who I didn't feel that was going to just take my money and run he's givin every effort to try to help me get what I want out of my divorce and more.
Posted by Kendric | October 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Amazing!
Mr. Spencer and his team are absolutely amazing. I am fighting for custody of my daughter. I was stressed about what a lawyer was going to cost and about the situation in general. Mr. Spencer and his team eased those concerns. They are very affordable, and are working hard on our case. They are honest, dependable, and down to earth. I am confident in the outcome of my case with Mr. Spencer representing me. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance.
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Posted by Lauren F | April 10, 2015
FABULOUS!!!!
After hiring, and firing, 3 other "highly recommended" attorneys, I found the Fabulous J. Spencer Nilsson! We had been in court in both Illinois and Texas (the case was a mess) for 18+months. One of the court orders sent from Illinois to Texas was not filed correctly by the judge, stalling the whole case for months. None of the other 3 lawyers (who I fired) could help us. I hired Spencer Nilsson on a Monday. By Thursday he had met with 2 judges, completed all research and paperwork, obtained a letter from the judge involved, had the necessary orders sent back to Illinois, and had the whole big mess straightened up! I WAS COMPLETELY IN AWE AT WHAT A SPECTACULAR JOB HE DID!! Even my lawyer in Illinois was very impressed! I HIGHLY recommend him! Don't hire anyone else!
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Professional, respectful and responsive.
Our family worked with Spencer last year and we were more than satisfied. He is knowledgable, attentive and well connected in the Tarrant county courts.
Posted by Senia | December 4, 2014
Trustworthy, responsive and very knowledgeable
I could not of asked for a better lawyer on my side! After battling a nasty divorce for over 2 years and dealing with 2 other lawyers who had completely wasted thousands of dollars and valuable time, Mr. Nilsson took over my case, took the time to listen to what was important to me and explained all my options. He was always very knowledgeable and responsive. What is great is that even though my case is finalized now, (thank god) whenever I have a question or concern Mr. Nilsson is always there with the knowledge and guidance I need. I would recommend Mr Nilsson to my family and closest friends.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Nilsson Legal Group, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Kate Smith Law, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Willis Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Courts
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Student Attorney
  • Texas A&M University School of Law Family Law Clinic
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Texas Tech University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • In the Interest of S.R., a Child
  • Sucess
  • In the Interest of S.R, a Child
  • Sucess
  • In re E.D.R.
  • Client designated as JMC with exclusive right to designate domicile of the child

Associations

  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2012 - Present
  • Lawyers in MENSA
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Swedish
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • 360 West Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • 360 West Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • 360 West Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Forth Worth Magazine
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • Forth Worth Magazine
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Civil Trial Academy
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Lawyers You Want to Know
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (28)
Endorse J. Spencer
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've co-counseled a few cases with Spencer and could not be more impressed with his knowledge, dedication, and genuine care for his clients and their situation."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is a very talented attorney. He is creative and collaborative."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I always enjoy working with Spencer on cases. He is very diligent, professional and easy to work with."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nilsson is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is a very knowledgeable and passionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is always very prepared. He is a great advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Nilsson. Very experienced and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is professional, experienced, and a pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is not only an outstanding lawyer, he is a fantastic person. He is one of the smartest lawyers in North Texas and a true asset to the legal community. I whole-heartedly endorse Spencer Nilsson."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and the remarkable work that gets done for clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A great option for family law issues in Texas."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in his community"
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is committed to his practice and very knowledgeable."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spencer is a skilled attorney, and a well-qualified family law practitioner. He is an asset to the legal community. I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Exceptional quality, skill, and service. Highest marks."
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