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Jeffrey S Johnson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

4.6   7 reviews

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Complex Divorce High Net-Worth Divorce Spousal Maintenance

    11 years, 300 cases

  2. Family
    50%
    Custody Child Support Modification

    11 years, 300 cases

Jeff Johnson is a board-certified family lawyer with nearly twenty years’ experience in both Washington and Texas. Having graduated with honors from Washington State University with a BA in International Business, Jeff went on to graduate from one of the top law schools in the United States, the University of Oregon. Jeff has been decorated with numerous local and national awards, including having been ranked as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers Under 40 in the United States, as well as having been ranked as one of the Top Attorneys in Fort Worth for seven consecutive years, to name a few.

Jeff is a dynamic trial lawyer who seeks out the most challenging Family Law cases in Texas, both at the trial court level and also at the appellate level. Jeff has handled hundreds of cases involving all kinds for family law issues and fact patterns, and he has done some in over a dozen different counties throughout Texas. Accordingly, so long as he is drawn to the case and/or client, Jeff has taken on cases all across the State.

Most commonly, Jeff handles high-net worth divorces; including divorces involving tens, and even hundreds, of millions of dollars in assets. Within this niche, Jeff has vast experience working with complex legal issues and tactics, such as:

  - Engaging expert witnesses to value assets
  - Hiring private investigators to help discover malfeasance by the opposing spouse
  - Tracking down hidden funds
  - Pursuing waste claims and breaches of fiduciary duty, which are most common when one spouse spends community funds on extramarital affairs.
  - Interpreting and assessing the validity and effect of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
  - Child support for disabled adult children
  - Challenges to jurisdiction and venue
  - Military divorces

Regardless of whether a case is a complex divorce or a more straightforward custody case, Jeff seeks out complex litigation that requires his expert analysis, his multifaceted and forward-thinking strategies and his proven trial philosophy. Jeff determines his client’s long term goals and then works to develop a flexible strategy that can adapt to the ever-changing landscape of each trial. Where other lawyers often create a rigid strategy and try to force the facts to fit their plan, Jeff steadfastly believes that the best way to win is to mold the strategy around the facts and to assemble those facts into a case theory that leads the judge or jury directly to the right conclusion. Utilizing this methodology he advocates for his client’s goals in both the courtroom or in a written appellate brief.

Beyond his education and experience in family law, Jeff has invaluable business acumen and cultural insight that he brings to bear on his cases. Jeff has twice lived and worked overseas, immersed in non-English speaking countries. Further, Jeff has jointly owned a wine importing company that did business in 46 states and 6 countries, honing his ability to coordinate people and resources. Jeff learned the ins and outs of corporate management teamwork from some of the top minds in the sports industry when he spent 4 years working in the National Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks organizations. It is advantageous to have an attorney that understands and respects both how a business functions and what it takes to run a successful organization.

Jeff’s passion for the wine industry has never waned; he acts as a marketing, management and legal consultant for several wineries. When he is not practicing law, Jeff is typically exercising his creative side, making furniture and tables in his wood shop. Additionally, spends time with his three rescue dogs, travels with friends, teaches wine classes and reads historical non-fiction.

If you have a complex legal issue that demands an exceptional lawyer whose diversified background will ensure the best outcome, call Jeff today.

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Licensed for 17 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/23/2022
State WA
Status Voluntarily Resigned
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Jeffrey

Johnson, Loyd & Schmitz, PLLC
819 W. Daggett Ave.
Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Brad | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The best lawyer money can buy
Jeff by far exceeded my expectations on all levels, from the intitial consultation I knew I found the best! I first found Jeff after having a less then ideal lawyer that failed to do due diligence on my case, and I knew my kids deserved better, and that's when I found Jeff! His well respected reputation in Tarrant county is testimony to how high of caliber attorney you will be getting when you are represented by Jeff. As a gay single dad I was under the impression I had less rights then other parents and Jeff reassured me that was the furthest thing from the truth. He handled my initial divorce/custody and multiple mofications years later. During urgent times he's handled exparte hearings promptly and with ease. He always had the kids best interest in mind as well as trying to make it as cost effective as possible for me. I couldn't rave enough about how intelligent and spot on this man is. As traumatic as divorce and custody cases can be, I actually enjoyed watching Jeff in the courtroom, he is always two steps ahead of the opposing council and makes it look effortless. He is honest and shoot from the hip, I knew we were always on the same page and what our realistic expectations are. Jeff is readily available during times of need and I was never in the dark or left out of the loop as him and his staff are great at communicating along the way. I cant say enough positives about Jeff. I will add that if by chance Jeff is unavailable, his associates Brenna and Eric are at the same level as Jeff and you will be in good hands as well, you can't go wrong with anyone in the practice.
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Posted by Douglas | November 26, 2013
“Paramount Representation and Support”
I hired Jeff after becoming frustrated with my previous attorney, and I am so glad I did. Due to my ex-wife’s false allegations of family violence, I had not seen my children in over 12 months and my previous attorney suggested that the situation was hopeless and that I should simply give up the idea of spending anytime with my kids. That was not then nor ever something I would accept. I needed a change, someone who would listen to me but yet help me understand the process and the realistic part of divorce. Once I hired Jeff, he got the wheels turning immediately and assured me that the situation was not hopeless at all. That as painful as it was to deal with alienation and lies being told to my kid’s patients would prevail. First, he won an enforcement hearing and got the judge to order my wife not to contact my employer, making my wife and her attorney taste defeat for the first time. Shortly thereafter, we had a two day trial and Jeff not only succeeded in showing the judge that the allegations of violence were false, but he won the trial, got me unsupervised access to my son’s and even got the judge to order reimbursement from my ex-wife for the money she made me waste on plane tickets during this terrible ordeal. Jeff is very knowledgeable, as well as being detailed and prepared. Even though a divorce trial is stressful, it was still enjoyable to see Jeff objecting to my ex-wife’s lawyer’s evidence and arguments. He seemed to be operating in a higher gear than my ex-wife’s attorney. I could spend all day saying how impressed I am with Jeff and how I recommend him to anyone going through a family law battle, but instead I’ll say this: I’ve come to consider him more than just an attorney –he is now will also be my friend. Divorce is ugly, no matter which way you look at it. I would say that my divorce was not only ugly but war; it was more than a Jerry Springer episode, it probably was more like a season or two. But it was never about getting back at that person or even. For me and Jeff it was about the kids. All that is important is your kids. Jeff helped me with getting back to what is most important, the kids.
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Posted by Veronica Austin | November 19, 2013
Great person, not just an Attorney
You don't want just an Attorney, you want someone who is kind and understanding. Just absolutely no worries and I am always worried about something. Always have good strategies and gets back you with right away if he misses your call. He always there to listen first and will then give you great advise. I'm not worried about a thing now because I know he has my back. He will also work with you even when your struggling. He is not only a great attorney; he is a great person.
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Posted by Ashley | July 11, 2013
THE BEST
Jeff is representing me in a complex divorce and custody battle. Divorce is not an easy process, but the way Jeff translates all of the complicated legal jargon into understandable English has made the whole case much easier than it would have been without him. On top of that, he always gets back to me quickly when I have a question and he does so with a smile. He is enthusiastic about my case and I am so glad to have someone like him fighting for me. Although my soon-to-be ex-husband has a very good attorney on his side, Jeff always seems to be two steps ahead in terms of strategy and I have the luxury of not worrying about getting out-lawyered. If anyone out there needs a lawyer, I absolutely recommend calling Jeff before anyone else!
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2013
Outstanding Representation
I own a company doing international business and I hired Jeff to review a contract I have with an overseas supplier. After reviewing the contract, Jeff found an element in the contract that has allowed me to explore a new field of business for my company. As great as it was to get that result, I was equally pleased with the way Jeff has handled me as a client. Not only has Jeff been able to quickly understand my needs and the nature of my business, but he has done so in a professional and timely manner. He is always responsive when I reach out to him with questions and he routinely thinks about my business 2-3 years into the future, anticipating issues that might arise. My previous attorneys only looked at the legal aspect of my business, which I felt often left them losing the forest for the trees. With Jeff’s background in business management, he is able to give me not just legal advice but he also thinks about issues from marketing and operations perspectives as well. Quite simply, he has more tools in his tool chest than other attorneys I’ve met, and I would recommend Jeff to anyone seeking an attorney for their business.
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Posted by Laurie | July 2, 2013
Amazing attorney! Highly recommended.
I hired Mr. Johnson after becoming frustrated with my previous attorney. I was very overwhelmed with ongoing child custody issues following my divorce and was finding myself even more stressed because my previous attorney wouldn't respond to my phone calls and attempts at communication in a timely manner. I didn't feel like he was invested in my case and, because it my children are the most important thing in the world to me, I was very frustrated. At that time, I was recommended to Mr. Johnson by a close friend, who had glowing things to say about him. Upon talking with Mr. Johnson, I felt very relieved. I was comforted by his interest in my well-being, and more importantly, in the well-being of my children during such a stressful time for my family. He was clearly invested in helping my family and his approach to my case was well thought out and in line with my goals. I am so happy that I decided to work with Mr. Johnson, as I got a great result. I would absolutely recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2017
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Unfortunately, I did not have a positive experience with Mr. Johnson. Said attorney seems to have the confidence and legal knowledge to represent his clients in a fair manner. However, his attributes are overshadowed by his evident desire to maintain positive rapport with opposing counsel. At every turn, I felt my children were underrepresented. It is my hope that in the future, Mr. Johnson and his firm spend their efforts aggressively representing their clients in lieu of aggressively protecting their network of legal cronies.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson, Loyd & Schmitz, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner/Attorney
  • JS Johnson Law, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Senior Attorney, Chief Managing Officer
  • Widner Family Law Group
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Consultant
  • Dallas Mavericks' D-League Team
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Vice President - Sales & Marketing
  • Indiana Pacers' D-League Team
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Vice President - In-House Counsel
  • Pangaea Wine Group
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lukins & Annis, PS
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Washington State University - Honors College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • In re F
  • Favorable.
  • In Re O
  • Favorable.

Associations

  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Texas Family Resource Center
  • Co-Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers - Family Law
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top 1%
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Best in Family Law Litigation - Texas
  • Corporate America's Legal Elite
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in North America
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Manchester College Sports Marketing
  • Sports Sponsorship Sales Lecture
  • 2009
  • IPFW Athletic Department
  • Athletic Department Revenue Generation
  • 2009
  • Grace College Sports Marketing
  • Sports Sponsorship Sales Lecture
  • 2009
  • Ball State Athletic Department
  • Athletic Department Revenue Generation
  • 2009
  • Eastern Washington Wine Law Seminar
  • Wine Law - An Overview
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (29)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been referring my clients to Jeff for years now, and he exceeds their expectations each and every time. His calm demeanor, skill, and caring attitude make him exceptionally capable of handling delicate situations and delivering supreme results."
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeff is remarkably professional and extremely knowledgeable about the law. He spends time to get to know his clients and represents them zealously both in and out of court. He is a pleasure to work with - an exceptional adversary."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. One needs a lawyer with a heart when getting divorce advice."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Johnson is an attorney who is always a strong advocate for all of his clients."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you're looking for a Family attorney in Fort Worth, Jeff is a cut above the rest. You can count on zealous representation. He sincerely treats his clients like family."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff is top notch!"
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an outstanding attorney: very knowledgable, professional, and is an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend his services. You will not be disappointed."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a great lawyer and enjoyable to work with. I would highly recommend working with him."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Jeff for many years and know him to be a rare combination of impressive intellect and deep compassion for his clients. He is a well rounded individual which contributes to a practical perspective on reaching solutions in contested matters. I strongly endorse Jeff and his work."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a great family law attorney. Going through a divorce or child custody issue is one of the most difficult issues a person might face. Jeff has the experience and integrity to help people through this stage of their lives. I recommend Jeff."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Jeff for close to 20 years, and he is a talented attorney. Jeff is tough, but fair, and will give his clients an honest assessment of their claims. He is a strong advocate, and I would gladly refer any Texas family law matters to him."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney!"
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