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Brian Knox Tackett

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Divorce Attorney; Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Specializing in divorce, child custody, modifications, enforcement, and adoptions.


512 W. Hickory Street, Suite

Denton, Texas

phone: (940) 387-3518

fax: (866) 638-8846

email: Email Me


Board Certified in Family Law



Brian Tackett is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by less than 1% of the attorneys in the State of Texas.  He has been recognized a one of the best attorneys in Denton County and was the winner of the Best of Denton County survey for 2013.  He has been designated as a Super Lawyer for family law in the State of Texas by Thomson Reuters.  He has undergone an extensive peer review by judges and other attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability and received an AV rating – the highest possible rating reserved only for “preeminent” attorneys.


Brian Tackett has earned his reputation as an outstanding litigator and implements an aggressive approach. 


Brian Tackett is a partner with the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP, and specializes exclusively in family law.  He is the head of the family and criminal law sections of the firm.  His practice has been built on an ever expanding referral base.  He receives referrals from other lawyers, judges, politicians, and most importantly past and current clients. 


My mission is to put my clients in the best possible position to achieve their goals by out-preparing and out-working my opponent. 


I am first and foremost a trial attorney.  Much of my skill and craft were honed as a criminal prosecutor in the Denton County District Attorney’s office.  I have spent countless hours in the courtroom advocating for my clients.  While I am always courteous and professional in the courtroom, my clients will not be bullied.


I enjoy courtroom advocacy the most, but I emphasize a strategy that lessens resentment and hostility and focuses on creative problem-solving, goal setting for the future, and preserving dignity.  I work hard with and for my clients to achieve their goals.  It is crucial to determine what is most important for my client but also to know what is important to the other party or attorney.        


I love my job, but I recognize that my clients come to me during the most trying times of their lives.  The steps we take together are the difference between easing and undermining the transition into the next phase of life.


                        – Brian K. Tackett





Child Custody


Enforcement of Court Orders

Child Support


Domestic Violence

Protective Orders




            State Bar of Texas

            Family Section of the State Bar of Texas

            U.S. District Court, Eastern District

            Denton County Bar Association

            Family Section of the Denton County Bar Association




            Texas Tech University School of Law – Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1998


            University of Texas – Bachelors of Business, 1994

            Honors: Cum Laude




            Denton County Bar Association – Board of Directors, Current


            Denton County Texas Exes – Board of Directors, 2014-2015


Denton County Young Lawyers – Past-President, 2005; Past-Treasurer, 2003; Board of Directors, 2002


Denton County Trial Lawyer Association – Founding Member


Denton Chamber of Commerce


Leadership Denton – Graduate, Class of 2012-2013





Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    18 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    18 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    18 years
  4. Family: 10%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Jeffrey Lance Vanzant

    I have recommended many friends to Brian over the years for family law counsel. He has always done a great job.


    Jeffrey Vanzant Government Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • William Verne Scazzero

    Brian is an outstanding family law attorney. He knows the law and knows the system better than any other I've met. If I needed a family law attorney, he is who I would use.


    William Scazzero Oil and gas Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

512 W. Hickory, Suite 100
P.O. Box 50149
Denton, TX, 76201


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199808/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2016
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Best of Denton CountyGo Pages2013
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Advanced Family Law Mediation CertificationDenton County Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ParterHayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP2010 - Present
Founding AttorneyTackett Legal, PC2009 - 2010
PartnerTackett & Peugh, Lp2002 - 2009
Associate AttorneyBerry, Byrne, & Randall2000 - 2002
Assistant District AttorneyDenton County District AttorneyAs1999 - 2000
AttorneySmall Business Administration1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Denton County Texas ExesDirector2014 - Present
Denton County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Denton County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Denton County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Leadership DentonN/A2012 - 2013
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - 2005
Denton County Young LawyersMember2002 - 2007
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas v. BowdenNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
iheartmylawyer.comWhat to Make of Client Reviews and Testimonials2016
iheartmylawyer.comDivorce: Does it Matter Who Files First?2016
iheartmylawyer.comSocial Media and Divorce2015
iheartmylawyer.com10 Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce2015
iheartmylawyer.com3 Pitfalls of the Uncontested Divorce2015
iheartmeylawyer.comThe Four Cs of an Uncontested Divorce2015
iheartmylawyer.comDivorce Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)2015
iheartmylawyer.com10 Truths about Divorce Cases2015
iheartmylawyer.comSelecting a Family Lawyer: Old School v. New School2015
iheartmylawyer.comQuestions to Ask a Divorce Attorney2014
iheartmylawyer.comGrounds for Divorce2014
iheartmylawyer.comSpousal Maintenance in the State of Texas2013
iheartmylawyer.comThe Divorce Process in Texas2013
iheartmylawyer.comTexas Spousal Maintenance2013
iheartmylawyer.comNot Guilty -- Assault Family Violence2012
iheartmylawyer.comThe Difference between DUI, DWI and Drunk Driving2012
I Heart My Lawyer BlogClear Your Record2012
I Heart My Lawyer BlogThe DWI Standard - Eliminating the Excuses and Finding the Truth2012
I Heart My Lawyer BlogHow to Choose a Lawyer2012
I Heart My Lawyer BlogDWI -- Not Guilty2012
iheartmylawyer.comChoosing Your Attorney2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Texas System, AustinBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Break Safety BriefingDWI, DUI, and Possession of Marijuana2012
Spring Break Safety BriefingCriminal Consequences of DWI and DUI2011

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