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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2006||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Texas Monthly Magazine||2010|
|Associate Attorney||O'Neil & Attorneys Law Firm||2012 - Present|
|Litigation Manager||Cordell & Cordell, P.C.||2008 - 2012|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Mary D. McKnight||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Annette Stewart American Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|Dallas Divorce Law Blog||Dallas Divorce Law Blog||2012|
|Sam Houston State University||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
|Oklahoma City University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
Posted by Andy B & Family
Mrs. Darnell is an extremely amazing, passionate and professional SUPER Texas Attorney. Don’t let her Southern Charm fool you – she’s a bulldog and one tough lady!! She’s smart, witty, fierce, and proudly stands next to her client. She gives nothing less than her best. I never thought as a father, I’d have a voice in court since most fathers typically almost never win child custody modifications in the State of Texas. Trust me I’ve had many lawyers tell me I didn’t have a chance gaining 50/50 custody because of the Judge assigned to our case. With each previous child custody modification attempt, they did not fight the fight. I would walk away with nothing and in turn my ex-wife gained more. Well, then I met Sarah and that all changed. She gave me & my family a voice and we were heard!!! My ex-wife tried to demoralize me as a father, to go as far as trying to prove me hostile with an anger issue, accusing me of neglect, and poor parenting skills. My ex-wife served me petitioning all of this and wanting sole custody. I didn’t think I’d have a chance to win a 50/50 modification after all I had been through in the past. Then I found Sarah. Sarah saw right through my ex-wife’s strategy and stopped her in her tracks. Sarah worked diligently to eliminate every tactic my ex-wife brought to court and by the end of the first court hearing, my ex-wife left the court room in tears - defeated. The judge awarded us the first phase of our modifications (extended visitation) and did not increase my ex-wife’s request for additional child support. Two days after this court hearing/appearance, my ex-wife called me, realizing she would not win this battle and gave me 50/50 custody with everything I asked for and more. She did not want to face Sarah in court again, knew she didn’t have a chance to win especially with a social study and knowing Sarah was ready to fight for me & my family 150%. The modification was over within weeks. My ex-wife didn’t even show up to court for the final signing before the judge. She couldn’t face me, Sarah and the final defeat. You will find Mrs. Darnell not only a smart and intelligent lawyer, but also a compassionate person. She identifies your issues, does her absolute best to secure the best outcome for her clients and ready to stand up for fathers. She gave me TRUST, a VOICE, HOPE and a new way of life. I can’t thank her enough and I owe her so much more than a thank you. She is truly amazing and more than our forever attorney – she’s part of our extended family now. I will never hire anyone but Sarah moving forward. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sara Darnell for anything involving family law especially fathers who want to be heard and need someone to fight beside you!! Her best advice to me and I know state to you – ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING!!! My advice is do the right thing and let Sarah stand by you!!!
Posted by Jodie
Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I initially hired Charla Bradshaw, and as I am still unaware why that fell through, I ended up with Sarah Darnell. However, for whatever reason was the cause of that, I am MORE than thankful. Through email, phone, and even in face-to-face, Sarah comes off as such a sweet, well-reserved woman. In the courtroom, I saw a light switch before my eyes and she turned into a total BEAST. She made the opposing counsel look SO dumb that I ended up feeling bad about what had just happened. What. Sarah came in and was more than prepared, completely unaware to my knowledge all the "evidence" she had prepared. Opposing counsel had NOTHING on Sarah Darnell. As another person stated, do not let her beauty & innocence fool you, this woman is a bulldog in the courtroom. I told my family that on more than one occasion, I wanted to jump up and give her the biggest hug ever because of how bad she had just "schooled" opposing council. I had no idea Sarah was capable of this intensity. Also from day one, she took my emotions into consideration and knew exactly what to tell me to relieve my stress. I'd send her a million and one emails a day, and she was more than prompt on her responses. I never waited more than 24 hours for a response from her, unless it was the weekend. She put an extreme amount of effort into my case and I don't even know how to thank her. We just had our temporary orders trial today, but I doubt opposing council will even want to go back to court for final, due to pure intimidation and humiliation. I would highly, highly recommend Sarah Darnell as an attorney. And highly is an understatement. This woman exceeded my expectations PLUS some. She knew my case better than I did, which is next to impossible considering I've replayed it over and over in my head for months now. She absolutely put her heart and soul into my case and I'm more than pleased. She's a full package. Great personality, caring, stunning looks, and most importantly- "a beast in the courtroom." Today, I was mind blown.
Posted by Earl
It’s a really tough road for a father to gain custody of his children regardless of how great the father is. Even though my ex is very verbally, mentally and physically abusive to my children as a school teacher she would come to court soft spoken, lie to the court and eventually wind up on top. I spent nearly 6 years with 3 different attorneys fighting for my children each time with the same results until I found Sarah Darnell. Sarah from the first day took control of my case and was a very aggressive ally. Do not let her southern accent and beauty fool you, in court Sarah dominated the other attorney and put my ex on the ropes, several times while she was cross examining I just wanted to stand up and yell... Go Girl!! Long story short I now have primary custody of my children!
Fighting for your children and their best interest is the single most important fight you may have and you need to take no chances with your children’s future. I would recommend any father in my position to not waste time and money on other attorneys and just go for the best!