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I graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1989, receiving a good share of those college credits from participation in legal aid clinics.  I felt, and still do, that it would provide good training for a solo practice.  Going solo might not have been the best financial decision I ever made, but it has turned out to be a fulfilling one.  By focusing my practice on criminal and family law, I believe helping people with the most personal and important of all legal matters is the best use of my education


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    27 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    27 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    27 years



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  • Robert O. W. Pelton

    I have known Lawyer Roark for many years..James has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to technology used in the legal profession..I have seen the results of his legal work and it is excellent..James totally devotes his energy to the representation of people who need legal services..His reputation in the legal community is of the highest degree..I highly recommend Lawyer Roark...


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2100 West Loop S Ste 900
Houston, TX, 77027-3522


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardLone Star Legal Aid2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
proprietorJames D. Roark, Attorney1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Courtyard Condominium Homeowners Assn.Former President,1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorce - marital property issuesmediated settlement. H received acreage and homes and 30% of retirement. W awarded 70% of retirement and all stocks, remains in 2nd house as long as her mother is alive.
Divorce - marital property / child custody issuesH awarded 50% of community equity in house and granted standard visitation with the child.
Divorce - marital property / child custody issuesH awarded 100% property, sole managing conservator of children
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1989