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James D. Roark

Family Attorney at Houston, TX

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1989
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce and child custody matters are highly emotional and require the objectivity of a seasoned attorney to see you through it. While dividing and coming out whole is impossible, I zealously strive to protect the property and parental rights of my clients. Most importantly, I work continuously to maintain compassion and humanity throughout the process.

    35 years

  2. Criminal defense
    The need for a competent criminal lawyer begins at the time a citizen is only *suspected* of a crime. You need someone to fight for reasonable bail and help you obtain it. You should be informed before deciding to take your case to trial and work hard for the most favorable outcome possible. Even minor criminal charges have unimaginable consequences. I make sure you understand your case and your options.

    35 years

  3. Juvenile law
    These days, kids aren't sent to the principal's office, they are handcuffed and taken to a police station. Simply writing on a bathroom wall can have them facing felony charges (seriously). Getting a lawyer involved early can prevent abuses inherent in today's juvenile justice system and help parents understand the process along the way.

    35 years

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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James D. Roark
2100 West Loop S Ste 900
Houston, TX, 77027-3522

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Posted by Christina | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Roark is a fabulous lawyer!! He works quick to get things done, works hard on your case, he has always called me back in a timely manner, he has always answered my questions.. Roark has been my lawyer for 14+ years.. He always made me feel confident about my case from day one.. When I 1st talked to him 14 years ago. He spent 2 hours or so with me on the phone telling me what I needed to do.. He took the time out of his Sunday to help me... Mr. Roark knows his stuff! I've used him myself for a child custody case. My husband has used him and also my dad.. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!! Mr.Roark is a dam good lawyer!
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Posted by ROBERT | October 3, 2013
Thanks for the terrific job and support
I have unfortunately had the pleasure of working with James on 2 different cases and both times he worked his hardest to get the best results possible. i have been extremely satisfied with the services provided and will 100% use his services in the future if needed and will spread the word about his terrific service and understanding of the law.
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Posted by Jessica | June 18, 2013
Very pleased!
I was very pleased with the communication of Mr. James Roark. He knew what I needed to have done and made it happen. I was very impressed on how well he stays in communication. If I ever need a lawyer for family law or child support issues again I will be contacting him for his services. I also recommend him to any of my friends.
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Posted by Greg | May 15, 2013
Greg Ortega, President of G&D Custom Works, Inc.
One the most trustworthy attorney I have ever known Would not even consider using someone else as my attorney.
Posted by John | May 2, 2013
Recommendation by John Coats
James was the attorney handling my divorce in 2008, he did an exemplary job. James was totally responsive and knowlegeable. Not only was I totally pleased with the manner in which he handled my case and hearing, even my ex-wife had no complaints (!?). I'm guessing that is not always the case. I highly recommend James D. Roark in the practice of family law, and would totally trust him, or any of his recommendations in general law practice. Even 5 years after my case was resolved, a property issue came up; he handled it within hours. I highly recommend Mr. Roark.
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2014
This attorney is a slow-witted litigant that refuses to acknowledge current case law. He will do absolutely nothing to improve your disposition once he is retained, and you can have the same result if you remain Pro Se. He contends that there are no limits to the power exercised by family court trial judges and will do nothing to correct an injustice-a dangerous attitude for an attorney with a client who values their own interests. He will not fight for you! He is less knowledgeable than most learned lay-persons he represents. He is unresponsive, habitually late, poor at communicating with his client, and engages in repeated logical fallacies of assuming those who are not attorneys would not have any knowledge to impart. He refused to acknowledge the local rules of another county--he loves to talk about how they do it in Harris county (something every adjacent county court judge hates and regularly slams attorneys in court for assuming that the same rules apply). In his draft, "that (he) was paid to do," he screwed that up too! This is despite being told he was breaking the local rules (because it wasn't another attorney who told him). He would argue that 2 + 2 equals 3 until another attorney says it's 13 (This number was deliberately chosen as it is even further from the truth). He will immediately trust that as canon and ignore you as you scream, "It's 4!" Here is my prediction for his latest debacle: The proposed order he drafted will be rejected, the alternative copy filed by opposing counsel will be accepted -- despite the inclusion of provisions that were never filed, tried, and ordered, because he refused to acknowledge the local rules. As a result, the petitioner will get away with not allowing visitation with the child this past Summer. On an enforcement action he was paid to rewrite a Pro Se draft to ensure it would not be stricken. He took the Pro Se copy, added a sentence about attorney's fees, and filed it as is. It was stricken. So I am out money and no closer to holding my ex accountable for refusing to let me see my child this past Summer. He values the word of opposing counsel over his own client and operates in an elitist manner assuming no one without a law degree could know better. He will not do research. He has refused to review the petitioner's proposed order, essentially going blind into a court room with no preparation to counter the other party's assertions. Any client of his will work harder than he does, and most efforts by his client will be centered on keeping him in line. He is a mid-level paralegal at best. If you want to know exactly what it is like to be represented by him, don't show up to hearings, let the other side get everything they want by default, take about $1700, and then burn it. That is exactly the same result as retaining James Roark.
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Response from James Roark January 27, 2015
I certainly disagree with this former client’s rendition of the matter, even aside from the rude remarks. I was never retained to draft a motion for enforcement. The client prepared her own motion, filed it (pro se), then brought it to me telling me it had been served on the opposing party and a court date was set. I was retained to appear on that date and argue *her* motion. So when I appeared, I learned that the motion she gave me was one that she filed AFTER the one she had served on the other party. As a result, the court did not hear it. Another complication in that case was that the court had ruled on a modification action 4 or 5 months previously and the client (pro se again) had been ordered to prepare the order. She had not done so. I suggested she include a clause for attorney’s fees if she was going to file the same motion for enforcement again to have served. She agreed, but was still not willing to retain me to redraft the motion. The court eventually struck most of the language in the motion for enforcement as not specific enough to enforce. The case was not dismissed, but would be if a more proper motion was not submitted. I spent almost an hour explaining why this document did not fly despite her having obtained the form from “reliable sources”. The court set another date for the final modification order to be submitted. She retained me to prepare that document. We also agreed on a retainer fee for me to re-write the motion for enforcement to be done after the final order had been prepared and entered. I submitted a separate digital invoice for each and the retainer for preparing the final order was paid. The client rejected several drafts of the proposed final order, insisting on language not contained in the court’s ruling. I apparently was not helping her husband’s grievance filed against her opposing counsel (I was asked to assist with that, also, but declined) by sticking to the court’s ruling . Then she told me her “other attorney” had told her that my first draft was what was needed and so to file that one (I guess that attorney knew what 2+2 was). At this point, I cancelled my invoice for the retainer to re-write the motion for enforcement. I still prepared and filed the proposed order as I was hired to do. The client retained other counsel to appear for its entry and my draft was what was eventually entered. Thus, I was never retained to redraft her motion for enforcement. Her other statements aren’t any more accurate, but they aren’t about anything that could be documented, including the dire predictions. I leave the rest of her statement to the reader to judge. I tried my best to satisfy the needs of this client, but most of the problems with this client’s case was due to her *pro se* representation before my involvement. The rest due to ignoring the advice of counsel in favor of her own legal “expertise”.
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Work Experience

  • proprietor
  • James D. Roark, Attorney
  • 1989 - Present


  • University of Houston
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce - marital property issues
  • mediated 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.
  • Possession / Use of Criminal Instrument
  • Dismissed
  • Possession Controlled Substance 400 g more
  • Dismissed
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  • Courtyard Condominium Homeowners Assn.
  • Former President,
  • 1990 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
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"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..."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well versed and knowledgeable in Texas Criminal Law and Procedure. I would recommend this attorney"
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Roark based on his knowledge of the law and experience handling family law and criminal cases."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
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"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in the areas of criminal defense, family and juvenile law and cares about his clients, profession and the community."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable across many fields, including Family Law. He regularly answers many questions intelligently, and his clients like him."
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