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Mary Alice was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, and attended Florida State University and Stetson University College of Law.  MA Jackson practiced in her home state of Florida for the first 20 years of her practice, and is now the sole shareholder in the firm of Mary Alice Jackson, P.C. in Austin, Texas.  Her practice focuses on elder law and special needs planning, including estate planning for individuals with disabilities and their families.  She has an AV+ pre-eminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.  

Mary Alice's husband, Bob, is the State Director for AARP Texas. She is board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar and is a past President of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section and the Sarasota County Bar Association.

Ms. Jackson is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a recipient of the NAELA Powley Award for Public Service.  Ms. Jackson also serves on the NAELA public policy steering committee which identifies public policy priorities for advocacy on the federal level.  She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national association of special needs planning attorneys, and serves on its Board of Directors, its public policy and long range planning committees.

Ms. Jackson has been an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, since 1994.  Stetson was also her father’s alma mater.  She currently teaches Long Term Care Planning in the Elder Law L.LM program.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson.

Public speaking has always been one of Ms. Jackson’s interest, and she has made presentations on elder law and special needs related topics since the beginning of her practice in 1992.  She has been a speaker at the National Conference on Special Needs Trusts, sponsored by Stetson University, since its inception in 1998.  Her topics have varied from the Fundamentals of Special Needs Planning, Fee Agreements, Drafting for Trustees, and the Future of SNTs.  In addition, she has spoken at the annual Special Needs Conference sponsored by the University of Texas for the past several years, where her topics have included Fund Raising and Public Benefits Recipients, the Affordable Care Act and annual SNT case law updates.

Elder law is a complex field, especially in today's world - families are no longer "traditional" and long term health care costs are skyrocketing with little assistance from any source.   Clients fear financial impoverishment in addition to personal indignities and stress.  Our staff is tremendous and works hard to get the job done professionally and with compassion.  Nothing is easy, and certainly there is expense involved, but we provide a holistic look at clients, their families and their legal issues, and offer the counsel we believe best serves their objectives.  Ultimately, clients and their designated decision makers have to make the choices which are right for them. 


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 34%
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 33%
  3. Trusts: 33%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Slade Vestal Dukes

    Mary Alice Jackson is one of the most preeminent elder law attorneys in the industry. She is an experienced and accomplished elder law attorney with great knowledge and skill in terms of rule, law, and practice. Moreover, she is a sincerely passionate elder law advocate, who is dedicated and diligent in terms of advising and counseling on the needs and rights of her clients. Not only do I endorse her, I truly consider her a valued mentor and resource for clients and colleagues alike.


    Slade Dukes
    Relationship: Friend

  • Andrew Ray Boyer

    Mary Alice has built a remarkable reputation for her knowledge in this area of practice and is recognized locally and nationally for her expertise. Our Client's fears are put at ease by her ability to provide compassion and caring as well as sound legal advice. Her accomplishments and acheivements are numerous and I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to work with her.


    Andrew Boyer Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Mary Alice Jackson

804 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX, 78701


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201007/16/2016
FLMember in Good Standing199206/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Theresa AwardTheresa Alessandra Russo Foundation2015
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Florida Trend Legal Elite 2006, 2007 and 2008Florida Trend Magazine2008
Florida Super Lawyers 2006, 2007 and 2008Super Lawyers Magazine2008
William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service AwardStetson University College of Law2004
Pro Bono Service AwardFlorida Bar, 12th Circuit1998
Powley Award for Public ServiceNational Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole shareholderMary Alice Jackson, P.C.2012 - Present
Partner and ShareholderBoyer and Jackson, P.A.1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Senior Friendship CentersBoard of Directors, Chair2006 - Present
Pines of SarasotaBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysMember1998 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1993 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionPast Chair1992 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Senior Rights PACFounding MemberN/A
Sarasota County Bar AssociationPast Chair, Board of Directors2001 - 2006
Tidewell Hospice and Palliative CareBoard of Trustees, Past Chair1999 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Planning for the Elderly in FloridaChapters 8-112005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Florida State UniversityPublic AdministrationMA - MastersN/A
Florida State UniversityGovernmentBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Special Needs Trust XTop Ten Topics in SNTs2008
AFELA TeleconferenceAdministrative Hearings for Medicaid Eligibility2008
Annual SymposiumGuardianships - Addressing Sexual Needs of the Incapacitated2007