Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2010, James W. Evans or “Jimmy”, has been in practice since 1995.
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Agreed and Uncontested Divorce
- Divorce and Custody Litigation
- Mediation and Collaborative Law
- Grandparents rights and defense
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by James W. Evans and Chris Heerline
Mr. Evans is a standing member of the Texas Academy of Family Law and the Texas Family Law Foundation, a member of the Family Section of the Travis County Bar, Williamson County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas and has also been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Mr. Evans was named to Texas Monthly’s “Super Lawyers” in 2017, 2018, and 2019, a selection of outstanding area lawyers based on independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Mr. Evans attended Austin College for undergraduate school completing his studies in business communications and graduated law school at Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M School of Law) in just over 2 ½ years, and became licensed in May 1995.
Mr. Evans became licensed to practice law in May 1995. After becoming licensed, Mr. Evans first worked as an assistant criminal district attorney with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth, Texas. During this time, Mr. Evans conducted around 90 jury trials and prosecuted such crimes as domestic violence, family violence, sex crimes against children, and other felony and misdemeanor crimes for nearly 5 years.
During this time, Mr. Evans spent significant time working with children and protecting them against predators. In his tenure prosecuting sex crimes against children, Mr. Evans spent significant time working with children and preparing them for testimony. “I still have a drawer full of thank you cards”, Mr. Evans tells it. “There is nothing like the satisfaction that a child having gone through this kind of experience can look 12 people in the eye and know that someone finally believed them.” At the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Evans was nicknamed “scrapper” for his scrappy litigation style.
After leaving the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Evans worked in commercial litigation with Hill Gilstrap, a private firm in Arlington, Texas where Mr. Evans worked in such areas as contracts and business litigation; wills and estates litigation as well as airplane crash litigation until moving to Austin and joining his father’s legislative practice who had retired from 19 years of service in the Texas Legislature.
However, after becoming a father in 2005, Mr. Evans chose to dedicate his law practice exclusively in the area of family law. During Mr. Evans’ 19 years of practice, he has obtained extensive court room experience and has many trials, hearings, mediations, adoptions, agreed and uncontested as well as collaborative law cases to his credit. Mr. Evans has handled thousands of cases in his family law career.
During Mr. Evans’ 19 years of practice, he has obtained extensive court room experience and has over 100 jury trials to his credit, including 8 now in the area of family law.
In 2010, Mr. Evans completed the rigorous testing and evaluation requirements by peers, judges, and the State of Texas and became recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was honored to become board certified in Family Law. In 2014, Mr. Evans was appointed to the Family Law Section of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Since 2013, Mr. Evans has been recognized by peers, judges and clients alike and given a high ethical ranking by Martindale as one of the “Top Lawyers in Texas”. Since 2012, Mr. Evans has maintained a superior ranking with Martindale as well as a rating of “10” with “Avvo” from receiving high client reviews and has been featured on “Ask the Experts” with local radio programming in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Evans has been published by Aspatore Publishing in the area of Child Custody and Litigation and frequently speaks at legal training seminars for paralegals and attorneys alike.
Mr. Evans is married to Jenni Evans who is a retired elementary school principal and teacher from the Round Rock Independent School District, since 2004. Mr. Evans has lived in Austin, Texas for about 19 years and has a daughter, Avery, and a son Charlie who attend school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Mr. Evans enjoys spending time outdoors with his children, hunting, cycling, camping, and coaching or volunteering for youth sports.