Jeffrey Owen Anderson has devoted his legal career to the demanding and constantly changing area of family law litigation.
“I help people out in their darkest hour,” he says. “And, most importantly, I help children. I’ve been through divorce myself, and I have children, so that experience gave me a valuable perspective. It made me even more committed to helping kids and making sure their well-being is a priority.”
Some would say Jeff Anderson started his career at the age of five, when he started following his father – he was a family law attorney (for over 50 years) – around the courthouse. He worked in his law office through high school and served process in college. Now Jeff has been a practicing family lawyer for over twenty years. He joined Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson in January 2012 after seventeen years of running his own firm. He is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served on the Texas Family Law Counsel for six years. Jeff has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Family Law (2009-2018), in D Magazine as one of Dallas’ Best Lawyers (2002,2004,2006-2009,2011-2012,2016-2019), and earned recognition to Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters every year since its inception (2003-2018), including being named among the top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (2016-2018), and earning the D CEO 2019 Award “The Most Power Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth”. Jeff has written, lectured, and taught family law and trial techniques around the state. He has a philosophy of integrity, faith, family, service and excellence. Those aren’t just words.
Jeff is proud of his service as chair of the Special Concerns of Children Committee of the AAML and as a member of the Board of Directors of Kids Matter International, helping children in our community and around the world.
Every case is different, requiring a different set of strategies, a different approach, and a different method of presentation. Knowing that he wanted to be a trial attorney, Jeff got his undergraduate degree in Speech Communications, studying the art of persuasion. His education, his practice, and his entire life has been spent developing himself as the best family law and divorce lawyer he can possibly be. Jeff has over 25 years of experience as a child custody lawyer and takes a special interest in complex adoption, divorce, international custody, and family law cases in Dallas, Texas.
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How Do I Pick the Best Lawyer?
I think truly great family law attorneys have 3 strong abilities.
1. They know the law to the point of mastering how it interplays with the facts as they are thrown at him.
2. They know how to try a lawsuit and enjoy it. The worst thing an attorney can be is afraid of going to trial. Better to be ready for trial and not have to go than to be afraid of it and settle for much less.
3. They know how to manage a case. This is where the decades of experience comes in. A really great attorney has a vision for the case from the beginning, though it’s always subject to change. He plans a strategy for that vision and executes on the strategic points at the right times. He can explain the law, how the trial works and the strategy to his client in such a way that the client becomes part of the solution.
Everyone wants their case over with quickly. That’s human nature. Most of the time, no matter how fast it’s done, it won’t be over fast enough. But not having confidence in your lawyer will make it worse. If you can identify these abilities in your attorney, it should help with the entire process, including one of the hardest parts – patience.”
Why Should I Hire a Family Attorney?
Many Texas residents have lawyers with whom they’ve worked for years, on issues such as drafting wills and other estate materials or dealing with business ventures. When a serious Texas family law issue arises like a marriage split, they wonder if it’s really that important to hire a family law attorney for divorce. They ask me if they need to hire a different lawyer, one that is board certified in family law.
In short, the answer is yes. A recent article in Texas Lawyer explained that, even though a lawyer can be great in his or her area of specialty, many non-family lawyers don’t always know how to handle a divorce case or a child support matter.
Indeed, when it comes to Texas family law and the Texas Family Code, a number of questions exist that non-family lawyers tend to “get wrong,” the article reported. Such matters underscore the necessity of contacting an experienced family law attorney when you have a question about family law in Texas.