Jonathan James is an associate attorney at Hance Law Group and serves clients across North Texas. When emotions and financial stakes are high, Jonathan represents clients with steady resolve and decisive advocacy to achieve their goals. Jonathan is committed to serving clients with integrity, unmatched work ethic, and thorough preparation and review of all aspects of a legal matter.
With an exclusive focus on family law matters, Jonathan has extensive experience with complex property divorces, custody disputes and modifications, high profile cases, and pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Whether in the courtroom or in mediation, Jonathan is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator in high conflict legal situations.
Jonathan consistently receives praise from his former clients for his integrity, professionalism, and responsiveness. Jonathan makes every effort to synthesize and explain complex legal issues to his clients in order best prepare and inform them throughout their case. Whether his client is an executive, a stay-at-home parent, a small business owner, or a grandparent, Jonathan understands that each family law situation is unique and dynamic. With this in mind, Jonathan takes a caring, client-centered approach to customize a plan for each client to help them achieve their goals. Throughout the process Jonathan is thorough in preparing his clients for each step while remaining available to answer questions that will come up during the process.
Jonathan is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is licensed to practice in state trial and appellate courts in Texas. He is also trained in Collaborative Divorce. Jonathan invests his time doing pro bono work for victims of domestic violence in partnership with Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and Emily’s Place. He is a member of the Annette Stewart Inn of Court and the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section. Jonathan also frequently writes on numerous family law topics for the Texas Bar Journal, the Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, and the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
Jonathan was born and raised in Plano, Texas, and attended Canyon Creek Christian Academy. After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, he attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law) in Fort Worth. While in law school, Jonathan was the articles citation editor for the first publication of the Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law, now Texas A&M Journal of Property Law. He also served as a summer law clerk for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas where he worked on paternity and child support cases.
Jonathan and his wife Emily are high school sweethearts and have a son, a daughter, and two Labrador retrievers. When not consuming content from numerous podcasts, articles, and the news, Jonathan is an active member of his church and enjoys participating in community service projects, trivia nights, playing golf, and playing bass guitar on the worship team.
Co-Author, “Five Tips to Protect and Maintain Your Separate Property”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, September 2019.
Author, “Right of First Refusal in Custody Cases”, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Report, Volume 2017-6 (Winter).
Author, “Custody Fight: When Grandparents or Other Relatives Seek Parental Rights”, Texas Bar Journal, November 2017
Author, “Kid Duty: The Right of First Refusal in Custody Cases and How it Can Backfire”, Texas Bar Journal, July 2017.
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.), Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Texas 2012
B.A., Baylor University, Political Science, 2009
Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Member
Collin County Bar Association, Member
Dallas Bar Association, Member
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
State Bar of Texas, Member
State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
Professional Accomplishments and Honors
Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019 and 2020
The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Texas Bar College, Member, 2017-Present
Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Planning Committee 2019, Member
Intern, Honorable Justice Bob McCoy, Second District of Texas Court of Appeals
Law Clerk, Office of the Attorney General of Texas
Intern, Honorable Justice Curt B. Henderson, 219 District Court of Collin County