I enjoyed reading Reginald Hardwick (@regihardwick) article about Judge Angela Tucker of the 199th District Court in Collin County Texas. See Collin County’s First Black Judge Holds Court.  It’s nice to see positive press on people who are working hard in our community at times when there’s not an election or other reason to write an article. 

Judge Angela Tucker was sworn in on June 29, 2012, to replace retiring Judge Bob Dry. She is the first African American judge in Collin County and only the second African American elected official. As a child of divorced parents, Judge Tucker saw that knowledge of the law was power and that inspired her at a very young age to want to be a lawyer.  She went to UT on full scholarship and then to SMU law school.  She worked as a prosecutor in the Collin County DA’s office, then went into private practice. Judge Tucker considers herself “a proud American, a Christian, and a Texas woman” and she ran as a conservative Republican. 

Judge Tucker has proven to be a fair-minded judge who gives all the litigants who come before her the opportunity to be heard.  As a 20+ year Dallas divorce lawyer, I say you can’t ask for more than that! I think we are lucky to have a conservative woman on the bench who understands the perspective of children of divorce and works hard to provide everyone a fair hearing in her court. 

Learn more about Judge Tucker here: 

Introducing the Honorable Angela Tucker by J. B. Blocker at Lone Star Reporter @jbblocker

Collin County’s First Black Judge Holds Court (also watch the video interview with Judge Tucker) by Reginald Hardwick @Regihardwick

Learn more about Judge Tucker’s staff, docket, and local rules here: Collin County 199th District Court

 

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

Family Law Specialist

Ms. O’Neil became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

Top Lawyers in Texas and America

Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

Author and Speaker

A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition expected in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.