James N. Mueller - Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC

James N. Mueller

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Family law matters play no favorites, and it affects couples of every distinction. Jim Mueller is well-versed in the wide range of issues involved. As Managing Partner with VernerBrumleyMcCurley, board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Jim's practice concentrates on complex divorce matters and contested custody litigation. He approaches all his divorce cases with the goal of helping clients divide their assets without unnecessarily dividing the family, especially where the interests of children are concerned.

Jim's reputation for honesty and integrity serves clients well in skillfully negotiating with opposing counsel to resolve cases. His courtroom experience also helps him to lead clients through the litigation process while managing their expectations. He has successfully litigated child custody and complex property cases before juries and judges in Dallas, Collin, Denton and surrounding counties throughout Texas. In every case, Jim strives to protect the client's interests and assets, while providing valuable counsel. Jim's expertise includes cases involving child custody, business valuation, closely held business interests, relocation, characterization of property, protective orders and pre- and post-marital agreements.

Jim also offers a unique sensitivity to the needs of same-gender couples. Jim's expertise in helping same-sex couples includes creating partnership and custody agreements. In same-sex divorces and custody litigation, Jim has represented both biological and non-biological parents. He has successfully argued before a jury in Dallas County that his client, a same-sex partner, be appointed sole managing conservator of the child. The Texas Supreme Court has also upheld Jim's argument in an Appellate Brief and overruled a mandamus made by the non-biological mother in a same-sex, international custody dispute.

Jim received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College, and graduated cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Jim is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal specialization in family law and is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.  He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.  He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and he was selected for inclusion in the list of Rising Stars and Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly Magazine. This list recognizes the top attorneys in Texas under the age of 40 who have practiced for at least five years. In 2014, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys recognized Jim as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in Texas under 40, and he was chosen for membership in the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.

Additional Information

Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly — 2014 - Present
The Best Lawyers in America — 2013 - Present
Rising Star, Texas Monthly — 2011 - 2012
Board Certified in Family Law — By the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Texas Academy Family Law Specialists — 2013 - Present
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc. — Top 10 Family Lawyers under 40 in Texas
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 — 2014 - Present
The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers — 2014 - Present
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys — 2014 - Present
American Bar Association — Family Law Section Member
Dallas Bar Association — Family Law Section Member
Collin County Bar Association — Member
Collaborative Professionals of Dallas — Member
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers — Member
Collin County Young Lawyers Association — Member
College of the State Bar of Texas — Member
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell — Highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards
Annette Stewart Inn of Court — Member
Collaborative Family Solutions — Member
Rhodes CollegeBA 2002Southern Methodist UniversityJ.D. 2006
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsTexas Board Legal SpecializationCollege of the State Bar of TexasAmerican Bar AssociationDallas Bar AssociationDallas Association of Young LawyersCollaborative Family SolutionsCollin County Young Lawyers AssociationAnnette Stewart Inn of CourtDallas Association of Young LawyersCollin County Bar Association

Case History

Contested Colorado Custody Litigation — Obtained sole managing conservatorship and custody for client in a highly contested litigated matter in La Plata County, Colorado.  Client returned to Texas with sole custody and possession.
Complex Property Division — Characterized and traced assets in a $100,000,000.00 estate.
Same-sex jury trial — Obtained sole custody for my client in a same-sex jury trial in Dallas County, Texas.
Nueces County Declaratory Judgment — Successfully argued declaratory judgment pertaining to a post-nuptial agreement in Nueces County for a well-known family.
Custody and Paternity Action in Midland County — Successfully obtained custody for client in Midland County, Texas after establishing parentage.

Office Location

4311 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 450
Dallas, TX 75219
United States

Practice Areas

Collaborative Law: Family Law
Family Law

Other Information

Gender: Male