Attorneys

Jim Loveless

Jim Loveless

Of Counsel
Offices: Fort Worth | Dallas
Tel: 817-831-6800 Email: jim@ondafamilylaw.com

Biography

Jim Loveless listens. And he understands that details matter—not only to the people he represents but also to the judges and juries he appears before. He absorbs every fact and minute detail about a case. Whether it’s the names of the children of a West Texas rancher he represented a decade ago or the color of the fence in a property dispute, Jim makes sure he knows everything he can before walking into the courtroom. That intense level of preparation has been a hallmark of his Family Law practice. “I’ll get up two hours earlier than I need to just to be ready for a trial,” said Jim.

Throughout Jim’s exemplary career as a Family Lawyer, he has represented individuals by providing both personal attention and the highest standards of legal representation. Jim is well-known and respected by his peers in the Family Law bar, having served in virtually every leadership position in the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas. As an author and speaker, he has shared his insights and expertise with generations of Family Lawyers across Texas. Jim’s expertise is reinforced by his membership in one of the most selective and exclusive Family Law organizations in the world: he is an Emeritus member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only group of 100 Family Lawyers from across the U.S.

Based in Tarrant County for more than 40 years, Jim’s practice stretches across Texas, specializing in complex Family Law matters where both the stakes and emotions can run high. His work has garnered him recognition on every Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers listing since its inception in 2003. He has also been selected to Woodward White, Inc.’s annual Best Lawyers in America list every year since 1987. Jim is a fourth-generation Fort Worthian, and proud father of fellow ONDA attorney, Lon Loveless. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, JD
  • Texas Tech University, BBA, Management

Presentations

  • Marriage Dissolution Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Family Protection Seminar, Texas Lawyers Against Domestic Violence
  • Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Advanced Asset Valuation Seminar, State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas: Family Law for Legal Assistants and Attorneys
  • State Bar of Texas: Family Law for the Experienced Non-Specialist
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • New Frontiers in Family Law Symposium
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Course Director Institute for Training New Lawyers
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Co-Planning Director of National CLE
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Co-Chair – CLE Planning Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: CLE Course Director
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/Harvard Law School: Advanced Negotiations Skills Course for Mediation and Arbitration
  • Speaker – Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas
  • Speaker – Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists – Advanced Trial Institute
  • Speaker – Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Speaker – Advanced Asset Valuation Seminar, State Bar of Texas
  • Speaker – New Frontiers in Family
  • Speaker – State Bar of Texas: Family Law Legal Assistants and Attorneys
  • Speaker – Family Law for the Experienced Non-Specialist, State Bar of Texas
  • Speaker – South Texas Speaker University of Houston Law Center
  • Speaker – University of Texas School of Law
  • Speaker – Judicial Section Annual Conference
  • Speaker – University of Houston Law Center, Family Law Seminar
  • Speaker – Texas Association of Certified Accountants, Expert Witness Valuation Seminar
  • Speaker – Texas Lawyers Against Family Violence Seminar
  • Speaker – Texas Association of Certified Accountants, Divorce Conference
  • Speaker – New Frontiers in Family Law – State Bar of Texas
  • Speaker – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers November CLE
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institutes

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2020
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Top 100 DFW Texas Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 1987-2021
  • Who’s Who in American Trial Lawyers
  • Past Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Emeritus member, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Published Works

  • “Municipal Tort Liability Claims,” South Texas Law Journal – 1974
  • “Post Judgment Partition in Divorce Suits,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1982
  • “How to Plead, Prove and Collect Interim Attorney’s Fees,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1984
  • “Title IV: aka The Family Protection Act,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course – 1985
  • “Proof of Present Value of Retirement Benefits,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1986
  • “Establishment, Modification and Enforcement of Child Support,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course – 1986
  • “New Legislation Update,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1987
  • “Piercing the Corporate Veil,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course – 1987
  • “Business Valuation – Forensic Economics,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1988
  • “Valuation of Professional Practices in Divorce,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course – 1989
  • “Examination of a Valuation Expert,” Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist 4th Annual Trial Institute – 1989
  • “Modification of Child Support and Visitation After the Guidelines,” Texas Judicial Conference 1990 Member of Teaching Faculty
  • “Valuation of Assets,” State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course – 1990
  • “Attorney’s Fees in Family Law Cases,” University of Houston Law School, Advanced Family Practice Seminar – 1990
  • “Ethics and Malpractice,” State Bar of Texas, Sixteenth Advanced Family Law Course – 1990
  • “Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses in Family Law Cases Dealing with Valuation of Business,” Academy of Family Law Specialist – 1990
  • “Decrees-Consent and Non-Consent,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course – 1990
  • “Direct and Cross-examination of an Expert on Attorney’s Fees,” Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists – 1991
  • “Expert Testimony Techniques,” Fort Worth Chapter/TSCPA Litigation Support Subcommittee Seminar – 1991
  • “Expert Witness: Property Valuation,” Ultimate Trial Notebook 3, State Bar Convention – 1991
  • “Substantive Law and Ethical Considerations of Title 4, aka The Family Protective Order,” Lawyers Against Women Seminar – 1992
  • “Valuation of Partnerships,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course – 1992
  • “Jury Voir Dire – In A Family Law Case,” Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Advanced Trial Institute – 1993
  • “Post Judgment Motions and Requests in Family Law Litigation from Rendition of Judgment to Perfection of Appeal,” Advanced Family Law Course – 1994
  • “Advanced Trial Techniques – Martial Property Litigation,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Institute – 1994
  • “Drafting transfer documents-business,” A State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course – 1995
  • “Valuation of a Professional Service Practice,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Institute – 1996
  • “Case Management,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 1996
  • “Advanced Trial Tactic,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course – 1996
  • “Practical Tips for Characterization, Tracing and Reimbursement,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course – 1997
  • “Resolve that the legislature should find the ‘reasonable needs of a child’ or limit the amount of child support to be paid,” Advanced Family Law Course – 1997
  • “Handling A Divorce Involving A Closely-Held Corporation (Valuation, Alter Ego, Jensen, And Other Claims),” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 1998
  • “Evaluation of Closely-Held Businesses,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – 1998
  • “Family Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls and Enjoying Success, Solvency, and
  • Sanity in The Practice of Family Law,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course – 1998
  • “Strategies for division of the complex estate,” New Frontiers in Family Law – 1998
  • “Mediation – Be Prepared,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 1999
  • “Law Office Economic,” published by State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1999
  • “Violence in Family Law Cases,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 2000
  • “Mediation – Be Prepared and Have a Winning Notebook, published by State Bar of Texas, Ultimate Trial Notebook – 2000
  • “When the Agreement Isn’t Agreeable – Defending and Attacking Mediated Settlement and Rule 11 Agreements,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course – 2001
  • “Drafting Before & After Mediation,” Advanced Family Law Course – 2002
  • “Drafting Before and After Mediation,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting – 2002
  • “Characterization – Dividing, Understanding, Drafting Non-Qualified Compensation Benefits,” State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers in Family Law – 2003
  • “Deferred Compensation in Retirement Benefits,” Community Property States Annual CLE – 2003
  • “Practicing Family Law for Fun and Profit,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course – 2003
  • “Managing Your Family Law Practice – Banking Relationship,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 2003
  • “The Attorney and Legal Assistant Team: You Cannot Do It Alone,” State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution – 2004
  • “Making a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear – Finding the Dollars,” State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers in Family Law – 2004
  • “Maintenance, Contractual Alimony, Money Judgment, and other tips for Post-Divorce Spousal Support,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course – 2005
  • “Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Property Agreements,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law – 2006
  • “Finding Solutions for Dividing Property in a Troubled Economy,” State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers in Family Law – 2009
  • “Finding and Dividing Complex Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation,” State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers in Family Law – 2010
  • “When the Agreement Isn’t Agreeable – Defending and Attacking Mediated Settlement Agreements,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law – 2011
  • “Representing a Dead Client in Divorce Action – Until Death Do Us Part,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Past Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Emeritus member, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Past President, Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Past Board of Governors, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Past President, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Past Chair, Family Law Council, State Bar of Texas
  • Past Director, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chair, Texas Family Law Practice Manuel Editorial Committee
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Life Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Past Chairman – Family Law Section Planning Committee – State Bar Convention
  • Member – Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Chairman – Community Property States Council
  • Past Chairman – Legislative Revision Committee
  • Past Member – Child Support Guidelines Committee, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Past Member – Child Visitation Guidelines Committee, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Continuing Legal Education (Planning and Administration)
  • Past Chairman – State Bar of Texas Family Law Practice Manual Editorial Committee
  • Course Director – State Bar of Texas, 1985 Marriage Dissolution Course
  • Course Director – Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Advanced Trial Institute
  • Course Director – State Bar of Texas Advanced Valuation Seminar
  • Faculty Member – Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar, State Bar of Texas
  • Course Director – State Bar of Texas Practice Skills Course
  • Course Director – Advance Trial Tactics, National Business Institute
  • Faculty Member – State Bar College for the Judiciary