Jennifer Stanton Hargrave

Top rated family law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Hargrave Family Law
Jennifer Stanton Hargrave
Hargrave Family Law

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1995

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010
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Hargrave Family Law

4201 Spring Valley Rd.
Suite 1210
Dallas, TX 75244 Visit website


Certified as a specialist in family law by the Texas Board of Legalization, Jennifer Stanton Hargrave focuses her practice exclusively on that area of the law. The Owner of her own firm located in Dallas, she provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area who are contemplating or going through a divorce. A divorce can involve many different areas, including the division of marital assets and liabilities, child custody and visitation, alimony and child support, mental health issues, and others. In a high-conflict, lengthy, antagonistic battle, the entire family suffers. Based on her extensive background in collaborative law, Ms. Hargrave encourages her clients to approach their divorce using non-adversarial techniques to minimize conflict as much as possible. She also enables her clients to hold on to their core values as they go through this stressful process: decency, honesty, respect, and protection of the children. Ms. Hargrave helps her clients strategize how to work toward the best possible solution, which enables them to better maintain control of their case rather than handing decisions over to the courts. As a seasoned litigator as well, Ms. Hargrave is also prepared and equipped to provide forceful courtroom advocacy when necessary to protect what matters most to her clients.

In addition to her divorce practice, Ms. Hargrave regularly prepares and reviews prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, and assists clients who are seeking modifications to support and parenting orders. Highly regarded by her peers for the sensitive and ethical way that she handles these matters, Ms. Hargrave maintains an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, has been included in Best Lawyers in America© since 2013 and Texas Super Lawyers (Family Law) since 2012.

Majoring in political science as an undergraduate, Ms. Hargrave attended the University of California - Davis, and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. Her legal education was obtained at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1995. After her graduation, Ms. Hargrave worked for a litigation law firm and then for a financial services company before turning her practice to family law exclusively in 2006. She co-founded a firm in November 2013, and achieved her goal of starting her current firm in October of 2017 as sole-Owner. Admitted to by the State Bar practice in Texas, her professional memberships include the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Divorce, Name change, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • Member, Alpha Phi International Fraternity
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2008
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Trustees for St. James Episcopal School
  • Assistant Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
  • Parishioner & Former Vestry Member, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, 2005 - Present
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Founding Member & Past President, The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Group for Families, 2005 - Present
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2005 - Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, 1995
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. in Political Science, 1992
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Houston Family Law Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law, May 2011
  • Collaborative Law Interdisciplinary Training, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Spring 2006
  • Collaborative Law Basic Training, November 2005
  • Presenter, "Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners," Family Law from A to Z, National Business Institute, October 2011
  • "Email Agreements: Can they satisfy Rule 11 Requirements?" State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Report, Volume 2009-3 (Summer)
  • Presenter, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Spring Retreat, March 2011
  • Instructor, S.M.U. Continuing Education, "What Women Need to Know About Divorce," Winter 2007
  • Instructor, S.M.U. Continuing Education, "What Women Need to Know About Divorce," Summer 2007
  • Instructor, S.M.U. Continuing Education, "What Women Need to Know About Divorce," Winter 2008
  • Instructor, S.M.U. Continuing Education, "What Women Need to Know About Divorce," Summer 2008
  • Presenter, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 9th Annual Networking and Educational Forum, October 2008
  • Presenter, 4th Semi-Annual Civil Collaborative Training, Texas Collaborative Law Council September 21 & 22, 2006
  • Presenter, "An Introduction to the Collaborative Practice", approved for Continuing Legal Education, presented to the Collaborative Law Section and the International Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and the Hill Country Bar Association
  • Presenter, "Church Conflict and the Collaborative Process," Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Ministry of Conflict Transformation
  • Presenter, "Family Conflict: Strategies for Healthy Resolution," presented to various parenting associations and church groups in Dallas area
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Unfortunately, marriages fail, but it does not mean that you are a bad person if it happens. At Hargrave Family Law, we help good people end broken marriages by minimizing conflict whenever possible. We walk alongside our clients, allowing them to enter their next chapter with hope. , Meet Jennifer Hargrave, Family Law, 2019

Office location for Jennifer Stanton Hargrave

4201 Spring Valley Rd.
Suite 1210
Dallas, TX 75244

Phone: 469-757-4469


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  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010

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