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Jere H. Hight

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Connatser Family Law
2919 Welborn St
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-306-8441
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008
Licensed in Texas Since: 2002
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

A family law attorney with Aubrey M. Connatser, PLLC, Jere H. Hight represents clients in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas. His experience extends to matters of divorce dissolution, child support and child custody. With two decades of experience behind him, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization certified him in family law in 2016. For almost 15 consecutive years, he has been a member of in the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court.

In 1998, Mr. High graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in English before moving on to law school. At Baylor Law School, he earned his Juris Doctor in 2002. Admitted to practice in the state of Texas, he often gives lectures or writes for publications on matters related to complex property issues, enforcement remedies, and affirmative and defensive pleadings.

Mr. Hight is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the State Bar of Texas, and the Family Law sections of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. While he is fully prepared to litigate if necessary to get his clients what they need, he also values negotiation and does what he can to make the process as easy on his clients as possible.

Working for a firm that was nominated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Family Law Firms in North Texas, Mr. Hight is known for his communication skills in and out of the courtroom. As he presents each case in court, he takes a customized, unique approach that matches the requirements of each different situation.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008

Certificates and Credentials

White Papers

About Jere H. Hight

First Admitted: 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://connatserfamilylaw.com/firm/jere-hight/

Honors/Awards

  • , Rising Star in Texas Family Law, Thomson Reuters, 2006 - 2008

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Dallas Alliance Groups
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, 2004-present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2002
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Educational Background

  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A. in English, 1998

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016

Videos

  • Objective: To provide an overview and update on contempt enforcement issues in the Texas family law area. 11:00 a.m. (0.50, 0.25 ethics): Contempt as an enforcement remedy – This presentation will discuss when contempt is a remedy for enforcement; what special issues to look for in the underlying order for enforcement; Slavin concerns; when is contempt not a remedy for enforcement; what is the difference between civil and criminal contempt and why does it matter; what are some other enforcement remedies that do not involve contempt; ethical considerations in choosing between enforcement remedies; ethical considerations in pleading for contempt specifically. Presented by: Michelle May O’Neil, Hon. William Harris (Ret’d), Michael Wysocki   11:30 a.m. (0.50): Contempt enforcement pleadings, affirmative and defensive – This presentation will discuss how to properly plead contempt as an enforcement remedy; drafting considerations and how to properly plead violations; requirements of the petition; issues with service of citation and notice of hearing; Constitutional implications of contempt cases; whether to answer a contempt petition; how to plead affirmative defenses; when is discovery available; restrictions on pleading for jail time. Presented by: Michelle May O’Neil; Hon. William Harris (Ret’d); Michael Wysocki 12:00 p.m. (0.50, 0.25 ethics): Proving and defending the contempt case in trial – This presentation will discuss when a nonjury trial is required versus when a jury trial may be requested; what is the burden of proof; how to present evidence to prove contempt; proving the petitioner’s conditions precedent to relief; presumptions that apply; right against self-incrimination; how to prove affirmative defenses; practical tips for avoiding jail time; required warnings to the respondent; when is recovery of attorneys fees mandatory versus discretionary; ethical issues at trial of a contempt case. Presented by: Michelle May O’Neil; Hon. William Harris (Ret’d), Michael Wysocki BREAK – 15 MINUTES 12:45 p.m. (0.50, 0.25 ethics): Considerations in drafting contempt orders – This presentation will address the important considerations in drafting the contempt order; what is the difference between the contempt order and commitment order; why should the two orders be separate; how to make a suspended contempt order enforceable; permissible conditions of probation; what not to put in a contempt order; drafting attorney fees judgments; ethics of drafting contempt orders; ethical issues in objecting to contempt orders versus ignoring error. Presented by: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Erica Eslinger 1:15 p.m. (0.50): Appellate remedies for contempt enforcement – habeas, mandamus, and direct appeal – This presentation will examine the differences between habeas review, mandamus review and direct appeal; what relief results in which appellate remedies; when is liberty restricted sufficient to invoke habeas review; procedure for habeas; requirements of a habeas petition; requesting bond/release; proving incarceration; is there review of denial of contempt; when is mandamus relief available; when is direct appeal the proper appellate remedy; standard of review for appellate relief from contempt; special issues for appellate relief. Presented by: Michelle May O’Neil, Karri Bertrand ENDS AT 1:45 p.m., Contempt Litigation and Appeals, Enforcement Of Court Orders, Family Law, 2019
  • This presentation discussed the ins and outs of dealing with complex property issues in a Texas Divorce proceeding, particularly for spouses who own a small business. We will address the issues faced by the Court for property division involving a small business. Not only does the divorce attorney have to deal with routine identification and valuation of the marital assets, including the small business, but often the attorney must address operational issues for the business going forward. We will discuss issues such as the effect of the type of entity on the division of property, as well as valuation methods and intangible goodwill. Going further, some spouses operate their small business together during the marriage, each performing essential tasks to the success of the entity. Operating the business after the divorce can present unique problems that require creative solutions. Introduction Session 1: Beginning the Process – how to operate during divorce (0.50) Preparation for divorce; things to do before you file; maintaining confidentiality; TROs and Standing Orders; maintaining value; dealing with the spouse/employee; disturbing the peace of the business; when can a business be sued in the divorce; ethical advice; risk of receiverships; discovery issues and trade secrets. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA Session 2: What is the asset? How does it get divided? (0.50) Types of entities; characterization as separate or community property; salary versus distributions; entity theory of assets; division of entities. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA Session 3: Valuation issues (0.50) Valuation methods; asset approach versus income approach; enterprise goodwill versus personal goodwill; discounts; retained earnings; expert testimony; what will the expert need; reading the report; how to pick apart a report; how articles of incorporation and bylaws can affect value. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA   Session 4: Post-divorce Issues – Moving forward (0.50) Complex issues post-divorce regarding co-owned entities; ongoing operating agreements; securing pay-off judgments; withdrawal of member of entity; ongoing confidentiality issues. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA, Divorcing the Entrepreneur Business Owner, Business Law, Family Law, 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Topics presented: enforcement remedies, affirmative and defensive pleadings, trial and orders, appellate remedies., Speaker, Contempt Litigation & Appeals Webinar, CLE - O'Neil Wysocki Family Law, Family Law, 2019
  • “Strategies for Time Limited Hearings”, Lawyer Forward Conference, January 2016
  • “Small Business Issues in a Texas Divorce”, West LegalEdcenter, March 2016
  • Covered the ins and outs of dealing with complex property issues in a Texas Divorce proceeding, particularly for spouses who own a small business. Addressed the issues faced by the Court for property division involving a small business, routine identification and valuation of the marital assets, including the small business, and operational issues for the business going forward. Discussed issues such as the effect of the type of entity on the division of property, as well as valuation methods and intangible goodwill. Going further, some spouses operate their small business together during the marriage, each performing essential tasks to the success of the entity. Operating the business after the divorce can present unique problems that require creative solutions., Speaker, Divorcing the Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner, CLE - O'Neil Wysocki Family Law, 2019
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Office Location for Jere H. Hight

2919 Welborn St
Dallas, TX 75219

Phone: 214-306-8441

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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