“As family lawyers, we get the opportunity to become knowledgeable in almost every type of law, allowing us to become even more valuable advocates for our clients.”
Jessica Janicek thought she would go into business or corporate litigation after earning her law degree. But she found herself drawn to family law, which gives her an outlet for her passionate concern for people and her motivation to make their lives better.
Ms. Janicek grew up in Austin and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from Baylor University in 2006. She earned her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2009, graduating ninth in her law school class among 145 students. Additionally, while in law school, Ms. Janicek served as Articles Editor on the Law Review Executive Board, was a recipient of the Texas Wesleyan Judicial Scholarship, and worked on the Wesleyan Innocence Project.
Ms. Janicek’s business background is a major asset her in her ability to recognize and resolve her client’s complex property and business issues. “Combining my business experience along with my past involvement working in several different industries has enabled me to better understand a multitude of different issues as they relate to each client’s case. And at this firm, we have all of the resources available to litigate a matter from child support to the characterization of a complex business entity. That is what makes this firm and its attorneys so unique.”
While practicing family law, Ms. Janicek has also had the opportunity to draft multiple appeals. This not only allows her to sharpen her legal research and writing skills, but gives her a creative edge in the courtroom. “As a family lawyer with appellate experience, I am able to litigate each case with knowledge of our appellate rules. Practicing appellate law makes me a better litigator.”
Recently, she argued a case in front of the Texas Supreme Court. The case, In re Ezukanma, involves argument over the statutory interpretation regarding child support.
In addition to Ms. Janicek’s litigation and appellate experience, she has authored or co-authored several family law articles on matters ranging from child related issues to complex property concerns. Ms. Janicek has also completed training at the Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas.
Before coming to KoonsFuller, Ms. Janicek taught with several high school band programs in Central and North Texas, ran her own PR and Marketing firm, trained and rehabilited abused and neglected horses, and clerked or interned for several different law firms.
She is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyer’s Association, and the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association. Further, Ms. Janicek is a member of the Kappa Delta Alumni Society, the Baylor Alumni Association, the Texas Wesleyan Alumni Association, and an active member in the Junior League of Fort Worth.