Texas Born & Bred
Our founding attorney Jade Mens is the proud product of Arlington Bowie High School, where she distinguished herself as an athlete and a National Achievement Scholar. The Grand Prairie native went on to earn here Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Professional Writing from the University Of Oklahoma. Jade gained ten years of work experience, mostly working as a newspaper journalist for publications including The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and the Tampa Bay Times, before heading to law school.
SMU Dedman School of Law Alumna
The foundation for Jade’s legal career was laid at SMU Dedman School of Law, where she learned from the some of the nation’s brightest legal scholars, all while balancing her responsibilities as a wife and mother. She remained active in both her campus and local community, acting as a Legal Writing, Research & Advocacy teaching assistant; serving on the Black Law Students Association executive board; working as an Articles Editor on SMU’s Science & Technology Law Review; and leading a ministry.
After earning her Juris Doctorate from SMU, Jade spent the formative years of her legal career in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. As first a misdemeanor, and then felony prosecutor, Jade gained valuable insight into what it takes to get cases resolved efficiently and fairly. She now lives, works, and worships in the community that shaped the woman and lawyer she has become.
Finding Her Passion
During her law school tenure, Mens interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, and two local judges. These experiences whet her appetite for criminal law, and allowed her to establish strong relationships with Dallas’ tight-knit community of lawyers, judges, and civic leaders.
The legal knowledge she gained? Wonderful. The network? Invaluable.