Ms. Baxter-Thompson is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice is dedicated to both contested and uncontested probate, trust, and guardianship matters, including representing fiduciaries in estate and trust administration. Her extensive litigation experience allows her to effectively advise clients on how to limit and protect against the risk of litigation. While litigation may be inevitable, Ms. Baxter-Thompson’s focus is on resolving the conflict economically and efficiently. She has litigated a variety of matters, including will contests, suits involving trustee breaches of fiduciary duties, common-law spouse claims, and suits to modify trusts.
Ms. Baxter-Thompson has been elected by her peers as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (“DVAP”) awarded her the Ken Fuller Outstanding Mentor Attorney Award for service to the staff at DVAP as well as other lawyers in the area. She speaks frequently in the North Texas area and around the state on topics in the areas of probate, trusts, and guardianship. Additionally, the local judges have appointed her to serve as attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in various heirship proceedings, complex guardianship matters, and matters involving court-created trusts.
Ms. Baxter-Thompson earned her J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M University School of Law), graduating in the top 15% of her law school class. She served two years on Law Review and was elected as an Editor in her second year. Throughout law school she worked for various firms and in her third year clerked for the Chief Justice of the Second Court of Appeals, Hon. John Cayce. In 1999, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in International Relations from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She also studied the French language and culture beginning her love of all things French. In her senior year, she traveled to France and Belgium to study the European Union. As an Austin College alum, she serves on the board for the “L” Association and has assisted in the Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium.
A native Texan and life-long resident of Dallas County, Ms. Baxter-Thompson frequently attends a variety of arts and cultural events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as part of her discipline to maintain a healthy life/work balance. She and her husband enjoy spending time at White Rock Lake near their home in East Dallas as well as walking their menagerie of rescue dogs. She is a voracious reader, frequent traveler to places near and far, yogi, writer, gifted napper and dabbler in various creative arts.