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JoAl Cannon Sheridan

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Sheridan, Barrett, Coble and Andrae, P.L.L.C.

Contact Information

1301 S. Capital of Texas Highway
Suite C-120
Austin TX 78746
Work (512) 477-4700
Fax (512) 482-0525


Practice State

Texas

Introduction

JoAl Cannon Sheridan is a well-known and experienced trial lawyer in the area of family law. Board Certified in Family Law since 2008 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, JoAl is recognized both statewide and nationally as a frequent speaker to both lawyers and judges on complex family law topics, including third-party and grandparent cases, conservatorship, interstate and international jurisdictional issues, complex marital property law, and professionalism and ethics. JoAl relocated to Austin in 2008 after a successful 14-year practice in East Texas. After becoming extremely involved in the Central Texas legal community, she was honored in 2017 to assume the Senior named partner position with renowned family law trial attorney John Barrett, and rising star family lawyers Kathleen Coble and Amanda Andrae, all of whom are board certified in family law. JoAl’s expertise has led her to assume numerous leadership positions in notable organizations and initiatives throughout the state and country, and has provided her the opportunity to cultivate her heart for service, both to her clients, her profession and the community. JoAl currently serves as President of the Texas Family Law Foundation, which promotes sound public policy and legislation during the Texas Legislative Session. JoAl testifies frequently before State Senate and House committees on issues of family law, and is considered a valuable resource on family law matters by many lobbyists and Legislators. Additionally, JoAl is the President-Elect of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, current President of the Austin Bar Association Family Law Section, former Council member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section from 2001-2011, where she has served on its Legislative Committee since 2001. Prior to that time, JoAl was the youngest ever elected Director to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, where she served as Chair of the Legislative Committee, Co-Chair of the Legal Services to the Poor committee, and on the Executive Committee. Professionalism has always been the core of how JoAl practices law, which manifests itself not only in how she deals with her clients and colleagues, but also in her service to the legal community and public. Appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals from 2008-2014, she served as Vice-Chair of the board from 2009-2013, and Chair of the Board from 2013-2014, presiding over many appeals of attorney grievance matters. She currently serves as the Chair of the Professionalism Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national elite organization of highly skilled, leading practitioners in the area of family law. Only approximately 1,650 family lawyers throughout the United States are accepted as Fellows in the Academy. JoAl also serves on the Legislation, Membership, and Public Service committees. Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2004, JoAl is also listed in the 2014-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. JoAl holds an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest lawyer rating for both expertise and ethics. JoAl has developed a reputation for being a direct, skilled and zealous advocate who also understands the often emotionally charged issues that arise in a family law matter. She is known for being reasonable, articulate, prepared and courteous, while being sensitive to the needs of families to be able to move forward in a positive way in an atmosphere of meaningful co-parenting relationships. JoAl’s practice focuses on complex custody and property cases, with a particular affinity for third-party custody, grandparent issues, and interstate jurisdictional matters. JoAl feels strongly that the representation of her clients during these most difficult, emotional times is a calling as much as a profession, and that the tone that is set from the outset of the matter is key to promoting constructive familial relationships throughout the case and beyond. In her spare time, JoAl is active in St. John’s United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir and plays in the Jones Memorial Handbell group, as well as serves on the Endowment Fund Committee. JoAl and her husband, Dirk, hold professional level Dive Master certifications, and enjoy tennis and cross-fit training.

Emphasis

Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

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Counties

  • Williamson, Texas

Education

University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts 1989 with honors. Baylor Law School (Top Quarter of class) 1992

Legal Organizations

Director, State Bar of Texas Board of Directors (1998-2001) (youngest ever elected); Chair, SBOT Board Legislative Policy Committee; Chair, SBOT Board Legal Services Committee; Vice-Chair, SBOT Board Grievance and Disciplinary Systen Oversight Comm.; Member, Audit and Finance Committee; Speaker, New SBOT Director Orientation; Director, Board of Disciplinary Appeals (2008-2011) (Vice-Chair, 2009-2011); Member/Director, Family Law Section Council (2001-2011)-Committees-Legislative, State Bar, Member Services, Pro Bono; Member, District 2A Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas (2003-2008); Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Board of Directors (2011-2014); Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation (2007-2010; Executive Committee 2010); Officer Track/Treasurer, Texas Family law Foundation (2010-2016); Trustee, Texas Family Law Foundation (2008-2011); President, Baylor Law School Alumni Board (2009-10).

Awards

Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America, Family Law; Recognized as Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines (July 2004); Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016, 2017); Outstnding Third Year Director, SBot Board of Directors (2011); SBOT Presidential Citation and Award of Merit (2001 and 2004); Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Board of Directors (2011-2014); Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation (2007-2010; Executive Committee 2010); Officer Track/Treasurer, Texas Family Law Foundation (2010-2016); Trustee, Texas Family Law Foundation 92008-2011); President, Baylor Law School Alumni Board (2009-10).

CLE Presentations

Speaker/Author, "Ding! You are Now Free to Roam About the Country," SBOT Advanced Family Law Course 2011; Speaker/author, "Jurisdictional Issues," Associate Judges Conference, July 2011; Speaker/Author, "What Would Atticus Do-Most Common Ethical Mistakes Family Lawyers Make," SBOTAnnual Marriage Dissolution Course 2011; Speaker/Author, "Discovery-Getting What You Need From Economical to Expensive," UT Family Law on the Frontlines Course, June 2011; Speaker/Author, "Hot Tips on Hot Topics-Trust," New Frontiers in Family Law Course, October 2010; Speaker/Author, "It's a Family Affair-Representing Relatives," Advanced Family Law Course 2010; Speaker/Author, "Top 10 Tips for Settling and Negotiating Child support," SBOT Annual Meeting CLE, Family Law Track, June 2010; Speaker/Author, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road-Jurisdiction and Venue, SBOT Marriage Dissolution 2010; Speaker/Author, "Jurisdiction Jeopardy," SBOT Advanced Family Law Course 2009; Speaker/Author, "What Would Atticus Do?-Top 10 Ethical Mistakes Family Lawyers Make," UTCLE Family Law on the Frontlines, June 2009; Speaker/Panel, "Legislative Update," UTCLE Family Law on the Frontlines, June 2009; Course Director, SBOT Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, December 2008: Speaker/Author, "Difficult Child Cases," SBOT Advanced Family Law Course, August 2008; Speaker, "Representing and Defending Against the Impaired Client," UTCLE Family Law on the Frontlines, June 2008: Speaker/Author, "Discovery Grab Bag," SBOT Advanced Family Law Course August 2007; Speaker/Author, "Divorce Beyong Hate," SBOT Marriage Dissolution Institute, May 2007; Speaker/Author, "Digging Up Alcatraz: Revisiting the Rocks of Common Law and Uncommon Claims (Reimbursement), SBOT New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, October 2006; Speaker/Author, "Nobody' Doin" What They're S'posed To-Enforcing Child Support and Possession Orders," SBOT Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, August 2006; Speaker/Author, "Sleeping With the Enemy-Domestic Violence and Protective Orders," SBOT Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, December 2005; Speaker/Author, "Here's Hopi The Marriage Lasts-Protecting Separate Property Through the Use of FLP's, Corporate Structures and Trusts," SBOT New Frontiers in Marital Property Course, October 2005; Speaker/Author, "Avoiding Getting Cross With Your Cross Client," Advanced Family Law Seminar, August 2005; Speaker/Author, "The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Defending Modifications Without the Third Prong," Advanced Family Law Seminar, August 2004; Speaker/Author, "Sex, Drugs, and Body Piercing-Bad Facts in Custody Cases, Both for Ya and Against Ya," Advanced Family Law Seminar August 2003; Panel member, "Custody Cases," Advanced Family Law Seminar, August 2003; Speaker/Author, "Managing the File," Advanced Family Law Seminar August 2002; Speaker, "new Millennium Ethics for the Small Town Practitioner," Navarro County Bar Association, August 2001; Speaker on Ethics, Local Bar Leaders Conference Las Colinas, Texas August 2000; Planning Committee, SBOT Family Law Advanced Course (2004-2010; New Frontiers 2006, 2007, Marriage Dissolution, 2007; UT Family Law on the Frontlines, 2008, 2009; UT Parent-Child Course, 2010).

Author

See CLE, Speaker/Author.

AAML National

Chair, Professionalism and Congeniality Committee (2015-2017); Member: Legislation, Membership and Public Service committees.

AAML Chapter

Texas

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