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J. Lindsey Short Jr.

J Lindsey Short Jr.

Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-626-3345
Fax:
713-759-9650

For over 40 years, founding partner of Short Carter & Morris, L.L.P., J. Lindsey Short, Jr. has devoted his considerable legal talents and skills to the practice of family law. A native Houstonian, Lindsey graduated from St. Johns School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1967. Lindsey also served shipboard in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant during the Vietnam era. After completing his military service, Lindsey returned to Houston to begin his law practice. Initially focusing on real estate and oil and gas law, he turned his attention to family law in 1973 where he has concentrated his practice ever since.

Lindsey has been board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1980, shortly after the inception of the certification process for family law. He is still considered by many to be one of Houston's top child custody attorneys, although the majority of his practice is now devoted to complex marital property issues. He has represented several high profile cases over the years and has appeared both on satellite and national television programs, including the Today Show with Jane Pauley. Throughout his career Lindsey has represented many high profile Houstonians; yet he understands and appreciates the necessity for discretion and a client's need for zealous representation without undue notoriety.

Lindsey has been married to Agnes May Short for over 40 years and they are the parents of three adult daughters. As a family man, he understands the dynamics of the family and the emotional trauma that often accompanies a divorce or custody situation. He has the ability to communicate truthfully about the possible outcome of a situation and does not attempt to gloss over hard details to fit the client's desires. He also knows how to balance the legal implications of a complex family litigation with the emotional concerns of the client and can draw from that knowledge and experience to resolve his cases, be it through litigation to a Judge, jury, collaborative law or settlement at mediation.

In the early years of his practice, Lindsey maintained many associate lawyers and then in January of 2008, Lindsey and four lawyers who had practiced with him for a number of years formed Short Carter Morris, L.L.P. He has served as a source of encouragement to his "team" and he continues to develop the firm's commitment to the community, both in the area of legal services and volunteer services.

Lindsey is active in state, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to the practice of law. He has played an integral part in the development of the high standards to which today's family law attorneys aspire. Lindsey served as a Director of the State Bar of Texas, Chair of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas, Chair of the Family Law Advisory Commission, and as President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. He has also served as director of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, president of the Family Law Forum, and Chairman of Family Law Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is currently also a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation and the State Bar College. He has also served on the State Bar Grievance Committee.

Lindsey served as President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in 2002, a national organization which is dedicated to the same principals of professionalism and competence to which Short adheres. He is also past President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML and a founding fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Family Law Council on Community Property States, and the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a national organization limited to one hundred members.

Lindsey is dedicated to the development of the profession through education and has been a visiting law professor for a full semester at the University of Texas School of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center. He has numerous publications to his name and has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lindsey is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars across the country as well as for the State Bar of Texas and has served as the Course Director for many seminars presented by the State Bar and other professional organizations. Lindsey has delivered over 80 speeches during his career to the legal profession.

Over the course of his career, Lindsey has consistently been honored for his commitment and contributions to the practice of family law. In 1990, he was named Outstanding Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and received the AAML Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service in 1988, 1990 and 1998. In 1998 he was also the recipient of the Sam Emison Award presented by the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists for outstanding contributions to the profession, and was chosen by his peers to be included among The Best Lawyers in America, published throughout the country for over twenty years, Texas Super Lawyers every year since its inception and H Texas Magazine.

He has been recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and was named by Worth Magazine as one of The Top 10 Divorce Lawyers in the United States. He is well respected nationally, statewide, and locally by his peers and the judiciary. He has served as a mentor and role model for many young lawyers during his career. Although the majority of hi cases have been situated in Harris and surrounding counties, Lindsey has litigated family law cases throughout the State of Texas.

Lindsey is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and by the Supreme Court of Texas.

On a lighter note, Lindsey is an avid waterfowler and upland game hunter and has the appropriate wall mountings to prove it. He is also a gourmet cook and frequently provides cooking tips and samplings to friends, colleagues and staff.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce with Complex Marital Property and Children's Issues
  • Child Custody

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1980 - 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1967
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • Washington & Lee University
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Honors: Delta Tau Delta

Published Works

  • Enforcement of Fees Family Law Advocate, Fall, 1988
  • Strategy of a Custody Case New Jersey Law Journal, Fall, 1988
  • Extra Benefits From Hearings For Temporary Orders Fairshare, Winter, 1988

References

  • Upon Request

Classes/Seminars

  • Over 75 Speaking Engagements, including:
  • New Frontiers in Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1983, 1984, 1987-1992, 1994-2002, 2007
  • Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1989-1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999
  • Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1980, 1987, 1989-1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, 1998
  • Texas Marital Property Institute, University of Texas Law School, 1998
  • Family Law Symposium, University of Texas Law School, 1997
  • Annual Convention, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 1987-1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2003
  • Advanced Evidence and Discovery, State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • Psychology and Family Law Seminar, Houston Bar Association Family Law Section and Houston Psychological Association, 1990
  • Course Director, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1993
  • Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Trial Institute, 1990 - 1991
  • Course Director, Continuing Legal Ed., American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1998
  • Course Director, Divorce Taxation, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1987
  • Course Director, Divorce Taxation and Retirement for Lawyers Seminar, AAML, 1986
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Annual Trial Institute, 1989-1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1993
  • Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990, 1991, 1993
  • Annual Meeting, State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • State Bar of Texas Convention, 1976, 1990
  • Family Law for the Experienced General Practitioner, State Bar of Texas, 1989
  • Family Law Section and Houston Certified Public Accountants Seminar, Houston Bar Association, 1989
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1989
  • Utilizing Experts in Litigation Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1989
  • Federalization of Family Law Seminar, 1989
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Seminar, Dallas, Texas, 1989
  • Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network, New York, New York, 1989, 1990
  • Law Education Institute, Scottsdate, Arizona, 1989
  • Family Law Short Course, South Texas College of Law, 1988, 1991
  • Advanced Family Law Short Course, University of Houston, Law Foundation, 1988, 1991
  • Family Law: A Team Approach for Attorneys, Legal Assistants, Paralegals and Secretaries, State Bar of Texas, 1988, 1990
  • General Paralegal Skills: Selected Subjects in Law and Case Management, State Bar of Texas, 1988
  • Family Law Team Approach, South Texas College of Law, 1988
  • Advanced Institute of Matrimonial Law, 1987
  • The Ad Litem Program, 1987
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Oklahoma Chapter, 1987
  • Divorce Taxation and Retirement for Lawyers Seminar, AAML, 1985, 1987
  • Spring Seminar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Key West, Florida, 1985
  • Family Law, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1982, 1984
  • Family Law Section Seminar, Houston Bar Association, 1981
  • Advanced Family Law Course, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law, 2001
  • Advanced Family Law Course, Adjunct Professor, Washington & Lee School of Law, 1998
  • Family Law Seminar, Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, 1989
  • Visiting Law Professor, University of Texas School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodard/White, 1990 - 2002
  • Top Lawyers in Family Law, Inside Houston Magazine, 2001
  • Recipient, Sam Emison Award, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1998
  • Outstanding Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1988, 1990, 1998
  • Certificate of Merit, State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Task Force, 1987, 1987
  • Founding Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Founding Fellow, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Divorce Lawyers, Worth Magazine, 2002
  • Founding Fellow, Family Law Council on Community Property States

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Founding Fellow, 1986 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1982 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, President, 1987
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Board of Governors, 1990 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Council, 1994
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vice President, 1995 - 1999
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, First Vice President, 1999 - 2000
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect, 2000 - 2001
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National President, 2001 - 2002
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomat, Founding Member
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Layers, Board of Editors, 1986 - 1990
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Editor-in-Chief, 1988 - 1990
  • Family Law council of Community Property States, Founding Member, 1986 - 1990
  • American Association for Justice, 1980 - 1989
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Member, 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Treasurer, 1991 - 1993
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Secretary, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Vice-President, 1994
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Chair-Elect, 1995
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Chair, 1995
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 1967 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Director, 1990 - 1992
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, Member, 1988 - 1991
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Member, 1981 - 1989
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Director, 1989
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1980 - 1987
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Family law Committee, Chairman, 1987
  • Family Law Forum, President, 1986
  • Texas Association of Certified Family Lawyers, 1976 - 1985
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 1977 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1976 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Director, 1983 - 1987
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - 1989
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Member, 1967 - Present
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Advisory Commission, 1987 - 1998
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Advisory Commission, Vice-Chairman, 1991 - 1992
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Advisory Commission, Chairman, 1993 - 1998
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Secretary/Treasurer, 1989 - 1990
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Vice President, 1990 - 1991
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, President, 1991 - 1992
  • Family Law Advisory Commission, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Navy, Lieutenant

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Phi
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