Why Hire Us?

Personal Relationships.

Working with an attorney is personal and is built on a foundation of trust. We serve individuals, families and businesses when their financial future is on the line. Every client, every matter, and every case is personal to us. We aren't interested in handling one case or one deal, or solving one problem. We want to partner with you, to develop a relationship of trust, and to help your family or business accomplish your objectives for the future.

Industry Experience.

Our attorneys have more than just a law degree. Ryan Johnson graduated from a top-five engineering school and worked as an engineering consultant for a Fortune 100 company. Mark Hobbs holds an MBA from Baylor University and worked as a financial consultant for Deloitte & Touche. Rod Squires was an accountant for a top-five accounting firm prior to his successful trial practice. Scott James holds an MBA and was the CEO of a multi-chain statewide retail company. Our attorneys continue to deepen their experience by serving on boards of nonprofit and for-profit companies.

In-House Expertise.

For assistance in planning for long-term care expenses, our team includes a Registered Investment Advisor, John Wessler, who has been helping families qualify for Medicaid and VA long-term care benefits for over 10 years. John also helps clients to plan in advance to protect assets in the event of a future need for skilled nursing care.

Our Partnerships.

JHS is built on partnerships — partnerships with clients and partnerships with other lawyers and law firms. We work closely with individuals and businesses to come up with long-term solutions that add value. Often, we work alongside engineers, accountants and financial or wealth advisors to serve the broader needs of individuals, families or businesses. So our relationship with other professionals is key to ensuring that our clients broader needs are served.

We also receive referrals from many lawyers because of our reputation for working with some of the best engineers, accountants, wealth managers and doctors in the country. There are no shortcuts to success in the boardroom or the courtroom and when we have the privilege of representing a client, we have one approach — bring in the best.

Peer Recognition.

Other lawyers recognize the value that we bring to our clients. Our attorneys have been recognized by their peers as top lawyers in Texas in their respective practice areas. In 2013, Texas Super Lawyers magazine and Texas Monthly magazine recognized Rod Squires as a Texas Super Lawyer and Ryan Johnson as a Texas Super Lawyer – Rising Star. And in 2014, Texas Super Lawyers magazine and Texas Monthly magazine recognized all three founding partners as Texas Super Lawyers, with Ryan Johnson and Mark Hobbs receiving the Rising Star designation given to top attorneys in Texas under the age of 40. Scott James has also been named as a Texas Super Lawyer - Rising Star eight times (2007-2009, 2011-2015). The selections were based on a statewide evaluation by other lawyers. No more than 2.5 percent of all Texas attorneys were selected for this honor.

Our Business Model.

Our clients hire us to solve problems and achieve positive results. Most firms in Central Texas are focused solely on billing clients for hours worked. Law firms have been working this way for fifty years and change is hard. And when it is the most effective approach, we do bill certain projects on an hourly basis. But billing and paying for legal work by the hour is a dying model. We find that most of our clients want to pay for results, not for hours. So we often work by retainer or on a flat-fee basis, giving families and businesses some level of cost certainty. In order to add value, we need open and constant communication with the client and that is often difficult when clients are worried about the cost of every phone call. In litigation, we prefer to work on a contingency-fee basis so that our effort pays only if we win. When we share the expense and are paid for winning, our interests are aligned with the client.

Technology.

Over the past five years, the use of technology in the legal industry has exploded – from electronic filing to use of the iPad in the courtroom and boardroom. Nevertheless, many law firms still use outdated technology, or none at all, and are behind the curve. JHS is committed to using the latest technology to better communicate with clients and the courts and to make document preparation, review and storage efficient and less costly.

JHS is committed to running a paperless office. Upon receipt, client documents are immediately encrypted, saved and backed up on secure, off-site servers. At other law firms, client paperwork is easily misplaced and attorneys and staff waste valuable time handling paperwork. Not here. Going paperless means secure access to client files from anywhere, anytime, freeing up our attorneys to spend their time focused on accomplishing your objectives.