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Jerry W. Tidwell, Jr.

Chief of the Family Law Division
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Phone: 972-564-4644
Fax: 866-209-9785
Cell: 214-418-2842

315 S Bois D Arc St
Forney, Texas 75126

Aggressive and knowledgeable with an uncompromising commitment to the protection of individual liberties, Jerry W. Tidwell, Jr.’s favorite cases are the ones no one wants... because those are the clients who need him most. Having built a criminal defense practice based on the principle that everyone is entitled to representation and the best defense possible, Tidwell now focuses on family law, while also handling complex felony and federal criminal cases.

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Texas Tech, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Texas Tech School of Law in 2003. Three days after being sworn in as an attorney, he tried his first case with the Collin County District Attorney’s office. He quickly worked his way up the ranks, from an Assistant District Attorney to Chief Misdemeanor Prosecutor primarily handling DWI and Assault Family Violence cases before moving to the Felony Special Crimes Division. He resigned in May of 2006 to open his own private law practice, with a principal focus on criminal defense and family law.

After ten years of representing clients in all phases of criminal proceedings and family law matters, as well as serving as a court-appointed attorney for indigent defendants, Tidwell joined Guest & Gray in January of 2016. Jerry Tidwell’s expertise lies in helping clients with the legal matters that hit at the core of a person—whether they are on the verge of divorce, battling custody issues, or facing a prison sentence. With over fifteen years of courtroom and trial experience, and stints in environmental consulting and experience in entrepreneurial, small office, and government work environments, Tidwell’s successes are numerous. His greatest satisfaction comes from standing up for his clients during their most life-altering events and knowing he fought his hardest for them.

Jerry Tidwell is admitted in the courts of Colorado, Texas, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas, and a member the State Bar of Texas in the Criminal Justice and Family Law section.

Known among his friends as the “most married unmarried person,” Tidwell and his significant other, Marissa, live with their three rescue dogs.


J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2003
Cum Laude

B.G.S., Texas Tech University, 2000
Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources
Natural Science
Communication Studies

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Colorado, Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District Texas
U.S. District Court Western District Texas
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice and Family Law Sections

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Legal Experience

Of Counsel – Guest & Gray, January 2016 - Present

  • Represent clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigation, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial hearings, plea negotiations
  • Represent clients in various family law matters, including divorce proceedings, child custody and support proceedings, and modification of parent-child relationship agreements

Sole Practitioner Law Practice – Tidwell Law Firm PLLC, June 2006 – Present

  • Established and operated private law practice, with primary practice in Criminal Defense and Family Law
  • Represent clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigation, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial hearings, plea negotiations
  • Accepted representation as court appointed attorney under the Texas Fair Defense Act for indigent defendants
  • Represented clients in various family law matters, including divorce proceedings, child custody and support proceedings, and modification of parent-child relationship agreements

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Special Crimes Division (Felony), Chief Misdemeanor Prosecutor – Collin County District Attorney’s Office, April 2004 – May 2006

  • Responsible for investigation and prosecution of atypical criminal offenses, including “white collar” crimes
  • Assist law enforcement in initial stages of criminal investigation
  • Significant experience as lead trial attorney and jury selection
  • Supervise staff of attorneys, investigator, and secretary
  • Responsible for assigning and managing court docket, trial and
  • hearing settings
  • Argued before the court numerous non-jury trials and motions (including Dismissal, Discovery, and Suppression)
  • Review new cases for plea bargain negotiation or prepare for trial

Tutor – Contracts – Texas Tech University School of Law, Fall 2002 & Fall 2003

Summer Clerkship - Courtney, Countiss, Brian & Bailey, L.L.P. (formerly Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P.), May/June 2003

Other Professional Experience

Environmental Management Consultant – PA-jer Company, June 2001 – August 2001; October 1995 – December 1997

  • Advise Industrial and Hazardous Waste Generators to maintain compliance with State and Federal Waste Management and Disposal Regulations
  • Manage Waste Transportation service
  • Prepare and file documents for clients as mandated by State Regulatory Agencies
  • Design and implement site assessment for potentially contaminated areas
  • Participated in various production facility closures to ensure regulatory compliance

Environmental Regulatory Specialist – Compliance Services Group, Inc., March 1998 – May 2001

  • Monitor environmental and safety rules for compliance updates
  • Perform environmental site assessments for property development and real estate transactions
Client Reviews
Guest and Gray law firm is wonderful. I have had the chance to work with three of the lawyers and they all have been wonderful. They will tell you when you need a lawyer and when you don't. They actually try to save you money. They respond very fast to questions and try to help you understand what is going on. They are caring and are really judgment free. If I needed a lawyer again I would use this firm in a second and recommend them. K.K.
I used Guest and Gray to deal with my ex wife's accusations of child neglect.I dealt with Robert Guest and Tracy Gray. Both were excellent attorneys and surpassed every expectation I had in fighting the false accusations. We Won ! M.B.
I used Guest & Gray for a child custody case and they were great. I was really nervous about the case but they took care of everything and answered all my questions. I would recommend their services to anyone. J.R.
I can highly recommend Guest and Gray. I have worked on a number of cases with Robert Guest and and Scott Gray and find it amazing how MOTIVATED they are to do everything they can for their clients, not to mention that there superior knowledge, etc. In criminal cases supportive relatives always want to know "what can I do" to help. Hire Guest and Gray. C.S.