Jane Mapes has been practicing law for 26 years and has devoted her practice to Family Law for the past 16 years, in Texas. Prior to relocating to Texas in 1996, she concentrated on real estate and personal injury law in the State of Florida, where she went to law school, and was admitted to the Bar in 1988. Upon moving to Texas, Ms. Mapes was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, and began practicing with a general practice law firm in Grand Prairie, where she familiarized herself with the courts in Tarrant and Dallas Counties. Jane then joined Bailey and Galyen in July, 1999, devoting herself to the exclusive practice of Family Law in the firm's Irving office. Jane's commitment to accomplishing her client's goals, with the primary purpose of ensuring the best interest of their children, has made her a fierce advocate in the courtroom, as well as a respected colleague in the dispute resolution forum. Jane has participated in almost daily court appearances throughout her tenure at Bailey and Galyen, and has mediated countless family law cases. Her practice includes, but is not limited to assisting clients with issues such as pre- and post-marital agreements, adoptions, paternity determinations, divorce, child support and child custody modification and enforcement; grandparents' access, name changes, post-divorce property matters, termination of parental rights, same-sex partnership agreements, CPS matters, annulment and any other matter affecting the family over which the State has jurisdiction.
Ms. Mapes has also been employed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas Child Support Division, concentrating on establishment, modification and enforcement of all child support issues.
In March, 2008, Jane participated as an Attorney Ad Litem in the State of Texas vs. YFZ, in San Angelo, Schleicher County, Texas, the largest and most notorious CPS removal of children from polygamous fundamentalist families in the State of Texas.
Jane has been a Board Member of the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section, an Associate in the Annette Stewart Inns of Court, a member of both the Tarrant County and Dallas County Bar Associations, a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a "Top Attorney" in Fort Worth Magazine, and is currently a member of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts and the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
Jane has co-authored papers presented at both the State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute (May, 2010) and the State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar (August, 2013).
Jane returned to practice in the Irving Office of Bailey & Galyen in January, 2014, where she feels right back at home.
Areas of Practice
- Child Support
- Custody and Visitation
- Enforcement and Contempt
- Modifications of Support, Custody or Visitation
- Name Change
- Florida, 1988
- Texas, 1998
- Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- J.D. - 1988
- State University of New York College, Oswego
- B.A. - 1977
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- New York State Regents College Scholarship Winner
- Top Attorneys 2013, Fort Worth, Texas – The City Magazine
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board Member, 2008 - 2010
- Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Associate, 2008 - 2011
- Tarrant County Family Bar Association
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
- Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts
Past Employment Positions
- Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, Legal Intern
- Bailey & Galyen, Associate Attorney
- Texas State Office Attorney General Office, Child Support Division, Assistant Attorney General
- Phi Delta Phi