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Desiree A. Hartwigsen

Managing Attorney

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Family Law & Criminal Defense in Fort Worth

Attorney Desiree A. Hartwigsen

Raised in Stephenville, Texas, Desiree A. Hartwigsen embarked on her legal journey at Tarleton State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She then accelerated her legal education by completing her Juris Doctor at Texas A&M University School of Law two years ahead of schedule.

Desiree's academic career was marked by global exposure; she studied Comparative Criminal Justice at Queen Mary's University in London and delved into International Criminal Law and International Terrorism during her studies in the Netherlands. Initially, Desiree's legal practice focused on criminal defense, but she quickly found her passion in family law, where she has vigorously advocated for her clients across a broad spectrum of issues divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, termination, and temporary restraining orders.

Currently serving as the Managing Attorney at the firm, Desiree plays a crucial role in shaping the firm's future. She leads initial consultations, offering prospective clients clear, strategic legal advice tailored to their specific situations. Additionally, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm, ensuring that processes run smoothly and that the firm maintains high standards of client service and legal excellence.

Outside of her professional commitments, Desiree is an avid reader, enjoys gardening and off-roading, and supports her husband's motocross endeavors. She is a dedicated family woman, often spending quality time outdoors with her family and dogs. An avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, Desiree eagerly awaits the fall season each year to support her favorite team, dedicating her Sundays to football and family.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers | 2022 - 2023
  • Top Women Attorneys in Texas Rising Stars | Super Lawyers, 2023 - Present
  • Top Attorney | 360 West Magazine, 2020, 2022 - Present
  • Texas Rising Star | Super Lawyers, 2022 - Present
  • Rising Star | Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Three Best-Rated Firm | 2022 - Present
  • Top Attorney | Fort Worth Magazine, 2020 - Present
  • Top Attorneys in Texas Rising Stars | Texas Monthly, 2022
  • Top Attorney | Forth Worth, Texas: The City's Magazine, 2020 - 2022
  • Top Attorney | 76107 Magazine, 2020
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Legal Practice Areas

Desiree A. Hartwigsen is here to assist you with family law disputes and criminal charges. Desiree’s skills are especially vital when these two paths coincide and clients find themselves tangled in a family law matter involving criminal proceedings.

Family Law

Criminal Law

With a background in criminal law and criminal justice, Desiree is highly qualified to assist clients with a wide range of criminal charges and proceedings, including (but not limited to):

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law | Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D.
  • American University, Washington College of Law | Washington, D.C.
    • Honors: Study Abroad Program | Hague, Netherlands
  • Tarleton State University | Stephenville, Texas
    • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Midwestern State University | Wichita Falls, Texas
    • Honors: Study Abroad Program | London, England

Bar Admission

  • Texas | 2017

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
  • Tarrant County Family Law Association
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer Association
  • Alpha Phi Sigma | National Criminal Justice Honor Society