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Mark M. Childress

Founding Attorney

  • Bio

For over two decades, our founding attorney has taken great pride in serving his local community in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. Attorney Mark M. Childress began his private practice in 2007 after following his grandfather’s footsteps into family law. Attorney Childress earned his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

A child of entrepreneurial parents, Attorney Childress knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career that offered him a balance between two of his life’s values: service and entrepreneurship. Today, Attorney Childress passionately serves his local community as one of the top family law practitioners in the metroplex.

Our founding attorney brings years of exceptional and diverse experience to the table. As an accomplished litigator in the courtroom and a successful business owner outside of it, Attorney Childress worked hard to build the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC from the ground up—and more importantly, he empowered his compassionate team to always put its clients’ needs first.

Skilled Legal Advocacy Tailored to Your Needs

Under the leadership of Mark M. Childress, we’re proud to be a firm that operates differently. Unlike other practices that tend to solely fixate on expansion, our accomplished lawyers are content to focus on what truly matters: one-on-one time with our clients to help them achieve their goals.

Having been on the other side of the fence at one of the area’s largest law firms, Attorney Childress understands the value of trust and transparency in any client-attorney relationship. That’s why he founded our firm: to provide clients with personalized advocacy and compassionate legal guidance that they can trust in life’s toughest seasons.

Our founding attorney is not only a top-rated family law attorney in Fort Worth, but also has a successful track record representing clients in criminal law and civil litigation. A recipient of the “Top Young Lawyers” and “Top Attorneys in Texas” awards, Attorney Childress is here to advocate tirelessly on your behalf no matter your circumstances.

When you partner with our firm, you’re partnering with a team of award-winning attorneys who are committed to transparent communication and a customized legal strategy. From filing for divorce to modifying a child custody arrangement, you can count on the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress to have your back from start to finish.

Awards & Recognition

Attorney Mark M. Childress has built and maintained a reputation for excellence. His commitment to providing honest, personalized services to his clients allows him to effectively meet each individual’s unique needs. His outstanding legal success is denoted by various awards and recognition, including:

  • Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys
  • Top Young Lawyers in Texas
  • Top Attorneys | Fort Worth Magazine, 2008 – Present
  • Texas Rising Stars | Super Lawyers, 2011, 2015 – 2021
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals | The American Registry, 2014 – Present
  • 360 West Top Attorney | 2020 – Present
  • Three Best-Rated Firm | 2022 – Present 
  • Top Attorney | Fort Worth, 2022

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Legal Practice Areas

Mark M. Childress is not only an experienced family law attorney, but is also highly skilled in civil litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense law. His diverse legal experience and achievements set him apart from other firms in the Fort Worth area, and he has forged a hard-earned reputation as a trusted legal counselor in the following practice areas:

Family Law

Attorney Childress can help with your family law- and divorce-related needs, from an uncontested divorce to a complex divorce to a high-asset divorce.

Attorney Childress has experience in various legal areas, including property division, spousal maintenance, military divorce, and retirement division. He is also skilled in navigating child support and child custody and can assist with disputes involving visitation, possession, and access and modifications.

Our founding attorney is a reliable legal guide to clients who have suffered abuse. He can help you obtain the protection you need for yourself and your loved ones by pursuing a temporary restraining order or protective order during a divorce.

Attorney Childress is well-equipped to assist clients with other areas of family law, including (but not limited to):

  • Police/Fire Service Member Creative Possession & Access
  • Military Member Possession & Access
  • Paternity
  • DNA Testing
  • Child Name Change
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Termination & Adoptions
  • CPS Safety Plan / Removal of Child
  • Mediation
  • Final Trials

Criminal Law

Mark M. Childress is highly skilled in criminal law and takes pride in providing his clients with the reliable legal defense they deserve. Our experienced criminal defense lawyer assists clients with a range of criminal charges and disputes, including (but not limited to):

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law | Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Texas Tech University | Lubbock, Texas
    • B.A. in Marketing
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Bar Admission

  • Texas | 2007

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Family Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers of Texas
  • Member of Better Business Bureau