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The attorneys of Gordon & Sykes, LLP serve a wide range of clients in Texas and the United States in the areas of estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate, banking law, real estate transactions, business law, construction law, civil litigation and franchising. Our team is committed to client-focused service and legal solutions that are tailored to each individual case.

Our trusted counsel and representation relies on decades of legal practice. We are a boutique firm, which means our clients get custom-tailored solutions paired with high-end resources and the flexibility to handle highly complex matters. Our goal is to always resolve disputes with intelligence, ethics, and efficiency.

Contact our office today to set up a consultation and learn more about each of us below.

Karen H. Gordon

October 7, 2016
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    Location : Fort Worth, Texas
    Phone:817-338-0724 or 888-531-7856
    Fax: 817-338-0769
    Email: E-mail Me

Karen Gordon has three decades of experience in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, and guardianship law. She worked as a lawyer at a prominent law firm in Fort Worth until 2002, when she formed Gordon & Sykes, LLP with Dan W. Sykes.

Ms. Gordon’s expertise spans many areas of law, including a broad range of business transactions, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, nonprofit corporate law, and contracts and business policies. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

She regularly advises multimillion dollar corporations regarding corporate issues, contracts, employment issues, business agreements and dispute resolutions. She frequently represents bank trust departments and other fiduciaries on administering estates and trusts, as well as beneficiaries in estate and trust matters. Ms. Gordon also provides the counsel and legal advice necessary to persons with disabilities in connection with forming guardianships, elder law issues, powers of attorney and living trusts, preparation of wills and trusts, and other estate planning and wealth transfer instruments.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975, she went on to earn her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1978. She is married to James C. Gordon, a Fort Worth area attorney, and has two children, Sarah and Claire Gordon.


Dan Sykes

October 7, 2016
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    Location : Fort Worth, Texas
    Phone:817-338-0724 or 888-531-7856
    Fax: 817-338-0769
    Email: E-mail Me

Dan Sykes was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1975 and brings over 30 years of experience to the firm. Mr. Sykes has been admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Tarrant County, the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining Karen Gordon in the formation of Gordon & Sykes, LLP in 2002, he was a shareholder and director in an established Fort Worth law firm.

Over the years, he has represented clients in business and commercial transactions, with emphasis on real estate, franchising, and commercial and real estate lending. In the real estate sector, Mr. Sykes has represented developers, urban and rural landowners, grantors of conservation easements, and commercial landlords and tenants. In commercial law, his experience ranges from the sale and acquisition of companies, organizational and planning issues for corporations, and limited liability companies and partnerships, to the representation of both start-up franchisors and established franchise systems, in the United States and beyond.

Mr. Sykes earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College in 1972 and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1975, where he graduated with honors and served as a director of the Legal Research Board. He is an active member of the Fort Worth community, serving as an elder, trustee, and Mission Committee Chair at First Presbyterian Church, as a board member of the Fort Worth chapters of the Association for Retarded Citizens and Girls, Inc., and as Board President of the Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County. His wife, Jane, continually serves the community in many ways. They have been married for over 25 years and are proud parents and grandparents.


James C. Gordon

October 7, 2016
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    Location : Fort Worth, Texas
    Phone:817-338-0724 or 888-531-7856
    Fax: 817-338-0769
    Email: E-mail Me

Jim Gordon is a civil trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience. His practice focuses on the resolution of business disputes in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contractual relationships, and unfair competition. He also focuses on construction law in cases involving delay, cost overruns, non-payment of subcontractors, and design problems.

Mr. Gordon represents a spectrum of clients in state and federal courts, in trials and appeals, and is an experienced arbitrator and a certified mediator. He also has extensive experience with oil and gas lawsuits involving mineral estates, marketing of production, and operation of wells and pipelines.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, he was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 1976. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell® and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He formerly served as Director of the Tarrant County Bar Association and as Director and President of Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of Fort Worth. Mr. Gordon has four children and two grandchildren with his wife, Karen Gordon.


Desiree L. Strong

October 7, 2016
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    Location : Fort Worth, Texas
    Phone: 817-338-0724 or 888-531-7856
    Fax: 817-338-0769
    Email: E-mail Me

Desiree Strong earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with honors from Texas A&M University in 2004. She then earned her law degree with honors from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2007. She is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Probate Bar and the Fort Worth Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

Ms. Strong is an active member of the Fort Worth community. She is a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth, and actively participates with Kids Who Care, Lil Goldman Early Learning Center and St. Andrew Catholic Church. She is married to Taylor and has two lovely daughters.


Brett Jackson Wyatt

October 7, 2016
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    Location : Fort Worth, Texas
    Phone: 817-338-0724 or 888-531-7856
    Fax: 817-338-0769
    Email: E-mail Me

Brett Wyatt was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1990 and brings over 25 years of law experience to the firm. His expertise is in consumer, commercial, and real estate law, and he has experience in the areas of probate, oil and gas, ad valorem taxation, condemnation, family, and social security disability law.

Mr. Wyatt is an active member of the community as an elder, trustee, and chairman of several committees at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, as a board member of the Tarrant County Appraisal Review Board, as Past President of the Meadows West Homeowners Association, and as a Special Commissioner appointed to determine fair compensation in condemnation proceedings. He and his wife of 18 years, Dawn, have five children.