About Us - The Lucio Law Firm

Julie Lucio

Julie A. Lucio - Attorney and Counselor at Law

Julie Lucio exclusively practices in the areas of Family and Divorce Law. As a mother of two, Ms. Lucio appreciates what is at stake in a family law case. She understands the complexities of family dynamics and the emotions that are involved when your family issues become legal issues. As the Managing Partner of the Firm, she has overseen hundreds of family and/or divorce cases. In addition, Ms. Lucio has a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology degree. She has counseled families and individuals before practicing law. She was involved psychology education as a Professor of Psychology for Collin County Community College and Dallas County Community Colleges for 10 years. She brings her expertise to the courtroom with her vast experience in public speaking and teaching in the areas of Psychology of the Personality, Psychology of Adolescents and Children, Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology. Ms. Lucio attributes her background in psychology to her successes in picking juries, questioning witnesses and negotiating settlements.

As the Founder of the firm, Julie Lucio has maintained the philosophy that attorneys should maintain an exclusive practice of one area of law. She has worked very diligently in building a staff of attorneys and support staff who are focused on delivering cost effective, proficient legal representation in their specific area of law.

When Julie is not in court or preparing for a case she enjoys playing the piano, snow skiing, and family vacations.

Memberships: American Bar Association, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Defense Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas-Family Law Section Licensed by the State Bar of Texas, Certified Mediator, Certified Family Law Mediator.

Educational Background: Texas Tech University, University of the District of Columbia, Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

Eric Lafleur

Eric Lafleur - Attorney and Counselor at Law

Eric LaFleur was born in Houston and grew up in Beaumont, Texas where he graduated from high school in 1992. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station Texas, graduating cum laude with a degree in Political Science in 1996. Eric was then accepted to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. After graduating in May of 1999, he passed the Texas Bar Exam and accepted a position as a misdemeanor prosecutor in the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office in Sherman, Texas, specializing in the prosecution of family violence cases.

In 2001, Eric joined the Collin County District Attorney’s Office in McKinney, Texas. Beginning in the misdemeanor trial section, he was promoted to the position of misdemeanor court chief and, eventually, to felony trial prosecutor. During his time with the Collin County D.A.’s Office, Eric prosecuted most every type of criminal offense, but with an emphasis on DWI. He served as lead counsel in approximately 75 jury trials, 60 bench trials, and assisted in many others, winning the vast majority of his cases.

After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Eric began his career as a criminal defense attorney and a family lawyer, practicing primarily in Dallas, and Collin Counties. Using the experience he gained as a prosecutor, Eris has successfully defended clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges. Additionally he began using his trial skills to successfully handle child custody cases and divorces. He continues to aggressively try cases, and has obtained acquittals and dismissals for clients charged with DWI, Assault, Fraud, Drug Possession, Theft and other charges. He has handled numerous divorces involving complex property divisions and heated custody battles.

Eric’s vast experience both in prosecuting and defending criminal cases provides his clients with an invaluable advantage when confronting a criminal charge or a complicated family issue. Whether you simply want to negotiate the best possible plea offer, or take your case to the jury, there is simply no substitute for having a lawyer with trial experience. Come in and discuss your case with Eric today.

Memberships: Collin County Bar Association, Dallas County Bar Association, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Licensed by the State Bar of Texas

Educational Background: Texas A & M, University of Texas School of Law

Isaul Verdin

Donald (Don) Hoover - Attorney and Counselor at Law

Donald (Don) Hoover has practiced in immigration law since 2000. He has successfully represented countless clients in complex matters in immigration and federal courts throughout Texas and Oklahoma, as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Don graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, magna cum laude, with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. He graduated from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1999 with focuses in criminal and immigration law. In private practice, Don managed all of the immigration case load for a law firm in Norman, Oklahoma. He successfully litigated hundreds of cases involving termination and cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, naturalization, employment applications, student and religious visas.

Don spent 21 years in the United States Marine Corps infantry. During his service, Don was twice deployed to combat. From 1990-1991 he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. In 2004-2005 he was again deployed to the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Don was awarded the Purple Heart, The Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor distinction, and two combat action ribbons. His extensive service in the Middle East and throughout the world has given him unique experience and perspective with many cultures. Don retired from the Marine Corps in 2007.

Don's last unit was with Charlie Company 1st Battalion 23rd Marines located in Corpus Christi and Harlingen, Texas. The company was unlike any other in the Marine Corps because it was almost entirely hispanic. As the Company First Sergeant, Don used his skills as a lawyer and assisted several Marines and their family members in obtaining adjustment and citizenship in the United States. Don also assisted Iraqi interpreters he worked with in obtaining permission from the U.S. Department of State to immigrate with their families to the United States.

After Iraq, Don moved to Texas where he continued his immigration practice as before. Don's experience as Marine and as a lawyer reflects his tenacity, character, leadership, and his ability to guide others through difficult situations. He can take an immigration matter that looks very bad to most and often develop it into a situation that can be resolved in a favorable manner.

Don is a member of the Immigration Section of the Texas State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in the States of Texas and Oklahoma; the Federal District Courts of the Northern and Eastern districts of Texas; the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma; and the Federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.

Patrick Jarrett

Patrick Jarrett - Attorney and Counselor at Law

Patrick L. Jarrett was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After high school, he attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where he studied classical and jazz guitar for several years before moving to Savannah, Georgia in 2000. While living in Savannah, Patrick attended Armstrong Atlantic State University to study political science, paying for his education by working as the head guitar instructor at Annie’s Guitars and Drums, whose owner is cousin to the well-known Allman Brothers.

Patrick graduated cum laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. While in law school he was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society where he gained invaluable legal advocacy experience. His professional background includes experience in both criminal and family law working with the L.A.W. Center at Central Dallas Ministries, as well as the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Jarrett joined the Lucio Firm as an associate attorney in early 2009. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family and pets, playing music, and teaching Sunday school to the youth of Grace Community Presbyterian Church.

Memberships: Texas State Bar, Family Law Section State Bar of Texas,Texas Young Lawyers Association, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Tarrant County Family Law Association, Dallas County Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association

Elizabeth Rios

Elizabeth Rios - Account Manager

Elizabeth works with our legal team to ensure that each client receives the best service possible. She manages accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Elizabeth is also bi-lingual and often assists Spanish speaking clients through the legal process.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the movies.

Toni Hutchins

Toni Hutchins - Office Administrator

Originally from Kansas, Toni attended Oklahoma City University as a Performing Arts Major. In 1989, she moved to the Dallas area to cheer with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1989-1991. As a member of the squad's select Show Group, and in addition to being named Group Leader and leading her group on the sidelines at Texas Stadium, she spent 2 years traveling the world with the USO/DOD and entertaining our troops at home and abroad.

Prior to joining our firm in August 2009, Toni managed operations for The Tiger Group, L.L.C., a privately held international and strategic business development consultancy specializing in the multimedia, interactive telecommunications and information technology industries. Representative clients included GTE; BBN Corporation; Jinro Group/Gtv (Republic of Korea); Storage Concepts, Inc.; and Electronic Data Systems Corporation. Further, Toni has been a licensed Texas Real Estate Salesperson since 1991 and a licensed Texas Mortgage Broker since 2007.

Toni's responsibilities at the firm includes running and facilitating the day-to-day operations of our law firm, supervising support staff, developing and implementing office initiatives and assuring that the office remains compliant with local, state and federal regulations. In addition to handling all human resource issues and managing the firms budget and vendor relations, she reports to the lead partners, and generates reports in relation to administrative and budgetary issues.

Toni feels a strong, supportive family is the backbone to her happiness and success and cherishes every free moment spent building memories with her two beautiful daughters and family.

Jenny Mendez

Jenny Mendez - Legal Assistant/Case Manager

Jenny assists the attorneys with all aspects of case management including legal document drafting and case planning. Jenny also regularly goes to court with the attorneys for most family law issues. If your case is an agreed divorce and you have questions at any point during the process, you can call Jenny with questions.

Carole Patterson

Carole Patterson - Paralegal

Carole works closely with the attorneys drafting all legal documents and managing client cases to effectively ensure an acceptable resolution in every case. She brings with her over ten years of experience in the legal field, specifically in the areas of Family Law, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Probate and Municipal Law. Carole was born and raised in Dallas, where she graduated from high school in 1976. She attended Mountain View Community College, The University of Texas at Arlington, and received her Paralegal Certificate from The University of North Texas.

In her spare time, Carole enjoys remodeling, vacationing, animals and playing pool.