BRIAN TACKETT is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by less than 1% of the attorneys in the State of Texas.  He has been recognized as one of the best attorneys in Denton County and was the winner of the Best of Denton County survey for 2013.  He has been designated as a Super Lawyer for family law in the State of Texas by Thomson Reuters.  He has undergone an extensive peer review by judges and other attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability and received an AV rating – the highest possible rating reserved only for “preeminent” attorneys.

Brian Tackett has earned his reputation as an outstanding litigator and implements an aggressive approach.

Brian Tackett is a partner with the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP, and specializes exclusively in family law.  He is the head of the family and criminal law sections of the firm.  His practice has been built on an ever expanding referral base.  He receives referrals from other lawyers, judges, politicians, and most importantly past and current clients.

“My mission is to put my clients in the best possible position to achieve their goals by out-preparing and out-working my opponent.

I am first and foremost a trial attorney.  Much of my skill and craft were honed as a criminal prosecutor in the Denton County District Attorney’s office.  I have spent countless hours in the courtroom advocating for my clients.  While I am always courteous and professional in the courtroom, my clients will not be bullied.

I enjoy courtroom advocacy the most, but I emphasize a strategy that lessens resentment and hostility and focuses on creative problem-solving, goal setting for the future, and preserving dignity.  I work hard with and for my clients to achieve their goals.  It is crucial to determine what is most important for my client but also to know what is important to the other party or attorney.

I love my job, but I recognize that my clients come to me during the most trying times of their lives.  The steps we take together are the difference between easing and undermining the transition into the next phase of life.”

 – Brian K. Tackett


Areas of Practice:

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Adoptions
  • Domestic Violence
  • Protective Orders


  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2013

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2003


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, 1998
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX, USA, 1994
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Honors: Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Denton County Bar Association, Director
  • Denton County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Denton County Young Lawyers, 2002, Board Member
  • Denton County Young Lawyers, 2003, Treasurer
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Denton County Texas Exes, Director
  • Denton Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Leadership Denton, Graduate 2013

Past Employment Positions:

  • Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
  • Denton County, Chief Prosecutor, CC #3 and #4
  • Berry Byrne & Randall, Medical Malpractice Defense Associate


“My story is probably fairly similar to a lot of individuals that have gone through divorces. There was nothing extreme, but there were things that became difficult at times. Being that this was a divorce of a marriage of 12 years, there were emotions and feeling very much wrapped up in the conversations had by my ex and I. There are a few things I would like to say about Brian Tackett and how he acted as my lawyer during this time.

1) Top notch professionalism: Brian at all times during the year-long divorce was doing what a lawyer should do, and more, for his client. He gave me solid advice and helped guide me, not just legally, but emotionally during the situation. He made sure that I kept a cool head in times where the heat was turned up by my ex, and he recommended several ways to reach agreements that would ultimately get me where I needed to be during the divorce decree. Basically, Brian did exactly what I hired him to do, represent me, and he did without fail in a very earnest and professional way.

2) Great job: Brian not only was professional, but he was plain good at what he did. I’ve never needed a lawyer before, so I didn’t know what to expect during this process, but I’m sure I lucked out finding Brian. Brian took care of pretty much everything. He knows most of the lawyers in the area, so when he heard my wife’s lawyer’s name, he knew her, and acted accordingly for my benefit within the parameters of their relationship. This was a tool that he was able to use, among others, during the process. He knew what to write up, where to write it, how to word it, and prepped me for all possible rebuttals that may come once my side of the decree had been submitted. This was extremely helpful. Furthermore, he was able to get most everything that I needed or wanted. He was always able to change anything I needed changed and readily adapted to my thoughts and feelings about particular areas of the divorce proceedings. Also, I have emailed and spoken with Brian several times after the divorce was over, asking him various questions, and he has always promptly responded and helped, all without any expectation of payment for his services or advice. He is freaking smart and great at his job!

3) Friendly: Brian is a very likable guy. He doesn’t make you feel like you are being interviewed for a job when speaking with you. He’s laid back, calm, polite, and he laughs and smiles a lot, which can be very disarming (a very needed at times) when my stress level was at a level 10. Having him representing himself as someone that actually cares about what I’m going through just made the process much more bearable. When someone needs a lawyer, finding someone that is not just well versed at their job, but also cares about their job and clients, well, it’s an area of being a lawyer that I’m not quite sure a lot of lawyers can honestly say they are able to work within. Brian nails it.

4) Cost: I can’t necessarily speak to knowing what is a good price for a lawyer, but what I can say is that I walked away after everything was said and done feeling like I got one hell of a deal on Brian’s services. Not only that, but Brian knew my financial situation and worked with me as much as necessary in order to make it easier for me. The great thing was that cutting my bill didn’t cut his services, and that is something I couldn’t be more grateful for.

In closing, I will say this. There are numerous options for lawyers for pretty much anything that you are going through. My experience was with divorce, and my lawyer was Brian Tackett. I couldn’t have chosen a better lawyer to represent me and if you are looking for someone to be on your side, give some consideration to Brian. I guarantee you that you will not be sorry for that choice, and with as many lawyers out there saying how great they are, but you can’t really know for sure, choosing Brian will be a peace of mind that is worth more than you probably know right now as you read this.

Thank you Brian!”

— Former client

“I've been a client of his for many years, outstanding man and very professional I recommend him to anyone”

— Jordan Dillon

“Brian was very professional, fair, and honest.”

— Trinh Nguyen

“His professional demeanor and vast knowledge and experience in family law combined with his sincere concern for our feelings made Brian Tackett an excellent attorney for us. He handled our temporary custody, protective orders and final custody issues. We were fighting to gain custody of our grandson. During our process, Brian kept us informed along the way, worked quickly when time was an issue, listened to our wishes but kept us grounded with realistic expectations. His thought provoking questions helped us decide what we wanted to do and he helped us prepare for the possible consequences. Brian worked hard and won the case for us. We have consulted with him for additional items and receive the same excellent results. Great communication, easy to reach, personable, intelligent, fairly priced and has great support staff are just some of the positives of dealing with Brian. No negatives. I HIGHLY recommend Brian Tackett for family law matters. ”


“I used Mr. Tackett as my divorce attorney and I was more than pleased. He was very professional, always returned my calls and emails and always made sure I fully understood what was going on with my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Tackett to anyone in need of a Family Law Attorney.”


“Brian is an outstanding attorney. He is smart and down to earth. He gets the job done. I got accessed for assault on a family member by my fixing to be ex-wife. She did this trying to get me to loose my job and take my peace officer license. Thank God for a good attorney like Brian Tackett and his attention to detail he had the truth come out and I got acquitted of the charges. He is now helping me with the divorce and to get re-instated.”


“Brian was so very thorough in all aspects of my case. My divorce was a scary and stressful time for me and I always felt completely taken care of by Brian and his paralegal. Of course I don't hope for legal issues in the future, but I know without a doubt, Brian Tackett is the only lawyer I'll use. ”


“Brian is not only my attorney, but has become a good friend. I have put all my trust in him and he has never let me down. He has become my family's lawyer as well, and is an excellent attorney.”