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About the Firm

 

EXPERIENCE.

PAIGE BLACKMON graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in History in 1984, and later pursued a legal career at Baylor Law school graduating in February of 1990.  She was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society, and won first prize in the Nathan M. Burkan Memorial Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for a paper involving copyright issues which was published in that organization’s Symposium volume that year. 

She then began her career in Austin with a full service firm, Bankston Wright and Greenhill. where she began getting first chair jury trial experience.  In 1992, she moved to the Metroplex area to be closer to her hometown in Northeast Texas and practiced in a small boutique toxic tort firm reviewing and creating a database for medical records for over 80 claimants and attending depositions. A year later, she began working at State Farm’s captive firm doing insurance defense for 6 plus years before going solo in May of 1999. At this firm she got even more first chair jury trial experience in many counties as well as negotiation experience.  During this time she also attended Claims School and Agency School.   Aside from her new law practice, she took contract assignments concerning very large litigation involving infectious diseases, environmental premises liability issues, and medical products.  For a smaller firm she handled Homeowners Association and Property Management matters.  The time spent with these firms, her own practice experience, and her other work mentioned above, doing different types of litigation allowed Paige to acquire the jury trial experience necessary to feel comfortable in Texas courtrooms in many counties throughout north and south Texas in large cities and small towns.  At this point, she had practiced in counties all around San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, including many rural ones.  In June of 2005, Paige moved back to her hometown near the Four States Area of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

She is a member of:

¨ The State Bar of Texas (Litigation, Criminal and Family Law Sections)                  

¨  The Texarkana Bar Association  

¨  The Cass County Bar Association

She is licensed in:

¨ The State of Texas—since 1990

¨ The Northern District of Texas—since 1999

Large litigation experience includes: various toxic torts, infectious disease, anti-trust law, construction law and contract law.  Family Law experience includes both large and small cases.  Criminal Law and DFPS experience includes both appointments and private representation.

Although Paige trained in the Dallas area for General Civil and Family Law Mediation, and hosted mediations in that area, she now prefers to use those skills to settle or resolve her own cases when the parties wish not to go to court.

She was a member of the faculty at Southeastern Paralegal Institute from 1994-1997 where she taught the core course of Civil Litigation and another course, Medical Investigations. This was an ABA certified school where only applicants with four year degrees were considered for the full array of course work to complete the certification.  She also enjoyed working with a local high school mock trial team coaching its members from 1995-1998.  In Dallas, she wrote for the Dallas Bar Association’s newsletter, “Headnotes,” and participated in jury consulting work with a prominent Dallas jury consulting firm. 

Interests and Community Activities:  A life long devotee to the Performing Arts, Paige has been involved in all types of community performances and studio work in the towns where she has lived.  While at Baylor, she took all of her electives in Music and Theater and has had years of music, vocal and dance training. Paige was also a charter member of Baylor Showtime and participated in Baylor’s summer musical productions.  In Dallas, she was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church where she sang in the Sanctuary Choir, and choreographed Christmas and Dinner Theater productions.  She also studied camera acting in Dallas and added ballroom dance to her list of dance styles.  Paige also loves creative writing and is working on several books.  Since moving home, she has participated in TexRep, the local theater group, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities (TRAHC) activities, and Texarkana Regional Chorale.  She has directed and produced a number of local shows for the community, and currently also works as a Talent Coach for aspiring artists doing everything from polishing vocal technique and styling to assisting with song selection, writing, stage movement and direction, staging and arranging photo shoots and working with performers on their acting and speaking skills. Through the years she has also helped with One Act play productions in several large and small schools. (Coming soon: Facebook page for Magnolia Studio.)

Paige and her husband are very involved in organic and permaculture type gardening raising native and heirloom fruits, nuts, herbs, vegetables, and natural landscape.  She is also an avid reader of mystery/thrillers, and articles and books regarding new scientific developments in the areas of genetics, neuroscience, alternative medicine, and the environment. 

While this bio may be a little long, Paige’s philosophy is that you should be able to know something about the person you hire to represent you.  She also believes that it is an attorney’s job to be direct in giving advice that will affect your future.  If you are looking for an attorney who will tell you only what you want to hear, hire someone else.