Jack Ternan

Jack Ternan

Ternan Law Firm, PLLC
  • Appeals & Appellate, Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation...
  • Texas
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Jack Ternan's practice includes extensive experience in commercial litigation, business litigation, arbitration, appeals and appellate, corporate litigation, real estate litigation, breach of contract, open government litigation, partnership / business divorce disputes, and other civil litigation. Mr. Ternan also has experience in advising businesses and individuals on how to resolve or settle disputes without litigation. Jack Ternan grew up in Plano, Texas, where he currently resides with his wife and sons. Prior to starting the Ternan Law Firm, Mr. Ternan was a partner at Bickel & Brewer, now known as Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. He has been named a “Texas Rising Star” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service.

Mr. Ternan is Chair of the Finance Council at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church and, in 2012, Mr. Ternan was the Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 8.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Construction Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Hotel and Hospitality Litigation
  • Federal Civil Forfeiture
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    I only accept contingent fees on commercial cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I typically charge on an hourly or flat fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Ternan Law Firm, PLLC
- Current
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors
Bickel & Brewer became Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors in June 2015.
Bickel & Brewer
Bickel & Brewer
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (2007) | Law
Activities: Student Bar Association, Texas Review of Law and Politics, Internship at the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Federalist Society
Georgetown University
B.A. (2004) | Government and History
Activities: Chair, Georgetown University Student Association; Secretary, Georgetown College Academic Council; Philodemic Debate Society
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Texas Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Collin County Bar Association
State Bar of Texas # 24060707
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Firm website
Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered

Q. In civil court, am I able to sue a person for more than just the assests they own, if he did fraud. I live in Texas.
A: You can sue him for any amount of damages, and you can get a judgment for whatever amount the evidence supports. Of course, you cannot collect a judgment for more than the person has in assets (unless they have a wealthy benefactor that will pay it for them), and if the person only has $100,000 in assets, the amount you can collect will likely be substantially less than that because of exemptions.
Q. I was served alcohol before I signed a mediation agreement that was served to me by the opposing counsel.
A: The opposing attorney should not be speaking to you at all without your attorney being present (with or without alcohol).
Q. Can you appeal a small claims court decision?
A: Yes. Such appeals go to the county court at law (if such a court exists in your county).
Q. Can you appeal an arbitration decision to a regular court under certain circumstances?
A: Sort of. There is a method of challenging arbitration awards in court, but it is not technically an appeal. It is difficult to overturn an award in court.
Q. Shared fence, shared cost but neighbor took it down.
A: Texas Agriculture Code § 143.121 prohibits the removal of a jointly owned fence without the consent of both owners. You are entitled to obtain payment for the cost of replacing the prior fence, and there is a theoretical criminal penalty but that would depend on the district attorney where you are looked.
Q. My conflict calls for arbitration but the defendant has defrauded my company. I want to file a lawsuit. can I?
A: Arbitrators can address fraud claims and enter an award for fraudulent conduct. An attorney would need to see your arbitration agreement to advise whether it is possible to avoid arbitration. Also, it is possible to file a lawsuit and force the other side to expend resources to compel arbitration (which they may choose not to do).
Q. can I work for a company eve though I have a non- compete agreement?
A: The answer to this question depends on the terms of the agreement and your new company. Is your new company a competitor? If so, you might not be able to work for them.
Q. Is arbitration a good way to settle a dispute over ownership.
A: The answer to this question depends on the terms of the trust agreement (or any other contract that might contain an arbitration clause). Unless there's an agreement to arbitrate, you cannot force the other side to arbitrate. Depending on the issue, it may not be beneficial for any side to arbitrate as arbitration frequently adds costs to dispute resolution.
Q. I created an LLC. I submitted a 2553 to become an s-corp. What do I do for franchise taxes?
A: If you created the LLC in Texas, the Comptroller's office normally sends a mailer to the registered agent's address with information on how to file franchise tax reports and pay any amounts owed.
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Contact & Map
Principal Office (By Appointment Only)
1400 Preston Road
Suite 400
Plano, TX 75093
Toll-Free: (800) 665-2197
Telephone: (972) 905-9040
Fax: (972) 476-1361
Tyler Location (Appointment Only)
112 E. Line Street
Suite 204
Tyler, TX 75702
El Paso location (By Appointment Only)
221 N. Kansas Street
Suite 700
El Paso, TX 79901
Amarillo location (Appointment Only)
600 S Tyler
Suite 2100
Amarillo, TX 79101