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Jack Ternan

Jack Ternan

Ternan Law Firm, PLLC
  • Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Appeals & Appellate...
  • Texas
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Jack Ternan's practice includes extensive experience in commercial litigation, business litigation, arbitration, appeals and appellate, employment litigation, corporate litigation, construction litigation, lease disputes, 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” by Texas Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Mr. Ternan is a parishioner at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church and, in 2012, Mr. Ternan was the Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 8.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Construction Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Products Liability
  • Antitrust
  • Broker Fraud
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Environmental Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Homeowners Rights
  • Hotel and Hospitality Litigation
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available for all matters.
  • Contingent Fees
  • 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
Professional Associations
Collin County Bar Association
State Bar of Texas # 24060707
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Firm website
Firm Blog
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

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.
Q. My mother passed away on 10/31/17. The custodian of my mother's will, will not provide us with a copy.
A: Under Chapter 252 of the Texas Estates Code, a person with custody of a will who has notice of the person's death is legally obligated to provide the will to the clerk in the county with jurisdiction. There is a legal process to compel the person to do so, including jailing the person with custody for refusal to turn over the will.
Q. I won a small claims case back in 2011 for $4,000. Never got my money. Is there a statue of limitations?
A: Texas judgments normally last 10 years and can be renewed.
Q. Can a co-signer of student loan take legal action for repayment even though the loan in its entirety is paid off
A: Yes
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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