Joshua H. Northam
Partner
Dallas

Josh’s practice focuses primarily on family law and domestic litigation, though his practice is anchored by extensive civil litigation experience representing a variety of small and mid-sized businesses. He has represented clients in litigation and arbitration in a variety of jurisdictions throughout Texas and the U.S. With that foundation, Josh routinely handles divorces, child custody cases, child support enforcement and contempt actions, and modifications of support and access. He also handles more unique family disputes, such as when he successfully represented a grandmother from Alaska seeking possession of her biological grandchildren in Texas.

As a compliment to his work as an experienced litigator, Josh is also a certified mediator in civil and family law. When an alternative to a fight at the courthouse is appropriate, Josh has the training and skills to guide his clients successfully through the mediation process. Regardless of the venue, Josh knows his clients need to have a voice and that advising them with candor and respect about their options allows them to develop realistic expectations. Josh enjoys bringing his combined experience in both civil and domestic litigation to get his clients the best possible outcome for their unique situation.

Josh has also served since July 2009 as a part-time magistrate for the Dallas County Truancy Courts.

In recognition of his work in family law, Josh was selected by his peers to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Texas Rising Stars listing in both 2014 and 2015.

Practice Areas:
Divorce
Custody
Child support
Custody and child support modifications
Suits affecting the parent-child relationship
Enforcement and contempt of existing orders
Family violence and protective orders
Non-traditional households
Support of adult disabled children
Mediation (civil and family law)
Civil litigation

Education:
J.D., Southern Methodist University, 2000
B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Admissions:
United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional and Civic Associations:
Josh is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Sections, as well as a member of the DBA Law In Schools Committee. He is a Barrister of the William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, an organization committed to fostering ethics, civility and professionalism in the legal community. Josh and his wife are also members of The Children’s Trust, a philanthropic organization that supports Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In his neighborhood, Josh is the secretary of his homeowner’s association and is a member of his neighborhood Volunteers-In-Patrol, a community-police partnership with the Dallas Police Department.

Fun Facts:
Josh and his wife are the proud parents of two beautiful girls. He spends most of his free time going to soccer practice, soccer games and dance recitals. He also enjoys spending time with his chocolate lab, Hank. Outside of spending time with family and friends, Josh enjoys traveling, especially throughout Texas, trying new restaurants and attending all kinds of live performance, including music, comedy and theater.

Tel: (214) 780-1400
Fax: (214) 780-1401
E-mail: jnortham@shackelfordlaw.net