301 Commerce Street
Suite 2900
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Practice Areas

With over 80 years combined experience, the law firm of Lively & Associates, PLLC is well qualified to provide legal counsel in the primary practice areas of Business Law, Business Litigation, Civil Appellate Law, Creditor Rights, Estate Planning and Probate, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, and Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration, Mediation.

  • Business Law

    Business law encompasses the formation of business entities, advice on purchasing and selling of entities, creditor advice and general consulting for emerging and established businesses. The primary attorney in this area is John R. Lively.

  • Business Litigation

    The Firm regularly tries jury and non-jury cases not only in the Fort Worth/Dallas area but throughout Texas. Business litigation involves creditor rights, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, insurance losses, oil and gas, real estate and probate. The primary attorneys are John R. Lively, John R. Lively, Jr., and Daniel Aguilar.

  • Civil Appellate Law

    The Firm’s appellate section is headed by former Justice David Farris, retired, who brings extensive knowledge in trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts. For more that seventeen years, Mr. Farris sat as appellate justice on the Second Court of Appeals and as a visiting justice on the majority of the Appellate Courts in Texas. He is a noted lecturer on appellate practice, in the areas of both persuasive writing and oral arguments. Because of his years of experience on the bench, he is able to identify appellate issues that are most beneficial to a client’s case. As a sitting justice, David Farris was the author of more than 1000 opinions. Combined, he and John R. Lively have participated in over 150 appeals spanning four decades. Mr. Farris is Civil Appellate Law Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

  • Creditor Rights

    As Creditor Rights advocates, the Firm represents creditors in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts throughout Texas. We provide an aggressive approach in recovering monies and property due to our clients. The primary attorneys in this area are John R. Lively and Daniel Aguilar.

  • Estate Planning and Probate

    Our Estate Planning and Probate practice has been essential to our clients’ interests over the past 40 years. Our practice includes routine matters, such as drafting wills and trusts, probating wills and, when required, pursuing litigation relating to those matters. The primary attorneys responsible are John R. Lively and John R. Lively, Jr.

  • Oil and Gas

    The Firm is located in Fort Worth at the epicenter of the Barnett Shale. As such, the attorneys have been involved in the leasing of mineral rights, location of pipelines, pipeline easements, production disputes, and damages to the surface estate. The Firm represents the interests of mineral owners, concerns of the surface owners’ rights, and oil and gas production companies. The primary attorney in this area is Daniel Aguilar.

  • Real Estate

    Real estate development in the Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding areas continues to grow in part due to the unique microeconomic climate the area enjoys. Fort Worth ranks as the nation’s fifth best city for jobs while Tarrant County is known as one of the fastest growing urban counties in the United States. Our real estate practice includes extensive experience in all aspects of real estate transactions both residential and commercial. It focuses on eminent domain, foreclosure for creditors, and lenders, providing personal attention to detail for each client. The attorneys responsible are John R. Lively and Daniel Aguilar.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration, Mediation

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to any means of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. As costs of litigation escalate and the courts become burdened by the rising number of lawsuits, ADR is increasingly being utilized to settle conflicts through arbitration and mediation. As a result of his years of experience in private practice and sitting on the Court of Appeals, David Farris is uniquely qualified to assist clients in this area. Mr. Farris served as a mediator with Burdin Mediations from 1995 until 2003.