Jennifer K. Gjesvold Esq.

Jennifer K. Gjesvold Esq.

Hurst, Texas

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Texas State Bar College, 2014-present
  • Certified Guardian and Attorney Ad Litem, State Bar of Texas, 2015-2017

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2013
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, pro hac vice, 2015


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1999
    • Major: Psychology
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1999
    • Major: Criminal Justice-Corrections
  • Portland Community College, Associate of Science. Graduated with Honors - 1997
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon, Graduate of 2-year Honors Program, 1999

Published Works

  • Harassment as a Predictor of Job Burnout in Correctional Officers, Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, Vol. 30, No. 5, 602-619 (2003) Dr. Vick Savicki, Dr. Eric Cooley & Jennifer K. Gjesvold. (Nationally and Internationally cited publication in progressive ongoing academic research)
  • Private Remorse as a Predictor of Criminal and Rule-Breaking Behavior in Convicted Offenders, 2 year Honors Research Thesis, Jennifer K. Gjesvold, (April 1999) published by Western Oregon University Library (academically cited publication)
  • Wrote and won the Polk County Safe House Grant for Teens, 1998
  • Wrote and won grant funding for Operation Dream, 1999


  • Commencement Speaker, Western Oregon University Graduation
  • Research Presenter, Various Universities throughout the Northwest, 1998 - 2000
  • Western Oregon University Honors Program Thesis Defense
  • Student Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University, Psychology Division, 1998 - 2000
  • Course Facilitator, Operation Dream, 1998-2000 (personal growth program for high risk youth)
  • Course Facilitator, The Coalition for Violence Prevention High Risk and Adjudicated Youth Prevention Program “Quantum Leaps,” 1997-2000 (personal growth program for high risk and court appointed adjudicated youth)

Honors and Awards

  • Julia McCulloch Smith Outstanding Graduating Woman, 2000
  • Oregon State’s Children First Annual Award, 1999
  • Kush Tum Tum Award "A Heart For People", 1998
  • Community Leader Award, Independence Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Psi Chi Honor Society Outstanding Student, Psychology 1998-1999
  • Honor Roll Syracuse University College of Law, 2002-2003
  • Honor Roll Western Oregon University 1997-1999
  • Honor Roll Portland Community College, 1996-1997
  • Syracuse University College of Law Scholarship Recipient, 2002
  • 11 Honors and Academic Scholarships in Psychology and Criminal Justice provided by private donor organizations for outstanding students in the field of psychology and criminal justice while attending Western Oregon University, 1997-1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • United States Supreme Court Bar Association
  • 5th Circuit Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section Member
  • Dallas County Bar Association , Appointed to the Mock Trial Committee 2013-present
  • Dallas County Bar Association, Appointed to the Professionalism Committee 2013-present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. McAvoy
  • United States Attorney's Office (DOJ), Law Clerk, 2002 - 2003
  • Woodburn & Wedge, Associate, 2003 - 2005
  • Baker, Sterchi, Cowden and Rice, Federal Jury Trial Team Litigation Assistant, 2010
  • Law Office of Dennis Messoline, Certified Law Clerk, 2010 - 2011
  • Oregon Attorney General's Office, Trial Division (DOJ), Litigation Assistant , 2010 - 2011
  • Law Office of Jennifer K. Gjesvold, Esq., Attorney-Owner, 2011-present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Northwest Legal Aide of Texas Attorney Volunteer
  • Maintain Pro Bono Division of Private Firm