Associate, Of CounselDenton Board Certified
Jonathan Bailey developed a passion for family law while serving as Judge of the 431st District Court in Denton County (2011-2020). During his 10 years as a District Judge, he presided over thousands of family law cases involving divorce, property division, child custody, child support, child protection, temporary restraining orders, and protective orders. Judge Bailey was highly respected for his work ethic, a tough-but-fair approach to handling litigants and lawyers, and a firm grasp of the law, rules of evidence, and procedural rules applicable to family law cases. Upon retiring from the bench, Judge Bailey decided to practice family law exclusively and eagerly joined KoonsFuller, which he viewed – based upon personal interaction with and observation of thousands of attorneys in court – as the best family law firm in Texas.
In addition to presiding over family law cases, Judge Bailey managed a docket of civil and felony criminal cases. In 2013, Judge Bailey helped create the first felony family violence Court in the State of Texas and heard that specialized docket exclusively for seven years. With input from Denton County Friends of the Family and the Texas Council on Family Violence, Judge Bailey developed standardized bond conditions and a firearm surrender protocol to help protect family violence victims following an individual’s indictment for a felony offense involving family violence. In 2019, Judge Bailey presided over Denton County’s first capital murder death penalty case – which happened to involve family violence – in nearly 20 years.
Prior to serving Denton County as a Judge, Jonathan served as an Assistant District Attorney for both Denton County and Dallas County (1997-1999). As a prosecutor, Jonathan personally handled more than 100 jury trials involving misdemeanor and felony charges. Subsequently, he entered private practice and handled criminal, personal injury, and family law cases (2000-2010). During that time, he provided valuable and zealous representation to his clients, who held him in such high regard that referrals were a significant source of his business.
Jonathan graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1997, where he was active in oral advocacy competitions. He was both a Mock Trial Finalist and Champion, was admitted to the Board of Barristers, and was ultimately elected to serve as Chair of the Mock Trial executive committee.
A maroon-blooded Aggie, Jonathan was a four-year member of the Corps of Cadets (1988-1992). He was elected to the Ross Volunteer Company, the Honor Guard for the Governor of Texas and the oldest student organization in the state, and was chosen by his peers to serve as a Platoon Leader during his senior year. That year, Jonathan was also chosen to serve as the Inspector General for the entire corps and he later received the American Legion Military Excellence Award. Jonathan completed Air Force ROTC studies, including field training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where the Air Force awarded him the Superior Performance Award, Athletic and Physical Fitness Awards, and the Marksmanship Award. During his final year at A&M, Jonathan served on the Aggie Muster Committee and worked for both the University Board of Regents and the Vice-President for Student Services.
Jonathan was a 1988 graduate of Lewisville High School and his family has lived in Denton County for 40 years.
“Family Law Practice Tips and Q&A” Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Speaker, “Top 10 Dos and Don’ts: Judicial Perspective” 43rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course/Family Law 101 (2017)
Firearm Surrender Protocols ~ Rockwall County Regional Summit, presented by the Texas Council on Family Violence (2017)
District Court Judges Panel Q&A ~ Denton County Bench-Bar Conference (2016)
Docket Management in Family Cases ~ 39th Annual Education Conference, Texas Association for Court Administration (2015)
Optional Completeness and Other Rules of Evidentiary Inclusion ~ Denton County Bench-Bar Conference (2015)
Texas Rule of Evidence 408: So You Think Settlement Offers Are Inadmissible In Family Cases ~ 40th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2014)
Flashback to the 80’s: The Breakfast Club – Evidentiary Problems for Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebies ~ Denton County Bench Bar Conference (2014)
Effective Presentation of Your Case Under Time Constraints ~ Denton County Bench- Bar Conference (2013)
- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. (1997)
- Mock Trial Finalist (1995) and Mock Trial Champion (1996)
- Board of Barristers (1995-1997) and Mock Trial Chair (1996-1997)
- Texas A&M University, B.S. Industrial Distribution (1993)
- Corps of Cadets – Ross Volunteer Company – Corps Inspector General (1988-1992)
- United States Air Force Reserve – Honorable Discharge (1990-1992)
- Presiding Judge – 431st District Court, Denton County (2011-2020)
- Appointed by Governor Rick Perry and confirmed by the Texas Senate (2011)
- Elected Judge of the 431st (2012) – Re-elected Judge of the 431st (2016)
- Denton County Juvenile Board Member (2011-2020)
- Denton County Bar Association – (2000-Present) Mentoring Program (2014-2016)
- Licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas (1997)
- Certification in Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2002 – Present)
- Certification in Family Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Pending Examination)
- Denton County Friends of the Family – Friends of the Badge Award
- Guardian of Justice Award – Denton County Friends of the Family (2017)
- Highest Rated District Judge – Denton County Bar Association (2012)
- Rotary International – Former Denton Club Member
- Denton County Bail Bond Board – Former Board Member
- City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation Board – Former Board Member
- Texas Auto Insurance Plan Association – Former Governing Board Member
- Denton County A&M Club – Former Board Member
- CASA of Denton County – Donor and Volunteer
- Denton County Election Judge and Clerk
- Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center – Former Donor and Volunteer
- Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association – Former Coach
- Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association – Former Coach
- Leadership Lewisville – Class of 2002