Frank N. Ikard, Jr., Shareholder
Frank Ikard’s practice is dedicated entirely to fiduciary litigation and trust administration matters. He has been involved in some of the largest and most complex trust lawsuits brought in the State of Texas. He has extensive experience in both suing and defending trustees, executors and guardians. While he specializes in all forms of fiduciary litigation, he has been involved in more trust litigation matters than any other attorney in Texas.
Mr. Ikard is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He is a past chairman of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He was a co-founder and past Chair of the Texas Academy of Trust and Estates Lawyers. He has worked for over four decades in legislative matters involving trusts and estates law. For example, he served on the committee that drafted the Texas Trust Code and was the person charged with obtaining its passage through the Texas Legislature. He monitored legislative activities for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for approximately ten years.
He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel and served for a number of years on its Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He is a past member of the Estate and Trust Litigation and Controversy Committee of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.
He was selected to Best Lawyers In America, sponsored by Woodward/White publishers, from 1982-2014. He was selected the “Go-to Lawyer” in the State of Texas in the area of Trust and Estates Law by the Texas Lawyer in 2007. He has also been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, as printed in Texas Monthly magazine, in 2003, and 2005-2017, as well as an Austin Super Lawyer by Austin Monthly in 2002, and a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent (by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel) in 2016.
Mr. Ikard has written and spoken extensively in the areas of Probate and Trust Law and Fiduciary Litigation and has been the author of numerous sections of the Texas Trust Code.
- University of Texas, BA, 1965
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1968
- Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Estate and Trust Litigation and Controversy Committee, American Bar Association
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
- Austin Monthly’s Best Lawyers in Austin, 2002
- Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating
- Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas: Board Member, Chairman of the Section
- Texas Academy of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Lawyers: Co-founder, Board Member,
Chairman of the Board
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow (1991-present)
- Texas Super Lawyers, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2005-2017
- The Best Lawyers in America, sponsored by Woodward/White publishers, 1982-2014
- The Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide,
Top Notch Lawyer 2002
- Who’s Who in American Law, sponsored by Marquis, 2017
- The Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide, Top To-Go Lawyer in the State of Texas, Trust & Estate Law
- Chancellor’s Council, University of Texas
- Dean’s Round Table, University of Texas Law School
- Board Member, Greater Austin Crime Commission
- President and Board Member, Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts
- Board Member, Travis County MHMR Board
- Probate, Guardianship, and Trust Jurisdiction in Texas, September 1, 2016
- Current Developments in Trust Litigation, May 2013
- Pitfalls in Trust Administration, May 2012
- Issues Related to Remote Beneficiaries, State Bar of Texas, 34th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course, June 2010
- Exculpatory Clauses, State Bar of Texas, Trial of a Fiduciary Litigation Case, December 2009
- Trustees Duties to Disclose Information to Beneficiaries, June 2008
- Between the Deaths: Planning and Administrative Challenges, Advanced Estate Planning Course, Santa Fe, April 2008
- Utilizing Disclosure Rules to Obtain Discovery in Trust Litigation, Tarrant County Probate Litigation Seminar, Fort Worth, September 2008
- Role of Guardian Ad Litem in a Trust Case. Texas Bar CLE 13th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course, 2007
- Trustee Duties and Fiduciary Litigation, Recent Developments In Trust Law. Dallas Bar Association, May 2006
- Fiduciary Liability and Litigation: Are you a Target? Texas Bankers Association Advanced Trust Forum, November 2005
- Recent Developments in Trust Litigation, Tri County Bar Association, January 2005
- Fiduciary Litigation, Dallas Estate Planning Council, September 2004
- Avoiding Fiduciary Litigation, Dallas Estate Planning Council, September 2004
- Fiduciary Litigation, Executors & Trustees, Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, May 2004
- Trust Litigation in Texas, State Bar of Texas Fiduciary Litigation, May 2004
- Negotiating Fee Contracts and Recovering Fees in Fiduciary Litigation, Advanced Estate Planning Strategies, April 2004
- Trust Litigation in Texas, Second Annual Probate Litigation Seminar, October 2003
- Attorney Fee Contracts for Planning and Litigation, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas, June 2003
- Negotiating Fee Contracts and Recovering Fees in Fiduciary Litigation, Travis County Bar Association, January 2003
- Banker’s Association Personal Trust Seminar, December 2002
- Negotiating Fee Contracts and Recovering Fees in Fiduciary Litigation, Dallas Bar Association, November 2002
- Discretionary Distributions, 26th Annual Estate Planning & Probate Course, 2002
- Trust Litigation in Texas, Tarrant County Probate Assoc. Litigation Seminar, 2002
- Specialty Drafting Regarding the Fiduciary, Travis County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Seminar,
- Fiduciary Duties: What are They and How to Modify Them, Texas Banker’s Association Estate Administration Seminar, October 2000
- What Property Are You Administering?/Conducting Inventory/Making Consistent Valuation of Assets/Sections 177 and 706 Issues, Co-Author Alvin J. Golden, Wills, Estates, and Probate (A Satellite Production), State Bar of Texas, January 2000
Adam Herron, Associate
Adam Herron joined our team in 2014 as a graduate of Baylor University School of Law. At Baylor, Adam served as an Associate Editor for the Baylor Law Review where his article on police-interrogation tactics was published in the Baylor Law Review’s Winter 2013 edition.
During Baylor’s “Practice Court” program, Adam was one of eight students selected for Titanic, a four-day mock trial with Justice Jan Patterson presiding. In the case, Adam represented Madeleine Astor whose husband, the famed John Jacob Astor, IV, died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. After nine weeks of intensive preparation, very little sleep, and a four-day trial, hearing the jury’s verdict was the absolute apex of Adam’s Practice
For his undergraduate studies, Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key, and the University Honors Program. Because he began attending college when he was just 16 years old, Adam received his B.A. at the age of 20.
Since joining our team, Adam has continued to focus on fiduciary litigation. He also expanded that focus by carving out a niche for himself in the areas of partnership litigation, contested guardianships, and guardianship administration.
- Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 2014, J.D.
Baylor Law Review, Published Article, Dean’s List
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2010, B.A. Magna Cum Laude,
Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, University Honors Program,
Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s List
- Admitted to practice law in Texas, 2014
- Admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2016
- Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, Judge
- Travis County Probate Court, Attorney ad Litem
- State Bar of Texas, Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, Member
- Austin Young Lawyers Association, Member