GERIC L. TIPSWORD
Licensed to practice: State of Texas; State of Arizona; State of Illinois (pending); United States Federal District Court, Southern District of Texas
Member: The College of the State Bar of Texas; Texas Mediation Credentialing Association – Credentialed Advanced Mediator; Arbitrator; Family and Juvenile Law Section – State Bar of Texas; Family Law Section – State Bar of Arizona; Veterans of Foreign Wars;
United States Army – 1984 – 1995; Staff Sargeant; Transportation and Logistics; Desert Storm Combat Veteran, Honorably Discharged
Ottawa University; Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – 2000
Ottawa University; Master of Arts in Education Intervention – 2003
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University – 2007 (Magna Cum Laude)
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Geric was the second of three children born to Loida and Gerald Tipsword. His mother is one of 12 children born to Manuel and Antonia Salazar, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico.
His father is a descendant of Griffin Tipsword, who settled in Effingham County, Illinois, where a Tipsword Family Cemetery remains to this day.
When Geric was a toddler, his parents divorced. He was raised by a single mother who often worked multiple jobs at a time to makes ends meet, as child support was not being paid, and she did not have the means to continually go to court.
Geric comes from a family tradition of military service. His grandfather, Glenna Tipsword, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II
And his father was stationed in Korea after the war.
Continuing the tradition, Geric enlisted in the Army where he worked in Transportation and Logistics for the entirety of his 11-year tour.
He received multiple Army Achievement citations as well as multiple promotions, ultimately ending his career in the Army as a Staff Seargent (E6).
While in the military, Geric served the United States in Operation Desert Storm and was stationed in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
He also served 6 years in Germany, being stationed at Missau Ammunition Depot as well as Kaiserslautern and Idar-Oberstein.
During his time in the service, his oldest son Geremie and daughter Taylor were both born at Landstuhl Army Hospital. While his youngest son Gevin was born in Phoenix, it is interesting to note that Gevin, an Army Specialist, is currently stationed at Landstuhl Army Hospital as a Medical Lab Tech.
After leaving the Army, Geric worked in Phoenix in the business world and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. As a divorced parent, Geric realized the only times he was able to see his children, he was working, so he decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education so he could have the same schedule as his children and be able to make the most of his time with them. Once his children got older, he discovered his passion for the law and went to Law School
Having been raised by a single mother, and having been a single father, Geric has always had a passion for the field of Family Law. With his diverse background, there has yet to be a client to whom he couldn’t relate. He has been the soldier stationed overseas who had to travel back to the United States because a judge refused to act according to the Soldiers and Sailors Leave Act, he has been the single parent who has had to deal with visitation schedules, but he has also been a successful co-parent. He knows what it takes to counsel clients successfully and manage expectations. Most importantly, he knows how to act in the best interest of any children involved.
Geric’s focus is on Family Law and has been since he opened his solo law practice in 2011. Geric is also a credentialed mediator who is highly sought after, particularly in high conflict cases. He has specifically focused a great deal of his practice on helping parents defend their rights against CPS and the over-reaching of CPS’ authority. He was the first attorney in more than 20 years in Montgomery County to successfully win a trial against CPS, allowing his client to retain their parental rights. He also does appellate work and has successfully appealed protective orders and parental terminations.
It is because of his passion for Family Law that Geric is running for Judge of the 247th Family Judicial Court.
“I believe a courtroom should be run efficiently, hearings should be conducted in a timely manner, and judgments should be rendered timely.”Geric Tipsword
Without the above, families are forced to sit in a state of limbo while their attorney fees continue to accrue at a crippling rate. Geric believes that by using the time of attorneys and litigants effectively, using technology effectively, ruling according to the law, he can successfully contribute to decreasing the vast backlog of family cases in Harris County.
Geric has been married to his wife, Heather, for 12 years. They enjoy cooking together, traveling, visiting family, running races and hanging out with their grandchildren.
His oldest son, Geremie, currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Daughter Taylor, her husband Dustin, and their three children, Addyson, Lorelai, and Ezekiel, live in O’Fallon, Illinois. Youngest son Gevin is currently stationed in Germany.
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