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Attorney Scott Villarreal

Scott Villarreal is passionate about the human aspect of the law.

It’s easy to get caught up in technical aspects or legal theories when researching legal issues or drafting documents,” he said. “I remind myself that a person needs my help, and my work can have a positive effect in their life. That reminder encourages me to do the best work I can every day.”

An associate attorney in the Dallas office of Jim Adler & Associates, Scott is a native of nearby Mesquite and has been a fan of the Dallas Stars hockey team since it came to the city in 1993.

After graduating magna cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin in the University Honor’s Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he attended Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. There, Scott earned his juris doctorate degree in 2012.

Scott was inspired to go to law school after doing research on an immigrant detainment center in Hutto, just outside of Austin. He’d read about horrible conditions families had to endure while waiting for their day in court, and the efforts of a law professor and students from the University of Texas to get them better treatment and decent living conditions.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping someone in need,” Scott says. “This gave me direction to help people through the law.”

In law school he was a member of the Hispanic and Latino Law Student Association, for which he became vice president and president. Scott also participated in the Wake Forest Elder Law Clinic, where he was able to assist low income elderly clients with various legal issues.

He also interned with Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas, assisting refugees and asylees with immigration services, and with the Felony Trial Division of the Dallas Public Defender’s Office, where he assisted in a capital murder trial.

Now a member of the State Bar of Texas, Scott is licensed in Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Professionally, Scott has worked for defense firms representing large corporations and insurance companies. He worked for such defendants on cases involving asbestos, premises liability, products liability, catastrophic injury, business disputes, criminal charges, motor vehicle accidents and family law.

Now his experience working on the defense side helps Jim Adler & Associates to strengthen plaintiffs’ cases for clients, since he knows what kinds of things will be sought and argued by the other side.

Married since 2012 to his college sweetheart from his freshman year at St. Edward’s, Scott loves to exercise and rides his bike on trails around Dallas on weekends. He also enjoys improving on his cooking and grilling skills, especially for steaks, roasted chicken and smoked brisket. He hopes one day to perfect a recipe for homemade pizza crust.

Meanwhile, he is a dedicated lawyer for Jim Adler & Associates, meeting potential clients as they arrive at the firm, screening their cases for merit and handling cases’ closing, as well as working a small caseload.

He works hard to help clients establish liability after an injury accident.

“Often a person is put at fault because of a language barrier,” says Scott. “Some of our Spanish-speaking clients have told me that the police officer did not even take their statement because the officer did not speak Spanish.”

Scott believes his strengths include being an excellent writer in presenting concise legal information, and being a good listener. “Most people are just waiting for their turn to talk,” he says. “I listen.”

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Erick Becker
Erick Becker
01:20 06 May 17
I am a Patrol Deputy for the Sheriff Office and while working one night, a drunk driver crossed the center stripe on the highway and struck my patrol vehicle head on with his pick up truck. Needless to say we (the drunk driver and I) were both lucky to survive, as the accident occurred at highway speeds. Following my release from the hospital, I knew that I would need to have someone represent me. My employer was happy to represent me in regards to prosecuting the driver for criminal charges but, can do little in respect to the recovery of financial losses for medical bills, pain and discomfort, time lost from work etc... This is how my relationship with Jim Adler and Associates began. Yep, you probably guessed correctly when you think of what made me choose the "Texas Hammer" to represent me. Those half obnoxious, half way entertaining commercials and radio announcements most Texans have been seeing and hearing on the TV and radio for years instantly came to mind. Yes, I wanted to "hammer" this S.O.B. for trying to kill me but, more importantly I was worried about the costs associated with the life long injuries I had sustained as a result of this drunk driver's negligent behavior. I contacted Jim Adler and Associates and so began our relationship. I was immediately surprised by the prompt attention and the expression of genuine concern for my well being that I received from the employees of Jim Adler's office. Now as you can imagine, lawyers are not a breed that is held in very high regard by people in my profession but, my experiences with Jim Adler's office and his employees have forced me to amend my way of thinking, at least on the civil side of the house anyway. I have to chuckle when I say that because my experience as a client of Jim Adler's firm has been exceptionally pleasant. So before I venture down one of the stereotypical and infinite number of rabbit holes associated with the relationship between members of law enforcement and lawyers; I will do my best to stay focused on my experience with Jim Adler & Associates. Upon being informed that my case had been accepted by Jim Adler's office; I was contacted by Iris Sanchez who informed me that she was to be my case manager and any questions, comments and concerns could be directed to her. I was pleasantly surprised to receive regular calls from Iris assisting with my medical appointments and future follow up appointments. Iris had informed me that Jim Adler's son, Bill Adler would be handling my case and I was even more surprised to receive several calls from Bill to discuss my case. Now you might be thinking "what's the big deal" with the person who is representing you contacting you? In reality, you are correct in that it isn't a big deal but, what is noteworthy and what separates Jim Adler's Office from the multitude of other lawyers is the genuine expressions of concern and the desire Bill Adler conveyed to me to do their best to help me. I felt an immediate connection and instantly realized I had made the correct choice in contacting Jim Adler & Associates to handle my case. One thing I think lawyers and police officers can agree on is the proverbial wheels of justice turn very slowly. Months go by and our professional relationship is never neglected. Through the unwavering attention of Iris Sanchez and Bill Adler himself, I never felt "out of the loop" so to speak and always had a clear understanding of where my case was at in regards to the legal process. In conclusion, I know my brief description of my experiences with Bill Adler and, his assistant Iris Sanchez, cannot provide the credit they deserve. Together they have done an outstanding job representing their firm/employer. If you are seeking a great firm to represent your legal interests and, take comfort in establishing a professional relationship that feels more like a friendship than a casual business acquaintance, then I highly suggest Jim Adler & Associates.
Tierra Clark
Tierra Clark
18:52 19 May 17
My lawyer Bill Adler and case manager Iris Sanchez are amazing! They constantly call and check on you . They keep you up to date through the process. They care about you as a person and not just a client. The wreck was a life changing experience that I've never been through before. I'm just glad I had the right people like Bill Adler and Iris Sanchez to help me through it. Truly satisfied.Thanks and God bless y'all!
Lorenzo Preston
Lorenzo Preston
17:23 26 Jan 17
Jim Adler only offer nothing less than a great experience. They are a very well-established organization. They are outstanding on keeping you up to date with cases. There's no beating around the bush with this organization as they are only straight forward with the whole process. They treat their customers like family as well as go above and beyond to fight cases for you only leaving you with nothing but the best experience. Easy 5-star rated organization. I would highly recommend this one organization you not look over.
Tori Barroga
Tori Barroga
14:17 11 May 17
I was dropped from a previous law firm regarding my case before I called Jim Adler. They immediately took up my case and worked hard on it - I was always up to date with each step they took and the benefits or consequences of each. In the end, I am highly satisfied with the outcome and would not have it any other way. It took some time but I truly appreciate and want to thank everybody who helped me on this journey and worked tirelessly on it.
Bernard Orozco
Bernard Orozco
17:16 23 Feb 17
I am very happy with Jim Adler & Associates. I did not know anyone who has ever used the Law Firm before. The staff is very friendly and treated me as if I were family. At times it got very stressful being without a job. They helped me when I was confused about the process. Mrs. Theresa Rodriguez stayed in contact with me constantly. Checking on me to see how I was doing and to let me know how things were going on there end. The Attorneys that handled my case know exactly what they are doing to take good care of me. Thank You so much Attorney's Mr.Michael Gomez and Mr.Trey Smith.
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