Derbha’s Story

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Derbha Jones’ story is a uniquely American story that could only happen in a place like Texas, where those looking for opportunity have always found an open door.

Derbha was born in Monroe, Louisiana to hardworking, Christian parents.  Although they had no formal education, her parents always provided for her needs so that Derbha could pursue an education and a better life for herself.  After graduating from Northeast Louisiana University with a degree in Radiologic Technology, Derbha made her way to Texas in 1989 to become an x-ray technologist in Denton.

While working as an x-ray tech, Derbha’s curiosity about the law and her desire to help others led her to enroll at the Wesleyan School of Law (now the Texas A&M School of Law).  She was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2002, and 17 years later, she has built a reputation in courtrooms across North Texas as a fierce advocate for the weakest and most vulnerable among us – abused and neglected children.

Derbha Jones is one of only 16 attorneys in all of Texas who are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Family Law and Child Welfare Law.  She is also a Child Welfare Law Specialist with the National Association of Counsel for Children, and a National Certified Guardian with the Center for Guardian Certification.

While her professional accomplishments are notable, Derbha’s personal life is a testament to her passion for helping children in need as well.  She and her husband, Reggie, have adopted a son and have also served as foster parents.  Derbha believes in leading by example, and her calling to help children extends well beyond the courtroom into every facet of her life.

Derbha and Reggie have been married for 34 years.  They have three children – Ashley, Taylor, and Joshua, and one granddaughter, Kylie.  Ashley is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the UNT School of Law.  She is a successful attorney in her own right in Dallas.  Taylor also graduated from the University of North Texas, and is now in her final year of Veterinary Medicine School in Illinois.  Joshua is a student at Sanger High School, and Kylie just turned 6.

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Derbha Jones’ life is proof that hard work, dedication, and a little love and support from those around you can be transformative, not only for individuals, but for entire families.  The future is bright for the Jones Family, and it is Derbha’s mission to make sure that every child has the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream too.

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