Shields Legal Group Welcomes Seasoned Attorney Jennifer S. Stoddard



Jennifer S. Stoddard

Shields Legal Group is excited to announce that Jennifer S. Stoddard is joining the firm as our Manager of Banking & Real Estate Services!   


Jennifer, a SMU Law alum, has practiced law in the Dallas community for over 27 years. Throughout her career she has focused on business litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and real estate transactions. Because of her litigation experience, Jennifer is uniquely qualified to spot potential issues in complex finance transactions and ensure that her clients are protected with solid transaction documents. Jennifer’s husband of 23 years, Mark Hajdu, has been a commercial real estate broker in Texas for over 30 years. Working with Mark and his clients, Jennifer has developed significant experience in virtually all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, developments, and landlord/tenant transactions and relationships.


Jennifer’s significant legal expertise and philanthropic spirit make her a perfect fit for our values-based Firm.


“I was immediately attracted to the Shields Legal Group because of its exceptional professionals. I was looking for a group of lawyers with whom to collaborate, but I did not know that there was a group out there as perfect for me as the Shields Legal Group. Upon meeting Jim Shields and Bart Higgins, it was as though we had known each other for years. The commonalities between us were really incredible. After meeting Kathy Hoke and Tandy Jouret, I quickly realized that Shields Legal Group shares the same values and principals that I have embodied throughout my career: honesty, integrity, and excellence. After running my practice for over 20 years, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to find a home like the Shields Legal Group.” - Jennifer Stoddard


Outside of practicing Law, Jennifer’s main passion is her family. She has two extraordinary children, a daughter who is about to begin medical school, and a son who just committed to play football at SMU. Jennifer and her husband are looking forward to being empty-nesters next year and traveling whenever possible. Jennifer is a big sports fan, an avid cyclist, and enjoys politics immensely.


Jennifer is currently a Board Member of Executive Women of Dallas and served as President in 2009. Jennifer is also active in Northwood Women’s Club Philanthropy. 


We are proud to have Jennifer representing our Firm and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our Banking and Real Estate clients.  Please join us in welcoming Jennifer S. Stoddard!

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