James L. Stripling

Tax Attorney

Business & Corporate
  • Assists individuals and entities in all phases of the formation, operation and disposition of commercial endeavors, including succession planning and mergers and acquisitions.

Estate Planning
  • Represents individuals and families in connection with the efficient management and transfer of their estates through the use of wills, trusts, charitable trusts, and private foundations.

Tax Planning
  • Advises regarding federal and state taxation of individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations, including income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes.

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Represents buyers and sellers of businesses and equity positions, including stock deals, asset deals, Section 336(e) and 338(h)(10) transactions, tax-free mergers and reorganizations, corporate and partnership redemptions, and cross-purchase arrangements.


Jim continues a tradition begun by his great-grandfather and grandfather in providing quality legal services to individuals and businesses and assisting clients in finding the best solution to legal issues from the simplest to the most complex. Adept at the many types of law that can apply to clients and their businesses, he has extensive experience in tax law, and he always strives to provide the most tax-efficient solution that is consistent with the client’s other needs and desires.

Joining Decker Jones after four years as an Army legal officer, Jim was attracted by the professionalism, collegiality, and sheer talent of the firm and its attorneys, all of which have continued unabated to the present.

In addition to his love of the law, Jim is a self-taught musician who has played acoustic string music for over 50 years. One of his favorite bands is pictured below.

  • Education
    • Yale University, (B.A. 1966)
    • University of Texas, (J.D. 1969)
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Texas, (1969)
    • United States Court of Military Appeals, (1970)
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, (1975)
    • United States Tax Court, (1983)
    • United States Court of Federal Claims, (1993)
  • Awards & Recognition

    “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2005-2015)

stripling comp A somewhat reclusive band whose members are seldom seen in one place at the same time.