Legal Market Spotlight: Fort Worth, Texas

Jennifer-CliftonFort Worth is the smaller half of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Having grown up in Dallas, I spent a lot of time in neighboring Fort Worth and truly love the friendly atmosphere of the city. The big-city opportunities located there partnered with the welcoming environment make it a tempting locale for an attorney seeking a more relaxed atmosphere.

Fort Worth it is the 16th largest city in America; however, it also boasts old school charm and a slower pace of life. Notable companies headquartered in “Cowtown” include Bell Helicopter and American Airlines. In recent years, the revamped downtown area of Fort Worth welcomes visitors to dine and take in the nightlife. Fort Worth is a great locale for an attorney seeking a slower pace of life without diminishing their career opportunities. The affordability of housing, lack of state income tax, and welcoming environment attract many young professionals. Here are a few reasons why an attorney may want to consider moving to Fort Worth:

If you find yourself in Fort Worth, here are my picks for places to stay, play, eat, and drink:

Where to Stay:

The Ashton Hotel is a great luxury pick for the weary business traveler located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth.

For those looking for a taste of the Old West, get pampered at Etta’s Place, a bed and breakfast named for the girlfriend of the Sundance Kid.

The historic Stockyards Hotel will transport you to the days of yore and is a short walk away from the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Where to Eat:

Tim Love’s upscale restaurant, the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is a perfect pick for a delicious business lunch.

Chow down on delicious pork ribs and a smoked baked potato at the Woodshed Smokehouse on the banks of the Trinity River.

For a casual outdoor meal allowing a variety of options for your party, visit the food trucks at Fort Worth Food Park.

Where to Drink:

Enjoy an icy margarita along with your Mexican food at a Fort Worth favorite, Joe T Garcia’s.

Tour the Rahr Brewery and sample some of the local brews. My favorites are the Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer and the Iron Thistle.

Sip on a cup of locally-roasted coffee at Avoca Coffee Roasters.

What to Do:

The Kimbell is my favorite museum in the entire DFW metroplex and its recent facelift should attract even more visitors. Bonus: Admission to the permanent collection is free!

Get a taste of the Old West by visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards located in the heart of downtown.

Catch a performance of the symphony, ballet, orchestra, or any number of touring acts at The Bass Performance Hall located in historic Sundance Square.


This is the third part in a series exploring Texas and its largest legal markets. The next post will cover Houston, Texas. Please contact Jennifer Clifton at if you have any questions about the Texas legal market.



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