As a Founding Partner and Financial Advisor, Jeff excels at analyzing not only your Estate planning goals, but also factoring in your financial strategies. Jeff’s areas of practice are Estate Planning, Financial Advising, Probate Administration, and Business Formation.
After 10 years as a Telecommunications Manager, Jeff Butler decided to change his stars and pursue a career he was passionate about – the law. He quit his job, packed-up his wife and four children, and returned to school in Moscow, Idaho.
Jeff graduated near the top of his class from the University of Idaho, College of Law, where he served as Editor of the Law Journal for Critical Legal Studies, Volunteered in the Low Income Taxpayer tax clinic, the Small Business Clinic, and served as the student body Sargent at Arms.
Jeff focuses on a straight-forward approach, with the client’s needs at the focal point. He prides himself on being honest, upfront, efficient, and realistic when working with clients. Jeff works with his clients to put together a comprehensive plan that meets their specific needs.
When not at the office he enjoys golfing, the shooting range, and spending time with his four children (ages 15-25) and his wife of 20+ years, Angel.
Chris co-founded Atrium Legal Group as a way to help more clients find the help they need. Chris’ expertise in Complex Business matters, Adult Guardianships, Probate Administration, and Complicated Estate Plans have earned him countless accolades and awards. including: Outstanding Young Attorney by Texas Monthly and “Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters. Most recently, Chris was voted “Best Attorney” in the 2017 -2022 Lakeside Editions of Living Magazine.
Chris graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001. While attending law school, Chris worked for the Texas Journal of Business Law and received the Dean’s Achievement Award for the highest grade. In his more than 19 years of practicing law, Chris has represented individuals and small businesses, including many local businesses in Rockwall County and the greater DFW area, as well as large national/international companies such as Sony, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, DHL, Coach USA, Tracker Marine, Kroger, and Plains Capital Bank.
Chris believes that litigation is not always necessary, or even the best option, to resolve disputes. With a Graduate Portfolio in Dispute Resolution (University of Texas), and as a Certified Mediator with nearly two decades of experience, Chris brings a complete set of tools to each matter, saving his clients the stress and expense of a courtroom battle when possible.
A member of the Rockwall Bar Association, Chris is actively involved with his faith and community. He is a proud sponsor of Billie Stevenson Elementary, a member of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
When not practicing law, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three amazing children, and the outdoors.
Jason joins Atrium Legal Group as the only Board Certified Estate Planning Attorney in the Lakeside area. With almost 25 years of legal expertise, Jason is the “go-to” for legal advice, not only for clients, but also for other attorneys.
A native of Rockwall, Texas, Jason grew up watching his father, (a local prosecutor) in Court. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and graduated from Texas Tech Law School in 1998. He went on to earn his Board Certification in Estate Planning (a rigorous program with intense requirements and testing) in 2006.
Jason focuses his expertise on Real Estate, Taxation, Complex Business Matters, Complex Estate Plans, and Contested Probate Cases.
Jason spends his free- time with his three children, at his Ranch, on the Farm, or hunting.
Spencer Smyth (pronounced “Smith”) brought his years of legal experience from Idaho to join Atrium Legal Group. With two Bachelor of Art degrees –History and Political Science–he brings a wealth of information and knowledge to every encounter. Spencer interned with Pendlebury Law Office, during his last year of law school, where they immediately offered him a position, following graduation and the passing of the bar. After working there, and gaining valuable experience, Spencer started his own practice in Southeastern Idaho, with a focus on Estate Planning and Business Formations. During this time, he taught religion as an adjunct professor at the local college. His teaching skills allow him to explain complex details and strategies thoroughly and efficiently to clients, as they go through the estate planning and probate processes. Spencer uses his analytical insights to hone in on unique aspects of each case in order to find creative and intricate solutions to both simple and complex situations.
His direct, no-nonsense approach, allows him to set client expectations and then exceed them with his quality of work.
Spencer’s downtime is spent raising eight children, with his wife Sarah, serving the community through his church affiliations, cooking, and occasionally fitting in time to read.
Angel uses her degree in communication to bridge the language gap between the attorneys and the clients. She is fluent in translating Legalese into English. She also oversees the operations of all office locations, manages the attorney’s schedules, staff training, hiring, marketing, social media, and anything else needed. She excels at creating cohesive relationships between the attorneys, the staff, and the clients in all interactions.
Angel is happily married to our attorney Jeff Butler, and together they have four amazing children, Emerson, A.J., Chloie, and Lauren and three adorable puppies: Ranger, Cookie, and Bogey. As a result, her spare time revolves around the kids, the dogs, and Jeff. Every once in a while she likes to read a good book or watch a cheesy movie.
Ophelia joins Atrium Legal Group after perfecting her customer service skills through years working at Nordstrom department store. Her cheerful attitude, dedication to client happiness, and focus on detail, make her the perfect person to greet each client, on the phone and in person.
When she’s not keeping things running at the office, Ophelia spends time with her husband, son, and dog Mochi. Her hobbies are centered on baking, running and reading a good book.
Kelly loves the details and knows how to research. She handles deed research as well as tracking down missing information from and for our clients. A lot goes on behind the scenes of every estate plan and Kelly handles all the little details. Additionally, She ensures all supplies are ordered, mail is shipped, and files printed. Kelly’s positive attitude and work ethic make her irreplaceable to the Atrium Legal Team!
Kelly loves spending time with her two daughters: Katey and Kalley, as well as her three dogs!