James L. Stripling

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Tax Attorney

Business & Corporate
  • Mr. Stripling 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
  • Mr. Stripling 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
  • Mr. Stripling advises regarding federal and state taxation of individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations, including income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes.

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mr. Stripling 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.


James L. Stripling continues the tradition begun by his great-grandfather and grandfather of providing quality legal services to individuals and businesses and assisting clients in finding the best solution to all legal issues—from simple to complex. Adept at the many types of law that can apply to his clients and their businesses, Mr. Stripling has extensive experience in tax law.  He always strives to provide the most tax-efficient solution that is consistent with his client’s needs and goals.

Joining Decker Jones after four years as an Army legal officer, Mr. Stripling was attracted by the professionalism, collegiality, and sheer talent of the firm and its attorneys.

In addition to his love of the law, Mr. Stripling 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)

    “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by 360 West Magazine (2024)

Attorney James Stripling A somewhat reclusive band whose members are seldom seen in one place at the same time.