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Four Decker Jones PC shareholders have been named among “Fort Worth’s 400 Most Influential People” by Fort Worth INC. magazine.  They are Janet Hahn, Randy J. Hall, Raymond Kelly III, and Gary Moates.

“This ranking of the most influential people in the Fort Worth area is not a popularity contest,” says Hal A. Brown, magazine owner and publisher.  “Nor is the ranking scientific, but it is based on significant research, achievements and records…the individuals on this list have significant, clout, juice, pull and sway.”

“They all have what it takes to incite change, to move our city forward in a tangible way (and intangible ways), and to make our lives as Fort Worthians better,” Brown continues.

Read about what Fort Worth INC. magazine says about Hahn, Hall, Kelly and Moates.

JANET HAHN began working at Decker Jones as a legal secretary in the 1980s, attending night school to become a paralegal at the firm.  Once she became a paralegal, Hahn continued night school to earn her undergraduate degree, so she could attend Baylor Law School.  As a lawyer, she worked her way up at Decker Jones to become a shareholder.  Hahn sits on the board of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and the Tarrant County College Foundation.

BEST PERSONAL LESSON I’VE LEARNED:  ‘Focus on your passions and not just your skills.  If you love what you do, you will do it well!’

EVERYONE’S TOP CORE VALUE SHOULD BE:  ‘Integrity.  You should always strive to do what is right in all circumstances—even when no one is watching.’”

“The chairman of the Decker Jones litigation section, RANDY J. HALL specializes in mediation, personal injury defense, commercial litigation and appeals.  In his 40 years as an attorney, he’s tried over 200 cases to a verdict.  He has admissions to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals (5th and 11th Circuits) and U.S. District Court (Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas), and is certified   in Personal Injury, Civil Trial and Appellate Law by the State Bar of Texas.  In the community, he’s served on the boards for Cornerstone Assistance Network, VanZandt Southwest Family YMCA, Southwestern Diabetes Foundation and Immanual’s Healthcare, among others.  For the past 10 years, Randy’s peers and the judiciary have elected him as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters as featured in Texas Monthly Magazine.  For the past twelve years, Randy has been elected by his peers in Tarrant County as the “Top Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer” by Fort Worth, TX magazine. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor at Texas Tech University.”

“A shareholder at Decker Jones, P.C., RAYMOND KELLY III specializes in oil and gas law.  He has been practicing law for over 40 years with the same firm.  Outside of law practice, Kelly’s community involvement includes working as an officer and director of the William Edrington Scott Foundation.  He’s also served as past president of Baylor All Saints Health Foundation and sat on the board of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Van Cliburn Foundation and Davey O’Brien Foundation.  He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University.”

“GARY MOATES is a shareholder at Decker Jones, P.C. and has over 40 years of experience in commercial real estate law.  He was a member of the Fort Worth Zoning Commission, 1996 – 2003.  Moates this spring lost a well-financed bid to win a seat on the Tarrant Regional Water District board.

HOW I GOT MY START:  ‘My father’s best friends, Jenkins Garrett and Bob Stahala, were in-house lawyers for the Leonard family, and they had great influence on me.  In high school government class, I was the lead defense counsel in a mock retrial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and they were acquitted this time by a jury of my high school classmates.’


I LOVE TO GIVE BACK BY:  ‘Counseling with people who have made or are making some of the same mistakes that I’ve made.’”

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About Decker Jones, P.C. As a full-service Fort Worth-based law firm, Decker Jones proudly serves clients throughout North Texas with numerous business and personal interests across the U.S. The firm believes in a one-on-one approach to customer service with every client having a single point of contact supported by a network of attorneys working together, Decker Jones applies creative solutions to complex legal issues across a wide range of practice areas. In doing so, they help their clients achieve long-term goals while addressing immediate legal needs and seizing business opportunities. Decker Jones originated in 1896, providing a strong foundation for serving its clients from one generation to the next. Learn more at