Austin Reeve Jackson is a third-generation Smith County attorney who moved home to open his own business, The Jackson Law Firm, in 2008. Prior to founding The Jackson Law Firm, Reeve served as an Assistant District Attorney in Gregg County, where he rose to become the chief appellate attorney for the office. In addition to his appellate duties, Reeve prosecuted both adult and juvenile offenders and oversaw the County’s mental health commitments. He has also practiced extensively in Williamson and Travis Counties, where he quickly gained a reputation as an exceptional criminal trial attorney.
A graduate of Lindale High School, the University of Dallas, and the Texas Tech School of Law, Reeve has received many legal awards and recognitions. In 2012, he became the youngest attorney in Texas to be double board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law. He is the 2013 Smith County Young Lawyer of the Year and has three times been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, which is an honor bestowed upon the top 2.5% of Texas attorneys. In 2004, Reeve was inducted into the elite National Order of Barristers.
Since returning to his hometown, Reeve has become very active in the community, volunteering hundreds of hours to youth soccer organizations and serving as a soccer referee from children’s recreational leagues all the way through the collegiate level. He has regularly judged the annual High School Mock Trial Competition, delivered lunches for Smith County Meals on Wheels, served on the Lindale ISD Alumni Foundation Board, and participated in several Relay for Life events to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reeve has also been active in the legal community, serving on the boards for the Smith County Young Lawyers Association and the Smith County Bar Association. As an SCBA board member, Reeve led the effort to provide free legal services to United States veterans living in and around Smith County.
It is not surprising that Reeve is a committed volunteer – his parents and grandparents have all given countless hours to the community. Most recently his mother, Mary Elizabeth Jackson, served as the 2013 Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce President. His father, Alan Jackson, is a retired Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and currently serves as the Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas. Jack Jackson, Reeve’s grandfather, is a World War II veteran and former recipient of the Smith County Justinian Award, which is presented to the attorney who most exemplifies integrity, leadership, and service to the community.
Reeve is a tried-and-true, grassroots conservative. He has made phone calls, walked blocks, and stuffed envelopes for local elected officials State Senator Kevin Eltife and Mayor Barbara Bass, as well as State Senator Robert Nichols. Statewide, he has worked for numerous Republican candidates, including Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, former State Representative Mark Shelton, and former State Representative Mike O’Day.
Reeve is married to Laura Kenesson Jackson. They live in Lindale and attend Marvin United Methodist Church where they are members of the Young Couples’ Sunday School Class.