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Phillip W. McCrury

Phillip W. McCrury has a broad range of experience as a business and tax lawyer and has been involved in a variety of business transactions including acquisitions, mergers, franchising, and the formation of joint ventures, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and professional associations.  His clients range from mature, multi-state manufacturing facilities to start-ups, which he advises in an on-going basis in contractual and legal matters.  Mr. McCrury also assists individuals and families with generational wealth transfer strategies, asset protection planning and estate planning.

Mr. McCrury is well-known to many lawyers, ad litems, and judges across Texas for a niche specialty of his practice, which is providing tax and trust advice to lawyers and their clients regarding the tax consequences of judgments, settlements and structured settlements, and assisting them with the preparation of Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Settlement Funds and other trust vehicles to hold and protect settlements.

Mr. McCrury is licensed to practice law in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.  He graduated from University of Texas School of Law and Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (LL.M.).  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Fort Worth Business and Estate Council and a Fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
Affiliations and honors


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Fort Worth Business and Estate Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys  
  • North Texas Community Foundation, Chair Emeriti, 2014-Present
  • North Texas Community Foundation, Chair, 2012-2014
  • North Texas Community Foundation, Board of Directors, 2002-Present


  • Top Attorney in Elder Law, Tax Law, and Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probates, and Attorneys for Non-Profit, 360 West magazine, 2017-2018
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2000-2015, 2018
  • Professionalism Award, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2016
  • North Texas Community Foundation Lifetime Achievement Recipient, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Rating: AV® Preeminent™ (5.0) Top Rated Lawyer in Taxation Law, Martindale-Hubbell™ & American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Attorneys of Excellence, Fort Worth Business Press, 1999-2010
  • Power Attorney, Fort Worth Business Press, 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2009
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1978
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1968
  • University of Texas, B.A., 1966
  • State Bar of Texas, 1968
  • State Bar of Oklahoma, 1978
  • State Bar of Colorado, 1985
Speeches & Publications
  • Featured Speaker, South Plains Trust and Estate Council Spring Forum, April 2018
  • Author, “Court Ordered Trusts in Texas,” and has made numerous presentations regarding the subject to bar groups across Texas
  • Co-author (w partner Fred Weekley) “Fiduciary Liability,” a treatise widely used in trust departments across Texas.
  • Taught Fiduciary Liability for a number of years in the Texas Banker’s Association annual Trust School at the Cox School of Business at SMU
  • Lecturer on the topic of court-established trusts for the Texas Center of the Judiciary at the annual meetings of the general jurisdiction and appellate court judges in Texas, 2008 and 2015