By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorneys Chad Etheridge and Terry Bacon celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 1919 Trinity St. in Liberty on April 12. The mother-and-son team offers legal services ranging from family law to criminal defense.
The grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted with the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members who attended were thrilled to see the former office of the late John Middleton, a Liberty businessman, now open as the Law Firm of Etheridge and Bacon, PLLC.
Etheridge and Bacon hail from the Cleveland area. Etheridge, a 1996 graduate of Cleveland High School, went on to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas before finishing his law degree at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. Etheridge specializes in criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, expunctions and non-disclosures, occupational licenses and DWIs.
Etheridge’s mother, Terry Bacon, became an attorney in 2013 after previously teaching at Met Head Start for seven years. She says she always had an interest in law, so she returned to college in 2001, starting out at Sam Houston State University and transferring to Midwestern University.
“I actually was offered a full scholarship to Texas Tech School of Law after I graduated from Midwestern because I finished with such high honors,” Bacon said.
Her desire to be with her husband and children kept her from committing to Texas Tech, so she instead enrolled at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. After completing her law degree, she took the Texas State Bar test and passed it on the first attempt.
Since 2013, she has worked as an attorney and specializes in family law with an emphasis on fathers’ and grandparents’ rights.
“I believe fathers need to be represented and have a voice in child custody cases,” Bacon said.
Now 61, she says that starting her law career at age 55 took courage as she was the oldest student at law school.
“For women who are considering going back to school, I say, ‘Do it.’ I was the oldest one in law school. I thought there would be more people my age, but there weren’t. However, the younger students kind of looked up to me as a mom,” she said.
Working in law is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, she said, that began while watching Perry Mason episodes as a child.
“This is something I always wanted to do,” Bacon said.
Consultations with Etheridge or Bacon are $75 by appointment. If the firm is hired to represent a person on a case, the consultation fee is applied to client’s bill.
For more information on the Law Firm of Etheridge and Bacon, PLLC, call 936-334-8300 or stop by the office at 1919 Trinity St., Liberty, located on the block just north of the Liberty County Courthouse.