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Meet the Staff

James C. Mulder, Attorney at law

Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the firm

James C. Mulder was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) with honors, by Texas A&M University in 1970. In 1976, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston.

Mr. Mulder has over thirty-five years of experience in Estate, Tax and Business planning. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning & Probate Law and in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Jim is one of only a few attorneys in the Houston area Board certified in both Estate Planning & Probate Law and Tax Law.

Mr. Mulder concentrates his practice primarily in estate, tax, and asset protection planning. The implementation of such planning includes the preparation of very comprehensive wills, trusts, business organizations and family partnerships.  Mr. Mulder has prepared over 1,000 family limited partnerships.

He has a substantial practice in probate, estate administration, and matters related to Wills, Trusts, and Guardianships, as well. He also frequently lectures on matters ranging from reducing income taxes to advanced wealth preservation strategies.

He is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association – Taxation section. Additionally, he received his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1982.

He is a member of The New Haven Fellowship. He is a retired Captain in the United States Naval Reserve.

When James relaxes away from the law practice you’ll find him watching the Astros in Minute Maid Park, taking pictures with the latest digital camera, or on the golf course. He and his wife, Donna, are both active in their church. They live in The Woodlands.

Robert M. Freedman, Attorney at law

Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the firm

Robert M. Freedman received his undergraduate degree in Government from the University of Texas in 1974. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law in 1977.

Robert is authorized by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas to practice in all the courts in the State of Texas. He is also authorized to practice law before the Federal Courts in the Southern District of Texas.

Robert has been appointed to serve on the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals.

In 1990, he moved to Europe and worked as a researcher and lobbyist for an international environmental organization. He represented the organization before the European Union in Brussels and the United Nations Environmental Programme in Geneva.

He also studied at the University of Amsterdam and became fluent in Dutch.  He returned stateside in 1995.

In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Mr. Freedman serves on the advisory committee for the Center for Advance Legal Studies. He is also in charge of the research curriculum at the school.

Mr. Freedman has presented numerous continuing education workshops on Medicaid Planning to elder care professionals throughout the Houston area.

He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the College of the State Bar, and is an accredited attorney by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

He enjoys travel to Europe to visit his wife’s family there.  He and his wife, Catherine, live in southwest Houston.

Donna Cooper
Case Manager and Client Care Liason

Donna Cooper’s calm way and level head gives her the unique ability to help clients move easily through the maze of Medicaid qualification, often during a time of great stress. She has been compared to a protective daughter.

Her duties here include: collecting client data, shepherding our clients through the planning process, and guiding Medicaid applications along to completion.

She is a mother of two and recently became a proud grandmother. She lives in Houston and is active with her church.

Connie Bryant

Paralegal, Probate Coordinator and Document Manager

Connie Bryant’s meticulous manner is of great help to clients in the preparation, review and recordation of various legal documents.

Connie assists our clients in the preparation and review of information required for document preparation. She is also the firm’s Probate Coordinator, making the process as easy as possible for clients handling the final affairs of a loved one.