A Not So Little Journey

A Not So Little Journey

A Not So Little Journey

by Steve Gamel

It’s Wednesday afternoon, and Thomas Little is sitting in his office in Flower Mound needlessly apologizing up and down for being what he considered too long-winded. He promised he’d only share the “two-minute version” of his unique journey into family law, but 30 minutes later, he was still talking.

In his defense, a winding journey like that deserved the added explanation.

“Life throws twists and turns at you,” said Thomas, now the proud owner of Little Law. “You get to where you’re going and think, ‘Geez, I would never have imagined this five years ago.’ But I love what I do. I wouldn’t trade it.”

Thomas Little is clearly a guy who is finally living out a long-overdue dream. As the owner of Little Law, Thomas, a Lantana resident, helps families navigate challenging issues most of us aren’t equipped to face alone. That includes everything from divorce to child custody, child support, property division, the complexities of adoption, and more. In a world where legal options are around every corner, Little and his staff believe that through respect, integrity, and client-focused legal guidance, they can help you find peace you never thought possible.

Simply put, Denton County residents are putting their trust in Little Law. But because Thomas is so invested in hearing about his clients’ lives, most people haven’t had the opportunity to hear his.

Thomas was 37 when he enrolled in his first year at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. He went to college at Texas A&M years earlier as a wide-eyed teenager who had every intention of chasing that dream faster, but instead, kick-started a journey that included being the 12th man on the Aggies’ football team and, after graduation, a five-year stint in the Army, where he was commissioned as an Armor Officer.

Somewhere in the middle of all of that, he traveled all over the world, including Germany and Kosovo, and went scuba diving in the Adriatic Sea, Bali Sea, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean. He even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

He still stayed focused and got his B.A. in Political Science and an MBA, but being a lawyer was clearly on hold.

“[My plan] was to be a lawyer, but I also wanted to play football and serve my country,” Thomas said. “I had that mentality where I was looking for adventure. When I got out of the Army, I did consulting for six years, but it wasn’t my thing, so I began doing the, ‘What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?’ Everything came back to being a lawyer. I figured, now is my chance. I need to do this now.”

And he did. But then life added in more of those twists and turns he mentioned earlier – including heartbreak.

Thomas had met his wife, Kelsi, and together, they had a cute-as-a-button little boy named Vann. But while Thomas was still in law school, Kelsi was diagnosed with breast cancer and died nine months later in 2014. Vann was only 2 years old, and Thomas was suddenly a heartbroken single dad.

“You think you know where your life is going, and then it changes,” Thomas said. “I was studying and going to school, but while most law students go live in a library, I was with my wife all the time. She was going through so much; I hadn’t even passed the bar yet, but I never missed a single doctor’s visit or chemo appointment. I don’t regret that.”

Facing a crossroads that for the first time in his life he was not prepared for, Thomas moved with his son to Lantana after graduation, where his mother, Chris Little, and sister, Meredith Lowery, were longtime residents.

“I knew I needed help, and my mom and sister were there for us. I’d study for the bar while Vann was at school at North Star, and they’d pick him up. I’d come home to play with him and feed him dinner, then he’d go to bed, and I’d go back to studying,” Thomas said. “The important thing was that my son was doing fine.
I passed the bar, and here we are.”

Fast forward to today, and the Little Family continues to carve its own path. Vann is now 7 and is active in youth sports, where his dad is also a coach. Thomas worked for Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant in Denton for several years where they taught him how to practice law before opening his own practice closer to home.

It’s a practice he can be proud of, and he also feels like a dad his son can be proud of.

No matter what journey life takes them on next.

thomas little of little law

940.489.8440 | www.LittleFamilyLawFirm.com  | 2904 Corporate Cr., Ste. 123 | Flower Mound, TX 75028


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