Francesca Blackard is a partner at McClure Law Group, exclusively practicing family law since graduating from law school in 2012. Prior to law school, she worked for family law firms in Chicago, New York, and Dallas as both a paralegal and law clerk.
Francesca is of Mexican descent and is fluent in Spanish. Her travels have often taken her to Mexico, and she attended Instituto Alpes San Javier in Guadalajara, Jalisco to perfect her native tongue. Conversant in French, Francesca loves the study of languages and world cultures.
One of Francesca's finest qualities is how she relates to clients on a personal basis. She knows every client's case details inside and out, and makes sure every client gets the attention and support he or she needs. She cares — and her clients know it. Francesca believes that knowledge is power. It's of critical importance to her to understand her client's perspective and to advocate for it diligently.
Trained in collaborative law, Francesca has been very successful in family law mediation. She excels at balancing a client's best interests while holding firm on aspects most important to her client. When stalemates occur, Francesca is quick to present creative approaches that bring parties back to the table. A core value at McClure Law Group is preparation — and Francesca is as prepared for mediation as for a hearing, determined that her client will come out of the process satisfied with the results.
Francesca's dedication to her clients shines in the courtroom, where she advocates their positions to the fullest. Preparation for hearings and trial is of utmost importance to Francesca. In her first month at McClure Law Group, Francesca assisted in a multi-million-dollar divorce case, drafting a brief on the character of her client's community and separate property interests in the marriage. Her well-crafted, persuasive brief was one of the key elements in the extremely favorable outcome of the case.