United States Naval Academy
University of Texas at Arlington, BA, 1973
Texas Tech University School of Law, 1979, Juris Doctor with Honors
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, 1985 to Present
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Director, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, 1985
State Bar of Texas, Committee on Administration of Justice, 1990 – 1992.
Dallas and Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Associations-Winter Criminal Trial Seminar.
CPS Investigations, Domestic Violence, Parallel Family Law Matters.
Adjunct professor- University of Texas at Arlington,
Continuing Education Department Paralegal Program- Business Law, 1995-1996.
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business; Crisis Management Seminar, June 20, 1986. Products Liability.
Proposed Changes in Discovery: Federal and Texas; 7-22-1992
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff, and Miller, in house litigation section.
1) Gardner Smith & Vaughan, PLLC July 1, 2020 – present, Fort Worth
2) Solo law practice since September 16, 2019 – June 30, 2020, Fort Worth
3) Partnership McAlister & Garcia 2014 – 2019, Fort Worth
4) Solo law practice since 1993-2014, Fort Worth
5) Licensed Escrow Officer and fee attorney since 2010, Fort Worth
6) Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, Fort Worth
1987 – 1993
7) McLean Sanders Price Head & Ellis, Fort Worth
1984 – 1987, 1980 – 1983
8) Law Office of James R. Wagner, Fort Worth
1983 – 1984
9) Penner Jones Keith & Wagner, Fort Worth
1979 – 1980
Kenneth L. McAlister is a native to the City of Fort Worth. For two years, Ken pursued his original dream of becoming a fighter pilot at the Naval Academy until he realized that his dreams had changed. In his letter of resignation to the Naval Academy, Ken said that he needed to serve his country in another way. After working as a child protective social worker for what is now known as the Department of Human Services, Ken applied and was accepted to Texas Tech School of Law. His early aspirations of becoming a fighter pilot were abandoned and replaced with a long-term career as an attorney. His experience as a social worker enabled him to understand the human aspects of family law and the importance of listening to his clients and building a foundation for the children affected by divorce and child custody matters. In 2010, Ken made another significant career change in his legal practice. Ken used the knowledge gained in commercial litigation to move into real estate law and, after some years of learning the practice, began a title company with two trusted co-owners.