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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Texas, including those practicing in criminal law and civil law areas like personal injury.

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  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
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  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Criminal Appellate Law and White Collar Crime Lawyer
San Antonio, TX
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Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Criminal Appellate Law and White Collar Crime Lawyer
San Antonio, TX
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Quentin Brogdon
Personal Injury and Commercial Truck Accidents Lawyer
Dallas, TX
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Jim Mac Perdue Jr
Personal Injury and Products Liability Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Donald Hamilton Kidd
Personal Injury and Products Liability Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
Lubbock, TX
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Randall O Sorrels
Personal Injury and Civil Trial Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Grace Ann Weatherly
Personal Injury and Employment Lawyer
Denton, TX
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W. Mark Lanier
Personal Injury Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Laura Dale
Family Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Jimmy Vaught
Family Lawyer
Austin, TX
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Sammy C Gregory
Bankruptcy Lawyer
Lubbock, TX
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Texas Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

State Bar of Texas - The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency for the state's judicial branch. The largest bar association in the lone star state, the organization provides educational resources to practicing attorneys and is the licensing organization for lawyers licensed to practice law in Texas. The Mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers.
Texas Bar College - The Texas Bar College stands as a prestigious institution, dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of Texas lawyers. An elite group, membership signifies a commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Offering exclusive resources, networking opportunities, and advanced legal education, the Texas Bar College empowers attorneys to elevate their professional capabilities and serve their clients with exceptional expertise.
TCDLA - Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - Since formed in 1971, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) has supported the practice of criminal defense in the state of Texas. Members include private attorneys, public defenders and other legal professionals from across the state of Texas. The TCDLA provides training, networking opportunities, and a platform to enhance the criminal defense experience for lawyers. The TCDLA is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
TAFLS - Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists - Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist (TAFLS) was founded in 1984 by Board Certified family law attorneys. The organization was previously known as the Texas Association of Family Law Specialist Attorneys. Today, many of the top family law attorneys in Texas belong to TAFLS.
TEX-ABOTA - Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates - The Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) is a distinguished organization that brings together trial lawyers committed to upholding the civil justice system. With chapters across Texas, TEX-ABOTA fosters excellence in advocacy, professionalism, and ethics. Its members, selected based on trial experience, exhibit dedication to preserving the Seventh Amendment and ensuring access to justice through fair trials.
TTLA - Texas Trial Lawyers Association - The TTLA is a nonprofit professional association of civil plaintiff lawyers practicing in Texas. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to its members. The Texas Trial Lawyers Association's mission is promote justice for Texas families and advocate for the 7th amendment right to trial by jury in the civil court system. The organization is active in the state Legislature regarding laws and policy reform on issues related to their cause.
Lawyer Referral Services in Texas - Find a list of Lawyer Referral Services offered at the local and county level in Texas. These programs are certified by the State Bar of Texas as LRS. Many of the most popular Lawyer Referral Services are managed by County-level bar associations. Others are managed by local and regional bar associations. To qualify, the services must be certified as required by the State of Texas under Chapter 952, Occupations Code.

Legal Associations in Texas - Find a comprehensive list of voluntary bar associations and legal organizations in Texas, including local and county bar associations, multicultural bar associations, and practice area-specific specialty legal associations. These nonprofit organizations help shape policy at the state and local level and work to improve the legal profession. Legal associations provide education and resources to lawyers practicing in certain areas of law and/or jurisdictions in Texas.

Texas Bar Rules for Attorney Advertising - Texas Bar Rules for Attorney Advertising provide guidelines ensuring transparency and professionalism in legal promotions. Attorneys must adhere to Rule 7 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, emphasizing accuracy, clarity, and avoiding misleading statements. The rules cover aspects such as client testimonials, guarantees, and comparisons. Compliance with these rules assures ethical and informative attorney advertising practices across the state.

State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) - In Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization ("TBLS") certifies attorneys as a specialist in one of 24 different areas of practice. Approximately 10% of licensed attorneys in Texas are board-certified. The Bar Rules in Texas prohibit any attorney from advertising as a "specialist" unless she or he has earned certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board-certified lawyers in Texas must attend ongoing continuing legal education (CLE) and show continuing involvement within the field of practice.

Specialty Areas

Administrative Law - Texas lawyers can earn board certification as a specialist in the specialty area of administrative law granted by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). The practice of administrative law is defined as the practice of law dealing with the regulatory, licensing, enforcement, and adjudicative powers of local, state and federal governmental agencies. Specialization in this area was launched in 1989 by the TBLS.

Business Bankruptcy Law - Many of the top business bankruptcy law attorneys in Texas have become board certified in this specialty practice area by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). The specialty certification area was launched in 1988. Today, more than 100 attorneys are board certified in business bankruptcy law. Attorneys must seek recertification every five years.

Child Welfare Law - The Certified Welfare Law Board Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) highlights attorneys' expertise in public assistance, child welfare, and social services law. This rigorous credential demands experience, peer evaluation, and examination. Recognizing commitment to rights and interests of welfare recipients, this certification acknowledges legal professionals dedicated to proficient representation and upholding welfare law's integrity in Texas.

Civil Appellate Law - At last county, Texas had 424 board certified civil appellate law attorneys. Since the program launched in 1987, TBLS has been identifying lawyers focused on civil appellate law in Texas. Civil Appellate Law involves legal disputes brought to a civil appellate court either by appeal of a final judgment or by appealable interlocutory order or by an original proceeding in the appellate court.

Civil Trial Law - The certification for civil trial law was launched in 197 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. More than 800 attorneys are Board Certified Civil Trial Law Lawyers in Texas. The term "Civil Trial Law" involves litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state and federal courts. Lawyers in this area represent individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil matters.

Commercial Real Estate - In Texas, attorneys cann become board certified in Commercial Real Estate Law in Texas. The practice area was launched in 1983.


Consumer and Commercial Law - Find a list of the 77 attorneys in Texas who were board certified by TBLS in Consumer and Commercial Law. Consumer & Commercial Law involves consumer, business and commercial transactional disputes regarding warranties, sales, leases, landlord-tenant relationships, and insurance, credit and collection activities.

Consumer Bankruptcy Law - Finding attorneys who are Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). The specialty certification area was launched in 1984. Today, more than 100 attorneys are board certified in consumer bankruptcy law. Attorneys must seek recertification every five years.

Criminal Appellate Law - An attorney who applies to become board certified in criminal appellate law is expected to understand the entire process of appeals of state and federal criminal cases, as well as applications for extraordinary relief and post-conviction writ proceedings in state and federal court. In addition to meeting the requirements, board-certified criminal appellate law specialist must pass an exam that demonstrates their substantial knowledge of significant legal concepts and corresponding skills in criminal appellate law.

Criminal Law - In Texas, the specialty area of criminal law was created in 1975. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) certifies attorneys who have met the required standards. For instance, an attorney applying to become board certified in criminal law must demonstrate that at least 25% of the attorney's time is spent practicing criminal law in Texas during each of the three (3) years immediately preceding application.

Estate Planning and Probate Law - Find Board Certified Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate in Texas. This specialty practice area involves conserving, protecting and transferring property through wills, trusts or gifts, as well as providing financial resources for minors. Estate Planningand Probate attorneys also represent clients in probate proceedings, elder law issues, and minimizing taxes on estates.

Family Law - Find more than 800 board certified attorneys in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). TBLS launched family law as a specialty practice area for board certification in 1975.

Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The program was launched in ____.

Health Law - Find more than 70 attorneys earned the designation as board certified in health law. The certification is awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). TBLS launched health law as a specialty practice area for board certification in 2002.

Immigration and Nationality Law - Started in 1979, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) has certified hundreds of attorneys in immigration and nationality law in Texas. The term "immigration and nationality law" is defined as involving securing immigrant or non-immigrant U.S. visas or other documentation, immigration proceedings, and administrative review before government agencies and judicial courts.

Juvenile Law - Since 2001, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) has been certifying attorneys as a specialist in juvenile law. For purposes of the board certification program, the term "juvenile law" is defined to include judicial and administrative proceedings for individuals under 17 years of age that are arrested or have been detained in a criminal matter.

Labor and Employment Law - More than 600 attorneys in Texas have become board certified in Labor and Employment Law since the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) launched the program in 1975.

Legislative and Campaign Law - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in Legislative and Campaign Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For this specialty, the certification program was launched in 2020.

Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in the specialty practice area of "Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law." The specialty practice area was launched in 1986. For purposes of becoming board certified, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has defined the term "Oil, Gas and Mineral Law" to include "laws dealing with ownership, production, land titles, surface use, financing of oil, gas and minerals as well as conveyances, contracts, and other transactional documents."

Personal Injury Trial Law - Learn more about the requirements to become Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law in Texas. Find a list of standards and task requirements to become certified or recertified.

Property Owner AssociationLaw - Attorneys can become board certified in property owner association law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). This practice area was launched in 2018. At last count, more than 30 attorneys are certified as a specialist in Property Owners Association (POA) Law in Texas.

Residential Real Estate Law - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Residential Real Estate Law was recognized as a specialty practice area in 1983. At last count, 250 attorneys are Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law.

Tax Law - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).

Workers' Compensation - In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in Workers' Compensation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). At last count, 93 attorneys have become board certified in Workers' Compensation Law.

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Law Schools in Texas

Baylor Law - Baylor Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Waco, Texas. Founded in 1857, Baylor Law is a Private school with approximately 458 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
South Texas College of Law Houston - STCL Houston is an ABA-approved law school located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1923, South Texas College of Law Houston is a Private school with approximately 975 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law - SMU Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law is a Private school with approximately 700 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
St. Mary's University School of Law - St. Mary's University School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in San Antonio, Texas. Founded in 1927, St. Mary's University School of Law is a Private school with approximately {Enrollment} students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Texas A&M University School of Law - Texas A&M School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in 1992, Texas A&M University School of Law is a Public school with approximately 480 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law - TSU Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1947, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law is a Public school with approximately 577 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Texas Tech University School of Law - Texas Tech University School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Lubbock, Texas. Founded in 1967, Texas Tech University School of Law is a Public school with approximately 404 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law - Texas Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law is a Public school with approximately 985 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of Houston Law Center - UH Law Center is an ABA-approved law school located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1947, University of Houston Law Center is a Public school with approximately 679 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law - University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2014, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law is a Public school with approximately 375 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile for this law school to learn more.

Texas Government and Court Resources

Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Office of the Attorney General of Texas - The Office of the Attorney General of Texas, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Texas in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a wide array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Supreme Court of Texas

Supreme Court of Texas - Comprised of a Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices, the Supreme Court of Texas is the state's highest judicial authority. It holds final appellate jurisdiction over civil and juvenile cases. Along with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Texas' second supreme court), the Supreme Court of Texas plays a crucial role in interpreting Texas' laws and ensuring justice is upheld within Texas' legal system.

Texas Attorney General

Texas Attorney General - The Texas Attorney General is Texas' chief legal officer. Elected by the people, the Attorney General provides legal counsel to state officials or departments, enforces consumer protection laws, handles civil litigation, and prosecutes cases involving corruption and criminal activities. The Texas Attorney General plays a vital role in safeguarding constitutional rights and advocating for the welfare of Texas citizens.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest court for criminal matters in Texas. Established to uphold justice within Texas' legal system alongside the Supreme Court of Texas, it serves as Texas' final appellate court for criminal cases. Comprised of a Presiding Judge and eight Judges, the court plays a crucial role in interpreting criminal law, safeguarding individual rights, and maintaining the integrity of Texas' legal processes.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for safeguarding the well-being of children, elderly individuals, and individuals with disabilities across the state. DFPS oversees child welfare services, including investigations into reports of child abuse or neglect, providing protective services, and managing foster care and adoption services. Additionally, the department oversees adult protective services for elderly and disabled individuals at risk of abuse or neglect. DFPS works to ensure the safety and permanency of children, promote family stability, and provide essential protective services and support to vulnerable individuals in Texas.

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Texas Indigent Defense Commission - The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) was established to address concerns about the quality of legal representation for indigent individuals within the state. Its formation came in response to the need for equitable access to justice. TIDC's primary duties include improving and overseeing the quality of defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy provided to those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The commission sets standards for representation quality, and ensures constitutional rights to counsel are upheld.

Texas Judicial Branch

Texas Judicial Branch - The Texas Judicial Branch, one of the largest and busiest in the United States. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters. With a complex structure of trial and appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals, the judiciary addresses a wide range of legal issues reflective of Texas's diverse population and industries.

Texas Legislature

Texas Legislature - The Texas Legislature operates as a bicameral body, comprising the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The Senate has 31 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 150 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and transportation.

Texas Office of the Public Defender - Northern District

Texas Office of the Public Defender - Northern District - The Office of the Public Defender in the Northern District of Texas offers crucial legal representation to those in need. Dedicated to justice, it ensures fair trials and upholds constitutional rights for individuals who lack private attorneys. With devoted defense lawyers, it promotes equity and due process. This office plays a pivotal role in safeguarding rights, fostering trust in the legal process, and serving the Northern District of Texas community.

Texas Office of the Public Defender - Southern District

Texas Office of the Public Defender - Southern District - The Office of the Public Defender in the Southern District of Texas is a vital institution providing legal representation to those who cannot afford private attorneys. Dedicated to justice, it ensures fair trials and upholds constitutional rights for underserved individuals. This office plays a crucial role in safeguarding rights, fostering trust, and serving the Southern District of Texas community.

Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Commission - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is tasked with overseeing and regulating the state's workforce and employment services. The commission plays a pivotal role in facilitating economic development by providing employment resources, workforce training, and unemployment benefits to Texans. TWC collaborates with employers, job seekers, and educational institutions to enhance workforce skills, ensure fair labor practices, and connect individuals with job opportunities. Additionally, the commission manages unemployment insurance benefits, contributing to the stability of the workforce during economic fluctuations.

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