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TexasCriminal Appellate Law Lawyers in Texas

An appeal involves briefing issues for a higher court to review. Appellate attorneys in Texas may also make an oral argument to the judge or judges deciding the appeal.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for an appellate case, keep in mind that strict timelines often apply to appeals.


Most criminal appellate attorneys in Texas charge flat fees for direct appeals and post conviction cases.


Many of the top appellate attorneys devote a significant portion of their practice to this niche area of the law.


Appellate law in the criminal justice system also includes federal habeas petitions and post-conviction motions for illegal sentences, ineffective assistance of counsel or prosecutorial misconduct.


Many of the top criminal appellate lawyers in the United States belong to The Council of Appellate Lawyers. The CAL is the first and only national appellate bench-bar organization.

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Gerald Harris Goldstein

Gerald Harris Goldstein
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St 2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Gerald "Gerry" Harris Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer. His high-profile clients have included a U.S. Congressma... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Appellate Law
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American Board of Criminal Lawyers
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Fellow
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Life Member,
Past President (1994-1995)
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Member

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Cynthia Eva Orr is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney. She is double Board Certified in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appell... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Appellate Law
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Life Member,
Past President (2009-2010)
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Texas Bar College
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Member
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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Founding Member,
Past President (1999)
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Member,
Past President (2003)

David B Sloane

David B Sloane
Law Offices of David Sloane
933 West Weatherford Street suite 220
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Call 817-810-0088
100% focus on marijuana highway interdiction cases... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
David B Sloane
Lifetime Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
David B Sloane
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
David B Sloane
Member

Matt Horak

Matt Horak
Horak Law
1790 Hughes Landing Blvd #400
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Call 713-225-8000
Matt Horak has been practicing criminal law in Texas for more than a decade. He began his career as a former Assistant District Attorney for... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Matt Horak
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Matt Horak
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Matt Horak
Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Matt Horak
Member,
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Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association
Matt Horak
Member

Kevin Bennett

Kevin Bennett
The Law Office of Kevin Bennett
1411 West Ave Suite 100
Austin, TX 78701
Call 512-476-4626
Kevin Bennett is committed to guiding his clients through the legal process with as little stress as possible.... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Kevin Bennett
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Kevin Bennett
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Bennett
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Kevin Bennett
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Bennett
Member

Marco Gonzalez

Marco Gonzalez
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Freeway #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Devoted to fighting for the legal rights of others.... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Marco Gonzalez
Member
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Marco Gonzalez
Member

Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson

Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Fwy #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Kevin Acevedo has ample experience as a trial lawyer, focusing principally in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, construction law, ... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson
Member

Elizabeth F. Wiggins

Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Law Office of Michael J. Price
310 South Austin Avenue #100
Georgetown, TX 78626
Call 512-354-1880
Diligence. Dedication. Defense.... read more >
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Texas Bar College
Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Member

Ricardo N. Gonzalez

Ricardo N. Gonzalez
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Freeway #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Over 30 years of experience in Texas law... read more >

Brian A. Benken

Brian A. Benken
Benken Law
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004
Call 713-223-4051
Licensed private investigator and esteemed criminal defense attorney serving Harris County.... read more >
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Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association
Brian A. Benken
Member

John T. Hunter

John T. Hunter
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
John T. Hunter is an assertive and focused attorney. He has recently joined Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley as an Associate Attorney, where he... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
John T. Hunter
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
John T. Hunter
Member
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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
John T. Hunter
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John T. Hunter
Member

Abasi Daudi Major

Abasi Daudi Major
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St Ste 2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Abasi Daudi Major began his criminal defense career learning under the tutelage of Cynthia E. Orr and Gerald H. Goldstein. As a clerk, he wo... read more >

Sean Robert Evans

Sean Robert Evans
Evans & Powell, PLLC.
430 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
Call 713-622-2000
Sean Evans is a criminal defense attorney in Houston and Conroe who grew up just east of Houston in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Prior to co-foundin... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Sean Robert Evans
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Jonathan Gracia

Jonathan Gracia
The Gracia Law Firm
932 E Van Buren St
Brownsville, TX 78520
Call 956-504-2211
Jonathan Gracia is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Brownsville who also serves as a Justice of the Peace in Cameron County. Not ... read more >

Greg Torres

Greg Torres
Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC
15851 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX 75001
Call 972-972-8869
The Law Offices of David Sloane is the premier marijuana defense firm defending Felony Highway Interdiction cases statewide, including the T... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Greg Torres
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Tanya Sue Dohoney

Tanya Sue Dohoney
Varghese Summersett PLLC
300 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1650
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Licensed for 32 years, Tanya Sue Dohoney is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Franklyn Mickelsen Jr.

Franklyn Mickelsen Jr.
Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP
2600 State St.
Dallas, TX 75204
Licensed for 29 years, Franklyn Mickelsen Jr. is a Federal Crimes and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Georgetown University L... read more >

Bruce Edward Anton

Bruce Edward Anton
Sorrels, Udashen, & Anton
2311 Cedar Springs Rd Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75201
Licensed for 40 years, Bruce Edward Anton is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >

Edward A Mallett

Edward A Mallett
Mallett Saper Berg, LLP
4306 Yoakum Blvd Suite 400
Houston, TX 77006
Licensed for 49 years, Edward A Mallett is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of ... read more >

W Troy McKinney

W Troy McKinney
Schneider & McKinney, P.C.
440 Louisiana St Ste 800
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 33 years, W Troy McKinney is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended South Texas College of... read more >

Doug Murphy

Doug Murphy
Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C.
402 Main St., 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 20 years, Doug Murphy is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law ... read more >

Stephen Lyle Hamilton

Stephen Lyle Hamilton
HamiltonGrant PC
812 Main Street
Lubbock, TX 79401
Licensed for 21 years, Stephen Lyle Hamilton is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended Oklahoma City Univers... read more >

Brian Wesley Portugal

Brian Wesley Portugal
U.S. Attorney's Office
1100 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75242
Licensed for 14 years, Brian Wesley Portugal is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Baylor Law School... read more >

Terri R Zimmermann

Terri R Zimmermann
Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C.
770 S Post Oak Ln Ste 620
Houston, TX 77056
Licensed for 23 years, Terri R Zimmermann is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Ce... read more >

Steven Waller Conder

Steven Waller Conder
401 W Belknap St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Licensed for 30 years, Steven Waller Conder is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Baylor Law School... read more >

Stanley G Schneider

Stanley G Schneider
Schneider & McKinney, P.C.
440 Louisiana St Ste 800
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 45 years, Stanley G Schneider is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University Schoo... read more >

L J Gist

L J Gist
Drug Impact Court
215 Franklin St Ste 160
Beaumont, TX 77701
Licensed for 53 years, L J Gist is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >

David Douglas Arnold

David Douglas Arnold
Judge Williamson County Court-at-Law No. 3
405 Martin Luther King St Ste 16
Georgetown, TX 78626
Licensed for 25 years, David Douglas Arnold is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Vanderbilt Law School... read more >

Catherine G Burnett

Catherine G Burnett
South Texas College of Law Houston
1303 San Jacinto St
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 43 years, Catherine G Burnett is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas Sch... read more >

Michael Clark Gross

Michael Clark Gross
Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C.
1524 N Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78215
Licensed for 32 years, Michael Clark Gross is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University Schoo... read more >

John J. "Bud" Ritenour Jr.

John J.
The Ritenour Law Firm, P.C.
115 E. Travis Street Suite 746
San Antonio, TX 78205
Licensed for 24 years, John J. "Bud" Ritenour Jr. is a Sex Crimes and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of La... read more >

Mark Ryan Thiessen

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Thiessen Law Firm
1221 Studewood
Houston, TX 77008
Licensed for 16 years, Mark Ryan Thiessen is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of La... read more >

Martin LeNoir

Martin LeNoir
The Law Offices of Martin LeNoir
3300 Oak Lawn Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75219
Licensed for 42 years, Martin LeNoir is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >

Jennifer S Freel

Jennifer S Freel
Vinson & Elkins LLP
111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Licensed for 14 years, Jennifer S Freel is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended George Washington University Law School... read more >

Margaret Emily Johnson-liu

Margaret Emily Johnson-liu
Office of State Prosecuting Attorney
PO Box 13046
Austin, TX
Licensed for 18 years, Margaret Emily Johnson-liu is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >

Kimberly Ann Schaefer

Kimberly Ann Schaefer
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
1100 Commerce St 13th Floor
Dallas, TX 75242
Licensed for 27 years, Kimberly Ann Schaefer is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended George Washington University Law School... read more >

Kristen Elaine Jernigan

Kristen Elaine Jernigan
Law Office of Kristen Jernigan, PLLC
203 S Austin Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626
Licensed for 21 years, Kristen Elaine Jernigan is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of ... read more >

Charles James Gibson

Charles James Gibson
909 Throckmorton St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Licensed for 26 years, Charles James Gibson is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >

Gregory Don Sherwood

Gregory Don Sherwood
Law Office of Gregory Sherwood
PO Box 200613
Austin, TX 78720
Licensed for 29 years, Gregory Don Sherwood is a Criminal Appellate Law and Appellate Law lawyer who attended The University of Texas Schoo... read more >

Lisa Braxton Smith

Lisa Braxton Smith
2100 Bloomdale Rd Ste 200
McKinney, TX 75071
Licensed for 26 years, Lisa Braxton Smith is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Texas Tech University School of Law... read more >

Jason Tyler Larman

Jason Tyler Larman
3102 Edgewood Dr
Garland, TX 75042
Licensed for 9 years, Jason Tyler Larman is a Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >

F. Clinton Broden

F. Clinton Broden
2600 State Street
Dallas, TX 75204
Licensed for 22 years, F. Clinton Broden is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Virginia School... read more >

David L Botsford

David L Botsford
Botsford & Roark
1307 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Licensed for 42 years, David L Botsford is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >

Lydia Clay-Jackson

Lydia Clay-Jackson
The Law Office of L. Clay-Jackson, P.L.L.C.
504 West Lewis Street
Conroe, TX 77301
Licensed for 34 years, Lydia Clay-Jackson is a Federal Crimes and Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >

Richard E Wetzel

Richard E Wetzel
Attorney at Law
1411 West Ave Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
Licensed for 42 years, Richard E Wetzel is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Cent... read more >

William H Ray

William H Ray
515 Houston St Ste 611
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Licensed for 34 years, William H Ray is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of L... read more >

Tad A Nelson

Tad A Nelson
The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates
1221 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
Licensed for 28 years, Tad A Nelson is a Drug Crimes and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley ... read more >

Morris T Greggs

Morris T Greggs
Court of Criminal Appeals
PO Box 12308
Austin, TX 78711
Licensed for 31 years, Morris T Greggs is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Baylor Law School... read more >

David Christopher Newell

David Christopher Newell
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
201 W 14th St
Austin, TX 78701
Licensed for 22 years, David Christopher Newell is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texa... read more >

David A Schulman

David A Schulman
1801 E 51st St Ste 365-474
Austin, TX 78723
Licensed for 33 years, David A Schulman is a Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Texas Tech University School o... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

TCDLA has a proud history of supporting and educating criminal defense lawyers in the the state while advocating for the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas are active within this organization.



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