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Geoffrey Puryear

Partner

Lead Counsel Designation - Thomson Reuters Findlaw

As a defense attorney, former felony prosecutor, and former Texas District Judge, I have committed my professional career to complex criminal law trial practice. I have tried hundreds of complex felony cases before a judge or jury, and I know that hard work and experience are the path to success in the courtroom.

As a sixth-generation Texan, my family and I have called Texas home for more than 150 years. I grew up in Austin and my dad still lives on the Hays County cattle ranch my family has owned since the 1880s. When I was young, my father became a trial court judge and was later elected to the 3rd Court of Appeals covering the Texas Hill Country, where he served for 18 years. He instilled in me a love of the law and the drive to work hard in everything I do. Texans are no strangers to a strong work ethic and that value has guided my career as a courtroom attorney and felony District Judge. As a longtime prosecutor in Williamson and Travis counties, I tried many complex, high-profile felony trials.

In 2012, I was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to a State Board charged with providing counsel and expertise to the Governor on criminal justice issues. In 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed me to the 460th District Court, a newly created felony criminal court in Central Texas. In that role, I had the opportunity to preside over jury trials, rule on evidentiary issues and see how criminal courtrooms work from a judge’s perspective, adding to the criminal legal experience I am able to leverage for my clients.

EDUCATION

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, JD
  • Texas State University, BS with Honor (Public Administration)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & RECOGNITION

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Lubbock Area Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association (2007-2019)
  • Selected as Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Selected as a Master of the Bench through the American Inns of Court
  • Elected as a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation

PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Partner, Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
  • Partner, The Geoffrey Puryear Law Firm, PLLC, Lubbock
  • Presiding Judge, 460th Judicial District Court, Austin
  • Assistant District Attorney, Travis County District Attorney’s Office
  • Assistant District Attorney, Williamson County District Attorney’s Office
  • Assistant County Attorney, Williamson County Attorney’s Office

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

  • Member, Texas Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council (2011-2019)

Awards & Honors

  • Justia - 10.0 Lawyer Rating
  • Proud Fellow of the ABF
  • Avvo 2021
  • NTL
  • Avvo 2022
  • Expertise 2023
  • Super Lawyers - Geoffrey
  • Avvo 2023 Geoffery
  • Top 1 Percent

Client Reviews

  • "He went above and beyond multiple times with a complicated matter and I am forever grateful."
    L.B.
  • "This man right here is the man to go to he will handle your case with confidence and make sure you are well taken care of and updated on everything."
    Former Client
  • "In the end, his timeframe was right and the charge was dropped. I couldn't imagine going through this journey without both his legal expertise and heartfelt compassion."
    K.Z.
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