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Jeremy Sylestine


As I approach my twentieth year as a practicing attorney, I’m thankful for the nudge I had toward criminal defense during and after law school. I was a first-generation college graduate and finding my own path. I didn’t know it at the time, but I would eventually discover my calling in the courtroom.

I began my career as an assistant public defender in the Texas Panhandle, fighting against a system that made it all too easy for good people to become forever entangled in its web. On day one I was trying a felony DWI. By the end of that first week, we had won an acquittal for our client, and the adventures continued from there. Over the next two years, I tried cases to juries and judges at all levels, firmly catching the trial bug.

I moved to Austin in 2006 to join the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. During my 15-plus years in that office, I handled thousands of cases and took serious and complicated felony charges to trial. I spent over seven years handing a child abuse and domestic violence caseload. Over my final five years with the office, I served as team lead for the 147th and 427th District Courts, where I supervised court teams and took on the most grave and complicated cases. I have tried dozens of aggravated felonies, including capital murder, murder, aggravated sexual assault, and injury to a child.

I left the District Attorney’s Office in 2021 to start my own firm. I enjoy the challenge of defense and the creativity it requires to overcome conventional thinking. I like to tell my clients that I speak Prosecutor. I know what the other side will do and how they’ll approach a case. I use my years of experience as a prosecutor to my clients’ advantage so I can be more prepared than my opponents in trial.

I am a husband, father, native Texan, and member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. If I’m not working, you’ll find me at a concert, enjoying Austin with my family, coaching one of my three daughters in youth sports, or discovering new parts of the Austin food scene with my wife.


  • University of Texas at Austin (BA, 2000)
  • University of Virginia School of Law (JD, 2004)


  • Western District of Texas


  • Cofer & Connelly, PLLC (partner)
  • Sylestine Law PLLC (owner)
  • Travis County District Attorney’s Office (Assistant District Attorney)
  • University of Texas School of Law (Adjunct Professor)
  • Law Office of Jerod Pingelton (Assistant Public Defender)

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Client Reviews

  • "He was incredibly professional and proficient at both progressing my case, keeping me in the loop as well as thoroughly explaining what to expect and how to proceed moving forward. I'm very grateful for his services overall."
  • "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."
  • I am convinced that this is the best criminal defense team in Austin and probably in all of Texas.


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