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Jeremy Sylestine

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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.

EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS

  • Western District of Texas

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 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)

Committed to Excellence

Client Reviews

  • "A good law firm made my son feel comfortable after he was charged."
    Chris J.
  • "He went above and beyond multiple times with a complicated matter and I am forever grateful."
    L.B.
  • "Rick was the consummate professional, helping our family through a crisis with calm and efficiency. He was very responsive to all of our requests for information and guided us every step of the way."
    J.B.
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