Jeff Blackburn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Amarillo, TX

Blackburn & Brown, LLP
 | 718 Southwest 16th Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-371-8333
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Civil Rights (30%)
Attorney Profile

 

Since receiving his law degree from University of Houston Law Center in 1986, attorney Jeff Blackburn has been handling criminal defense and civil rights cases for clients throughout Texas. He also represents individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. In 2009, he handled the case of Timothy Cole, a young man who died in prison after being falsely accused of rape, and obtained the first posthumous DNA exoneration in Texas history. Mr. Blackburn also represented 38 people falsely convicted in the infamous Tulia drug sting, eventually obtaining full pardons and civil damages.

Jeff Blackburn is the founder of and was chief counsel to the Innocence Project of Texas from 2005-2015. The State Bar of Texas named him as Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2002-2003. He received the Frank Scurlock Award, the Henry B. Gonzalez Award and the Maury Maverick Award for his civil rights work.Further, he is Board Certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

From 2009-2013, he chaired the Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee of the State.

His track record of success and public recognition speaks volumes about his experience, knowledge and skill. Contact Blackburn and Brown in Amarillo for quality legal services.

 
Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (70%)
Civil Rights (30%)

Criminal Defense (70%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Civil Rights (30%): Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Civil Rights: Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2017

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  • "Too Much Money, Too Little Justice" (2015) - From the State Bar of Texas website (https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BOD_Central&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=33128) "Jeff Blackburn is being recognized for his important original research....published in August 2015. The report is a detailed statistical study and analysis of misdemeanor prosecutions in Potter County, Texas, concluding that the citizens of Potter County are receiving neither adequate value for their taxes, nor adequate justice. ....The report serves as a model to review other criminal justice systems in Texas and elsewhere."    

  • About Jeff Blackburn

    Admitted: 1983, Texas

    Honors and Awards:

    • Awarded annually to a lawyer who distinguishes him/herself in pro-bono work., Frank Scurlock Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Legal Services to the Poor, State Bar of Texas, 2003
    • Awarded annually to a lawyer has excelled in the defense of criminal cases, Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, State Bar of Texas, 2002

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair, Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee of the State Bar of Texas, 2008
    • Founder of and chief counsel to the Innocence Project of Texas, 2005
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
    • Texas State Bar, 1983

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chairman, Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee of the State Bar, 2008

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • In 2009, he handled the case of Timothy Cole and obtained the first posthumous DNA exoneration in Texas history. He also represented 38 people falsely convicted in the infamous Tulia drug sting, eventually obtaining full pardons and civil damages.
    Office Location for Jeff Blackburn

    718 Southwest 16th Avenue
    Amarillo, TX 79101

    Phone: 806-371-8333

     

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    Last Updated: 3/15/2017

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