Brian J. Roark

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Austin, Texas

Botsford & Roark
Brian J. Roark
Botsford & Roark

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, DUI-DWI, White collar crimes; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1995

Education: Baylor Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2009

Botsford & Roark

1307 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701 Visit website


As a partner with the Botsford & Roark law firm in Austin, Texas, attorney Brian J. Roark has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and liberties of the accused. Serving the needs of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Austin metro region and surrounding areas, Mr. Roark has more than 23 years of providing successful criminal defense counsel in state and federal courts to those facing virtually any type of felony or misdemeanor charge.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Roark has represented many high-profile public figures, prominent politicians, judges and attorneys, professional and college athletes, and people from all walks of life. A former prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office, he has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, enabling him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for those facing charges for DWI, sexual assault, drug crimes, white collar crimes, Title IX violations and more.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Roark holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell in addition to the numerous other accolades and awards he has received. Widely regarded as a leader in criminal law, he served a long tenure as a member of the adjunct legal faculty at The University of Texas School of Law, where he instructed aspiring law students on effective trial advocacy practices.

A 1992 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Roark obtained his Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School in 1995. The State Bar of Texas admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Active in his legal community, he is a member of both the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and he served several years on the Texas Bar District 9 – 1 Grievance Committee, ultimately serving as chair for three of those years.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal defense: white collar

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Debt, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Probation, Prosecution, Sex offenses, Theft, Criminal domestic violence, DUI/DWI, White collar crime, Criminal law - federal

  • 50% Criminal defense
  • 30% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20% Criminal defense: white collar

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • University of Texas School of Law, Trial Advocacy
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer rated by Texas Monthly
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas, B.A., 1992
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1998
  • Texas Bar District 9 – 1 Grievance Committee, Member, 2000 – 2016
  • Texas, 1995
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member

Office location for Brian J. Roark

1307 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-937-2252


7 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2009

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