David L. Botsford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Austin, TX

Botsford & Roark
 | 1307 West Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-479-8030
Fax: 512-479-8040
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Health Care (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Attorney David L. Botsford is a partner with Botsford & Roark law firm in Austin, Texas. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Botsford has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Texas who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Board-certified in criminal law and appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Botsford has achieved securing successful outcomes for his clients in state, federal and appellate courts across his region. He has achieved a long record of securing acquittals and dismissals for the accused along with numerous dispositions without trials. He has also successfully handled dozens of appeals to the benefit of his clients seeking to challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases.

No matter the venue or stage along the criminal justice process, Mr. Botsford maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights and liberties while fighting aggressively to help them obtain the positive results they seek efficiently and cost-effectively. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

Among his other awards and honors, Mr. Botsford has received the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year award from the State Bar of Texas' Criminal Justice Section. Moreover, Texas Lawyer magazine has named him among the top 5 "Go-To" lawyers in his area for criminal defense, and he has received induction into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Hall of Fame.

A 1974 cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Botsford obtained his Juris Doctor in 1977 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Botsford has held a number of leadership roles with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and he has written extensively and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics related to criminal defense. He is also an active member of the State Bar of Texas, and he has served on several of the organization's committees, councils and commissions.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Health Care
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Health & Health Care Law

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 19 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021

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About David Botsford

Admitted: 1977, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.botsfordroark.com/david-l-botsford/

Honors/Awards:

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Woodard/White), 1995-present (Currently listed in: Appellate Practice, Criminal Law – General Practice, and Criminal Defense – White Collar)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Monthly), 2003-present
  • Listed as 1 of 5 Top Notch “Go-To” Lawyers in Texas Criminal Defense Practice by Texas Lawyer, 2012
  • Listed as The “Go To Lawyer” in Texas Criminal Defense by Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Listed as 1 of 5 Top Notch “Go-To” Lawyers in Texas Criminal Defense Practice by Texas Lawyer, 2002
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year, 1993
  • Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Justice Section, State Bar of Texas 1993

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2011
  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1983

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Committee on Pattern Jury Charges (Criminal), 2009-2014, 2015 – 2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute, Fellow, 1990
  • Texas Association of Board Certified Specialists in Criminal Law, President, 1991 – 1992
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute, Director, 1990
  • Amicus Curiae Committee, Chairperson, 1986 – 1990
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1992 – 1993
  • Amicus Curiae Committee, Member, 1983 – 1985
  • Amicus Curiae Committee, Member, 1979 – 1981
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, 1991 – 1992
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Second Vice-President, 1993 – 1994
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, First Vice-President, 1994 – 1995
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 1995 – 1996
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1996 – 1997
  • State Bar of Texas, 1977 – Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Course Director, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, Council Member, 1997 – 2000, 2001 – 2004, 2006 – 2012, Chairperson 2012-2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Law Examination Commission, 1985 – 2005
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • Texas, 1977

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1981 – Present
  • Speaker, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, 2001
  • Speaker, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, 1998
  • Speaker, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, 1993
  • Speaker, Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1986, 1990 – Present
  • Speaker, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, 1982 – Present
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1986
  • Speaker, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1978 – Present
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas District & County Attorneys Association’s Annual Convention, 2001
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas District & County Attorneys Association’s Annual Convention, 1998
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas District & County Attorneys Association’s Annual Convention, 1993
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1978
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1979
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1978 – 1979, 1986, 1990 – Present
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, 1982
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1981

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Ex parte Mitchell, 853 S.W.2d 1 (Tex. Crim. App. 1993)
  • Ex parte Richardson, 70 S.W.3d 865 (Tex. Crim. App. 2002)
  • Ex parte James Richard “Rick” Perry, 483 S.W.3d 884 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • Ex parte James Richard “Rick” Perry, 471 S.W.3d 63 (Tex. App.—Austin 2015, pet. granted)
  • United States v. Ramos, 537 F.3d 439 (5th Circuit 2008)
  • Stearnes v. Clinton, 780 S.W.2d 216 (Tex-Crim. App. 1989)
  • State v. Ford, 179 S.W.3d 117 (Tex. App-San Antonio 2005)
  • United States v. Hill, 19 F.3d 984 (5th Circuit 1994)
  • Skelton v. State, 795 S.W.2d 162 (Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, En Banc 1989)
  • In Re Auclair, 961 F.2d 65 (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1992)
  • Ex Parte Mitchell, 853 S.W.2.d 1 (Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, En Banc 1993)
  • Cisneros v. State, 915 S.W.2d 217 (Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi 1996)
  • Ex Parte Richardson, 70 S.W.2d 865 (Tex.Crim.App. 2002)
  • United States v. Enstam, 622 F.2d 857 (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1980)
  • United States v. Dahlstrom, 713 F.2d 1423 (United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1984)
  • United States v. Cisneros, 194 F.3d 626 (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 2000)

Educational Background:

  • University of Connecticut, B.A., Major: Economics, cum laude – 1974
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Office Location for David L. Botsford

1307 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-479-8030

Fax: 512-479-8040

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