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Margaret Chen Kercher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Austin, TX

Smith & Vinson Law Firm
1411 West Avenue, Suite 124
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 737-248-7311
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2008
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Languages Spoken: English, Chinese-Mandarin
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Attorney Profile

Margaret Chen Kercher is a senior criminal defense attorney at Smith & Vinson Law Firm, located in Austin, Texas. With over 14 years of experience, she understands the need for thorough and steadfast representation, no matter how small the offense. She makes sure her clients’ stories are heard in court and exhausts all possible avenues to preserve their freedom. 

Focusing a significant portion of her practice on DUI/DWI, Ms. Kercher has experience handling a wide range of offenses, from minor misdemeanors to serious felony charges, including:

·       Assault, battery and murder

·       Drug offenses

·       Sex crimes and prostitution

·       Theft, fraud, shoplifting

·       Weapons offenses

·       Juvenile crimes

·       Probation violations

·       Intoxication assault and manslaughter

·       Multiple DUIs

·       Domestic violence

An honors graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Kercher completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in government and philosophy in 2003. She received her doctorate in jurisprudence from Baylor Law School in 2007. While there, she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, served as the editor of Baylor Law Review and was a part of the Baylor ATLA Mock Trial Team. She won first place in Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition. 

Early in her career, Ms. Kercher served as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas – Waco Division. She was first admitted to practice in Texas in 2008. She also served as a staff attorney at the Travis County DWI Court and the Travis County Phoenix Court. 

Fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese, Ms. Kercher holds memberships in the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, the Lloyd C. Lochridge American Inn of Court and the Austin Asian American Bar Association. 

As a result of her outstanding client services, Ms. Kercher has earned a “Superb” client rating on Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Theft, DUI/DWI


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About Margaret Chen Kercher

First Admitted: 2008, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Baylor ATLA Mock Trial Team, Spring 2006, Order of the Barristers, First Place, Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition, Fall 2005, Baylor University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of Austin Asian-American Bar Association
  • Member of the AYLA Leadership Academy 2016
  • Member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class 2016
  • Member of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Texas
  • Member of Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association (AYLA)
  • Member of Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association (ACDLA)
  • Member of Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court
  • Member of Texas Bar College
  • U.S. Federal Court Western District of Texas

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy, May 2003, Honors Graduate, University of Texas College Scholar, Departmental Honors in Government, University of Texas Mock Trial Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Baylor University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2007, Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review
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Office Location for Margaret Chen Kercher

1411 West Avenue
Suite 124
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 737-248-7311

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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