Meril Anthes, Jr.

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Austin, Texas

Gunter, Bennett & Anthes, PC
Meril Anthes, Jr.
Gunter, Bennett & Anthes, PC

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

Licensed in Texas since: 2005

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019

Gunter, Bennett & Anthes, PC

600 West 9th Street
Austin, TX 78701 Visit website


Meril "Gene" Anthes Jr. is an attorney at the criminal defense law firm Gunter, Bennett & Anthes, PC, located in Austin, Texas. With 17-plus years of experience, he focuses his practice primarily on criminal law, taking on cases involving drug offenses, assaults, domestic violence, property crimes and DWI. Serving regions in and around Central Texas, he represents parole cases across the state. 

Educated at The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Anthes graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications. He joined South Texas College of Law Houston and completed his Juris Doctor in 2005. He engaged in mock trials and moot courts and was selected as the editor for the college’s International Trade Law Journal – Currents.

Mr. Anthes is licensed to practice in Texas and appears before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He started his career as a prosecutor at the Travis County Attorney’s Office and later joined Gunter, Bennett & Anthes, PC, where he has been resiliently serving his clients for about 16 years now. 

Rated “Superb” on Avvo, Mr. Anthes was acclaimed for his professional caliber with inclusion in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s (TCDLA) DWI Trial Warrior group in 2017 and honored with the President’s Award of Merit by the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2006.

Mr. Anthes is a member of several associations including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association. He serves as a board member of TCDLA and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He occasionally gives speeches on various law-related topics, including criminal defense for paralegals, DWI and animal cruelty.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex offenses, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, DUI/DWI

  • 50% Criminal defense
  • 50% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2005, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Criminal Defense for Paralegals, Capital Area Paralegal Association, March 26, 2014
  • Handling your First Animal Cruelty Case, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, May 10, 2019
  • DWI’s: Knowing is Half the Battle, Austin Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, May 12, 2017
  • Cross Examination of the Blood Draw Technician, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, January 29, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2003
  • Texas, 2005
  • Texas Bar College, 2016 – Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member – Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board Member – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association

Office location for Meril Anthes, Jr.

600 West 9th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-765-9668


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019

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