Kristin R. Brown

Kristin R. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Dallas, TX

The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC
 | 17304 Preston Road, Suite 1250
Dallas, TX 75252
Phone: 214-446-3909
Fax: 214-481-4868
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Focusing her practice exclusively on criminal defense matters, Kristin R. Brown is the founder of her own law firm: The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC, located in Dallas, Texas. She provides representation at both the trial and appellate levels to clients throughout Texas who have been charged with, or convicted of, state or federal misdemeanors or felonies.  A fair portion of Ms. Brown's practice involves writs of habeas corpus. The types of cases that Ms. Brown has had experience in handling have included homicide, domestic violence, sex offenses, fraud and other white collar crimes, human trafficking, drug possession and distribution, arson, kidnapping, and weapons violations. She also represents juvenile children who have been accused of shoplifting, car theft, vandalism, gang charges, drug or sex crimes, or other criminal offenses.

    Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has been able to obtain no-bills, dismissals, and acquittals for many of her clients, while in other cases she has negotiated favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. Her successes have earned her the respect of her colleagues, as evidenced by her receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Ms. Brown has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has consistently been named a "Client Champion" by Martindale-Hubbell. Admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Ms. Brown is  nearing completion of her Masters of Science, criminal forensics, from the University of Florida. Her legal education was initially obtained at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A & M University School of Law), from where she was awarded her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 2013. She then received an LL.M. in trial advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2014. Ms. Brown serves on the board of directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, has served on the board of directors of the Dallas and Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, and she is an active participant in numerous other professional organizations.  Ms. Brown is regularly asked to speak on legal topics, and her written work has been published multiple times.

    *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.

    About Kristin Brown

    Admitted: 2013, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.idefenddfw.com/attorney/kristin-r-brown/

    Honors/Awards:

    • "Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.  The confidential review process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.", Client Champion--Silver, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
    • The American Registry is the repository for the professional honors and recognitions of North America's top doctors, lawyers, CEO's, and other professionals.  Each year it recognizes the professionals in the top 10%, 5%, and 1% overall.  , America's Most Honored Professionals--Top 1%, American Registry, 2020
    • Both Judically and Peer Reviewed Ratings, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2020
    • The American Registry is the repository for the professional honors and recognitions of North America's top doctors, lawyers, CEO's, and other professionals.  Each year it recognizes the professionals in the top 10%, 5%, and 1% overall.  , America's Most Honored Professionals--Top 1%, American Registry, 2019
    • Both Judically and Peer Reviewed Ratings, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2019
    • "Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.  The confidential review process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.", Client Champion--Silver, Martindale Hubbell, 2019
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2019
    • The American Registry is the repository for the professional honors and recognitions of North America's top doctors, lawyers, CEO's, and other professionals.  Each year it recognizes the professionals in the top 10%, 5%, and 1% overall.  , America's Most Honored Professionals--Top 1%, American Registry, 2018
    • Both Judically and Peer Reviewed Ratings

      , AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2018
    • "Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.  The confidential review process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.", Client Champion--Silver, Martindale Hubbell, 2018
    • Peer-nominated, committee-selected as one of the top trial attorneys for criminal defense in the state of Texas

      , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2018
    • The American Registry is the repository for the professional honors and recognitions of North America's top doctors, lawyers, CEO's, and other professionals.  Each year it recognizes the professionals in the top 10%, 5%, and 1% overall.  , America's Most Honored Professionals--Top 10%, American Registry , 2017
    • Both Judically and Peer Reviewed Ratings

      , AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2017
    • "Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.  The confidential review process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.", Client Champion--Silver, Martindale Hubbell, 2017
    • Peer-nominated, committee-selected as one of the top trial attorneys for criminal defense in the state of Texas

      , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2017
    • Both Judically and Peer Reviewed Ratings, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2016
    • Peer-nominated, committee-selected as one of the top trial attorneys for criminal defense in the state of Texas

      , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • Selected by peers as among the top five attorneys practicing appellate law in the Dallas Metroplex., Dallas's Best Appellate Attorneys--Top Five, Dallas's Best Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2016
    • Peer-nominated, committee-selected as one of the top trial attorneys for criminal defense in the state of Texas, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Selected by peers as a rising star among criminal defense attorneys in the Dallas area, Star On The Rise ~ Dallas's Best Criminal Defense Attorneys, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2015
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements., State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2015
    • Selected by peers as a rising star among criminal defense attorneys in the Dallas area. , Star On The Rise ~ Dallas's Best Criminal Defense Attorneys, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2014
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements, State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2014
    • Demonstrates a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, above and beyond minimal attorney requirements, State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Awarded to the graduate that has shown the utmost dedication to probono service of others. , Equal Justice Probono Award, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2013
    • Membership is awarded only to a select few from each school who have demonstrated excellence and attained high honors through the art of courtroom advocacy., National Order of Barristers Membership Award, National Order of Barristers, Board of Governors, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Appellate Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Strike Force Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Amicus Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

    • Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Member, 2013-Present
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Associate Director, 2015-2016
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Appellate Review Committee, 2016-Present
    • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2013-Present
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2014-Present
    • Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Director, Member, 2013-Present
    • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2013-2016; Member 2013–present
    • Collin County Bar Association, Member, 2014-Present
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Director, 2017-Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2020
    • Probono College, State Bar of Texas, 2019
    • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2018
    • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2017
    • Probono College, State Bar of Texas, 2016
    • Pro bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2015
    • Pro bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2014
    • Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court, Pupil Member, 2012-2013
    • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, F. Warrior Board Member, 2016-2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Serve as course director for and organize a two-day seminar with a day one focus on family violence cases and a day two focus on how to effectively tell your client's story at trial.  , Course Director, Family Violence/Telling a Trial Story, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, 2020
    • When your client is facing family violence allegations:  what defenses and collateral consequences do you need to be aware of, prepare for, and advise your client regarding? , Lecture CLE Presentation, Defenses and Collateral Consequences of Family Violence Allegations, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Law, 2020
    • How practitioners can use technology to be more effective both in daily practice and at trial., Lecture CLE Presentation, Using Technology in Practice and Trial, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, 2019
    • Understanding issues with eyewitness accounts in criminal cases., Lecture CLE Presentation, Eyewitness "Identification?", Innocence Project of Texas, TCDLA, Law, 2019
    • Understanding the basics of DNA is essential for attorneys trying criminal matters involving biological material.  What the practitioner needs to know to effectively understand the evidence and the expert., Lecture CLE Presentation, DNA for Lawyers, TCDLA, 32nd Annual Rusty Duncan Seminar, Law, 2019
    • Presentation to criminal defense practitioners regarding how to use technology to be more effective both in daily practice and at trial., Lecture CLE Presentation, Using Technology in Practice and Trial, Lousiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, 2019
    • Lecture presentation at Innocence Project conference in Austin, Texas in conjunction with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association regarding known issues with Eyewitness Testimony, Lecture CLE Presentation, Issues with Eyewitness Testimony, Innocence Project of Texas; TCDLA, Law, 2018
    • Using technology to effectively try your case in the courtroom., Lecture CLE Presentation, Trial Technology, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association "Forensics", Law, 2018
    • The ability to effectively identify someone is negatively impacted when the eyewitness is of a different race than the target ("Suspect").  This article addresses the cross-race effect and testimonial issues associated with it.

      , Author, Can the Ails of the Cross-Race Effect on Eyewitness Testimony Be Cured?, TCDLA Voice for the Defense, Criminal Defense, 2017
    • Presentation to Texas criminal defense practitioners on new or changed legislation affecting criminal cases from the 2017 legislative session. (Jolly Roger, Hal Jackson Seminar), Lecture CLE Presentation, Criminal Law Legislative Updates from the 2017 Session, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn., Law, 2017
    • Presentation to criminal law practitioners on the basics of DNA evidence for trial., Lecture CLE Presentation, Separating Valid DNA Evidence from DNA, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn. (TCDLA), Law, 2017
    • Presentation to Texas criminal defense practitioners on new or changed legislation affecting criminal cases from the 2017 legislative session.  , Lecture CLE Presentation, Legislative Updates in Criminal Law, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association., Law, 2017
    • Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project: Beating the Drum for Justice, September 2016, Fredricksburg, Texas, Lecture CLE Presentation, Trial Technology, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2016
    • Business Basics of Criminal Defense Practice., Lecture CLE Presentation, Organization and the Practice of Criminal Defense, The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law Office Management, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn., Law, 2015
    • With the right applications, and some practice, attorneys can easily run their criminal defense practice from a laptop or tablet.  , Lecture CLE Presentation, How to Run a Paperless or Near Paperless Criminal Defense Practice, Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn, Law, 2015
    • Building and Maintaining the Attorney/Client Relationship, Lecture CLE Presentation, Ethics Presentation, TCDLA/CDLP, 2015
    • Presentation to Texas criminal defense practitioners on new or changed legislation affecting criminal cases., Lecture CLE Presentation, Updates in Criminal Law from the 2015 Legislative Session, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, 2015
    • How the Interstate Agreement on Detainers may effect your client., Lecture CLE Presentation, Representing Clients detained out of state on a Texas warrant:  Navigating the Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act, Collin County Defense Lawyer's Association, 2015
    • Presentation on Social Media and the Law, Guest Speaker, Social Media's Effect on Potential Jurors, University Of North Texas, 2013
    • Author, Somebody Poisoned the Jury Pool: Social Media's Effect on Jury Impartiality, Texas Wesleyan Law Review (Now Texas A & M Law Review), 2013

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • On appeal:  the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of conviction and sentence against my client and--in an exceedingly rare move--rendered a verdict of acquittal.  Harper v. State, 05-19-00343-CR (Tex. App.--Dallas, July 16, 2020, no pet.)., 2020
    • On appeal:  The judgment of conviction and sentences of 20 years in prison in each of two cases of aggravated assault against client were VACATED and the causes DISMISSED after the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas agreed with Appellant's argument that the trial court abused its discretion in transferring Appellant from juvenile to the criminal district court for adult criminal proceedings in these cases.  As a result, the trial court lacked jurisdiction to enter judgment against Appellant.  The adult cases were dismissed, the cases remained pending in juvenile court.  Davis v. State, 05-16-01341-CR/05-16-01342-CR (Tex. App.--Dallas July 31, 2018, no pet.)., 2018
    • No Bill: After work on case and submission of defense packet, the grand jury declined to indict my client who was the focus of a sexual assault inquiry., 2020
    • Trial: Injury to child case dismissed at pretrial., 2019
    • Trial: Indictment based on sexual assault claim by spouse dismissed at pretrial., 2018
    • On appeal: Judgment of Conviction and prison sentence of 24 years was reversed by the Dallas Court of Appeals.  The case was remanded to the trial court with an order to dismiss the indictment against my client with prejudice due to State's violation of the Interstate Agreement on Detainer's Act.  State appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who granted review.  After oral arguments, the Court ruled that review had been improvidently granted--leaving the opinion of the intermediate court intact.  Mandate was issued early upon Defense motion and client was released from prison.  Cahill v. State, 05-15-00577-CR (Tex. App.--Dallas, June 14, 2016, pet. dism'd as improv. granted)., 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology, University of North Dakota , 20
    • Masters in Forensic Science, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, 20
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    Office Location for Kristin R. Brown

    17304 Preston Road
    Suite 1250
    Dallas, TX 75252

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