Kristin R. Brown

Top rated appellate attorney in Dallas, Texas

The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC
Kristin R. Brown
The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC

Practice Areas: Appellate, Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2013

Education: Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2023

The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC

17304 Preston Road
Suite 1250
Dallas, TX 75252 Visit website

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Board-certified attorney Kristin R. Brown is the president and managing attorney of The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC, in Dallas, Texas. A top-rated trial lawyer with nearly a decade of total legal experience, Ms. Brown specializes in criminal defense, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Dallas metro region who stand accused of assaults, sexual offenses, drug crimes, and other felonies and misdemeanors in both juvenile and adult court and at both the state and federal level.    Ms. Brown has a reputation for hard work on cases pretrial, which has resulted in her solid record of securing acquittals, dismissals, reductions of charges, and the best possible negotiated pleas for her clients.

Ms. Brown also has extensive appellate experience and has taken more than 100 cases to the Texas courts of appeal, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Brown has gained a reputation for her fierce advocacy on behalf of her clients both inside and outside the courtroom at the trial and appellate levels.  Ms. Brown’s appellate advocacy has resulted in vacated and reversed sentences, reduction in time served through vacation of illegally cumulated sentences, and recently an extremely rare acquittal on appeal.

In recognition of her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Brown has been selected as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star each year since 2017 and, in 2023, Ms. Brown was named one of the Top 50 women attorneys in Texas and one of the Top 100 attorneys over all.  Ms. Brown has also been named one of the best lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine since 2021, has repeatedly earned a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from The National Trial Lawyers, has numerous Client's Choice awards, has an AV Preeminent Rating by both the judiciary and her colleagues each year since 2016, has been chosen as a “best appellate attorney” by her peers in the Dallas criminal bar, and has many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers. She has also received many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

Ms. Brown is one of only a figurative handful of attorneys who is double board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Ms. Brown met all requirements for certification and successfully completed 12 hours of rigorous testing to obtain her board-certification in both criminal law (trials) and criminal law (appeals) in 2022.  A highly educated attorney, Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2009, where she was a President's List scholar each year there. She was on the Dean’s List at Texas Wesleyan (A&M) University School of Law every eligible semester, and she received the Alma and Ronnie Blackwell Scholarship along with other merit scholarships.  During law school, Ms. Brown was a member of the Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Arbitration Competition Teams, was a teaching assistant, and was selected to law review, where her work was published. 

Ms. Brown obtained her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2013, graduating Order of the Barristers and being awarded the Equal Justice award for pro bono service. She then attended Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law, where she obtained her Master of Law in trial advocacy the following year.   Nearing completion of her master's degree in forensic science as well as a certificate in Death Investigation, Forensic Science and Technology from the University of Florida, Ms. Brown has begun a master's degree in forensic psychology from the University of North Dakota.  Ms. Brown is a graduate of the intensive and elite Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.

Among her other professional affiliations, Ms. Brown is an active member of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, where Ms. Brown served as a board member from 2016 to 2022, and still serves on numerous committees.  Ms. Brown is viewed as an authority on legal matters by her peers and is often sought out by colleagues for answers to troubling and tricky issues.  Ms. Brown has been published repeatedly and is a regularly requested speaker on matters such as evidence, DNA, eye-witness testimony, appellate issues, and more.  

 

Practice areas

Appellate, Criminal defense

Focus areas

Appeals, 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, Criminal domestic violence

  • 50% Appellate
  • 50% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 2013, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://idefenddfw.com/about/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Juvenile Committee, Texas Defense Lawyers Association
  • Strike Force Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Amicus Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Associate Director, 2015-2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Appellate Review Committee, 2016-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, 2017-2022
Educational Background:
  • Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology, University of North Dakota (Exp.)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presentation on potential and certain conflicts of interest in criminal matters., Presenter, Conflicts of Interest, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Ethics article regarding potential conflicts of interest., Author, Conflicts of Interest, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2022
  • Presentation to Texas criminal defense practitioners on new or changed legislation affecting criminal cases., Presenter, Updates in Criminal Law from the 2021 Legislative Session, Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2021
  • 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, Louisiana 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 affect 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
  • Texas Wesleyan Law Review (Now Texas A & M Law Review), Author, Somebody Poisoned the Jury Pool: Social Media's Effect on Jury Impartiality, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2021
  • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2022
  • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2020
  • Pro bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Pro-Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Pro bono 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
Honors/Awards:
  • Members demonstrate a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2022
  • D Magazine is proud to annually honor exceptional lawyers in our May issue. The attorneys on our Best Lawyers list are peer-nominated on the basis that they offer unparalleled counsel in one of 40 categories. These are members of the legal community representing the people and institutions of Dallas with mastery and drive.   "To compile our list of the best lawyers, we ask lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm across all voting categories, keeping the following question in mind: “Which local lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers you have observed in court, and opposing counsel.” After the votes are tallied, a panel of eminent lawyers will meet with our editors to evaluate the Best Lawyers 2021 list. Self-nominations will not count. The panel’s anonymity is assured to allow the lawyers to speak freely about issues regarding their peers that would be known only to the legal community." A purchase is not required to be listed., "Best Lawyer in Dallas--Criminal Law", D Magazine, 2022
  • Both Judicially and Peer Reviewed Rankings, AV Pre-eminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2022
  • "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--Gold, Martindale Hubbell, 2022
  • D Magazine is proud to annually honor exceptional lawyers in our May issue. The attorneys on our Best Lawyers list are peer-nominated on the basis that they offer unparalleled counsel in one of 40 categories. These are members of the legal community representing the people and institutions of Dallas with mastery and drive.   "To compile our list of the best lawyers, we ask lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm across all voting categories, keeping the following question in mind: “Which local lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers you have observed in court, and opposing counsel.” After the votes are tallied, a panel of eminent lawyers will meet with our editors to evaluate the Best Lawyers 2020 list. Self-nominations will not count. The panel’s anonymity is assured to allow the lawyers to speak freely about issues regarding their peers that would be known only to the legal community." A purchase is not required to be listed., "Best Lawyer in Dallas"--Appellate, D Magazine, 2021
  • Both Judicially and Peer Reviewed Rankings, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • Members demonstrate a high level of dedication to continuing legal education, State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2021
  • "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, 2021
  • 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 Judicially and Peer Reviewed Ratings, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • "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
  • 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 Judicially 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 Judicially 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 Judicially 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 Judicially 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 pro bono service of others, Equal Justice Pro bono 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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certification in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization , 2022
  • Board Certification in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization , 2022
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Obtained acquittal verdict in multi-count case against security officers prosecuted by the Public Integrity Unit of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, with remaining cases ending in mis-trial and ultimately, dismissal., 2022
  • Pursued and obtained deferred prosecution for juvenile in county that had never before allowed deferred prosecution under these circumstances.  This outcome will allow juvenile to pursue career goals that other wise would have been forever out of reach., 2021
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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

Office location for Kristin R. Brown

17304 Preston Road
Suite 1250
Dallas, TX 75252

Phone: 214-446-3909

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7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2023

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Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars: 2023 Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars: 2023

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