Tom Pappas

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Dallas, Texas

Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P.
Tom Pappas
Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes

Licensed in Texas since: 1985

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2024

Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P.

900 Jackson Street
Suite 330
Dallas, TX 75202 Visit website


Attorney Tom Pappas is a partner with the Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P, law firm in Dallas, Texas. Board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and possessing more than 34 years of legal experience, Mr. Pappas provides outstanding criminal defense counsel to clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. He provides much-needed support to those who stand accused of serious felony and misdemeanor offenses, such as DUI/DWI, white collar crimes, drug crimes, domestic violence and more.

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Pappas also has extensive experience handling appeals, administrative hearings and adjudications, customs violations, and juvenile law. Furthermore, he has successfully represented his clients in grand jury proceedings as well as in various federal district courts throughout his region. No matter how serious the charges his clients are facing, Mr. Pappas delivers highly personalized counsel and aggressive advocacy to significantly increase his clients' odds of obtaining the best possible outcomes for their unique situations.

Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and ethical standards as well as his outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Pappas holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned many other top ratings from his peers. He has also received excellent client reviews on Avvo along with numerous testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

Mr. Pappas graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1981 with degrees in economics and history. He then returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1984. The State Bar of Texas admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits.

*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.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1985, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Texas
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals--Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • Eastern District of Arkansas
Educational Background:
  • Southern Methodist University, B.S., Honor: cum laude, 1981
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Criminal Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Office location for Tom Pappas

900 Jackson Street
Suite 330
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-296-4762


22 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2024

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