Paul C. Looney

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Houston, Texas

Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C.
Paul C. Looney
Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1990

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
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Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C.

11767 Katy Fwy
Suite 740
Houston, TX 77079 Visit website


Paul Looney has won 60 criminal defense jury trials since 1995 with zero final convictions.  Selected as the Harris County Criminal Lawyers of the Year and the Texas Criminal Defense Charles Butts Lawyer of the Year, Paul Looney has over 30 years of experience litigating cases and is a reputed attorney defending individuals in Texas and across the United States. From Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C.’s office in Houston, he practices criminal defense and stands up for those accused, consistently striving to protect their rights. He represents individuals accused of crime, including assault, theft, drug crimes, marijuana arrest, murder and homicide, child abuse, personal injury, domestic violence, DUI and DWI, manufacture and delivery of drugs, engaging in organized criminal activity, rioting, sex offenses, white collar and corporate crimes.

Mr. Looney was a graduate of West Texas A&M University and graduated in 1978 with an undergraduate degree in economics and political science. At his university, he was an active member of several societies, such as the Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Alpha Theta's Zeta Upsilon Chapter.

After a gap of almost a decade, Mr. Looney enrolled in the South Texas College of Law Houston and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1990. He was authorized by the State Bar of Texas the very same year, and since then he has been practicing law in the state.

Mr. Looney firmly believes that everybody deserves a second chance in life, and fights hard to get his client’s case dismissed or reduce their penalty or sentence. He understands the mental stress being accused of a crime can inflict on an individual. Being a compassionate and empathetic attorney, he always steps up to be a companion to his clients, a shoulder they can rely on during some of the darkest days of their lives, rather than being merely just an attorney.

Highly praised by both clients and peers alike for his dedication and commitment to his work, Mr. Looney is listed as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Previously, he was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country by The National Trial Lawyers. He also holds a "Superb" rating on Avvo.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1990, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Jury Persuasion in Criminal Cases: Utilizing 'Solutions Selling' Techniques", Continuing Education Stanford Law School, Lecturer, 1998
  • Strike Force is not just for young lawyers, The Voice for the Defense magazine of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Writer, 2021
  • "Jury Persuasion in Criminal Cases: Utilizing 'Solution Selling' Techniques", The Voice magazine of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Writer, 2014
  • "Proceeding Vaguely: Obstruction of a Pending Proceeding Under 18 U.S.C. 1505", The Champion magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Writer, 2014
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Charles D. Butts Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), June 13, 2019
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2015
  • Nation's TOP ONE Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Fellow, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute, 2011
Educational Background:
  • West Texas State University, Majors: Economics and Political Science, 1979
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Texas, 1990

Office location for Paul C. Looney

11767 Katy Fwy
Suite 740
Houston, TX 77079

Phone: 405-388-6191


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

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