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David R. Scoggins was born in Dallas, Texas in 1954 and has been a lifelong Texan. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in 1976 and thereafter graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. ( Is this a great country or what? You graduate from State supported universities with a degree in Government and Law and spend the next 35 years of your legal career fighting the government. Only a great nation would have such confidence in the rule of law and justice!).

He immediately obtained his license to practice law in Texas state courts from The Supreme Court of The State of Texas  and shortly thereafter was licensed in the Federal Courts of the United States.

In 1981, David R. Scoggins commenced the practice of law in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and has resolved over 6,000 cases. He has represented citizens accused in Federal Courts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, typically on drug conspiracy and fraud cases.

He has also tried hundreds of jury trials in Felony and Misdemeanor courts in Texas. He has most often appeared at court in Dallas, Collin (McKinney) and Tarrant Counties (Fort Worth) with a significant docket in Denton, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties also. He has also been persuaded by clients to represent them in distant counties for significant cases such as murder, intoxication manslaughter, organized crime, healthcare fraud and drug conspiracy prosecutions.

He is proud to practice law with his daughter, Yvie Scoggins-Gamez who limits her practice to Family Law, Divorce, Custody and Child Support litigation.

He is also proud to practice criminal defense in Collin County (McKinney) with an exceptionally talented and hard working lawyer, Suzanne Stevens.

David Scoggins is a Past Master of East Dallas Lodge 1200 and has served on the Jurisprudence Committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas.

David Scoggins is rated AV Preeminent (the highest level of professional excellence as determined by ratings from fellow Lawyers and Judges). He has been AV rated for more than a dozen years. He is also rated Superb by AVVO.

He continues to be excited by the opportunities and challenges of Law and the pure joy of being at that point in his career of almost always having more trial experience than his prosecutor opponent. He looks forward to immediately beginning to help you.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 35%
    35 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    36 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    36 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    36 years
  5. Juvenile: 5%
    36 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Lawrence Traylor

    Great lawyer. Well known and highly respected.


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  • Efrain Sain

    I endorse this lawyer. David has mentored me as I started my practice. First of all, he is a straight up type of person. He is honest and dependable. As an attorney, he is brilliant. In my third year of my solo practice, he was co-counsel with me on a child sex-abuse case where my client was in law enforcement. Watching him in that trial was the best education I could ever hope to get. I admire him as an attorney but even more as a human. You cannot go wrong with David Scoggins.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

David Scoggins, Attorney at Law

6440 N. Central Expressway
Suite 403
Dallas, TX, 75206


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198101/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rating-Highest Possible Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2015
Superb Rated Attorney - 9.3AVVO2015
Rated AV Preeminent for Ten (10) YearsMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDavid R. Scoggins, Attorney at Law1981 - Present
Worked through school years in Line Haul Dispatch & Auto Ctr.Sears, Roebuck & Co. - Dallas & Austin1970 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
U.S. District Court- Northern District of TexasAdmitted to Practice1982 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1981 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Texas System, AustinGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1976