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Bobby D. Mims

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I am a native Texan born in Houston in 1947.  I grew up in East Texas but spent several years in South Texas working in oil fields of the King Ranch.  I learned to speak Spanish and appreciate the Mexican culture.  I did one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division in 1969 to 1970.  After my honorable discharge from the US Army I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BA; I graduated from the South Texas College of Law in 1977 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.  After law school, I was in management with a Fortune 500 company during which I attended The Harvard Business School's Executive Development Program.  I am a Past-President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  I am admitted to practice in all of the Courts of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Norther, Southern and Western Districts of Texas  and in the  United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.


I was in the natural gas pipeline business until 1990.  I formed and sold to investors my company and formed my law firm.  Using my contacts and expertise in business along with my law degree I successfully defended several companies in Federal investigations involving mail and wire fraud, RICO, money laundering, commercial bribery and kickback schemes.  During this time none of my clients were indicted or paid significant fines.


I am presently involved in defending serious state and felony cases.  I have defended 46 Capital Murder cases.  In addition to white collar Federal criminal defense my practice includes defending Driving While Intoxicated cases.  I do not take DWI cases to plead them but rather endeavor to defend against my clients being convicted.  I win about 80% of my DWI jury trials because I have learned how to evaluate each case and present it to the jury in the most favorable light.


I believe in the Rule of Law.  I believe that our institutions are in place to give as much certainty to life as is possible in an uncertain world.  I believe in the jury system, the US Constitution and the presumption of innocence. 


I believe that every client accused of a crime should be defended to the best of my ability and my whole professional life is dedicated to that end.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 40%
    32 years, 110 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    22 years, 350 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    37 years, 224 cases
  4. White Collar Crime: 15%
    37 years, 73 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Ryan Withington Gertz

    I have known Bobby for a number of years through his fantastic work in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Recently, though, I have had the opportunity to work jointly with him on a major criminal matter. He is dedicated, responsive, and knowledgable.


    Ryan Gertz Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert James Fickman

    Bobby is one of the best, most respected criminal defense lawyers in Texas. Bobby Mims had a successful career in the oil and gas industry. He gave that up to pursue a career as a criminal defense lawyer. Bobby likes to fight. He likes to fight the government and he is very good at it. He is fearless. He stands tall, takes no guff, and makes the other guy back down and crawl into a hole. If in trouble and you live anywhere in Texas, hire Bobby. Bobby is a leader among defense lawyers. He is a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. I served with Bobby. He does not quit! Bobby doesn't sleep. There is nothing usual about getting an email at 3am from Bobby. All of Texas owes Bobby a debt of gratitude for his commitment to Liberty. Bobby was one of the main players in getting key legislation passed that protects the rights of all Texans.


    Robert Fickman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Mims Bobby D

216 W. Erwin Street, Suite 300A
Tyler, TX, 75702

Bobby D. Mims, PC

5380 Old Bullard Road
Suie 600-307
Tyler, TX, 75703



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197701/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2010
Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseTexas Monthly Magazine2009
NACDL Advocacy AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Assocaition2009
Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseTexas Monthly Magazine2008
President's AwardTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2008
Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseTexas Monthly Magazine2007
President's AwardTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2007
President's AwardTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2006
Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawBobby D Mims1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2013 - 2014
Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPublic Affairs Officer2001 - 2010
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
Smith County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Cherokee County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baker v TexasNot Guilty in 10 minutes
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Publication nameTitleDate
Prairie Dog Seminar in LubbockEthics - The Prosecutor's Duty to Disclose2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
The Harvard Business SchoolExecutive Development ProgramN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Certification training for Legal AssistantsCriminal Law 1012015
Criminal Law SeminarThe Morton Act2014
Criminal Law SeminarVoir Dire2013
Survivor SkillsHandling Blood Draw Cases2010
Captial Trial AdvocacyPlea Bargaining in Capital Murder Cases2008
Prairie Dog Seminar in LubbockIssues in Family Violence Cases2007
Criminal Trial Advocacy ProgramObjections to Punishment Phase Jury Instructions in Capital Murder Cases2007
Advanced Trial TacticsPreservation of Error2007
Trial TacticsDefense of Family Violence Cases2006