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I defend  people charged  in criminal cases  in all counties of North Texas.  In twenty years of practice, I  have tried no fewer than 200 felony criminal jury trials with charges ranging from Driving While Intoxicated, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault, Robbery to Capital Murder. I have tried more than 160 misdemeanor jury trials.  I have been directly involved in prosecuting or defending more than 12,000 criminal cases. 


As a former Chief Prosecutor, Staff Attorney and Crimes Against Children Prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, I know how to put a case together and I can pick a case apart.


I represent clients with integrity, honsety and zeal.  I return every letter and phone call.  I keep clients informed about the progress of their case, the facts and the law.  Please call or come in for a free consultation. 



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 76%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 12%
    20 years
  3. Child Abuse: 12%
    20 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sherry Renee Armstrong

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    Sherry Armstrong Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Jeffrey C. Kennedy

    It is my pleasure to endorse Ben Leonard. I first met Ben almost 20 years ago when he was a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney. Ben is extremely knowledgeable in the area of criminal law and is well respected among fellow defense lawyers, prosecutors and the judiciary. With his extensive criminal trial experience, Ben is the "go to guy" if you have been charged with a criminal matter.


    Jeffrey Kennedy DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

916 W. Belknap St.
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199410/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Lawyers Of Fort WorthFort Worth, Texas Magazine2011
Crimes Against Children ProsecutorTarrant County District Attorney Office2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Ben Leonard, PLLC2011 - Present
Staff AttorneyLaw office of Jim Shaw2007 - 2010
Chief Felony ProsecutorTarrant County District Attorney1995 - 2007
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Office of Bill Leonard1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1994 - Present
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationMember1994 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Capital Murder Prosecution - Tarrant CountyDeath
Capital Murder Defense - Tarrant CountyNot Guilty
Capital Murder Prosecution - Tarrant CountyDeath
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Texas System, ArlingtonHistory/Political ScienceOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceFaculty Advisor2006
Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory ServicesDuty to Report Child Abuse for Professionals2005
TCDLA Sexual Assault ConferencePreparing the Child Abuse Case2005
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceFaculty Advisor2005
Advanced Trial Skills ConferneceCross Examination2005
Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory ServicesDuty to Report Child Abuse for Professionals2004
TDCLA Sexual Assault ConferencePreparing the Child Abuse Case2004
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceOpening Statement2004
Basic Trial Skilld ConferenceFaculty Advisor2003
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceFaculty Advisor2002
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceFaculty Advisor2001
Basic Trial Skills ConferenceFaculty Advisor2000