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About Me

I was born in Abilene, but currently live  in the Waco area.  I have nine children with the youngest being born in 1980 and oldest in 1962).  


I graduated from Abilene’s McMurry University in 1964 and began Baylor Law School shortly thereafter.  After my first year of school at Baylor Law, I took some time off and worked as a teacher in Bosqueville while my wife finished her undergraduate degree. Once she completed her degree, I went back to school and got my law degree in 1968.


My first job as a lawyer was as an associate at Edwards & Faulkner where I eventually became a partner.  In 1977 another attorney, Dan Makowsky, and I decided to leave Edwards, Faulkner, Giles & Makowsky and start out own firm - Giles & Makowsky.  Dan and I practiced together for 16 years until he retired. I practiced on my own for 15 years until my son, Lewis, joined me in 2008. 


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
  4. Juvenile: 5%



Hourly ($100-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (15%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Claude. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lori Krasienko

    I endorse this lawyer. Claude is trusted by his clients to help them plan for the future. He's a skilled attorney in many areas.


    Lori Krasienko Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Giles & Giles

504 Austin Avenue
Waco, TX, 76701-2107

Giles & Giles

P.O. Box 609
Waco, TX, 76703-0609



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 196809/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AcknowledgementTexas Law Center1977
CounsellorBaylor Law Alumni Association1972
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior PartnerGiles & Giles2009 - Present
OwnerClaude Giles, P.C.1993 - 2009
PartnerGiles & Makowsky1977 - 1993
PartnerEdwards, Faulkner & Giles1970 - 1977
AssociateEwards & Faulkner1968 - 1970
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Heart of Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug AddictionDirector2009 - 2010
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - Present
District 8-B Grievance CommitteeMember1982 - 1985
Heart of Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug AddictionPresident1978 - 1979
Freeman CenterDirector1978 - 1979
Waco-McLennan County Bar AssociationN/A1968 - Present
McLennan County Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
State Bar of TexasN/AN/A
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Baylor Law Alumni AssociationLifetime MemberN/A
Delta Theta Phi Law FraternityMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1968