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W. Troy McKinney

W. Troy McKinney

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

Summary
 
 
Troy McKinney, a shareholder in Schneider & McKinney, P.C., has been licensed for over 25 years having graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law and having been a briefing attorney at the First Court of Appeals.  He is a Triple Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Criminal Appellate Law and in DWI Defense Law (the only lawyer in the State to have all three Board certifications).  He is the Dean of the National College for DUI Defense and is a past President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and past Board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project.  He is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute.  McKinney is co-author of Texas Drunk Driving Law (Lexis 4th Ed) and has authored dozens of published articles.  He is a frequent speaker throughout the country (26 states) and internationally (5 foreign countries) on DWI and other criminal law issues.  He has spoken and taught at over 150 CLE courses. He was named Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association has twice named him the Outstanding Member of the Year.  He has been named a "Texas Super Lawyer" in Criminal Law and in DWI Defense, a "Top Lawyer for the People" by H Texas Magazine, and one of "Americas Best Lawyers."  Schneider & McKinney, P.C. is listed as Tier 1 Houston area law firm by U.S. News and World Report in Criminal Defense: non white collar, in Criminal Defense; white collar, and in DWI Defense -- the only law firm to be ranked in all three categories.

Details

W. Troy McKinney received his Bachelor of Science degree from Houston Baptist University in 1981 with a double major in Political Science and Speech.  He attended law school at South Texas College of Law, graduating number one in his class -- summa cum laude -- in 1986.  While in law school, Mr. McKinney was a member of the Justice Court, the Order of the Barristers, and the Order of the Lytae. He was awarded several American Jurisprudence Awards and also won awards in various moot court competitions.

From 1986 through 1987, Mr. McKinney was a briefing attorney for the Honorable Murry Cohen at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.  Mr. McKinney was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

Mr. McKinney is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in DWI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense: this specialization program has been approved by the American Bar Association and accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is Dean, a member of the Board of Regents, and a sustaining member of the National College for DUI Defense, a member of the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas (Criminal and Appellate Law Sections), the College of the State Bar of Texas (Fellow), the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (Vice President 2000-2001, President Elect 2001-2002, President 2002-2003), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 2004 - 2007, Executive Committee 2004-2007,2011-2012, DWI Committee Co-Chair 2006-2007), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been on the Board of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project (2002-2005, 2007).

Mr. McKinney is co-author of Texas Drunk Driving Law (Lexis, 4th Ed.), and a frequent speaker throughout the country (26 states) and internationally (5 foreign countries) on DWI and other criminal law issues.  He has spoken and taught at over 150 courses.   He has authored articles related to criminal defense and DWI defense that have been published in The Champion, The Voice for the Defense, and The Defender.  He is frequently consulted and quoted in a variety of media publications, which have included Time Magazine, Texas Lawyer, the National Law Journal, and the Houston Chronicle.  He has appeared on Donahue, Larry King, A&E, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, TNN, Current Affairs, as well all major networks and a variety of local news programs.  Two movies have been made (ABC and HBO) about cases defended by Mr. McKinney. 

In June 2012, McKinney was named Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  In June 2001 and again in May 2007, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association named Mr. McKinney the Outstanding Member of the Year.  Mr. McKinney has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal Law (2004-2012) and in DWI Defense (2005-2012), a "Top Lawyer for the People" by H Texas Magazine (2005-2012) and one of "Americas Best Lawyers" (2007-2012).  Schneider & McKinney, P.C. is listed as Tier 1 Houston area law firm by U.S. News and World Report in Criminal Defense: non white collar, in Criminal Defense; white collar, and in DWI Defense -- the only law firm to be ranked in all three categories.

Mr. McKinney is trained as a practitioner and instructor in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Standardized Field Sobriety Tests -- the roadside exercises that officers ask citizens to perform -- and is a DOT trained Intoxilyzer 5000 operator and maintenance technician.   Mr McKinney owns an Intoxilyzer 5000 EN, the breath test machine used throughout Texas for the last decade. 

He is an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Association of Analytical Communities International, and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    29 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    29 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

24 total 

  • Gary L. Medlin

    I endorse Troy. He has an incredible work ethic, unsurpassed knowledge of the law and science in DWI cases, and the talent to persuade juries to acquit.

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    Gary Medlin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert James Fickman

    I have worked on federal and state criminal cases with Troy. Troy is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country. Simply put, he is brilliant. Troy is always a dozen moves ahead of the prosecution. His knowledge of the law is encyclopedic. Most importantly, He knows how to win cases that no one else could win. Troy is also a leader in the defense bar. I don't know a lawyer who is more respected by the defense bar, the prosecution and the judiciary.

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    Robert Fickman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Schneider & McKinney, P.C.

440 Louisiana Ste 800
Houston, TX, 77002

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198605/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Lawyer of the YearTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2012
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Member of the YearHarris County Criminal Lawyers Association2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2005
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2004
Member of the YearHarris County Criminal Lawyers Association2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderSchneider & McKinney1987 - 2012

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseDean2000 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1987 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Lexis (4th Ed)Texas Drunk Driving Law1990

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College Of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Houston Baptist UniversityPolitical Science and SpeechBachelor of Science1981