William “Bill” Stradley is a native Houstonian who has practiced criminal law in Texas for almost 25 years. Bill is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer.
A former Harris County Assistant District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor, his practice focuses on helping individuals and businesses faced with difficult misdemeanor and felony accusations in both Texas and Federal criminal courts.
Bill's primary goal is to make his clients feel confident and happy that they hired him as their lawyer. Ethically, no attorney can guarantee a specific result, but he wants his clients to have no regrets in choosing him to be their public face to juries, judges, and opposing prosecutors.
A large number of Bill’s cases are referrals from other attorneys and judges who have worked with him in the past. He has a reputation for deftly handing difficult cases in an individualized, honest, caring manner.
Most of his cases involve people who have never been in trouble with the legal system before, and who need kind, calming, experienced legal representation to help them through what for many is the most difficult situation in their lives. If you would like to read an expansive listing of client testimonials from over the years, please check out his website's Testimonials Page.
Bill’s personalized approach to criminal cases involves working with the client to find the best possible result given the circumstances.
Sometimes the best result can come before arrest or a grand jury filing. Sometimes the best result comes through negotiation, or being known as an attorney that will try any case, no matter how difficult. He has a reputation for plain, honest talk and having little patience for ego and blowhards.
He recognizes that most juries are prejudiced against criminal defendants and defense attorneys, and his plain-spoken trial manner that connects to juries helps to work against that prejudice.
Bill Stradley was president of his high school class at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 with an economics degree. He completed his law degree at the South Texas College of Law in 1990, excelling in the school's nationally recognized advocacy program.
Bill Stradley is on the Board of Directors for the Harris County STAR Drug Court Foundation located in Houston, Texas. "STAR" stands for "Success Through Addiction Recovery." The purpose of the STAR Program is bridge the gap between the criminal justice system and various forms of addiction recovery.
In addition, Bill serves on one of the regional area State Bar of Texas, Commission on Lawyer Discipline, Grievance Committee panels as one of the lawyer representatives. These panels process complaints that clients have regarding lawyer misconduct and determine appropriate discipline.
Whether you hire Bill Stradley or another lawyer, he wants you to carefully look at their actual experience/credentials and not ratings or advertisements. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1974 as a way to help consumers identify attorneys who are specialists in different areas of the law. The TBLS is the only organization authorized to perform this service to Texas consumers.
There are roughly 70,000 lawyers in Texas, but being a generalist may not prepare a lawyer to handle a specific area of the law. To date, there’s a little less than 150 Board Certified Criminal Defense lawyers in Houston.
Are there excellent Houston lawyers who are not Board Certified? Yes. But often it would be difficult, especially for a non-attorney to identify who they are.
If you would like hire Bill or just get useful tips on hiring attorneys, please visit Bill Stradley's website. Most people looking for a criminal lawyer in an emergency have not had any experience in doing so. The following links are useful, practical information on how to find the counsel that is right for you:
Bill knows that the process of hiring a lawyer can add stress to an already stressful situation. He can't get rid of that anxiety, but he wants you to feel at ease giving him a call. Please call Bill at (713) 224-5455. If your matter isn't the kind he handles, or he knows a better lawyer for your situation, he can try to steer you in the right direction.
Whoever you hire, please do not delay. Often hiring experienced, competent counsel right away, even at the accusation stage pre-arrest, can result in a better outcome.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1990||05/24/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||1997|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Best Lawyers||N/A|
|Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer||Criminal Defense Private Practice||1995 - 2014|
|Assistant District Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||1990 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas, Commission on Lawyer Discipline, Harris County Region||Grievance Committee Member||2013 - Present|
|Harris County STAR Drug Court Foundation||Board of Directors, Secretary||2013 - Present|
|Texas Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Texas System, Austin||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|Houston Bar Association||"Handling High Profile Cases: Considerations When Dealing with the Media"||2011|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||"Jury Selection in Sexual Assault Cases"||2008|
|Presentation to MHS Junior Class||Criminal Pitfalls: How Teens Can Avoid Trouble||N/A|
|Harris County Public Defenders Office||"Frequent Issues in Handling Sexual Assault Cases"||N/A|