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William M. Stradley

also known as Bill Stradley

About Me

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.

Experienced, Personalized Legal Services.

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.

Houston Lawyer Serving Texans for Nearly 25 Years.

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.

Tips on Hiring a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

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:

Why Choose a Board Certitified Criminal Lawyer

How to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

How NOT to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

What is the Cost of Criminal Lawyer Fees?

Web Resources for Finding the Best Texas Lawyers

Texas Criminal Law FAQs

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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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal: 95%
  2. Sex Crime: 5%



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Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Herrick Lawrence Sovany

    I endorse Bill. His reputation in the legal community is second to none. He is tenacious and puts the prosecution to the test. I highly recommend Bill.


    Herrick Sovany Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christian F. Capitaine

    Bill is simply an exceptional trial lawyer who has earned a stellar reputation by delivering results. I would not hesitate to hire him if a loved one was in need of a criminal defense attorney.


    Christian Capitaine Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Stradley, Davis & Reynal LLP

917 Franklin
Suite 600
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199009/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1997
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Texas Super LawyerTexas Best LawyersN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Board Certified Criminal Defense LawyerCriminal Defense Private Practice1995 - 2014
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1995
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Commission on Lawyer Discipline, Harris County RegionGrievance Committee Member2013 - Present
Harris County STAR Drug Court FoundationBoard of Directors, Secretary2013 - Present
Texas Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State and Federal Criminal Defense CasesClient-focused legal work to provide the best outcome for each fact situation.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Houston Chronicle"Cool modernist design inside a high-profile lawyer's office"2013
Texas Bar Journal"The Ultimate Houston Texans Fan"2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Texas System, AustinEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
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 ClassCriminal Pitfalls: How Teens Can Avoid TroubleN/A
Harris County Public Defenders Office"Frequent Issues in Handling Sexual Assault Cases"N/A