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Lori Elaine Hall Laird

Lori Elaine Hall Laird

Practice areas:

Family, DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Litigation, Appeals

About Me

Lori Elaine Laird is a Texas attorney and mediator.  Prior to becoming an attorney she was a police officer, serving as a patrol officer, a patrol sergeant, hostage negotiator and member of the department’s Honor Guard.  She was also an instructor at the police academy teaching the United States and Texas Constitutions and Police Professionalism and Ethics to police officers from across the state.


Among her diverse skill set, she renders legal advice and support to her investigative team, appears as counsel before the Court in pre-trial matters, trial,  litigation and appeals.  She has the sound ability to conduct thorough legal research and an exceptional ability to understand and present complex legal theories in a courtroom setting.  Ms. Laird is admitted to practice in all Texas State Courts as well as admission to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit.  She is also a certified mediator and holds certification qualifying her as an advanced family law mediator.


Lori is an honors graduate from the University of Clear Lake receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She went on to receive her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law where she was a Dean’s Merit scholarship recipient as well as a member of Phi Delta Phi- the honors legal fraternity.  During her tenure at law school she was also a contributing writer for two law journals and Editor in Chief for one.  She was also a journalist and eventually editor in Chief of the law school newspaper.  Lori also worked for a local civil litigation law firm and interned at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.


When asked about her legal style, Lori characterizes it as follows:  “I utilize all of the tools at my disposal.  My experience as a police officer places me in a unique position in all types of cases to dissect a case, find inconsistencies and “get into the head” of the officers or other parties in the case.  If mistakes where made–who better to be able to identify them then a former police officer–someone trained in investigation?  My creative approach can often be the difference between a dismissal in a case, a reduction in charges or even a Not Guilty finding by a jury or judge.  I feel at home in a courtroom and am a zealous advocate for my clients.  I use my skills to obtain the best possible results for my clients.”


Lori applies the same approach, not just in criminal cases, but in all litigation cases–family law cases, divorces, custody battles, and personal injury or civil law cases.  She believes strongly in the adversarial system and puts the opposing party to their burden of proof.  She believes in passionately and wholeheartedly defending the needs and interests of her clients.


The best defense is a good offense and in the legal world that means hiring an experienced aggressive attorney who understand not only the law- but is also an astute student of human nature- how to negotiate, when to agree, when to fight, how to pick a jury and how to bring your personal story to the jury in a way that gets you the best possible results.  Need legal help?  Have a legal problem?  Call today and let her develop a personalized action plan to assist you with your legal needs.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Family: 44%
    11 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 24%
    11 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 22%
    11 years
  4. Litigation: 8%
    11 years
  5. Appeals: 2%
    11 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200405/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
MemberCollege of the State Bar of Texas2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Texas Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2014
Top Contributor LitigationAVVO2013
Client's choiceAVVO2013
Top Contributor Criminal LawAVVO2013
Top Contributor Family LawAVVO2013
MemberCollege of the State Bar of Texas2013
Client's choice Family LawAVVO2012
Client's choice LitigationAVVO2012
Client's Choice AppealsAVVO2012
Advanced Family MediationUniversity of Houston2006
Mediation CertificationSouth Texas College of Law2006
Volunteer AttorneyNational Adoption Day2006
Pro Bono AwardGalveston County Bar Association2005
Annotations AwardSouth Texas College of Law2003
WinnerSpurgeon Bell Moot Court Competition2003
Advanced Westlaw Training CourseWestlaw2002
Dean's Merit Scholarship AwardSouth Texas College of Law2001
Legal Honor's Fraternity MembershipPhi Delta Phi2001
Principle Based Leadership SkillsTexas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool2000
Listed on National Dean's ListNational Dean's List1999
Oak AwardCity of Baytown1998
Dean's ListUniversity of Houston- Clear Lake1997
Dean's ListUniversity of Houston- Clear Lake1997
50 mile awardHarris County Sheriff's Academy1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyUnited States Supreme Court2014 - 2014
Patrol SergeantBaytown Police Department2008 - 2010
Hostage NegotiatorBaytown Police Department2008 - 2010
PartnerLaird ~ Valdez, LLP2006 - 2011
AttorneyUnited States District Court Southern District Of Texas2005 - 2014
Personnel and Media Relations OfficerBaytown Police Department2005 - 2006
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Lori Elaine Laird, PLLC2004 - Present
InstructorPolice Academy Instructor1998 - 2000
Patrol officerBaytown Police Department1990 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
National Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Texas Family Law FoundationN/A2012 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
Pasadena Philharmonic SocietyTrustee2011 - Present
State Bar of Texas Family Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasN/A2009 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2009 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2008 - Present
Bay Area Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Sexual Assault5 felonies charges- 5 not guilty verdicts
Sexual AssaultMistrial. D.A. refiled case- but we plead it out to a deferred adjudicated misdeameanor assault-

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawJurisprudence / LawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Houston, Clear LakePsychology- with honorsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Galveston County Juvenile Justice CLESearch & Seizure2011
Galveston County Juvenile JusticeJuvenile Law2008
Galveston County Juvenile JusticeJuvenile Law2007
Law Office Management CourseLaw Office Management2006
Basic Police AcademyPolice Professionalism and Ethics2002
Basic Police AcademyTexas Constitution2002
Basic Police AcademyUnited States Constitution2002