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Cynthia Hujar Orr uses her extensive experience to aid those across Texas facing a range of criminal charges. She is a highly respected member of the criminal defense community and has received numerous awards for her contributions to her field. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, a distinction earned by less than 10% of attorneys.
After earning her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Cynthia began studying law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. She received her license to practice law in Texas in 1988 and has since become licensed to represent clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th, 5th, 9th, and 11th Circuit Courts, and the U.S. District Courts of Texas.
The wide range of cases that Cynthia has tackled as a member of Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley includes a variety of state and federal charges, including white collar fraud cases and felony drug offenses. She has persevered in the face of challenging situations and her tireless work ethic has earned her the respect of her clients and peers. Among the high profile cases that she has taken on, she successfully obtained the first Confession of Error by the State of Texas in a death penalty case in addition to working alongside The Innocence Project to exonerate those wrongfully convicted in Texas.
As a passionate member of the legal community, Cynthia has held leadership positions in several organizations, including serving as the Chair-Elect of the Criminal Justice Section, a member of the Standards Committee and a Representative in the House of Delegates at the American Bar Association. She has aided her local legal community by helping to found the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has served as both its President and the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Among the many honors that she has received, she has been named a Texas Super Lawyer since 2003 and was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition, she was granted the first Spirit of Justice Award by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is also named as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas and listed in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America. She shares her knowledge of criminal defense through numerous lectures and publications regarding a variety of legal topics.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1988||10/19/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2007|
|San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame||The San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2005|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Monthly Magazine||2003|
|Member||Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley||1986 - Present|
|Law Clerk||United States District Court||1987 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Vice Chair Criminal Justice Council||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2009 - Present|
|The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce||Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association (Criminal Law Sub committee)||Co-chair||2006 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||President||2003 - 2004|
|San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||President||2000 - 2000|
|United States v. Moreno Gonzalez||Reversal in U.S. S.Ct. and 11th Circuit|
|United States v. White||Reversed and rendered conviction|
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|Convicting the Guilty while Protecting the Innocent||Defense Practices||2008|
|St. Marys University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Making the Case for the Defense: Getting back to the basics||Telling your story through pretrial motions||2009|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting 2009||Keynote Speech: Going forward in the the bright and uncertain future together||2009|
|Federal Criminal Practice Seminar||Defenses that work; mortgage fraud||2009|
|Defending with Ingenuity||Raising the Fourth Amendment from its Supine Position||2009|
|Defending the Drug Case||Forfeiture||2008|