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Michael Clark Gross

Michael Clark Gross

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Michael C. Gross, born September 14, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas; also admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Tenth Circuits; United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Preparatory Education: Trinity University (B.A. 1984); legal education: St. Mary’s School of Law (J.D. 1987). Board Certified, Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Certified, Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy.


Mr. Gross has extensive trial and legal experience in high-profile capital murder cases and white collar offenses. He has tried and handled all levels of criminal offenses on behalf of clients from misdemeanor DWI cases up to and including death penalty cases. As recently as March 5, 2015, he obtained a dismissal of all charges in an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case. On February 3, 2015, he obtained not guilty verdicts on all counts in a multi-defendant federal white collar case. On October 7, 2014 after an evidentiary writ hearing, he convinced a judge in a capital murder death penalty case to grant a client a new sentencing hearing. On August 1, 2014, he convinced a judge in a felony white collar trademark counterfeiting case to suppress all evidence. On April 2, 2014, he convinced an appellate court to reverse the sentence in an aggravated assault case for a client who had been in prison for over ten years. On January 22, 2014, he convinced an appellate court to affirm a trial judge's granting of a new trial for a client charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. On May 24, 2013, he convinced a district judge to grant a new trial for a client previously convicted and sentenced to ten year's imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault of a child. On February 13, 2013, he won a motion to suppress in a child pornography case resulting in the case being dismissed on February 15, 2013. On February 11, 2013, he convinced a district judge after a writ hearing to find a client actually innocent of aggravated sexual assault of a child after having been in prison for over thirteen years. On December 11, 2012, he won three motions to suppress in a DWI blood draw case resulting in a dismissal of the case. On November 1, 2012, he won a motion to suppress in a DWI case resulting in a dismissal of the case. On July 2, 2012, he convinced an Article 32 investigating officer to reject the referral to a general court-martial of child sex assault charges against a field grade officer resulting in all charges being dismissed on July 24, 2012. On May 10, 2012, he won two motions to suppress in a theft case resulting in the dismissal of the case. On August 10, 2011, he convinced a military judge to dismiss the referral of charges to a general court-martial resulting in the convening authority dismissing all charges against a senior officer. On June 2, 2011, he convinced a state judge after a writ hearing to grant a new trial in an aggravated assault case on a client who had been in prison for more than five years. On December 21, 2010, he won a motion for new trial in state district court for a white collar client who had been previously sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment. On December 3, 2010, he convinced a federal judge after a writ hearing to reverse an aggravated sexual assault conviction on a client who had been in prison for more than five years. On August 16, 2010, he obtained a dismissal in a federal criminal drug distribution case after a preliminary examination hearing. On February 1, 2010, he obtained a life sentence for a client who had been on death row over thirteen years. On January 5, 2010, he won motions to suppress all evidence in a DWI case and two drug cases resulting in dismissals of these cases on January 26, 2010. On January 13, 2010, he represented a client in a federal transporting aliens case resulting in a mistrial/hung jury with ten jurors voting not guilty. On August 12, 2009, he obtained an acquittal in one hour in an injury to a child felony case. On June 10, 2009, he obtained a life sentence for a client who had been on death row over twelve years. On March 25, 2009, he obtained an acquittal in two hours in a capital murder trial. On May 21, 2008, he obtained an acquittal in less than thirty minutes in a two count felony indecency of a child case. His appellate work and writ of habeas corpus work are both at the state and federal level. Mr. Gross’ military defense experience includes all levels of courts-martial, administrative discharge boards, and other adverse actions, to include representation at Article 15 and Article 32 proceedings, for all types of military offenses.


 


Named:


  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2014);

  • The Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year San Antonio (2014);

  • A Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine (2004-2014);

  • A Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Antonio in S. A. Scene Magazine (2013);

  • A Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Antonio in S. A. Scene Magazine (2014);

  • A Top 30 DWI Defense Lawyer in San Antonio in S. A. Scene Magazine (2014);

  • A Top 50 Texas Super Lawyer in Central and West Texas Region (2010-2012, 2014);

  • The Best Lawyers in San Antonio by Scene in San Antonio Magazine (2004-2014);

  • Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2008);

  • Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2009);

  • AVVO Rating 10.0 - Superb;

  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

106 S Saint Marys St Ste 260
San Antonio, TX, 78205

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198708/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Named A Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyer in SAScene in SA Magazine2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best Lawyers In San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2014
Tier One Excellence Rating in Criminal DefenseU.S. News - Best Lawyers2014
Named A Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2014
Named in Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West TexasTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Tier One Excellence Rating in Criminal DefenseU.S. News - Best Lawyers2013
Named A Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer in SAScene in SA Magazine2013
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2013
Named A Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2013
Named in Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West TexasTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Named A Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Tier One Excellence Rating in Criminal DefenseU.S. News - Best Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2012
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Named A Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2011
Tier One Excellence Rating in Criminal DefenseU.S. News - Best Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2011
Named in Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West TexasTexas Monthly Magazine2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Tier One Excellence Rating in Criminal DefenseU.S. News - Best Lawyers2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2010
Named in Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West TexasTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2009
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2009
Defender of the YearSan Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Defender of the YearSan Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association2008
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2008
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2008
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2007
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2006
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2006
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2006
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2005
Named by Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2005
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2005
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in San Antonio Magazine2004
Named a Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGross & Esparza, PLLC2012 - Present
PresidentLaw Office of Michael C. Gross, P.C.1996 - 2012

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2012 - Present
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationOfficer2008 - 2010
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2006 - 2007
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2005 - 2011
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1998 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1992 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. Johnson, 967 S.W.2d 410 (Tex. Crim. App. 1998)Reversed as to death sentence; new trial ordered
Ex parte Gonzales, 204 S.W.3d 391 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006)Reversed as to death sentence
Ex parte Lawson, 966 S.W.2d 532 (Tex. App. - San Antonio 1996, pet. ref'd)Reversed and remanded to dismiss with prejudice

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Training Your Defense Team to WinPretrial Motions2014
Sex, Drugs, & Surveillance Course State Bar of TexasAdmissibility of Records2013
State Bar of Texas Military Law in Texas CourtsCriminal Defense of Veterans and Service Members2013
Annual Nuts and Bolts CourseTen Essential Objections2013
Capital Trial SeminarClosing Arguments2013
State Bar of TexasCriminal Law Boot Camp2012
49th Annual Semaan Criminal Law InstituteEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2012
Trial Tactics - The Art of WarDealing with Extraneous Offenses2011
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationKey Trial Objections2011
24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law CoursePretrial Motions2011
Criminal Practice in Federal Court SeminarEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2011
Trial Tactics - The Art of WarUltimate Trial Notebook2011
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationExtraneous Offenses in Child Abuse Prosecutions2010
San Antonio Bar Association Criminal Law InstituteSearch and Seizure Law2010
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)The Constitutional Right to a Public Trial Lives on in Presley v. Georgia2010
The Defender (San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)The Constitutional Right to a Public Trial Lives on in Presley v. Georgia2010
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationState Level Grand Jury Strategies - From Proffer Letters to Testifying Client2009
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2008
Criminal Practice in Federal CourtRelease or Detention of a Defendant Pending Trial2008
The Defender (San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Preparation for the Forensic Part of Your Case2008
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationUpdate on Exclusionary Rule and Expectation of Privacy2007
San Antonio Bar Association Criminal Law InstituteForensics2007
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAppeals in State Criminal Cases2007
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationJury Selection2007
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Legal and Factual Sufficiency Challenges in Cases Involving Serious Bodily Injury2007
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2006
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationCross-Examination2004

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Mary's UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Training Your Defense Team to WinPretrial Motions2014
Texas Law for Attorneys Representing Service MembersCriminal Defense of Veterans and Service Members2013
Sex, Drugs, & Surveillance CourseAdmissibility of Records2013
Capital Trial SeminarClosing Arguments2013
Annual Nuts and Bolts CourseTen Essential Objections2013
Advanced Criminal Law CourseCriminal Law Boot Camp2012
49th Annual Semaan Criminal Law InstituteEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2012
36th Annual Texas Criminal Trial CollegeCross-Examination2012
Trial Tactics - The Art of WarUltimate Trial Notebook2011
Trial Tactics - The Art of WarDealing with Extraneous Offenses2011
Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPretrial Motions2011
Criminal Practice in Federal Court SeminarEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2011
Annual Nuts and Bolts CourseKey Trial Objections2011
35th Annual Texas Criminal Trial CollegeOpening Statements in Criminal Trials2011
24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law CoursePretrial Motions2011
Trial Tactics - The Art of WarPretrial Motions2010
Survivor Trial TacticsPretrial Motions2010
Sexual AssaultExtraneous Offenses in Child Abuse Prosecutions2010
47th Annual Criminal Law InstituteSearch and Seizure2010
Advanced Pretrial/Trial Tactics in Criminal CasesState Level Grand Jury Strategies - From Proffer Letters to Testifying Client2009
Criminal Practice in Federal CourtRelease or Detention of a Defendant Pending Trial2008
5th Annual Nuts and Bolts SeminarEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2008
Operation Texas Freedom SeminarAppeals in State Criminal Cases2007
Nuts and Bolts SeminarJury Selection2007
Cowtown Bill of Rights ReviewUpdate on Exclusionary Rule and Expectation of Privacy2007
44th Annual Criminal Law InstituteForensics2007
3rd Annual Nuts and Bolts SeminarEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2006
Nuts and Bolts SeminarCross-Examination2004