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Peter James Ganyard

Criminal defense Attorney at Plano, TX

5.0   8 reviews

Licensed for 8 years

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Peter Ganyard joined The Shapiro Law Firm in 2021. The son of a retired Marine Corps Colonel, Peter moved to Dallas in 2010 to begin law school at Southern Methodist University after two years of working on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. After graduating from Southern Methodist in 2014, he joined the Collin County District Attorney's Office as a misdemeanor prosecutor.

Peter quickly moved up the ranks of the District Attorney's Office and was promoted to misdemeanor chief, felony prosecutor, and then felony chief. He gained valuable experience working in the Domestic Violence Unit, Crimes Against Children Unit, and the Felony Trial team, eventually leading the 416th District Court for two years. During that time, he tried over 50 misdemeanor and felony jury trials and has handled thousands of cases including DWI, assault family violence, sexual assault, white collar crime, drug offenses, and capital murder.

He was nominated as Child Advocate of the Year and was appointed as Special Prosecutor in both Hunt and Rockwall Counties. He graduated with Honors from Clemson University in 2008.

Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 8 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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The Shapiro Law Firm
701 East 15th Street
Plano, TX, 75074

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Peter received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Tashina | November 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Life Saving & Life Changing Lawyer
Choosing a lawyer can be tough, especially with previous bad experiences. I am thankful I chose the right one: Attorney Peter Ganyard I was facing life shattering criminal charges. Peter Ganyard, asked that I take a chance and trust his abilities. I am so thankful I did. His passion for justice and the diligence he took to ensure I won my case has literally blessed and saved my life. Why choose anything less than a top preforming lawyer? I'm thankful I chose one of the best.
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Posted by D. | September 16, 2022
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Very Happy
Peter is a a fantastic attorney as well as a wonderful person. He is kind, sincere and genuinely cares about his clients, all the while being aggressive and bold to fight for your cause. I found him to be an excellent listener and prompt in returning messages. I never would have expected to find myself in the position to need an attorney of this nature, but his expert experience and personal contacts in the court system definitely brought an advantage to produce a positive outcome. I am beyond pleased and recommend anyone searching for the most qualified attorney , please contact Peter Ganyard for a consultation. He completely turned things around for me and did the impossible. He’s the best !!
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Posted by Teddi | September 6, 2022
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Look no further!
After two agonizing years fighting a charge I genuinely did not deserve, with the help of Peter and Mr. Shapiro I was able to reach a conclusion that is workable for me. I will be forever grateful. From the moment I stepped into the office, Ms Sharlotte treated me with such kindness and made me feel like I was in the exact right place.
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Posted by Daniel | July 29, 2022
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Excellent Criminal Defence Attorney
After finding out I had an active warrant for my arrest, I started looking for legal representation. I called a dozen different law offices. I left a message wanting to speak to a lawyer and I received a call back within the hour from Peter Ganyard. He took the time to listen to my my case and gave me solid legal advice before I even made the decision to hire him. After deciding to hire Peter as my attorney, I was guided through the entire court process. Peter handled everything for me. All I had to do was show up when required by the court. Anytime I had a question, or wanted an update Peter would always communicate in a very timely manner. I was kept very well informed at all times, and he was very professional. Peter is well respected in Collin County. Peter was able to get my charge reduced from a family violence charge, to a simple assault charge when there was a possibility of the original charge enhancing to a felony due to prior convictions. He was able to negotiate with the prosecutor and I ended up signing a great deal. I was happy with Mr. Ganyards work, and I would highly recommend hiring him.
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Posted by Micheal Adams | June 28, 2022
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We hired Peter for a felony and misdemeanor. He was absolutely responsive on all Our questions and very adamant with his work He worked very hard on our case. And I as able to get both charges dismissed. Would highly recommend
Posted by Sydney | March 15, 2022
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Excellent service
Peter has a broad professional network and an extensive background as a prosecutor. Both these attributes give him an advantage as a criminal defense attorney. He knows exactly how the system works and has excellent rapport with various members throughout the criminal justice system. He is incredibly trustworthy and dependable and always had my best interest in mind. He worked quickly and efficiently, with great perseverance. At no point did I question his ability or decision-making. He has excellent communication skills and was empathetic to my situation. I could tell that he cared and truly wanted to help me. His hard work paid off leading to a successful outcome in my situation. If you’re in a place where you are looking for representation, Peter is hands-down one of the best attorneys. I pray I never need a criminal defense attorney again, but if I did, he would be my first and only phone call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2022
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Peter Ganyard
Mr. Ganyard represented us on a case and did excellent work. He is very professional, and makes himself available to answer questions, and explain things. Keeps you informed and updated and great about returning calls. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Katie Jay | February 22, 2022
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You just found the attorney you need for your case!
Initially, I hired a different attorney to help me with my case. It didn't take long to discover that all of the promises made on the website and in-person were not being kept. Please don't make the mistake I did. I decided to find a new attorney. Choose Peter Ganyard so you make the right choice the first time. I have never been arrested, have no criminal history, and am a law-abiding citizen. However, I found myself in jail accused of Assault Public Servant. That is a 3rd-degree felony! Peter helped find that the officer that arrested me was not found to be credible. He attacked me. He had a violent history against other citizens and was fired from a police department for hurting other people. Unfortunately, he was still hired at another police department. Because of this, I was added to his list of many victims. Peter Ganyard proved to the District Attorney's office that the officer was at fault and that I was attacked by him. Peter was able to prove to the District Attorney's office that he falsified his testimony, reports, and that he used extreme excessive force that caused me severe and disabling injuries. Peter was able to discuss the real facts of my case with the District Attorney. This led to my case not being filed. I received a Declined Notification letter from the District Attorney's office. My nightmare is over thanks to Peter. I couldn't be more grateful for the protection he covered me with. I felt safe and I trusted him from the moment he became my attorney. Peter is a very down-to earth-person that will treat you like a human being. You will feel a huge burden lifted once Peter takes your case because he will go above and beyond to protect you. I am free of worrying about having to go to prison for a crime I did not commit. I was facing 2-10 years in prison! Thank you, Peter. I will always be grateful that you believed in me and that you jumped many hurdles to protect me. I am free! This is a real review. This is my story. I do not believe in writing fake reviews. My friend said that my review is so good that it seems fake! I lived this ordeal and everything I wrote is so true it hurts.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Shapiro Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present

Education

  • Southern Methodist University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Expunction Initiative
  • 2021
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2020 Annual Criminal and Civil Law Conference
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter was a one in a million District Attorney: Honest, Smart, Industrious, Big Picture Oriented. The DA's Office lost a crown jewel when he left but the Collin County community gained an outstanding attorney. He is passionate and fair and kind. He is VERY smart and has a lot of trial experience. I highly recommend him for his skill and his relationships with the District Attorney's Office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is a great advocate and a strong trial lawyer. He has the background, training and skills to be an excellent criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a top notch attorney. He was one of Collin County DA"s finest and a pleasure to work with. He has trial experience and knows the value of a case. He has since left the DA's Office and is a practicing criminal defense attorney. You are in good hands if Peter represents you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a first rate lawyer, and a credit to the bar. His experience, demeanor and knowledge will assist any client in navigating even the most complex and difficult of situations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is a great guy who cares about people. He has a way of reaching his objective without offending others. He may look young, but he is wise beyond his appearance!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is a great lawyer and was a fierce prosecutor. He's bringing a great amount of experience, judgment, and aggressiveness to helping people charged with criminal offenses!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a hard working, compassionate attorney who will fight hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Peter for years, he is an excellent lawyer. He will go the extra-mile for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is an outstanding lawyer you can trust. He cares about his clients and works hard for a successful outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Ganyard is an excellent lawyer. He is thoughtful and hardworking."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a top notch lawyer and former prosecutor. I have worked with him as a prosecutor and now a defense attorney and he has shown great skill and knowledge within the criminal law field."
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Plano Criminal defense Lawyer Peter James Ganyard
Peter James Ganyard
Criminal defense Attorney
Plano, TX
Licensed for 8 years
Free Consultation