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Michael J. Crawford

also known as The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford

About me

I'm a simple man.  Born in the small rural county of Navarro just 50 miles of Big "D" (Dallas, Texas).  I grew up in the eastern portion of Navarro County in Kerens. I farmed for seventeen years myself from 1990 to 2007. 


My heritage goes back to Scottland in Europe.  The family farmed in Mississippi near the community of Atlanta in the 1800's before moving to Navarro County, Texas in the 1880's.  My family has lived here since that time.  I pride myself as being a "5th Generation Navarro County Resident."


Though farming was in my blood from a young age my passion has always been the law.


I graduated from Kerens High School and started a family.  I have five (5) children.  Two are currently in the University System here in Texas.  I also have three (3) grandchildren.  Navarro College allowed me to earn an Associates Degree close to home.  When the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 I realized life is not guaranteed.  And I started a "comeback" so to speak with the goal of a law degree.


Texas A&M University-Commerce offered a BAAS Program with most of the courses taught online.  Now online doesn't mean EASY.  It was difficult but I received a Bachelor's Degree with honors graduating Cum Laude (In 2011 I received the Award for Outstanding Graduate from the BAAS Program regarding my achievements).


Next stop, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in the Fall of 2006.  A country boy made it to town.  Man was I out of place, like a fish out of water, but I grit my teeth and got through it.  The program I entered allowed four (4) years for me to graduate but I finished in three (3) years.  Doing all of this while operating the farm and raising my children, driving 75 miles each way five (5) days a week.


I knew I wanted to practice SOLO.  It was a no brainer.  I didn't take advantage of on campus interviews or try to work in a prestigous firm.  Just started my own shop and hung out a shingle the day after I received my bar card.


In the four (4) year period I've found my niche.  I'm a trial lawyer.  A litigator.  The kind you don't really want to meet in the ring.  Somehow I've been fortunate enough to earn success for my clients in jury trials.  My record as of September 1, 2013 in criminal jury trials, both misdemeanors and felonies, is 45 wins and 2 losses.  Let me put this experience to work for you.


My passion is helping people.  I love pulling for the underdog.  And I believe we must seek justice.  As a defense attorney I enforce the U.S. Constitution every day.  I police the police, so to speak, I check their work, and if the law enforcement are not properly following procedures I'm there to call them out.


I will work hard for you.  I put my blue collar roots into the legal field.  A 16 hour day is nothing to an old farm hand.  And that's what you get when you hire Michael J. Crawford.  A hard nosed, intelligent, and personable lawyer.  The guy you want to stand beside you ... not in front of or behind you ... I'll protect you!


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Contact info

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    7 years, 2.4 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    7 years, 850 cases
  3. Family: 20%
    7 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($400-600/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert N. Udashen

    I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. He is a talented, hardworking, and conscientious attorney. He cares about getting the best possible results for his clients.


    Robert Udashen Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Toby L. Shook

    I endorse this lawyer. I tried a tough case with Michael and could not have won without him. He is a great lawyer who is honest, hard working and has people skills


    Toby Shook DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor for 2014AVVO2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 10 in TexasAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Top Contributor for 2013AVVO2013
Client's Choice Award for 2013AVVO2013
Distinguished AlumniTexas A&M University-Commerce2011
Graduate of Texas Trial Skills CollegeTCDLA2011
Top Orator in Freshman Class Moot CourtSouthern Methodist University Dedman School of Law2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Michael J. Crawford2010 - Present
OwnerC & C Mowing Contractors, Inc.1995 - Present
OwnerRichland Chambers Pest Control, Inc.1995 - Present
Legal InternDallas County District Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
InternRobert C. Dunn--Attorney At Law2007 - 2010
Legal InternNavarro County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2007
OwnerCrawford Farms1990 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasAttorney Member2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionAttorney Member2013 - Present
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of TexasAttorney Member2012 - Present
Navarro College Paralegal Education CommitteeAdvisory Board2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2011 - Present
State Bar of TexasAttorney Member2010 - Present
Navarro County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas v. MosleyNot Guilty
State of Texas v. HallNot Guilty
State of Texas v. JacksonNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
CrawblawgLegal Blog2014
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member Book2014
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member Book2013
CrawblawgLegal Blog2013
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member Book2012
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member Book2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Texas A&M University, CommerceBusiness AdministrationBAAS - Cum Laude Honors2006
Navarro CollegeBusinessAS1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Navarro CollegeArgument vs Persuasion Equals Knowing Your Audience2014
Kerens High School Senior OutreachFuture, the US Constitution, and You!2013
Corsicana Daycare Association Monthly MeetingProtecting Employees Dealing With Parents and Children From Criminal Allegations2012
2012 Volunteer TrainingThe Role of a Volunteer Child Advocate as a Guardian Ad Litem2012