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J. Brett Harrison

Criminal defense Attorney at Tyler, TX

4.9   83 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About J.

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    100%
    I handle all state and federal criminal defense matters. My state cases include DWI, theft, assault, crimes of violence, drugs, burglaries, weapons offenses, murder and capital murder. Additionally, I regularly handle revocations of probation, petitions for non-disclosure and motions for early termination. I am experienced in federal drug conspiracies, child pornography cases, bank and wire fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes.

    28 years

Location

Files Harrison & Millslagle, PC
100 E. Ferguson
Tyler, TX, 75702

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  83 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Brett, Matt and Carrie made us feel so safe, supported, and confident in their ability to understand and defend our son’s case. Having not one, but two attorneys, and completing the team, the ever kind and competent legal assistant. We felt we had hired the best of the best, a SUPER legal team of experts in their field. They worked hard to get us all the outcome we wanted and were so personable and compassionate while doing so. Our son got probation for a serious charge that we felt might ruin his entire life. If you want/need the best call Brett Harrison his super team! They will always have a very special place in our hearts.
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Posted by Eddie | December 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Texas
Brett and Carrie are both caring and thorough in how they not only help you through your case but they also help you walk through the case while knowing that you are going through a difficult time in your life. They were very respectful to me and my family and never judgmental. The whole process working with them was an A+. Brett brought the right people into the case to help us through the long process. I highly recommend Brett and his team, especially Carrie. If you are in need of a lawyer please do yourself a huge favor and consult and hire Brett Harrison.
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Posted by Aaron | September 14, 2023
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Client
The whole team was great with us, they keeped us updated every step of the way and they were very professional and honestly caring at time.
Posted by LaQuenda | September 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney in Tyler, Texas
I highly recommend Mr. Harrison. He will listen to you and make sure to explain everything in terms that you will understand. When you walk in the office you are greeted and will feel welcome there. If you need to communicate with him or his team you can always email or call and you will get a quick response and that was very important to me. Mr. Harrison really cares about his clients and will do his best with the knowledge he has about the law to try and get the best outcome on your case.
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Posted by Taylor | May 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lifesavers
Mr. Harrison and his team provided me a prompt and extremely thorough consultation that went above and beyond what I was expecting. They listened to my concerns and addressed them in a humane and professional manner despite the sensitivity of my issue. I believe they genuinely cared about my well-being beyond potential legal services and so even though I (fortunately) did not need to hire them this time I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% satisfaction
Mr. Harrison represented my 18 year old daughter. I cannot speak highly enough of him and Ms. Carrie Hall who were both exceptional. I knew my daughter was in good hands and trusted decisions and recommendations that were made on her behalf. They were very quick to respond to phone calls and requests. As a mother, I believe they truly cared about my daughter's outcome and future. I highly recommend Mr. Harrison and his team. My daughter's outcome was extremely favorable.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawer with a 5 star TEAM
Brett went above and beyond defending my daughter. In the end she will be free to live her life without a Felony charge haunting her as she enters adulthood. Brett stayed in very close contact, and was always available for assistance, advice and legal counsel. I would 100% recommend Brett and the entire TEAM to anyone needing the best legal counsel for themselves or their loved ones.
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Posted by Sarah | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars
I would highly recommend Brett Harrison if you are in need of a lawyer. Recently, I was in need of a defense attorney for some things in my past that I had to reconcile. Mr. Harrison's office was very professional and addressed all of my concerns promptly and thoroughly. Every step of the way I was fully informed and my voice was heard concerning the outcome of my offense. In my case, I was given 5 years deferred probation and believe this was a best case scenario outcome given my history and the nature of my offenses. I am truly grateful for this man taking time out of his busy schedule to help me. I would recommend anyone needing a criminal defense attorney to consult with this firm.
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Posted by Greg | September 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Brett!!!
In this day in age we are guilty until proven innocent. Brett was a beast with the DA in proving my innocence. Carrie is so sweet and helpful, this is an amazing team!!! Thanks again Carrie and Brett!! Highly recommended!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Ending
I was extremely happy with the results of my case. Brett was understanding and considerate and the results exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Dalton | August 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in Texas
Brett Harrison is the best criminal defense attorney in Tx. Brett is very professional very intelligent and genuine and I know I was very lucky to have him take my case. Brett went above and beyond for me when I really thought I had no hope of anyone believing in me Brett did. He will fight for you. Brett got my case taken care of and got me a outcome I never thought possible. His paralegal Sarah is awesome she truely cares about you and it shows in everything she does. If you ever need a attorney hire Brett Harrison and his legal team you wont be sorry you did. He is the absolute best there is!! Forever grateful Dalton
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Posted by Melanie | August 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
We appreciate you and your team!
The Harrison team was amazing! They were helpful throughout our entire process and in the end we received the results we prayed for. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends. They didn't make us feel like we were just another client, the energy was always welcoming and positive. Thank you for everything you did for our family.
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Posted by Brittney | August 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Mr. Harrison and his team. I contacted his offices to represent me on my first charge ever, Possession of a Controlled Substance. His wonderful Paralegal, Sarah, walked me through all of what I needed to know and was always available to answer my questions. I was very satisfied with the outcome. I also hired Mr. Harrison and his team on my Probation Revocation, and they were able to get it reinstated as well as my Deferral. Chloe at the front desk is another all-star, and I am thankful for her every day. I have referred Mr. Harrison and his team to quite a few people and will continue to recommend their services.
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Posted by Gary | May 19, 2022
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Attorney Review
After a year of getting nowhere with a court appointed attorney, J. Brett Harrison took my case and despite the difficulty of the case, CoVid, and other delays the case was settled in about 4 months. Mr. Harrison and Carrie, his assistant, were very respectful, professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Phone calls were returned promptly. I would use him again if ever needed an attorney and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Shiloh | March 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and caring
I was wrongfully accused of some serious charges. Mr Harrison fought for me and I was found not guilty on all accounts. A great Attorney and the good folks at the firm will be friends of mine for life.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for everything Brett!
I was attacked by my mother and had to use self defense. I was arrested and was facing a class A misdemeanor. My dad reached out and found Buck files,Brett Harrison and their excellent paralegal Tammye Mayfield . And I’m so glad he did! Talk about a amazing team having your back. Every question or concern was always answered or made a priority I always knew they were a phone call or email away. They always made me feel like this case was top priority even with all the other cases they had on top of mine. Because they knew I wasn’t fighting a fight but a battle and they were willing to fight right by my side. My mom has abused my sister and I not only physically but also mentally for 15 years of our life’s. We never had the voice or the strength to speak up but Brett Harrison and his team gave us that voice and made sure it was heard. I’m so excited to say after a year my case has been dismissed and my life has been able to change drastically. My mom held me back from a lot in the past and now I can say with joy in my heart and happy tears in my eyes that I’ve finally got to have my own life. I got my education, a job, a car, and my own apartment all on my own. thanks to the extraordinary team that had my back. If you are looking to have your voice heard and have someone who will fight Tooth and nail for you! Do yourself a favor and contact Brett Harrison.
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Posted by Kathy | September 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny!
My son was attacked by two assailants and defended himself. But my son was the one arrested and was looking at prison time. He had never been in trouble before. It was up to our legal team to prove self-defense. Brett and Kimberly were amazing throughout the year long process. (due to Covid) To say our family was under stress is an understatement. My son has PTSD from the attack and was terrified the DA and Grand Jury would indict him. The team worked hard and obtained proof of my son being attacked, and were able to get an eye witness to give a written statement stating that she saw the two men attack my son, even though she was afraid of retaliation from the men that attacked my son. An hour before my son was to go before the Grand Jury, Brett called and said not to come. Brett was fighting for him up to the very last minute! The decision was made that my son acted in self-defense and a "No Bill" was issued!!!! Charges were dropped and my son's story validated. My family is so incredibly thankful to God for Brett and Kimberly. My son's innocence was proven because of their diligence. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Brett Harrison & Kimberly Thedford
Brett & Kimberly went above & beyond to represent me, they were able negotiate very fair deals for me in 2 different counties for possession of marijuana. When I was incarcerated at Smith County Jail being denied medical care, I called Kimberly & she was able to get me into the nurses office within hours. They may have saved me from loosing my left thumb, possibly even left arm and they made sure I received medical care when I had covid-19. Words cannot express how highly I recommend them to anyone in East Texas facing legal issues. They are amazing. You can trust them, unlike many Attorneys. I feel very blessed that I was able to have Brett & Kimberly as my legal team.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work!
I hired Brett Harrison to help out with a very serious accusation against a member of my family with special needs. We were worried that we were going to lose this battle but Brett and his assistant Carrie were amazing throughout the process. I would hire him again.
Posted by Frankie | July 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Confident and Non Fiction
They gone fight for what you want until the end and will never give up on you. This law firm gave me confidence and they won’t put you in a situation where you can go left.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • First Assistant District Attorney
  • Smith County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 2005

Education

  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Texas Christian University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Grievance Committee - Dist. 2 Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Grievance Committee - Dist. 2
  • 2011 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • 2005 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Exam Commission
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Criminal Law Exam Commission
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • 2007
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Publications

  • College Bar Bulletin
  • The Current State of Confrontation
  • 2011
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Strategies for Defending Intoxication Manslaughter Cases in Texas
  • 2010
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas
  • 2009
  • Texas Prosecutor
  • Inside Deanna Laney's Capital Murder Trial
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Tyler Junior College Police Academy
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Report Writing
  • 2011
  • Tyler Junior College Police Academy
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Report Writing
  • 2010
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Crawford and the Confrontation Clause
  • 2010
  • Tyler Junior College Police Academy
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Report Writing
  • 2009
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Crawford and the Confrontation Clause
  • 2009
  • Tyler Junior College Police Academy
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Report Writing
  • 2008
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Crawford and the Confrontation Clause
  • 2008
  • Tyler Junior College Police Academy
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Report Writing
  • 2007
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Confrontation Clause
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Brett on multiple occasions when I was a prosecutor. He is an excellent advocate that is very well respected by his peers. Brett has the legal knowledge, experience, and report with courts necessary to outstanding produce results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brett and I have worked together for more than ten years. We prosecuted together, and have represented citizens accused of criminal condict together. Brett is very knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, and is an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brett is a high end criminal defense lawyer who knows the law, his clients and how the system works. He has seen both sides of the docket and knows how to take care of clients. In candor, Brett is my law partner."
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Tyler Criminal defense Lawyer J. Brett Harrison
J. Brett Harrison
Criminal defense Attorney
Tyler, TX
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation