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George B. Mackey

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

3.9   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1974
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About George

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I have prosecuted and defended criminal cases my entire career. Lead defense counsel on landmark DNA case in Texas. I was a chief felony prosecutor in three different felony courts in the DA's Office and have defended cases for over 30 years. I specialize in jury trials. In 2014, I ran for District Attorney of Tarrant County as a Republican.

    49 years, 4,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Domestic violence


I have been practicing law for over 39 years, specializing in criminal law. I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I am experienced in criminal prosecution and criminal defense. I have tried jury trials in state court and federal court, while handling both kinds of appeals as well. I am also licensed to practice in the US Court of Appeals and the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas.


I have an electrical engineering decree from the University of Texas in Austin, am a former NASA engineer in the manned spacecraft program, a former Captain in the United States Air Force, and former prosecutor in the Tarrant County DA's Office, having been a chief felony prosecutor in three different felony courts. I have defended criminal cases for over 30 years, with experience in death penalty litigation as well as the full spectrum of cases in criminal law, having over 1600 hours of continuing education in criminal and family law.


I am best known for the defense of the first DNA murder case in Texas which became a landmark case for the admissibility of DNA evidence.


As a candidate for District Attorney in 2014, I spoke at many Republican Party political events and have been cited by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as having a mature and practical approach to the leadership I would have brought as DA of Tarrant County. 


While having extensive experience to deal with serious felony and misdemeanor cases, the client's feelings and goals have the priority as to how the case is handled. Maintaining a low profile so as not to unduly bring attention to the client's case is an important part of my practice. 


The objective in the trial of a criminal case is to win by being aggressive.  






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Client's Choice 2014
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Top Contributor 2014
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DA's race forum with opponents Bob Gill and Sharen Wilson.
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3.9 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Dian | July 2, 2014
One of Ft. Worth's Finest Attorneys
When we searched for an Attorney, we were looking for someone who was knowledgeable in the field of Family Court Justice. We needed someone who was a good listener to" our" side of the story. We needed someone who was caring as well as compassionate. My husband, son and myself looked for an attorney who would be a hard worker and dive into the information that we gave him that could help us with our case. George Mackey was all of those things and more. He was very professional and extremely knowledgeable about his field; Family Court. We cannot thank him enough for what he has done for our case and our family.
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Posted by Jack | July 6, 2014
Great Lawyer
I have repeatedly used the legal services of George Mackey for the past twenty years. I do without reservations, recommend the legal services of George Mackey.
Posted by Jo | July 2, 2014
The storms that come in the night
When the trials of life come crashing in on us, like waves on a ship in the night. When your soul cries out in anguish because you can not find your footing, that is the very moment you need help. In our trials that have hit George Mackey has been a constant help. His wise demeanor and systemactic questioning help calm the rough seas and his direction brings light and relief. He has been proactive and attentive helping us manage the stress. He is the first to make that early morning call to check on us or that late afternoon call to inform us. The trouble was coming with or without legal counsel, we are very grateful to have attorney Mackey defending the way.
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Posted by Jimmy | April 3, 2014
Always there to help...
Mr. Mackey helped more than 20 years ago in a divorce/custody case and then again @ 2 years ago with another issue. HE IS THE BEST, most honest attorney I have ever done business with. You can trust him and he is a man of his word. Because of all the assistance he has provivde me in the past, I GLADLY volunteered my time to help him in his campaign to run for District Attorney in Tarrant County. He is a good man! I will always recommend him!
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Posted by Doug | April 1, 2014
...A Wise Strategist and a Man of Ethics
Mr. Mackey's versatility in both criminal and family law along with his devotion to his craft served us well in a complex child custody case. He proved to be a strong strategist who knew his way around the courts. He is a man of deep faith and Christian values who approaches all cases with forthrightness and sound judgment.
Posted by Miguel | January 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Dishonest Lawyer
I hired Mr.Mackey to file a writ of habeas corpus. He never filed any motions on my case.After several attempts for a refund he never returned my calls or emails.l had to contact the State Bar of Texas. CAAP has sent him 3 letters and called his office.He did not respond. My next recourse was to file a grievance with the State Bar. This man in my opinion isn't honest!
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
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Go somewhere else
I hired George Mackey to appeal my son's case. I had to find out the results of the appeal online. He never returns phone calls. The one time he did return a phone call, he told me to tell my son not to worry, that he will speak with the prosecutor and schedule a new court date. He never returned a phone call after that. Even when I begged him to call me back to tell me if he is has decided not to be my son's lawyer anymore, he still never returned my phone calls. I will be filing an official complaint.
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Response from George Mackey March 7, 2019
I apologize if I did not live up to your expectations about returning your phone calls. I can assure you that I did my very best to obtain the best possible results for your son.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Mackey Law Firm
  • 1983 - Present
  • Commissioner
  • Tarrant County Grand Jury Commission
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Commissioner
  • Tarrant County Sheriff's Civil Service Commission
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Licensed to Practice in US Ct. of Appeals, 5th Circuit.
  • 1988 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Licensed to Practice US District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • 1977 - 2014
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Office
  • 1974 - 1983
  • Captain
  • United States Air Force
  • 1968 - 1972
  • Electrical Engineer
  • NASA--Manned Spacecraft Center
  • 1967 - 1968
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  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1974
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1967

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child under 14 years of Age
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Texas vs. Heather P.
  • Dismissed after jury trial and client can now receive an expunction or sealing of the records of arrest.
  • State of Texas vs. Armando A.
  • One of three consecutive mistrials in the trial of criminal cases resulting in favorable outcomes for the clients with dismissals and reduced sentences.
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  • American Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 1994 - Present
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1984 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 1984 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1995
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  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases
  • 1990
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Jury Selection in Complex Criminal Cases
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • Women's clubs and legal groups
  • My District Attorney Candidacy
  • 2014
  • Colleyville Lions Club
  • Impact of Cell Phones and Social Media on the Criminal Justice System
  • 2014
  • Christian Association of Oil and Gas Industry
  • Social media and cell phone technology
  • 2014
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course
  • How to Pass the Texas Specialty Examination for Criminal Law
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer! George is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and is a quality individual who will handle your matters will professionalism. He is a respected attorney and businessman, a gentleman, and a family man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have handled cases against George and I have co-counseled with George. He is a very aggressive attorney who has knowledge of the law and truly cares about his clients. I highly recommend George."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."