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I invite you to review my website at where you will find additional information about my background and experience.   As of May 16, 2015, I  have been licensed in the State of Texas for 39 years.   I was an Assistant DA in Dallas County from 1979-1982, and thereafter entered private practice mainly in Dallas County.  Starting in 1997 I gradually increased my practice in Tarrant County to the point that most of the cases I handle now are in Tarrant County rather than Dallas County.   I am on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel for federal court appointments in the Dallas and Fort Worth divisions of the Northern District of Texas where I do both trial and appellate work as well as federal writs.   In Tarrant county I am court-appointed to cases in the county criminal courts and district courts.   State and federal court appointments together constitute a little more than half of all the cases I handle.   The rest of my cases involve people who hire me to represent them in court.   


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Sherry R. Armstrong

    I have known and worked with Mr. Bush for many years. He is knowledgeable and represents his clients with excellence.


    Sherry R. Armstrong Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bethel Tewolde Zehaie

    Mr. Bush and I worked together on a drug case. He was a great mentor and I learned a lot from him about trial tactics throughout the course of the trial. He is a highly skilled advocate in the courtroom and very knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense.


    Bethel Zehaie Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Bush, J. Steven Attorney

314 Main Street Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197608/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Certificate of AppreciationU.S. District Court - N.D. Texas2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJ. Steven Bush, Attorney1983 - Present
PartnerBush & Donnelly, Attorneys1983 - 1993
AssociateDehay & Blanchard1982 - 1983
Assistant D.A.Criminal District Attorney of Dallas County1979 - 1982
AttorneyBush and Womack1977 - 1979
Hearing OfficerTexas Youth Council1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of the State Bar of TexasClassic Member2015 - Present
The National Trial LawyersMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
U.S. District Court - N.D. of TexasCriminal Justice Act Panel1983 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1983 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtLicensed1981 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeal - 5th CircuitLicensed1981 - Present
U.S. District Court - N.D. TexasLicensed1981 - Present
State Bar of TexasLicensed1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs. M.G., five cases15 years (non-aggravated) from jury
State vs. V.S.Negotiated 2 year sentence on day of trial.
State vs. SBP, 2 charges5 years non-aggravated for indecency only.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Texas Law ReviewCasenote1975
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spanish Interpreters Class at TCCCSpanish Interpretation at Trial2015