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  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    35 years
  2. Federal Crime: 35%
    35 years



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  • Sara Azari

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Sara Azari Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey Alan Lustick

    Kent was co-counsel with many other lawyers and me in a 34 co-defendant federal criminal case in Seattle in 2005-2006. This was a complex, high stakes case involving three separate indictments and over 30 counts, some of them alleging RICO violations. Kent’s calm presence and reassuring nature was evident from the first time I met him. He became a leader as the group of attorneys worked out a common strategy. He is a proud Texan who wore his boots to court and kicked but. Eventually Kent’s client walked with only a light slap on the wrist.


    Jeffrey Lustick DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bires Schaffer & DeBorde

712 Main Street
Suite 2400
Houston, TX, 77002-3223


DCActive 199807/06/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2008
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in HoustonH Texas Magazine2004
Best Lawyers in America (2003-Present)Best Lawyers in America2003
Best Criminal Lawyer In HoustonHouston Press1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBires and Schaffer1988 - Present
Of CounselSchaffer, Lambright, Odom, and Sparks1981 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas ;Section on Criminal Law; Forum Committee on Sports and EntertainmentMember1981 - Present
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Court Advisory Council (US District Court for the Southern District of Texas)MemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident1998 - 1999
State Bar of Texas Public Affairs CommitteeMember1998 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector1997 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersParliamentarian1995 - 1996
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationPresident1992 - 1993
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector1989 - 1995
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationDirector1987 - 1990
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAssociate Director1986 - 1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Family Law SeminarWhen Criminal Law & Family Law Collide2004
Defending Criminal CasesParallel Investigations, Criminal & Civil2003
LACDL Annual SeminarClosing Arguments That Work1999
Defending Drug CasesAttacking the Government Informant1998
Advanced Criminal Law CourseHandling the Government Informant1998
Criminal Law SeminarCross Examining the Informant1995