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William M. Stradley

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Bill Stradley

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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1990
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Stradley Law Firm is a boutique, low-volume legal practice. Bill's goal is to make his clients feel comfortable and confident in their choice hiring him as their lawyer.

    32 years

  2. Sex crime
    Handle wrongful accusations from pre-charge stage to trial. Help other lawyers in navigating this complex area of the law. Sometimes contacting an attorney early can prevent grand jury and police misunderstandings.

    32 years

  3. White collar crime
    Potential white collar crime liability for businesses and individuals can overlap with other issues: PR, business, employment, immigration, family, CPS, regulatory, licensing, politics, school, mental health, addiction, etc.


William “Bill” Stradley is a native Houstonian who has practiced criminal law in Texas for over 25 years. Bill is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer.

His law office is conveniently located at The 1545 Heights Blvd Law Building at 16th and Heights Boulevard and has free parking.

When You Need Experienced, Personalized Legal Help.

Bill's primary goal is to make his clients feel comfortable and confident in their choice hiring him as their lawyer.

former Harris County Assistant District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor, his practice focuses on helping individuals and businesses faced with difficult misdemeanor and felony accusations in both Texas and Federal criminal courts.

His clients are typically people who want both his expertise but also personalized, caring legal help. He excels at explaining what is going on in a clear manner.

A large number of Bill’s clients are referrals from the legal community who know his reputation for handling difficult cases. 

Due to his collaborative nature, he is often asked to work with other lawyers on cases where they need more help or specialized expertise.  He is available to assist attorneys who have questions about their client becoming a target of an investigation and their clients’ potential criminal exposure.

If you would like to read an expansive listing of client testimonials from over many years, please check out his website's Testimonials Page.

Your Privacy is Important.

In 2011, Bill gave a legal education talk to the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association on, “Handling High Profile Cases: Considerations When Dealing with the Media.” 

Bill is sensitive to his clients’ desire for confidentiality. He does not disclose names, information, and results about cases without expressed permission. 

Houston Lawyer Serving Texans for Nearly 25 Years.

Bill Stradley was president of his high school class at Lamar High School in HoustonTexas. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 with an economics degree. He completed his law degree at the South Texas College of Law in 1990, excelling in the school's nationally recognized advocacy program.

Bill chairs one of the regional area State Bar of Texas, Commission on Lawyer Discipline, Grievance Committee panels. These panels process complaints that clients have regarding lawyer misconduct and determine appropriate discipline.

For five years, Bill Stradley served on the Board of Directors for the Harris County STAR Drug Court Foundation located in Houston, Texas. "STAR" stands for "Success Through Addiction Recovery." The purpose of the STAR Program is to bridge the gap between the criminal justice system and various forms of addiction recovery. His favorite letters are updates from former clients who received appropriate help for their addiction and who have put their lives back together.

Please Choose Your Lawyer Carefully.

Whether you hire Bill Stradley or another lawyer, he wants you to carefully look at their actual experience/credentials and not ratings or advertisements. Competent lawyering at an early stage is critical to the best result possible.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1974 as a way to help consumers identify attorneys who are specialists in different areas of the law. The TBLS is the only organization authorized to perform this service to Texas consumers.

There are roughly 70,000 lawyers in Texas, but being a generalist may not prepare a lawyer to handle a specific area of the law. To date, there are roughly 150 Board Certified Criminal lawyers in Houston. Some of those are prosecutors and do not defend individuals.

Are there excellent Texas criminal defense lawyers who are not Board Certified? Definitely. But often it is difficult, especially for a non-attorney to identify who they are.

Bill knows that the process of hiring a lawyer can add stress to an already stressful situation. He can't get rid of that anxiety, but he wants you to feel at ease giving him a call. Please call him today to do a brief assessment of your situation on the phone and set up a meeting to discuss it further.

If your situation isn't the kind he handles, or he knows a better lawyer for your matter, he can try to steer you in the right direction. Often, the people unhappy with their lawyers are ones who did not get an ideal fit for their personality or their particular case. Bill wants you to be happy that you chose him as your lawyer.

Whoever you hire, please do not delay. Often hiring experienced, competent counsel right away, even at the accusation stage pre-arrest, can result in a better outcome.

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Stradley Law Firm
1545 Heights Blvd.
Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77008


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Alex | September 18, 2014
Loyal, Honest, Trustworthy and Life Saver
I do not know where to begin to express my thankfulness and respect I have for this man. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a true class act and a fighter for his client(s). I was facing a very serious charge and throughout the whole ordeal I was constantly lead in the right direction and given facts of what could happen. I owe this man every ounce of respect he deserves. He guided me in the right direction throughout the journey and I put my trust in him and his decisions. That trust paid off completely and I am not in prison. Thank you Bill!!
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Posted by Mo | May 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call him, he's the best in Houston!
People are afraid to call lawyers but if you seriously need a criminal defense lawyer, you should call him right away. He is easy to talk to, explains things well, is responsive to calls, and obviously knows what he's talking about. It gave me a lot of confidence that he was Board Certified and practiced for so long. Our outcome was great, and Bill made a difficult situation much better. For real, do not be scared to call him because he knows how difficult this is and doesn't want the process of hiring a lawyer to add to your stress. He treats you like a person and not a number in the system.
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2023
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Bill Stradley is the best defense attorney there is. A personal friend, and one of the top personal injury attorneys in Houston referred me to Bill, which says a lot in their large community of attorneys. He was up front and honest with me from start to finish. I am thrilled to say my case was dismissed in 2 months and expunged soon after. Bill took the time to work on a 6 page booklet to show the DA certain highlights proving my innocents and it worked! It only worked so well because the respect the DA, DA associates and judge have for Bill and the delicate yet powerful way he approached them in court, it was incredible to watch. It’s been over a year since I went through this tough time and he still immediately responds to my texts if I have a question. I thank Bill for allowing me to live a comfortable life and getting me through a tough time that is now nonexistent to the world. Hiring Bill Stradley was worth every penny.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2022
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Superb, Professional, Unbeatable
It's hyperbole to say he's the best there is, as I haven't used every lawyer out there. However, I can say confidently you cannot do better than Bill Stradley. He provided sage counsel throughout a complicated process and a difficult time in my life, always guiding me to the best possible results for my case. Just as importantly as his expert practical legal strategies, he was constantly attentive to and understanding of my story and situation, so I had much more peace of mind than I think I would have found with anyone else. Additionally, any time I needed personal advice that was only tangentially related to my case, he went out of his way to keep in touch with me and advise me. Although in a perfect world I'd rather not have needed a lawyer at all, in the end, he became an important part of my life through this difficult process and definitely made the whole thing work out as well as possible while helping me feel as at peace as possible. You're not going to do better than Bill Stradley; give him a call.
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Posted by Erin | March 28, 2019
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Experienced, Compassionate Lawyer
Nobody ever wants to be in a situation that requires a lawyer, however I was and I was blessed to have Bill Stradley take our case. He is smart, level headed and always took the time to explain what was going to happen. In the end he won our defense case and we could not have been happier the way it turned out! I recommend Bill to anyone needing a lawyer to fight for you. Stradley will always have a place in our heart! He is someone you can trust to do right by you.
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Posted by Laura | February 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable attorney
Bill Stradley is one of the best defense attorneys in Houston, TX. He came highly recommended. He exceeded my expectations. He was very professional, compassionate, and efficient when handling my case. He communicated with me frequently. He truly cared about helping me resolve my issue. He was very upfront about what to expect and he was always honest about what would be the best next step. I trusted him and it worked out. My family and I will be forever grateful to Mr. Stradley. I would definitely recommend him. Mr. Stradley, thank you so much for all of your help!
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer
We needed two lawyers because we had an issue involving two people! One of us got a dissmissal and Bill stayed throughout my case to co council my other attorney! He didnt have to do that, he went above and beyond want anyone would have done! Great person great knowledge great Lawyer! 100% recomend
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Proficient Attorney with Professionalism and True Kindness
When our family became the focus of an investigation stemming from a false accusation, we assumed that we did not require legal representation. The truth was obvious, and there was no evidence substantiating the claim. Reality quickly came crashing down on us as we learned that our knowing the truth was of minimal relevance in the criminal justice system. We found ourselves trapped by the nuances of an impossible situation that we couldn't believe was actually happening to us. We confided in a family friend who was also an attorney, and he told us that it was critical that we contact Bill right away. Bill's proficiency within the field was clear, and he became our advocate and our guide. Our emotions regarding the situation ranged from terror to fury, but Bill was able to provide the firm and level response the system mandated. He served as a foundation of strength as we traversed an impossible path. The case was pending for many months, and those became the longest days of our lives. During that time, Bill took countless calls and inquiries from us. He always spoke to us with professionalism, patience, and genuine kindness. We were in a horrific and unimaginable scenario, and Bill led us safely through it every step of the way until the allegations were ultimately cleared. There is no better person to have by your side. Our gratitude to Bill and our confidence in him are beyond measure.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2017
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Son In Trouble
My son was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor and a felony crime in Fort Bend County. I was distraught and reached out to a family friend who is an attorney. After hearing the charges, my friend immediately told me i needed to contact Bill Stradley. I met with Bill and he was very upfront and explained all outcomes. I hired Bill after he talked to myself and my son. My son is a teenager and he felt very comfortable with Bill even though Bill stated it would be a long road ahead. Bill stayed on top of the case through out the process and was in constant contact with my son as well as the prosecuting attorneys. Bill was very thorough and diligent in my sons cases and we were very confident in Bill's abilities. Through Bill's diligence both of my son's cases were dismissed. I hope I do not need Bill's services again, however, if I need legal help or advice, Bill is the first person I am going to call.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2017
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Excellent attorney who I would Recommend to anyone I know
Being falsely accused & never being in trouble with the law I found this time to be very difficult. After seeing a few attorneys I decided to go with Bill. Bill was honest, compassionate, and understanding of my situation and that this is a difficult time for a person's life, compared to others that were either arrogant or just wanted your money. Bill has a good reputation & lots of experience & although he may not be the cheapest, you get what you pay for & if you can afford to hire him you can rest assure that you have one of the best attorneys representing you. I would highly recommend Bill to anyone I know... Bill, thanks for just not being a professional, but also a friend during this time of my life!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
My son was recently arrested for a felony which had a prison sentence associated with it. Having previously been a police officer, I reached out to some of my knowledgeable friends to evaluate the TX penitentiaries . My heart dropped when I learned that TX penitentiaries are considered second in the US when it comes to gang violence and brutality. To top it off, I was told the odds of my son surviving would be very slim. In our darkest hour a divine miracle occurred. In a conversation with a childhood friend who unbeknownst to me was extremely knowledgeable concerning TX criminal defense attorneys, I was told that Bill Stradley and Neal Davis are considered the absolute best. I gave them a call and they both called back on a conference call that night and, they were retained. When a loved one's life is at stake, money is secondary; however, I was pleased to learn that Bill and Neal split the fee which was a blessing in it's self. Throughout the process , both very accessible on their cell phones. While they were candid, they both we're friendly , warm and, caring. the results obtained by these two was an answer to prayer! The sentence was probation. Bill and Neal are life long friends to whom I am eternally grateful
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2016
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False Allegations of Multiple Felony Crimes- Case Rejected
I am a person who was caught up in a legally precarious situation not long ago. Needless to say I had quite a bit to lose and a felony conviction would have completely destroyed my livelihood. Innocent I certainly was but there were still stiff penalties floating over my head. Quite simply, I could not afford to take a chance and let the "situation" sort itself out. What I needed was very good lawyer to help me clear my name. Bill Stradley was that guy for me. My case was handed professionally, expeditiously, and ended with a rejection on my behalf. In a nutshell, my reputation was preserved and I was able to move forward in life- Thanks to Mr. Stradley. Cons: He is not the cheapest out there that's for sure but like anything else, if you want or NEED (in my case) your return on investment you have to put-in what you expect to get-out.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Stradley always kept us informed and acted quickly when I first contacted him about my son's case. I'm impressed with the way he handled the case and took a personal interest in helping my son. You won't go wrong if you choose him to represent you.
Posted by J | July 29, 2015
Best lawyer ever
Mr. Bill Stradley is the attorney who handled my case 12 years ago. He had done such a brilliant work that I called him again when I get into trouble. He and Tyler brock work together on my case. Because their brilliant work, I just got my case dismissed today. I don't think any other attorney can accomplish this impossible mission. If you ever want the best result for you case, he and brock are the ones you can relied on.
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Posted by Dave | March 2, 2015
Unbelievably grateful to have on my side
My wife and friend found Bill and all I can say is thank God they made an outstanding choice. I was facing serious charges and Bill helped guide my wife to get me into the best psychological hospital in Houston after being bailed out. I was able to get diagnosed and treated and eventually Bill was able to negotiate a not guilty by reason of insanity judgement. I had to be observed for 7 months in State hospitals before being released, but I can tell you it is far preferable than jail or prison. Today, 2 years on probation later, I am officially free and no longer under courts jurisdiction. Things went as good as they possibly could have for me and me. Everyone from my friends to my family to myself are incredibly thankful to have such a compassionate, intelligent and professional lawyer to help me through this life altering event. If you're having any doubt about hiring Bill to help you, put it to rest. Your search is over and you've found the right man for the job. Quit your search, and contact him now. You'll be glad you did. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart Bill. I owe you one! Let me know if I can ever do anything for you in the future.
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Posted by GLEN | March 7, 2014
Excellent attorney and true friend
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2014
Compassionate and Loyal
Bill Stradley is without a doubt the most compassionate, loyal, non egotistical, lawyer . During a truly devastating time in life, Bill handled our very challenging case with ease. He always kept us informed and never in the dark . Our family is so grateful for Bill as the outcome of the case far exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend Bill Stradley.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2012
EXCELLENT attorney...VERY professional and reassuring
Mr. Stradley called me back IMMEDIATELY (on the weekend) and made a couple of phone calls to the right people and we were able to prove my son's innocence. He resolved my issue within a couple of days...all charges were dropped against my son. Mr. Stradley showed genuine concern for our situation and went above and beyond meeting our expectations. He was professional, but not cold or arrogant.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Criminal Defense Private Practice
  • 1995 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1995


  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State and Federal Criminal Defense Cases
  • Bill Stradley values client privacy and prefers no case information to be shared publicly. He has handled numerous serious State and Federal felony and misdemeanor cases over 25 years. Please call to learn more about his expertise.


  • Texas Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas, Commission on Lawyer Discipline, Harris County Region
  • Grievance Committee, Current Panel Chairman
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Harris County STAR Drug Court Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Secretary
  • 2013 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1997
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Best Lawyers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Harris County Public Defender Office 5th Annual CLE Course
  • "Frequent Issues in Handling Sexual Assault Cases"
  • 2016
  • Presentation to Stratford High School Parent Teacher Student Association
  • "Marijuana and Alcohol Laws in Texas: How They Can Affect Kids and Parents"
  • 2016
  • Presentation to Memorial High School Junior Class
  • "Criminal Pitfalls: How Teens Can Avoid Trouble"
  • 2015
  • South Texas Trial Advocacy Course
  • "Tips on Jury Selection"
  • 2014
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • "Jury Selection in Sexual Assault Cases"
  • 2008
  • Harris County Public Defenders In-House Training
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Handling Sexual Assault Cases
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Bill on a couple of legal matters over the years. Bill is a top tier lawyer with a heart for helping people that need it most. He has a razor sharp legal mind, cares about his clients and works incredibly hard to obtain the best results possible. He's also extremely personable, and that too ultimately translates into success for his clients. Quality criminal defense lawyers are very hard to find. If you're reading this review, you've found one in Bill Stradley. He gets my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill is a top notch criminal defense attorney. He is a very well respected trial attorney because his juries trust him. He has handled many hard to win and complex cases and gets great results. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is clearly one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Houston."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bill. His reputation in the legal community is second to none. He is tenacious and puts the prosecution to the test. I highly recommend Bill."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is simply an exceptional trial lawyer who has earned a stellar reputation by delivering results. I would not hesitate to hire him if a loved one was in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bill Stradley. Bill is an extremely knowledgeable and highly respected criminal defense attorney. His honesty and great respect of the law is the highest in the field. I would recommend my immigration clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"The amount of respect I have for Bill Stradley as a lawyer and mentor is immeasurable. Bill cares about his clients, and he puts the time and effort needed to obtain the best outcome in every case. His knowledge of the law, respect from prosecutors/judges, and fearlessness in trial makes him one of the top lawyers in the Houston area."
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Houston Criminal defense Lawyer William M. Stradley
William M. Stradley
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 33 years
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