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William Arthur Agnew Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Galveston, TX

4.8   19 reviews

also known as Bill

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    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
    Defendant people arrested & charged with criminal offenses in Galveston, Chambers, and Liberty Counties.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Represent people who have been arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while alleged to have been impaired.

    23 years

  3. Juvenile law
    Represent children between the ages of 10 to 16 who are alleged to have committed delinquent conduct.

    23 years

In my spare time, I like to cook, fish and play golf.  Pretty much in that order.  I was born in Texas City and have spent my whole like in and around Galveston, until I finally got to move here.  I love Galveston.  My life finally came full circle when I decided to move here from Lufkin.  I cut my teeth as a lawyer in Deep East Texas, for which I am very grateful.  I learned a lot of very valuable lessons up there that I feel serve me very well down here.  I also practice in Chambers and Liberty Counties.  I am married to Diana Boonsta Agnew and we have 3 dogs that we rescued from one source or another.

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Agnew Law Office
1023 21st St., #10
Galveston, TX, 77550

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Posted by Ronald | November 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Chambers County charges.
Mr Agnew worked on my case, he kept me informed. I was extremely pleased with his ability to cover the case and deal with the DA office. Thank you Mr Agnew for you service.
Posted by Debra | August 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
Had several several sleepless nights until I found Mr. Agnew. He was very easy to talk to and knowledgeable about laws. I felt very confident about him since he was with the Angelina County attorney's office. Had excellent results when we saw the Judge.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!!!
Mr. Agnew was the first lawyer i ever had to use. He met with me and we discussed my situation and he answered all of my unanswered questions. He assured me he would review my case and work with County to get a fair closure to my case. That was exactly what he did. Aside the details of my case, his professionalism was second to none and he kept to his word. From this day forward, he is my lawyer and would recommend him to anyone who wants a personable, dependable and professional attorney.
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Posted by Sterling | July 29, 2017
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Excellent lawyer
Mr. Agnew was very helpful and exceptionally professional. He handled my case very quickly and was very affordable. It was easy to contact Mr. Agnew and he treated me with the upmost respect.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Mr. Agnew is the best attorney. He stood beside me while my case was dragged for years in a small county. He fought hard to defend my case and never charged extra for my case dragging on for years. His fees are not outrageous and he fights for his clients.
Posted by Kevin | August 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great job
My attorney, Mr. Agnew was hired for a criminal case on my behalf and done one heck of a job, with the case and the prosecution. He worked and done the right thing for me and my family. Was done at a reasonable rate and and had my case dismissed. I would undoubtingly recommend Mr Bill Agnew for anyone looking for an excellent attorney. He knows his stuff and doesnt beat around the bush. Tthank you Bill for your services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
An Impressive Attorney
I've witnessed Mr. Agnew in court as I served on a jury. I was very impressed. He also came highly recommended by a friend, another attorney in town. Now I've retained him to help clear up a legal matter in my family. Once again, very impressed.
Posted by Jamie | January 9, 2015
William Agnew
I have used William Agnew a few times. He has always been courteous, willing to do what was needed in my best interest, fantastic at keeping me updated on the progress of my specific situation, he returned calls in a timely manner, and I always felt that I had the very best representation with him. In court he showed up both prepared and confident, and in both of my situations he got me the best outcome possible. He is very knowledgeable about the law, knows what he is doing, willing to do the research needed in order to have all of the facts and information that is needed in order to represent you well and win your case. I would use him again and I have referred family and friends to him as well. He is a great attorney and fights for you and your case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
Thorough and will not be bullied
A former employer of mine decided to make threats that could have cost me my professional license. At first I was devastated. After one meeting with Mr. Agnew I was assured that this matter was simply a scare tactic and could be resolved without having to appear in court. At first, I was a bit skeptical at how easy he made it sound. However, Mr. Agnew promptly responded to the accusations with a well versed letter. Upon receiving the letter, the accusers decided to stop further action. In short, Mr. Agnew gave me peace of mind and helped maintain my reputation. Thank you again, Mr. Agnew.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
Best lawyer in town + a good person
I have met Bill only three times but he has gone to the court for me several times. I needed him around 10 years ago when I was pulled for a DWI. I was broke back then and someone suggested me to take his services. He was extremely personable and excellent listener. He went to the court for me and fought my case - not only using technical knowledge but also his network and intelligence. We were able to reduce the case to Obstruction to a Highway and eventually got the case dismissed. As I was not doing good financially, he also gave me a reasonable discount. During the last 10 years, I needed documents from the court as I was traveling across the country. He not only remembered me but also sent me the documents after paying for them himself at the courthouse. Even after I pushed him, he did not accept money. So overall, in summary - a great person to know and awesome lawyer. I highly recommend him
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Posted by Kimberly | December 19, 2014
An Honest, Hard-Working Attorney and Down to Earth Human Being
Bill Agnew was one of the first referrals we received for attorneys in the area. We were at a loss as to what to do and where to turn in such a rough time. Our family lives on a fixed income, and needless to say, legal battles do not exactly fit in with that situation. We contacted Bill and he was quick to return our call, prices were discussed and we were encouraged to shop around and to see if we could find something that fit our situation better. After a very discouraging meeting with a very arrogant, self-absorbed, and expensive defense attorney in the Nacogdoches area, we left the office feeling scared and almost hopeless. We were told that the case could be taken on with a 3500.00 retainer and would go up from there, not including court costs. One day and one call later we were meeting with Bill, paying only a fraction of the retainer, and feeling very encouraged that the case was not the end of the road, but merely a bump in it. Bill has fulfilled every aspect of what he told us the very first meeting, he worked out a deal with the prosecutor not because he had to, but because he knew how. He has the knowledge and experience from working both sides of these cases to give you an accurate idea of what can be done, what is the best choice for you to make. Ultimately he guides you in the direction he thinks you should go, what your best and easiest outcome will be, but the decision is yours to make. A decision of Bill Agnew as your attorney is a good one to make, in my opinion; he's an honest and caring human being who is dedicated to his clients and his community. I would highly reccommend him to anyone that needed the services of a defense attorney.
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Posted by Traci | December 19, 2014
Great experience, great deal!
Mr. Agnew is a fantastic attorney, and I'd definitely recommend him to friends or family. He was able to get me a great deal for my case, and was very personable, both in court and when I met with him. He helped me file all the necessary forms that pertained to my case, making the entire process hassle-free for me. He was quick to respond to emails, and was very professional. During a time that was very worrisome for me, he kept me well-informed, and told me all the possibilities of what "could" happen. He did a great job!!
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Posted by tneal110 | December 19, 2014
Bill Agnew
I have known Bill Agnew for many years, and he has helped several members of my family on many occasions! Bill is very competent and professional, but the thing I liked most is that Bill is honest and open with his clients and works for the clients best interest. I have called Bill on weekends and after hours, he has never failed to answer or return a call. I would recommend a Bill Agnew to anyone that is in need of legal advice or representation!!
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Posted by Jana | December 19, 2014
Mr. Agnew
Mr. Agnew has represented or assisted my family over the past few years. He is an excellent and professional attorney. He was always sure to keep us updated and answer any question we had. I would highly recommend him to my family and friends. We will definitely use him in the future.
Posted by Chad | December 19, 2014
A local lawyer that get gets the ball rolling!
Mr. Agnew started my file quickly and kept me informed through the whole process. He explained the legal system where it was easy for me to understand. He works with you one on one to get the best results.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
An attorney with your best interest always in mind.
William Agnew was an attorney that had my best interest in mind while working my case. Always informing me of any and all concerns he may have had. He represented very well and I was very pleased with the outcome. He is an attorney that is knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Posted by jerry | December 19, 2014
A very talented criminal attorney
I worked in the State Court system for over 41 years and have seen many, many attorneys practice in our court. We tried cases from capital murder to juvenile matters. Mr. Agnew is, in my opinion, one of the best criminal attorneys in the East Texas area. He always has client's best interest in mind. He has a strong background in criminal law. He was an assistant district attorney at one time and fully understands how the process works. A lot of defendants are like sick people when they go to a doctor, it's kind of hard for them to swallow the medicine. Mr. Agnew shoots straight and tells it like it is. His recommendations aren't watered down or come with a lot of sugar to make it taste better. Believe me, he truly is recommending what is the best thing for his client. And if that client does not accept that recommendation, he will still go to bat for them and do whatever is legally possible to make sure their rights are protected. If I had a matter pending before a court, I would not hesitate to call Mr. Agnew to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2009
Excellent Attorney who fights for you, works promptly, and communicates well!
Mr. Bill Agnew was referred by a family member's friend at a well known Law Firm in Texas. He was always honest, timely, curteous, and a consumate professional who fought hard to win my case. As a result of his hard work, we WON our case in the end. Thank you Mr. Agnew, I don't think I could have found a better attorney! I would easily recommend him for anyone else.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2014
Do not accept him as your lawyer!
William, also known as Bill Agnew is not in court for you, he is only in it for himself. Very arrogant and self centered. Returns one call over a three month span and will not fight on your behalf, only willing to accept what the district attorney offers. Very reluctant to go against the district attorney! If I knew then what I know now I would have represented myself over accepting him. Most of his work comes from being assigned cases by the judge so that goes to show you how recommended he truly is.
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Response from William Agnew December 19, 2014
If you feel this strongly negative about me, I would appreciate if you would send me the name of the client via e-mail at [email protected]. I will not respond but would like to pull the file and review it to see what happened for you to be so angry with me. Bill Agnew
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Agnew Law Office
  • 2001 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Nacogdoches Disitrict Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Angelina County Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Bruman & Baer
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Assistant
  • Woodward and McDowell
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Intern
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • South Texas College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1996
  • University of Southern California
  • B.A.
  • 1993
  • St. Thomas High School
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. Mark Clark
  • Acquitted


  • Lufkin Country Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2014
  • 159th Angelina County Drug Court
  • Board of Director
  • 2004 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bill Agnew for years and he is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in East Texas."
Galveston Criminal defense Lawyer William Arthur Agnew Jr.
William Arthur Agnew Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Galveston, TX
Licensed for 27 years