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Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

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Learn Cynthia’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. Cases include environmental offenses, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and antitrust. I also defend capital murder, murder, manslaughter, sexual assault of a child and bigamy cases. 20% of my work is pro bono death penalty and civil rights work.

    34 years

  2. Appeals
    20%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. 20% of my work is pro bono death penalty and civil rights work.

    34 years

  3. Federal crime
    15%
    Cases include environmental offenses, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and antitrust.

    34 years

  4. Sex crime
    15%
    I defend human trafficking, continuous sexual assault of the child, sexual assault of a child and bigamy cases.

    34 years

  5. White collar crime
    15%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. Cases include environmental offenses, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and antitrust.

    34 years

 Cynthia Hujar Orr uses her extensive experience to aid those across Texas facing a range of criminal charges. She is a highly respected member of the criminal defense community and has received numerous awards for her contributions to her field. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, a distinction earned by less than 10% of attorneys. 

After earning her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Cynthia began studying law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. She received her license to practice law in Texas in 1988 and has since become licensed to represent clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th, 5th, 9th, and 11th Circuit Courts, and the U.S. District Courts of Texas. 

The wide range of cases that Cynthia has tackled as a member of Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr includes a variety of state and federal charges, including white collar fraud cases and felony drug offenses. She has persevered in the face of challenging situations and her tireless work ethic has earned her the respect of her clients and peers. Among the high profile cases that she has taken on, she successfully obtained the first Confession of Error by the State of Texas in a death penalty case in addition to working alongside The Innocence Project to exonerate those wrongfully convicted in Texas. 

As a passionate member of the legal community, Cynthia has held leadership positions in several organizations, including serving as the Chair-Elect of the Criminal Justice Section, a member of the Standards Committee and a Representative in the House of Delegates at the American Bar Association. She has aided her local legal community by helping to found the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has served as both its President and the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

Among the many honors that she has received, she has been named a Texas Super Lawyer since 2003 and was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition, she was granted the first Spirit of Justice Award by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is also named as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas and listed in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America. She shares her knowledge of criminal defense through numerous lectures and publications regarding a variety of legal topics.

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Licensed for 34 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1988
Updated 10/23/2022

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Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Goldstein & Orr
310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX, 78205

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Posted by Stephen | December 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney of the Highest Quality
My crime was a federal felony for making a false statement to a bank. I pled guilty because it was the right thing to do as well as to avoid the expense – both financial and emotional – of going to trial. I was looking at 46-57 months in prison based on federal sentencing guidelines and was not eligible for parole. Ms. Orr, her partner, Gerald Goldstein, and their team, worked tirelessly to put forth the strongest of cases. The judge sentenced me to time served of 1 day and supervised release of 5 years – an extraordinary outcome by any standard. This meant that I could continue to live with and support my family and rebuild my life within the community. Plainly put, Ms. Orr saved my life and allowed my family to stay together. I can never adequately express my gratitude to Ms. Orr and will keep her in my prayers for the rest of my days. Her intelligence is off the charts. She is highly perceptive, articulate and detail-oriented. She knows the law and is a consummate professional. I always believed I would be treated fairly while under her care and never doubted her commitment to my cause.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best attorney!!! Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness
Mrs Cynthia Orr is my attorney that I recently hired for my case. I'm very impressed how Mrs Orr handled everything, she is very professional and I recommend Mrs. Orr if your in need an attorney for a white collar case!!!

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
  • 1986 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • United States District Court
  • 1987 - 1987

Education

  • St. Mary's University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Moreno Gonzalez
  • Reversal in U.S. S.Ct. and 11th Circuit
  • United States v. White
  • Reversed and rendered conviction

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair Criminal Justice Council
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2009 - Present
  • The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association (Criminal Law Sub committee)
  • Co-chair
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2000 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame
  • The San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame
  • 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2005
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Convicting the Guilty while Protecting the Innocent
  • Defense Practices
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Making the Case for the Defense: Getting back to the basics
  • Telling your story through pretrial motions
  • 2009
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting 2009
  • Keynote Speech: Going forward in the the bright and uncertain future together
  • 2009
  • Federal Criminal Practice Seminar
  • Defenses that work; mortgage fraud
  • 2009
  • Defending with Ingenuity
  • Raising the Fourth Amendment from its Supine Position
  • 2009
  • Defending the Drug Case
  • Forfeiture
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Orr's reputation as one of the best attorneys in Texas is well-deserved. In my 20+ years as an Attorney, her name has repeatedly appeared in some of the most challenging cases, to excellent resolution. Her name is synonymous with legal excellence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Cynthia is one of the finest lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with,"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cynthia is one of the best known criminal defense attorneys in the country. As the former President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers she was chosen by her peers due to her incredible reputation, amazing work ethic and dedication to criminal justice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cynthia has a superb legal mind. She is an aggressive, highly effective advocate for her clients, and a leader in the criminal defense bar at the national level."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cynthia for many years, and known of her even before that. This woman has the respect of the country! She has served as president of many criminal defense organizations which is a huge endorsement for her outstanding work in the area of criminal defense. She is well respected and has earned that respect. I wholly endorse Cynthia and her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.cynthia is simply a brilliant lawyer, she fights with passion and zeal for her clients and issues. She i simply one of the best lawyers in the state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Cynthia Orr is one of the preeminent criminal defense attorneys in the United States. A tireless advocate for the rich and the poor alike, she is currently the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Her work has been recognized by such publications as The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Superlawyers. Of the top defense attorneys in the country, many of whom I know, if my life were on the line, Cynthia is who I would hire."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 34 years