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 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 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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    28 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
  3. Appeals: 20%

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  • Phillip Wayne Goff

    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.


    Phillip Goff Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Roland James Garcia

    Cynthia is one of the finest lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with,


    Roland Garcia Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley

310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX, 78205


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasThe American Trial Lawyers Association2007
San Antonio Women's Hall of FameThe San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame2006
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2005
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberGoldstein, Goldstein & Hilley1986 - Present
Law ClerkUnited States District Court1987 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationVice Chair Criminal Justice Council2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2009 - Present
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2008 - Present
San Antonio Bar Association (Criminal Law Sub committee)Co-chair2006 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2003 - 2004
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Moreno GonzalezReversal in U.S. S.Ct. and 11th Circuit
United States v. WhiteReversed and rendered conviction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Convicting the Guilty while Protecting the InnocentDefense Practices2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Making the Case for the Defense: Getting back to the basicsTelling your story through pretrial motions2009
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting 2009Keynote Speech: Going forward in the the bright and uncertain future together2009
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarDefenses that work; mortgage fraud2009
Defending with IngenuityRaising the Fourth Amendment from its Supine Position2009
Defending the Drug CaseForfeiture2008