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Paul J. Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   3 reviews

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    I am a Trial Lawyer. If you want to plea,, don't contact me.

    38 years

I am Board Certified in Criminal Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization,


I can tell you this, I am a very proud graduate of the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming and very, very few lawyers have ever graduated from there.

I am a lawyer who knows how to listen and then tell your story to the jury. I prefer going to trial for my clients rather than plea bargin them out. I practiced in Houston and around the country for over 27 years and know criminal and civil law quite well, but I'm mostly interested in jury trials for my clients. A monkey can plea bargain, but a real trial lawyer is an artist.

Do you want a jury trial? Then call me..

 Remember, whatever lawyer you choose, just be comfortable with him or her and look for a real person, not a fancy dressed up $10.00 nag with a $5, saddle, it's better to have a thoroughbred  with a $10.00 saddle.

I can only hope that your lawyer listens to you and not to what he or she wants.

Paul J. Smith


Licensed for 37 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1985
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Paul

Law Office of Paul J. Smith
926 Chulie Drive.
San Antonio, TX, 78216


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Nicholas | March 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very effective carring advocate
I contacted Mr. Smith regarding a criminal matter I was involved in. Mr. Smith was the only attorney I spoke to that answered all of my questions and I subsequently hired him for my high profile case. Mr. Smith discreetly handled the press and minimized my exposure to the media. The case was successfully dismissed directly because of Mr. Smith's advocacy. I highly recommend Paul J. Smith to handle any legal matter, especially litigation and trial matters.
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Posted by shawn | January 24, 2015
so far so good
Mr. Smith answers call promptly. He believes in my innocence. Gotta long way to go. So far I'm comfortable with him. He makes no bones about my situation and seems prepared to take case as far as necessary. To trial if needed but is working to stop it if possible.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2008
Great Lawyer for Divorces and Expungements
Mr. SMith is very reliable, knows the laws and can help you with almost any problem your having in the legal system. I highley recommend him and I am a lifetime Client.


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Paul J. Smith
  • 1985 - Present


  • South Texas College Of Law
  • N/A


  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • N/A


  • New Braunfels Law
  • 2009
  • The Life and Times of a Texas Country Trial Lawyer
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • 2nd Annual Texas Throwdown of Lawyers
  • New and Exciting Trial Techniques
  • 2012
  • First Annual Texas Throwdown of Lawyers
  • Psychodrama techniques for Trial Attorneys
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Paul
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Other
"Paul is an excellent trial lawyer who has an incisive approach toward resolving cases in the best possible manner, given a client's criminal charges pending. He is also a very strong negotiator and is able to pierce through discrepancies and weaknesses in criminal defense matters he handles. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In the few years I've known Paul Smith, he has inspired me to become a better lawyer and a better person. His approach, using real love and brutal honesty to tell his client's story, is incredibly effective and a wonder to behold. Paul is a master of using psychodramatic methods to get to the real truth in his client's story. I have had the pleasure of working with Paul in several of these sessions, and the insights gained by the client and everyone involved have been breathtaking. Paul has been incredibly generous with his time and resources, teaching and inviting other lawyers to practice these techniques, for the benefit of the citizen accused and those who have suffered injuries. This is the man to see if you need your story told in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a hell of a guy. He's compassionate, creative, and as jury-smart as anyone I know. I endorse him unhesitatingly and wholeheartedly."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Friend
"Paul is a fantastic lawyer and an even better person. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul to anyone as their lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a great trial lawyer with a tremendous record of success before juries. He has tried more cases than just about anyone around. He gets to know his clients and tells their story with passion."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Paul J. Smith
Paul J. Smith
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 37 years