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Chad Peter Van Brunt

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2009
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Chad

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I grew up in Bryan, Texas. I worked for my father's restaurant while in high school. My father could not afford to pay for college but his business provided me the means to put myself through Texas A&M University. I learned the importance of family and community and I will never forget the friends and family that helped me succeed. After college, I moved into the social services field where I helped people with HIV/AIDS. There, I learned the importance of activism and giving a voice to people that society wants to sweep under the rug. Since many of the people under my care were indigent drug users, I saw first hand their treatment in the criminal justice system. I saw the revolving door of criminal justice, the evils of the drug war, the vicious cycle perpetrated on our community by the prison industrial complex, and the general break down of our system of law enforcement. This experience compounded with the need to make a better living for my wife and newborn child prompted me to seek a career as a lawyer. When I entered law school at St. Mary's University, I knew exactly what I wanted to become: a criminal defense lawyer. No profession in the legal field spends more time upholding the constitution and representing people who need a voice to speak for them against the unbridled resources and influence of the have, without question, found my calling and passion in life. I wake up everyday and work tirelessly to save individuals from the wrath and robotic-like wave of a criminal prosecution. I give them a voice. I have grown immensely as a defense lawyer over these years. I am not only a practitioner, I am also an academic in the field of criminal law. I am currently the Principle Contributing Author of the Texas Criminal Practice Guide published by Lexis Nexis and I speak and educate other attorneys in the field of criminal practice. I love this job. Let me be your voice in the courtroom.

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The Law Office of Chad Van Brunt
3030 Nacogdoches Rd.
Suite 222k
San Antonio, TX, 78217

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Posted by Henry Henry | March 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Believed in my case, did great team work with other attorneys and kept me informed. Recommend him, very compassionate and highly knowledgeable on Federal procedure and policy. Kept my loved ones in the loop and spent hours discussing the issues with me.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
can't go wrong
Chad gave me my life back. It's amazing what this guy can do. I owe him everything. He knows his stuff. And his presence in the courtroom is superb. God works in mysterious ways. Was sitting in jail when this guy kind of popped out of nowhere. It had to be God's Way to point us in the same direction. Thank you Chad, you're a lifesaver.
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Posted by Kelli | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I REALLY lucked out with this lawyer!
Chad was appointed to me as my court appointed attorney whom has COMPLETELY renewed my faith in the old fear of court appointed attorneys! He is like THE best lawyer IN San Antonio & HIGHLY recommend him. He has totally calmed my previously incessant anxiety regarding my upcoming court cases. Totally a 10!


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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Contributing Author
  • Texas Criminal Practice Guide
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Chad Van Brunt
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Stephen F. White
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office Western District Of Texas
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Public Defender, Wdtx
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • Texas A&M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • St. Mary's University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017


Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense Lawyer Panel Discussion
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"There is no criminal defense attorney I hold in higher regard than Chad Van Brunt. He is the gold standard in the criminal defense community. The guy is an encyclopedia of criminal procedure and one helluva trial lawyer. During my time as a federal prosecutor, I was contemplating charging a woman in a complex white collar case and then I got a call from Chad Van Brunt, notifying me that he was representing the target. I ultimately chose not to go forward with the case, in no small part because of the respect I have for this man. He is a titan in the legal community and should be at the top of your list if you're in need of a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chad Van Brunt is an excellent lawyer. He has quickly developed an expertise in trial and appellate issues. His knowledge of the law is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad Peter Van Brundt is the top of the line when it comes to criminal defense, appeals, federal, and white collar work. He is the cream of the crop. I trust his judgment on all matters of criminal law and use him quite frequently as a resource or knowledge. The guy writes the book on criminal law."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would hire Chad to defend a member of my family in a white collar case. He's brilliant and effective. I'm happy to learn from him every day."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chad is one of the smartest lawyers I know. He is dedicated to defending his clients and is a well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is a badass lawyer who not only represents his clients, but feels and experiences their pain with them. He is one of the top attorneys in San Antonio and is worth every dime. I highly respect Chad and would hire him if I was in a jab in San Antonio."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad has an excellent reputation as one of the smarter attorneys in San Antonio. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the smartest attorneys I know. I seek out his opinion regularly and would advise everyone else to as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A smart and insightful friend and colleague."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chad is easily one of the most intelligent and most passionate criminal defense attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is one of the smartest lawyers in Texas. I know him by working on cases with him and just from seeing Chad in court. He is my go to guy for appellate advice and the go to guy for lawyers across the state of Texas who use the Texas Criminal Practice Guide, which he authors. One of the reasons he is such an excellent appellate lawyer is because he also tries cases to verdict and gets in the trenches in the court house. Chad is easily among the best lawyers that I know and deeply committed to his clients. If I was in trouble, I'd hire him. I have already referred friends to him. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Van Brunt is possibly the most well-versed, young criminal attorney in the State. His knowledge of developing case law is matched by very few and is evidenced by his publishing credentials as well as his courtroom experience. He's the classic - yet rare - combination of "book knowledge" and zealous courtroom advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Friend
"Chad is a fighter who loves what he does and knows what he's doing. He knows the criminal law better than most lawyers who have been practicing for many years. He is a good lawyer and a great friend. I endorse his work."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Chad Peter Van Brunt
Chad Peter Van Brunt
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 14 years
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