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Rick Cofer

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.9   62 reviews

also known as Richard Lyn Cofer II

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Rick

Learn Rick’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    • Resolved thousands of cases and tried over 100 cases to a judge or jury. • Extensive experience handling DWI, assault, family violence, drug possession, theft, and juvenile charges. • Crafts a custom defense unique to your particular case.

    15 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    • The faster you act once you’ve been arrested for DWI, the better. • Rick has handled 100s of DWI & drunk driving cases and can help you get the best result on your case and get your life back on track.

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    20%
    • Rick has experience in 100s of juvenile cases, including serious charges like murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy and sexual abuse. He can ensure that your child has an effective and intelligent defense.

    9 years, 500 cases

  4. Violent crime
    20%
    • As a former felony prosecutor, Rick has handled some of the most serious violent crime cases in Austin, including aggravated assault, intoxication assault, felony family violence, and homicide.

    12 years, 200 cases

2022 & 2021 BEST LAWYER - AUSTIN CHRONICLE | 2022 & 2021 RISING STAR - SUPER LAWYERS | 94% OF CASES DISMISSED IN 2021

Attorney Rick Cofer is a partner with Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, law firm in Austin, Texas. Nationally known as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Cofer has more than 13 years of legal experience. Recognized in 2021 as Best Lawyer by the Austin Chronicle, a Rising Star by ThomsonReuters, and Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Texas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Criminal defense
  • Family law and divorce
  • Personal injury

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Cofer has served as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He has tried more than 100 cases to a judge or jury, and has thousands of hours of courtroom experience.

Additionally, he is a statewide juvenile defense attorney, representing young adults in serious cases throughout Texas. He holds the distinction of being the only Austin attorney to have both prosecuted and defended Travis County juvenile murder charges.

Through his criminal defense practice, Mr. Cofer routinely handles some of the most complex and serious criminal cases across Central Texas, including murder charges, sex crimes, and other major felonies. He also handles DWI and drug possession cases, and he has notable experience with cannabis and marijuana laws.

From his efforts, Mr. Cofer has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for his clients, and he has earned numerous awards and honors for his outstanding professionalism and service. Among his accolades, he has received a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers, and Attorney & Practice Magazine named him among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2019. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Clients' Choice Award.

Moreover, Mr. Cofer has received the Distinguished Service Certificate from the city of Austin along with the Individual Achievement Award from Keep Austin Beautiful. He has also received a Resolution of Appreciation from the Travis County Commissioners Court, and he is a graduate of the Austin Bar Association's Leadership Academy.

Mr. Cofer is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Austin Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, the Austin and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the Austin LBGT Bar Association, and other local, state, and national legal organizations.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Cofer obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007, where he was a member of the Leon Green Society and the American Constitution Society. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Cofer has deep Central Texas roots. He has served in a number of public roles, including:

  • Vice Chair, Texas Health Action Kind Clinic
  • Chair, City of Austin Zero Waste Commission
  • Vice Chair, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board
  • Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition Board of Directors
  • President, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors

Mr. Cofer is a 20 year resident of Central Texas. He splits time between his Clarksville neighborhood and Blanco ranch.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
Client's Choice
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Cofer & Connelly

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Daniela | April 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer out here!
The best lawyer you’ll ever come across! Rick helped me in every step of the way with my charge. He was very patient with me and my thousand questions regarding my case. Thank you Rick.
Posted by Quinton | April 12, 2019
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Top notch
Rick was very patient and informative. Took the time to call me or explain in person details. True professional in the courtroom he did an amazing job on my case
Posted by Shelby | February 27, 2024
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BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY HANDS DOWN!!
We are forever grateful to the entire team at Cofer & Connelly. They were very professional and extremely helpful in resolving our case. They were very responsive and communicated with us through the entire process. Rick Cofer would be our one and only recommendation if you need representation for a criminal case.
Posted by Logan | February 22, 2024
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Exceptional Service by Rick Cofer
To keep this short, I was in quite a mess with 4 misdemeanor charges and one felony charge in two separate counties. Rick immediately went to work despite the many road blocks I encountered from the get go and the over all complexity of my case. Rick always answered my concerns and questions about my case directly and always kept me informed. I knew I had someone that had my back and was going to defend me to his full potential. Rick was able to resolve all of my charges into one single plea agreement that ended with no conviction. I recommend Rick to anyone who is in need of his legal services and is wanting someone that will shoot it straight, defend their rights, and make this process as easy as possible to navigate. Thank you Rick for your outstanding service!
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Posted by Derrick | February 20, 2024
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Simply the best
great lawyer , cares about his clients , hard working etic , never stops for the truth
Response from Rick Cofer February 20, 2024
Thanks, Derrick!
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2023
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Help them help you!!
Cofer & Connelly law firm is the best around. Unfortunately I've placed myself in a bad circumstance two times now. However, this time I retained this law firm and have had the most amazing experience and results with them by my side. My charge was GREATLY reduced (DUI to obstruction of highway) and they had their team working on my case around the clock always prepared to answer questions, inform me on the best direction we could take, and so on. Help them help you by putting in a great deal of work on your own so they can best represent you when the day comes.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2023
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Quality
Very transparent with what they were doing. Showed me exactly documents so I was never left in the dark. At the end of it I got my case dismissed. What better can a lawyer do?
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2023
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Excellent attorney
Rick is a wonderful attorney. He is knowledgeable, very versed in the court and legal system and will fight to protect your right and good name. He represented a family member and was able to work with prosecutors to reject the charges. More than anything he is smart as a whip and very kind….and has an excellent team and office staff! No one dropped the ball even with a case that dragged on for several months unnecessarily. Highly recommend Rick Cofer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2023
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Excellent lawyer!
Very happy that I stumbled across Cofer & Connely law firm. Great results, got my felony dropped and I was also able to keep my license from getting suspended. Would definitely recommend contacting if you find yourself in legal trouble.
Posted by Adam | March 18, 2023
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Excellent
Rick and his team are completely awesome! I'm very Thankful for them. Rick got the outcome that he said he was shooting for and it was very very appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2023
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Caring Attorney and Support Staff
I would recommend Mr. Rick Cofer to represent and defend your loved one. He knows the law, how the system works, and the best course of action for a successful outcome. Realizing there are no guarantees in court, Mr. Cofer did everything he said he would do and went above and beyond to achieve a successful outcome in the case of our family member.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2023
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Very highly recommend Rick!
I am so glad I chose Rick and his team to represent me after a misdemeanor charge. He was able to get my charges dismissed and rejected. The team was very caring and prompt on all my necessities and helped me through the entire process. Definitely highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2022
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Dismissed charge
Rick is an awesome attorney who helped me dismissed my charge which is family violence with class A misdemeanor. This process only took around 2 months. I highly recommend Rick to be your criminal attorney if you do need get dismissal on your charge.
Posted by Sean | April 29, 2022
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Excellent personal service
I'm not the easiest client in the world, but Rick made everything easier. And, even though he doesn't normally do wills, he couldn't have made the whole process easier.
Posted by Murray | April 26, 2022
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Client
Rick and his office were exceedingly helpful, professional and very understanding in our legal situation. I would seek legal advice again immediately without hesitation from Rick.
Posted by Chris | April 13, 2022
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Thank You Rick and Team
Rick and his team have exceeded my expectations when it came to my case. They worked diligently and methodically on closing my case for the most favorable outcome. I think these guys excel due to their transparency and dedication to their clients. If you need someone in your corner pick up the phone.
Posted by Aaron | February 14, 2022
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Helped with my case.
Thanks for everything you and your firm did for me and my case, I highly recommend using your services to anyone!
Posted by Donovan | January 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
AMAZING NEVER LET DOWN
this man right here is the man to go to he will handle your case with confidence and make sure you are well taken care of and updated on everything . He has helped me tremendously on multiple occasions highly recommend
Posted by Chelsea | December 9, 2021
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Wonderful Lawyer!
Rick and his entire team are wonderful! They really listen to and care about their client's needs and consistently fight for the best outcome! I am eternally grateful for all of the efforts they put in to go above and beyond for everyone they help.
Posted by Sean | October 28, 2021
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Recommendation for Rick Cofer
Rick, Megan and attorneys behind the scenes delivered a very positive outcome on my recent case. They are empathetic, responsive and thorough. Cofer & Connelly is home to some very sharp legal minds!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Travis County Attorney's Office
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Travis County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Travis County Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Private Practice
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • JD
  • 2007
  • The University of Texas At Austin
  • BA
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. C.P.
  • Case dismissed
  • State of Texas v. R.P.
  • Case dismissed
  • State of Texas v. J.P.
  • Case dismissed
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Associations

  • Austin Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Austin LBGT Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • The Austin Chronicle
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - Criminal Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2021
  • Certificate
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorney - Texas
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Resolution of Appreciation
  • Travis County Commissioners Court
  • 2016
  • Leadership Academy
  • Austin Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Service Certificate
  • City of Austin
  • 2015
  • Individual Achievement Award
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
  • 2015
  • Out & About 500
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • 2010
  • Prosecutor Trial Skills Course Certificate
  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I was the presiding judge on a very serious 1st Degree Felony charge. Mr. Cofer represented the defendant. He was always prepared and I found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and aggressive in his defense of his client. His preparation, knowledge of the law and procedure contributed to him obtaining a very good result for his client. His clients are fortunate to have Mr. Cofer on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rick for nearly twenty years and can attest to his legal acumen and extraordinary dedication to his clients. He treats each case as if his own family was the one being charged. Rick's prior experience as a prosecutor and his personal relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other members of the legal community give his clients an incredible advantage and assures that his client's cases get a fair shake. I consider Rick to be the best criminal defense attorney in Austin and would not hesitate to recommend my own family or friends if they were in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Rick Cofer. Rick and I tried a case against each other a few years back, and he was a pleasure to work with despite us being on opposite sides. Rick's an excellent criminal defense attorney who cares about getting his clients the best outcome. He has a great rapport with the prosecutors and judges at the courthouse, and he achieves excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rick since he was in law school and an intern. He has always been creative, and tries a good case. Now on the defense side, he uses his talents effectively representing his clients. Smart guy that does good work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clients are in good hands with Rick. He's comprehensive, very knowledgeable, and thoughtful."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cofer is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and resourceful. I have always found his advice both intelligent and helpful. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is a great lawyer with whom I have had the occasion to work with on multiple cases. He is thorough, creative, and understands all the intricacies of local courts in the Austin, TX area. His years of experience are evidenced by his vast network and are reflected in the results he achieves. I highly endorse Rick."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a hard working, dedicated lawyer who has been active in pro bono service and community involvement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a tenacious advocate and an excellent attorney. I strongly recommend him for any criminal defense matter. You will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an extraordinary capable criminal defense who’s has a long track of great results for his clients. He is very connected in Austin and knows how to move a case from start to finish quickly. He’s top notch. Hire him if you need a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an outstanding advocate. Rick is a former prosecutor and knows how to navigate a case through negotiation and trial if necessary. His background and attention to his clients distinguish him from other lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Cofer is an excellent attorney and advocate on environmental issues for our community. As a prosecutor, I've found him to be ethical and tough, while also showing compassion for sympathetic situations. He has my respect as well as admiration in how he handles his business."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Rick Cofer
Rick Cofer
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 15 years
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