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About me

I am proud to be an attorney in Lubbock, Texas where my wife and 4 daughters call home.

After graduating from law school, I entered the world of private practice. After service as an associate attorney for a short period of time, I joined the ranks of the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office as an assistant DA.

I served as a prosecutor for 8 1/2 years.  I ended my public service career having been the misdemeanor chief, felony court chief, chief of homicide and served 5 years as a special assistant United States attorney.

I have tried over 100 jury trials and been involved in several thousand hearings and bench trials.

I am experienced, aggressive (when necessary) and dependable. As a small town boy, I was taught the value of integrity, dependability and customer service. My staff and lawyers have been taught these values as well.

Whether needing experienced help for a criminal charge, a divorce, or a simple will or deed, we are small enough to know who you are, but large enough to handle all of your problems.

Call my firm today, you will not be disappointed.


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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 20%
    16 years
  2. Divorce: 20%
    16 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    16 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years
  5. Personal Injury: 20%
    16 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Stephen Lyle Hamilton

    I have known Tray for over a decade. He is a smart, hard working lawyer who cares for his clients one at a time. I have worked with Tray on matters and against him on others. I have personally witnessed his dedication to his clients. You can't go wrong with Tray. If I had a problem I would never hesitate to hire Tray.


    Stephen Hamilton DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2529 74th Street
Lubbock, TX, 79423


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best 20 under 40 AwardLubbock Young Professionals2010
Justice AwardLubbock County2008
Prosecutor of the yearMother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD)2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTray Payne & Associates, PLLC2009 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyLubbock County2001 - 2009
AttorneyBoatwright & Hamilton2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana Ave. Baptist ChurchTrustee2010 - Present
Lubbock County Defense Lawyer AssociationMember2010 - Present
South Plains Family Law AssociationMember2010 - Present
Focus LubbockChairperson2009 - Present
Texas District & County Attorney's AssociationTDCAA Member2001 - Present
Texas Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Lubbock County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Texas Supreme CourtLicensee2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Clara M.Dismissal
ITIO ChildrenDecreased fathers child support and he obtained standard visitation rights.
Sanchez v. SanchezWin for our client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Southern Managment ConventionHMO's and Erisa - A look at the future2000
Oklahoma City University Law ReviewHMO's Comment on ERISA1999
Oklahoma City University Law ReviewSam Sex Sexual Harrasment, Oncale v. Sundowner.1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oklahoma City University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2000
Texas Tech UniversityAccountingB.B.A.1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual UpdateDWI Trial Experience2015
Spring TrainingChoices and the law2014
Annual Continuing EducationVoir Dire and jury selection2013
New Judges ConferenceDWI Defense2011
2010 Judicial UpdateThe Criminal Jury Trial2010
Intoxication ManslaughterUnderstanding the Black Box as evidence2009
Capital Trial IssuesDirect Examination2009
Prosecutor Trial Skills CourseVisual aids in the courtroom2008
Prosecution Capital Trial CourseVoir Dire in Capital Cases2008
Trial Skills Course 2006Courtroom Trial Presentation2007
Lubbock County Legal UpdateJury Trial Voir Dire2007