• Frank Sellers

    Trial Attorney

Frank Sellers, Partner

Frank Sellers is a trial and appellate attorney, who focuses on representing citizens and businesses facing criminal investigations and prosecutions. Frank maintains an active criminal trial practice, with a heavy emphasis on helping citizens accused of DWI. Frank has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable, skilled trial lawyer. In addition to trial work, Frank focuses a smaller portion of his practice on criminal appeals and writs of habeas corpus. He enjoys helping those that have been wrongfully convicted regain their freedom.

Since beginning his practice, Frank has represented people charged with all types of offenses and from all professional backgrounds, including nurses, teachers, police officers, doctors, lawyers, and even a district judge. He has won Not Guilty verdicts in cases ranging from DWI (both breath test and blood test) to Murder.

Frank’s work has earned him numerous legal honors. For the past three years, his peers have voted him in the Top 100 SuperLawyers Rising Stars in the entire state. Frank has been named to the Rising Stars list every year since 2015. He is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which means other lawyers and judges rank him at the highest level of ethical and professional excellence.

Frank frequently presents to criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges around the state about various criminal trial and appellate issues. Before joining Westfall in Fort Worth, Frank was president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. On a statewide level, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association since 2014.

Personally, Frank was raised in Richardson, Texas. After graduating high school, he earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. Frank then went onto earn his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. While at Tech, Frank was an editor on the Law Review, a member of the Board of Barristers, on numerous national mock trial teams, and was the president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association. He also received the award for the highest grade in legal research and writing.

Practice Areas

  • State and Federal Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • All Texas State Courts

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas J.D., 2011

  • Texas Tech Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Texas Tech Board of Barristers
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association, President

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas B.S. — Economics, Business, 2008

Awards

Previous Employment

Partner, Hurley, Guinn & Sellers (2013-2017)

Associate, Hurley & Guinn (2011-2013)

Law Clerk, Hon. Judge Louis E. Sturns, 213th District Court of Tarrant County

Published Articles

Invited Speaker/Presenter/Faculty Member

Jury Selection, TCDLA 14th Annual DWI Defense Project, Dallas, TX (May 2021)

DWI Jury Selection, CAIL Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors, Plano, TX (April 2021)

Technology in the Courtroom, 2nd Annual Fiesta Advanced Criminal Defense, San Antonio, TX (August 2020)

Phone Technology, TCDLA 33rd Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Denim and Diamonds, San Antonio (June 2020)

Arguing the Burden of Proof: The Art of Reframing the Issue and Message to the Jury, TCDLA The Making of a Trial Lawyer, Austin, TX (March 2020)

Your Life in Your Palm: Cell Phones and the Accused, TCDLA 40th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal, Lubbock, TX (January 2020)

“Texas Case Law” HGN and SFST’s, TCDLA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course, Houston, TX (January 2020)

Computer Crimes and Defenses, TDCLA Defending Those Accused of Sexual Offenses in Dallas, TX (December 2019)

Hacking and Tracking Cell Phones for Lawyers, TCDLA 17th Annual Forensics, Austin, TX (October 2019)

Cross Examining the Breath Test Operator, TCDLA 15th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, San Antonio, TX (October 2019) 

Burden of Proof, TCDLA Voir Dire, Austin, TX (September 2019)

Attended TCDLA 17th Annual Top Gun DWI, Houston, TX (August 2019)

Protecting the Record: Trial Objections, CAIL 16th annual Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, Plano, TX (August 2019)

Technology Track, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, Dallas, TX (July 2019)

Cell Phone Tracking, TCDLA 32nd Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law, San Antonio, TX (June 2019)

Course Director and spoke on Back to the Basics: A Refresher on Retrograde, TCDLA 12th Annual DWI Defense: It’s Not Rocket Science Anymore, Richardson, TX (May 2019)

Communicating with the 21st Century Jury, CAIL Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors in Criminal Case, Plano, TX (April 2019)

Preservation of Error, 43rd Annual Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial College, Huntsville, TX (March 2019)

Herding Social Media Evidence, TCDLA 38th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law, Lubbock, TX (March 2019)

Cross Examination, TCDLA President’s Trip & CLE, Nashville, TN (February 2019)

Attended TCDLA 6th Annual Lone Start DWI: DWI Forensics, Austin, TX (January 2019)

Voodoo Voir Dire, TCDLA Nuts N’ Bolts Co-Sponsored with the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock, TX (January 2019)

Computer Crimes & Defenses: From the Stands to the Ring, TDCLA Sexual Assault: Gladiators in Suits, Fort Worth, TX (December 2018)

Attended TCDLA 16th Annual Top Gun DWI, Houston, TX (August 2018)

Attended CAIL Trial Skills Course, Plano, TX (August 2018)

Hacking & Tracking: Cell Phones for Lawyers, Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, TX (July 2018)

Discovery of Digital Data and Social Media, TCDLA 31st Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, San Antonio, TX (June 2018)

Armed with the Best Tools: Efficient, Simple, and Successful Uses of Technology in the Courtroom, Unleashing Your Inner Beast: Defending Those Accused, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Salado, Texas (April 2018)

Communicating with the 21st Century Jury, Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors—A Program for the Defense, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (April 2018) 

Faculty, 42nd Annual Texas Criminal Trial College, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers, Huntsville, Texas (March 2018)

Reframing the Issue: Tylenol, Cyanide and the Burden of Proof, Anatomy of a Trial, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Houston, Texas (March 2018)

Armed with the Best Tools: Efficient, Simple, and Successful Uses of Technology in the Courtroom, Unleashing Your Inner Beast: Defending Those Accused, Waco, Texas (January 2018)

The Forensics of Social Media, TCDLA 15th Annual Forensic Seminar, Houston, Texas (December 2017)

Social Media Evidence, 10th Annual Jolly Roger Hal Jackson Memorial Criminal Law Seminar, Denton, Texas (December 2017)

Hacking and Tracking: Cell Phones for Lawyers, Criminal Defense Trial Skills Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (August 2017)

Using Social Media in Criminal Cases in Texas, Lawline.com (August 2017)

Hacking and Tracking: Cell Phones for Lawyers, Texas Bar CLE 43rd Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course, Houston, Texas (July 2017) (co-presented with Robert Aguero)

Using Technology and Modern Presentation Techniques, Trainer of the Trainers, South Padre Island, Texas (July 2017)

Social Media in the Courtroom, 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, San Antonio, Texas (June 2017)

Jury Selection in a DWI Blood Test Case, 10th Annual DWI Defense Project, Grapevine, Texas (May 2017)

Communicating With the 21st Century Jury, Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors — A Program for the Defense, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (April 2017)

Social Media in the Courtroom, Prairie Dog Lawyer’s Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas (January 2017)

Fundamentals of Jury Selection, Training for Lubbock Private Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas (December 2016)

Cross Examination of a DWI Arresting Officer, Stu Kinard Advanced DWI Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (Nov. 4, 2016)

Technology in the Courtroom, Beating the Drum for Justice, Laredo, Texas (October 28, 2016)

Social Media in the Courtroom, Criminal Defense Trial Skills Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (August 4, 2016)

Social Media in the Courtroom, Texas State Bar Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Dallas, Texas (July 20, 2016)

DWI Quick & Dirty: How to Defend a Breath Test, Blood Test, or No Test DWI for the True Defense Lawyer, Upholding Justice One Client at a Time, Waco, Texas (April 22, 2016)

Communicating With the 21st Century Jury, Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors: A Program for the Defense, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (April 8, 2016)

DWI Quick & Dirty: How to Defend a Breath Test, Blood Test, or No Test DWI for the True Defense Lawyer, Upholding Justice One Client at a Time, San Angelo, Texas (Sept. 18, 2015)

How to Better Manage Your Practice In Court and Out, Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (August 6, 2015)

Communicating With the 21st Century Jury, Training Your Defense Team to Win, South Padre Island, Texas (July 10, 2015)

Communicating With the 21st Century Jury, Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors in Criminal Cases, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (April 10, 2015)

Jury Selection in a DWI Case Demonstration, A Taste of Voir Dire, Houston, Texas (March 6, 2015)

Pretrial Investigations, Training Your Defense Team to Win, Austin, Texas (January 16, 2015)

Opening Statements & Closing Arguments, Trial Strategies that Work, South Padre Island, Texas (July 17, 2014). Click here to view the paper

Winning Opening Statements, Trial Strategies that Work, Tyler, Texas (April 25, 2014)

Jury Selection in DWI with a Blood Test, The Ultimate Voir Dire, Arlington, Texas (September 28, 2013)

Pretrial Investigations, Trial Strategies that Work, Amarillo, Texas (September 20, 2013)

DWI Quick & Dirty: How to Defend a Breath Test, Blood Test, or No Test DWI for the True Defense Lawyer, Gideon’s Trumpet Speaker Series, Corpus Christi, Texas (August 9, 2013)

Battling the Breath Test, 32nd Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas (January 11, 2013)

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