• Greg Westfall

    Trial Attorney

Greg Westfall, Partner

Since 1994, Greg Westfall has handled thousands of cases, tried many murder and capital murder cases, fought against the Texas death penalty and the federal government in cases ranging from mail fraud to material support of terrorism.

Along the way, Greg has developed a reputation for intense preparation and formidable trial skills.  He is particularly known for his trial work in complex criminal litigation – alleged white collar/business crimes and complex cases in state courts. He is also known for his appellate skills and has handled around a hundred appeals, both criminal and civil, and has argued before the Court of Criminal Appeals numerous times, as well as the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Greg Westfall – Recognized by Best Lawyers

Greg’s reputation has earned him recognition by his peers with listings in The Best Lawyers in America, selection as a Thomson/Reuters “Super Lawyer”® every year since the list was created, an AV® Rating from Martindale Hubbell and a listing in their Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.   Greg has also been recognized in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in every “Top Lawyer” issue.  In 2000 Greg was Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal and Civil Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas 
(1993)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1994)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (1999)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1999)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (2000)

Education

  • University of Texas at Arlington – B.B.A., with highest honors, 1990
  • Texas Tech University – J.D., summa cum laude, 1993

Awards

Board Certified

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2000)

Military Service

Recognition

Editorial Positions

Invited Speaker/Faculty Member/Author

  • “Jeopardy: Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Skills Course, 1994-95
  • “Psychiatric Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases,” Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Project Skills course, 1996
  • “Effective ALR Appeal,” DWI and ALR , Taking the Battle to Them Seminar, Courtroom Publications, 1997
  • “Expert Testimony,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1997
  • “Texas Rules of Evidence Significant Decisions,” Fifth Annual Prosecutors’ Skills Seminar, 1998
  • “Jury Instructions,” Lone Star Seminars Aruba Seminar, 1999
  • “Effective Use of Experts,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project South Padre Island Seminar, 1999
  • “Texas Rules of Evidence,” Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association “Nuts and Bolts” Seminar, 1999
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2000
  • “Evidence,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project “Ultimate Trial Notebook” Seminar, 2000-01
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2001
  • “Post-Conviction DNA Testing,” 14th Annual M.P. “Rusty” Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2001
  • “Developing the Theory Through Expert Testimony,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project “Theory of the Case” Seminar, 2001-02
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2002
  • “Hearsay,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2003
  • Capital Trial Advocacy Course, Center for American & International Law, 2003
  • “Experts,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project “Evidence for the 21st Century” Seminar, 2003
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2004
  • “Experts,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project “Day in the Life of a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer” Seminar, 2003-04
  • Capital Trial Advocacy Course, Center for American & International Law, 2004
  • “Technology in the Courtroom,” 17th Annual M.P. “Rusty” Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2004
  • “Developing the Story,” Criminal Defense Lawyers Project “Communicating with Juries” Seminar, 2004
  • “Anatomy of the Win,” Criminal Defense Lawyer Project, 2004-2005
  • “The Effective Use and Confrontation of Experts in Criminal Trials,” Criminal Defense Lawyer Project (Course Director), 2004
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2005
  • “Recent Decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2005
  • Capital Trial Voir Dire and Communicating With Jurors for the Defense, Center for American & International Law, 2005
  • Capital Trial Advocacy Course, Center for American & International Law, 2005
  • Cross-Examination and Impeachment, Center for American & International Law, 2005
  • “Forensics,” Criminal Defense Lawyer Project (Course Director), 2005
  • Trial Lawyers College, Colorado Regional, 2005
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2006
  • Trial Lawyers College, 2006
  • “Recent Decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2006
  • “Voir Dire in a Drug Case,” Criminal Defense Lawyer Project Voir Dire Course, 2006
  • “Technology in the Courtroom,” 19th Annual M.P. “Rusty” Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2007
  • “Court of Criminal Appeals Update,” 27th Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007
  • “Technology in the Courtroom,” 20th Annual M.P. “Rusty” Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Trial Lawyers College, California Regional, 2007
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2008
  • “CSI Texas,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course (Moderator), 2008.
  • “Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Significant Decisions from Sept. 2007 to June 2008,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2008.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Death Penalty Seminar, 2009.
  • “Experts,” 29th Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009.
  • “Negotiations and Plea Bargaining in Death Penalty Cases,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2009.
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2010.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Death Penalty Seminar, 2010.
  • “Hot Issues in Pending PDRs in the Court of Criminal Appeals,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2010.
  • Trial Lawyers College, September Session, 2010.
  • “Psychodrama for Lawyers,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 2011.
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2011.
  • “Ethics,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 4th Annual Jolly Roger Hal Jackson Memorial Criminal Law Seminar, 2011.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Texas Regional, 2012.
  • Trial Lawyers College, September Session, 2012.
  • “Use of Experts in Defense of Child Abuse Allegations,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2012.
  • “Psychodrama for Lawyers,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 2013.
  • “Experts,” State Bar of Texas, “Sex, Drugs & Surveillance,” 2013.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Texas Regional, 2013.
  • Trial Lawyers College, September Session, 2013.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Texas Regional, 2014.
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, 2014.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Death Penalty Seminar, 2014.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Graduate Course I, 2014.
  • “Demonstrative Evidence,” Center for American and International Law, Advanced Criminal Law, 2014.
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Communication Seminar, October, 2014.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Criminal Defense Seminar, 2015.
  • “Humanizing Your Client,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Child Abuse Seminar, 2015.
  • “Demonstrative Evidence,” Center for American and International Law, Advanced Criminal Law, 2015.
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Communication Seminar, October, 2015.
  • “Storytelling,” 36th Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Criminal Defense Seminar, 2016.
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Communication Seminar, October, 2016.
  • “Storytelling,” 37th Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017.
  • “Communicating with a Jury,” Northern District of Texas Federal Public Defender Seminar, 2017.
  • “Direct and Cross-Examination,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, McKinney, Texas, 2017.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Criminal Defense Seminar, 2017.
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Communication Seminar, October, 2017.
  • “Experts,” Northern District of Texas Federal Public Defender Seminar, 2018.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Criminal Defense Seminar, 2018.
  • “Demonstrative Evidence,” Center for American and International Law, Advanced Criminal Law, 2018.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Criminal Defense Seminar, 2018.
  • Trial Lawyers College, Graduate Seminar II, 2018.

Published Articles

  • “But I Know It When I See It: A Practical Framework for Analysis and Argument of Informal Fiduciary Relationships,” 23 Texas Tech Law Review 835, 1992.
  • “Administrative License Revocation and Double Jeopardy: The Battle Begins at the Appellate Level,” 24 Voice for the Defense 7, Sept. 1995 at 34.
  • “The Nature of This Debate: A Look at the Texas Foreign Corporation Venue Rule and a Method For Analyzing the Premises and Promises of Tort Reform,” 25 Texas Tech Law Review 903, 1995.
  • “Double Jeopardy and ALR: On to the Court of Criminal Appeals,” 25 Voice for the Defense 2, Mar. 1996 at 28.
  • “Psychiatric Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Texas,” 25 Voice for the Defense 5, June 1996 at 12.
  • “Is the Court of Criminal Appeals Prepared to Limit the DeGarmo Doctrine?” 25 Voice for the Defense 10, Dec. 1996 at 28.
  • “Experts for the Indigent,” 26 Voice for the Defense 6, July-Aug. 1997.
  • “The Guerilla’s Guide to Evidence,” 29 Voice for the Defense 5, May 2000.
  • “Throwing Away the Book,” The Warrior, Spring, 2003.
  • “Communicating Through Shared Experience (Part I of an Occasional Series of Deep Thoughts About Jury Communication),” 38 Voice for the Defense 6, June 2009 at 11.
  • “One Picture and 1,000 Words (Approximately),” 38 Voice for the Defense 6, July-Aug. 2009 at 12.
  • “Stupid Pet Tricks,” 38 Voice For The Defense 8, Oct. 2009 at 12.
  • “The Big Lie,” 38 Voice For The Defense 10, Dec. 2009 at 12.
  • “How Wiggins v. Smith Raised the Bar,” 39 Voice For The Defense 3, April 2010 at 11.
  • “We, the Haters,” 39 Voice For The Defense 4, May 2010 at 11.
  • “A Conversation With Justice Anthony Kennedy,” 39 Voice For The Defense 5, June 2010 at 12.
  • “Darrow’s Dream,” 39 Voice for the Defense 6, July/Aug. 2010 at 12.
  • “Fashionable Racism,” 39 Voice for the Defense 7, Sept. 2010 at 12.
  • “A Little Death Penalty Math,” 40 Voice for the Defense 8, Sept. 2011 at 12.
  • “The Sniff Test,” 40 Voice for the Defense 9, Oct. 2011 at 12.
  • “A Little Death Penalty Math, Part 2,” 41 Voice for the Defense 1, Jan./Feb. 2012 at 11.
  • “Why I Think The Death Penalty Will Die,” 41 Voice for the Defense 3, April 2012 at 11.

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  • Dallas Morning News
  • Fort Worth Business Press
  • National Law Journal
  • Texas Lawyer

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