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Greg Westfall2018-11-10T18:57:26+00:00

For over two decades, Greg Westfall has been a “courtroom lawyer.”

In the criminal arena, Westfall has handled thousands of cases, tried close to 100 and handled more than 75 appeals. He has tried many murder and capital murder cases, fought against the death penalty and fought against the federal government in cases ranging from mail fraud to material support of terrorism.

In 2000 Greg was Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Along the way, Greg has developed a reputation for intense preparation and formidable trial skills. He is particularly known for his work on complex criminal litigation – alleged white collar/business crimes and murder cases. Greg’s reputation has earned him recognition by his peers 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, and recognition as a Fort Worth, Texas Magazine “Top Lawyer” every year since the list was created.

In 2010, Greg extended his practice to civil litigation and accepts select civil cases. He has found that his business school background, experience with white collar criminal cases and 20 years in the courtroom have prepared him very well for the more paper-intensive civil work.  Greg’s civil work has encompassed defamation, breaches of fiduciary duty matters, violations of civil rights, and employment matters.

Throughout his career, Greg has been keenly interested in how we can better communicate with juries.  He conducts focus groups for other attorneys and writes and teaches extensively on the subject of juror communication and persuasion both in Texas and at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.

Board Certified:



Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2000)




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




Military Service: 



United States Army, Sergeant (1984-1987)
United States Of America Meritorious Service Medal (1986)
United States Army Commendation Medal (1986)
United States Army Achievement Medal (1985)
United States Army Forces Command Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (1986)

Recognition: 



AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Thomson/Reuters “Super Lawyer” (2003-2016)

Fort Worth Business Press “Attorney of Excellence” (2003-2005) 

Fort Worth, Texas Magazine “Top Attorney” (2001-2016)

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association “Roland Hill Award” (2012)



Editorial Positions:



Editor-in-Chief, Texas Tech Law Review (1992-93)
Editor, Voice for the Defense, Voice for the Defense Online (2009-2013)

Assistant Feature Articles Editor, Voice for the Defense (1995-1998)
Feature Articles Editor, Voice for the Defense (1998-2004)




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.

Legal Commentator: 



Court TV
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
Fox News Channel

KTVT (local CBS affiliate)
National Public Radio

KLIF (talk radio)
WBAP (talk radio)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dallas Morning News

Fort Worth Business Press

National Law Journal

Texas Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships:



Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Past President)

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors; Officer)
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court (Barrister, 2008-2012)
Tarrant County Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
College of the State Bar of Texas

Greg Westfall

Greg Westfall

Practice: State and Federal Criminal Defense (Trials and Appeals); Select Civil Litigation

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