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Jarrod L. Smith

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Jarrod Smith is one of Texas's preeminent criminal defense and DWI lawyers, renowned for his relentless dedication to his clients. With a robust background as a former associate judge and prosecutor, Jarrod leverages his comprehensive legal experience to deliver unparalleled defense strategies. His excellence in the field has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, naming him a Rising Star—an honor bestowed upon a mere 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

Jarrod’s legal foundation was laid at the University of Houston, where he graduated with high honors in criminal justice. He further distinguished himself at South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL), graduating in the top 20% of his class. During his tenure at STCL, he founded the Criminal Law Society and was a member of the esteemed South Texas Law Review.

His career trajectory in criminal law includes significant roles in both state and federal offices. Jarrod was an assistant district attorney at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. He gained valuable experience clerking with the Harris County District Attorney’s and the Harris County Public Defender’s offices. On the federal level, he clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office.

Jarrod’s expertise spans thousands of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to severe charges such as murder. His prior experience as a prosecutor equips him with unique insights into the strategies used by law enforcement and the government, enabling him to counter these tactics for his clients effectively. As a proven trial lawyer, Jarrod boasts a track record of securing not-guilty verdicts in serious charges, including DWI and Sexual Assault.

Jarrod’s approach to defense is deeply rooted in his belief that clients are more than mere case numbers. He is passionate about protecting their lives and careers from being derailed by criminal charges, and he fights tenaciously to achieve case dismissals. His commitment to justice and client advocacy sets him apart in the legal community.

Beyond his practice, Jarrod is a sought-after lecturer, frequently invited to speak at legal conferences across Texas. He educates fellow lawyers on effective criminal defense tactics, sharing his knowledge and experience to elevate the profession.

A native Texan, Jarrod resides in Central Texas with his wife, Elise, and their children. His dedication to his clients and his legal acumen make him a formidable advocate in the courtroom and a respected leader in criminal defense.

Super Lawyers 2023 Super Lawyers 2022 Avvo 10.0 Rating Top 40-Under 40 Badge


South Texas College of Law Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Cum Laude
  • Graduated in the top 20%
  • Garland Walker Mock Trial Champion
  • South Texas Law Review, Member
  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief, South Texas Law Review, Vol. 43
  • Langdell Scholar, Criminal Law & Evidence
  • South Texas Criminal Law Society, President & Co-Founder

University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Pre-Law Society, Member
  • Student Government Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Federal Court Western District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Experience

  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas, Law Clerk
  • Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Law Clerk
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk

Awards & Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyer - Rising Star
  • 10.0 Avvo Rating
  • TCDLA DWI Trial Warrior

Jarrod L. Smith Reviews

Earning Our Reputation by Protecting Yours
  • Jarrod Smith has been an overwhelmingly helpful asset that has allowed me to maintain my reputation & life.  am astounded by the support & service he has provided.
    - Former Client
  • After the Jury was selected, the first witness was called to the stand, and Brad and Jarrod imploded the State's case. Moments later, the case was dismissed. I couldn't be any more thankful for Smith & Vinson.
    - Former Client
  • Jarrod and Brad used what I consider exceptional legal strategies and won my case as a "Not Guilty".
    - Mike
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