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Jennifer Taylor is a passionate and dedicated attorney who believes that preparation, attention to detail, and work ethic are the keys to winning a case.

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in political science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, graduating magna cum laude. She attended law school at South Texas College of Law, where she met Partners Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson. While a law student, Jennifer focused on gaining as much real-world experience as she could. Experiences such as her internship with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and her participation in two of South Texas’ legal clinics allowed Jennifer to work closely with clients and help them navigate an often confusing and complicated legal system in order to obtain the results they wanted. Academically, Jennifer focused on honing her legal research and writing skills, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Currents: Journal of International Economic Law. Jennifer graduated South Texas summa cum laude.

Jennifer’s academic success led to her appointment after law school as a judicial law clerk for the Eleventh Court of Appeals in Eastland, Texas. As a clerk, Jennifer worked closely with appellate judges on a wide range of criminal law issues, such as post-conviction DNA testing, the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, admissibility of evidence (including expert testimony in complicated sexual assault and murder cases), and many others. Jennifer’s work at the court instilled in her a set of values that she carries with her throughout her career, including work ethic, honesty, compassion, and a desire to fight for truth and justice.

Jennifer lives in Round Rock, Texas with her two sons, Atticus and Noah, and her boxer, Khal Drogo.

Education

J.D., South Texas College of Law

  • Summa cum laude
  • ­Top 5% of class
  • Editor-in-Chief of Currents: JIEL
  • Vice President of the South Texas Criminal Law Society

B.S., Political Science, Lamar University

  • Honors Program Graduate
  • Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Eleventh Court of Appeals of Texas, 2016-2018
  • Law Clerk, Law Office of Paul D. Clote, 2014-2016
  • Intern, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, 2015
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Geoffrey Corn, South Texas College of Law, 2014-2015
  • Judicial Intern with Hon. Frances H. Stacy, Magistrate Judge, Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, 2013

Awards & Recognitions

CALI Awards for:

  • Criminal Law
  • Contracts I & II
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates
  • Payments Systems
  • National Security Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Copyright Law

Our Clients Are Our Biggest Endorsers
Hear What They Have to Say

  • Top Notch Lawyers

    “I want to start off by saying Smith and Vinson Law Firm is top notch lawyers. I had a case that the DA and prosecutor was very stern about their decision and not letting up on my charges. My lawyer Matt Watkins treated my case as if he was on trial himself. He went in and fought until we won the battle. Matt Watkins spent countless hours working and reviewing my case and ensuring that my case was dismissed. I was highly satisfied on how Matt showed a passion for my case and handled it aggressively and professionally. I just want to thank this law firm one last time for handling business when it came down to crunch time. I want to also recognize Jarrod Smith for overseeing my case and giving me words of encouragement and showing 130% competence and confidence, while doing so. I will recommend this law firm to anyone that is in need of the legal issues that this firm specialize in. THANKS ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!”

    Arion

  • Outstanding Lawyer

    “Jarrod is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”

    Matt

  • The absolute A-Team for DWI Defense. Period!

    “The absolute A-Team for DWI Defense. Period! When life-changing events occur, look no further. With brilliance and driven motivation, Brad and his team with see your case through with honesty and integrity.. trust me, I have first-hand knowledge. From day one I was treated with dignity and respect. We agreed to take my case to trial. NOT GUILTY!!!! If you’re on the ropes about considering to hire Smith & Vinson Law Firm please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally! I’m their biggest fan!!!"”

    John

  • Professional and effective attorney

    “Brad was extremely professional throughout the entire process. He was direct and prompt in responding to my inquiries and I felt at ease knowing he was taking care of my case. I will definitely use Brad and his firm in the future and highly recommend them if you need an excellent defense attorney! Thanks Brad!”

    Andi

  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

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  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
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