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Jennifer Taylor

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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
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- 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

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

Bar Admissions

Texas

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  • Second to NONE

    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

    Manuel R.

  • Professional representation at its best!

    “First and foremost, I would like to thank Brad and Jarrod for handling my case. Both of these men represented with much professionalism and didn't at all treat me like a criminal. At times I was skeptical since I was facing so much uncertainty. Both men obviously could not predict the outcome of things but assured me that they will work hard for me. They sure kept their promise on that! Both men took the time to get to know me and my situation before designing a plan to represent me. When I was in doubt with much fear they reassured me that "things will be all right". I am grateful for the representation both men have provided me and without hesitation, I would speak volumes of their service. Thank you so much!”

    Victor

  • 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

  • He's a real lawyer!

    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

    David

  • 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

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  • National College for DUI Defense
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