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Margaret Kercher

Senior Associate Attorney
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Margaret Kercher zealously represents her clients and dedicates individualized attention and analysis to each case to provide a strategic defense for her clients. Margaret is a proven trial lawyer. She has tried traffic ticket cases to murder cases.

Margaret discovered her passion to be a lawyer in college when she became a member of the UT-Austin Mock Trial Association. After college, she attended Baylor Law School, which prides itself in its trial advocacy training. In addition to learning the necessary skills and the thought processes of a lawyer, Margaret was able to hone her oral advocacy skills as a member of the Baylor mock trial team and also winning the school's moot court competition (with her now husband as her moot court partner). During that time, she was also a notes and comments editor on the Baylor Law Review and worked on her article regarding the Voting Rights Act.

Right after law school, Margaret spent some time working for a few different civil law firms representing companies, but eventually, she made the decision that helping individuals was her calling. She opened up her own law office, and predominantly, her practice was criminal defense. She has represented and continues to represent clients all around Central Texas in state and federal court. Margaret assists her clients in navigating the criminal justice system from the beginning to the end. Helping clients understand the available avenues they have is part of the job.

She has had the opportunity to be a staff attorney in different specialty courts in Travis County. Most recently, she was a staff attorney in DWI Court in Travis County.

Margaret brings her experience, knowledge, dedication, and attention to her clients' representation.

Education

Baylor University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2007

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • Baylor ATLA Mock Trial Team, Spring 2006
  • Order of the Barristers
  • First Place, Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition, Fall 2005

University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy, May 2003

  • Honors Graduate
  • University of Texas College Scholar
  • Departmental Honors in Government
  • University of Texas Mock Trial Association

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Associations

  • Member of Texas Bar College
  • Member of Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court
  • Member of Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association (ACDLA)
  • Member of Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association (AYLA)
  • Member of Austin Asian-American Bar Association
  • Member of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class 2016
  • Member of the AYLA Leadership Academy 2016

Professional Experience

  • Law Office of Margaret Chen Kercher, PLLC 2010-2021
  • Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. 2009-2010
  • Bovey & Bojorquez, LLP 2008-2009
  • Greg and Valby, LLP 2007
  • Mentor for the Capital Area Public Defense Service Misdemeanor Mentorship Spring 2017
  • Student of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association (TCDLA) Trial College 2015
  • Staff Attorney for Travis County DWI Court 2018-2021
  • Staff Attorney for Travis County Phoenix Court 2017-2018
  • Internship with Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas - Waco Division 2007

Fluent in spoken Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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