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Attorney Matt Watkinsundefined

Trial Attorney & Former Prosecutor in Texas

Matt Watkins is an experienced trial lawyer and former prosecutor that gives his all to get the best results for his clients. He is an aggressive advocate and fights for a dismissal or a not guilty on each case. Matt has tried more than 40 jury trials to verdict.

Matt earned his B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. He went on to complete his M.A. in Political Science with a focus on Constitutional Law at the University of Texas at Dallas, and he graduated his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Matt knew early that he wanted to be a trial attorney, and he dedicated himself to trial advocacy studies in law school. Matt competed in mock trials to sharpen his advocacy throughout his time in law school, ultimately achieving victory in the championship round of the Gardere Novice Mock Trial competition.

Matt began his legal career as a prosecutor in Williamson County, working for the Williamson County Attorney’s office. Matt rose quickly during his time as a prosecutor and handled a wide variety of case assignments, including being a court chief of two different county courts at law, the Veteran’s Treatment Court prosecutor, supervisor of all specialty assignments such as mental health, animal cruelty, DWI/Drug Court, and ultimately becoming the Criminal Trial Director. Matt was responsible for training both prosecutors and police officers in matters of trial presentation and strategy. He was also chosen frequently to directly train new officers and prosecutors about many aspects of their respective roles, including plea negotiation, courtroom presentation, and trial.

Matt is also a veteran. He spent 6 years in the US Air Force Reserves

Through Matt’s time as a prosecutor, he came to see that often there was more to a story than was in a police report. Matt’s goal is to help people truly tell their story and get the right outcome in every case.

Matt’s extensive experience in a wide variety of criminal assignments and trials makes him uniquely prepared to have an edge in aggressively defending your case. Matt knows the system from the inside and will use his knowledge to get you the best possible result.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Arts in Political Science
  • University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions

  • 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

  • Williamson County Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor & Criminal Trial Director
  • Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern
  • Travis County Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern
  • Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern

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  • 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

  • Highly recommended!!

    “Amazing law firm! Very professional and descriptive when speaking to you about the facts of your case. Ended up going to trial for a DWI and got all 6 jurors to agree on a not guilty verdict. Highly recommended!! They will truly fight for you because they care for you”

    Jeffrey

  • 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

  • 5 Stars in making me feel like a top priority!

    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

    Andrew

  • 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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  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
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