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Troy Rockriseundefined

Troy is an aggressive, hard-working criminal defense attorney. Troy has a passion for defending people accused of crimes. He believes that everyone deserves a zealous advocate in the courtroom fighting for their constitutional rights.

Troy completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with degrees in political science and economics. Troy graduated with honors from South Texas College of Law (STCL) in Houston, where he found a passion for legal writing and criminal law, becoming a former president of the Criminal Law Society and a former Note & Comment Editor of the STCL Law Review.

Troy sharpened his skills with real-world experience by interning with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Drawing from these internships, Troy continued pursuing his passion for criminal law in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and the Violent Crimes Division at the United States Attorney’s Office where he assisted prosecutors in preparing for trial. Before graduating law school, Troy was in the courtroom on behalf of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Education

South Texas College of Law Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Note & Comment Editor, Law Review
  • President, Criminal Law Society
  • The International Legal Honor Society, Historian Officer
  • CALI Award for Future Excellence for in Legal Research and Writing

University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Professional Experience

  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern
  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Jennifer W. Elrod
  • Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge John Donovan, Judicial Intern
  • Harris County Criminal Court Number 8, Judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Jay Karahan.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Avvo 5 Star Reviews
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