Teamwork Approach

The Buck and Brett Team

Buck Files and Brett Harrison have been law partners for 11 years.  Together, they work — as a team — to represent the clients of the firm who have criminal law issues in the Texas or federal courts.  They also work — as a team — with Jennifer Garrett Deen in the representation of juveniles.

Buck and Brett have each earned Board Certification in Criminal Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Criminal Trial Advocacy from the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  They have each been named as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Law.

Buck and Brett have each served as a First Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Smith County and understand how prosecutors evaluate both felony and misdemeanor cases and how they prepare and try these cases.  This knowledge and experience is invaluable in their representation of these clients of the firm.

Buck and Brett each understand how stressful it must be to be charged with a criminal offense and confined in jail.  Inmates are always concerned about the status of their cases and, additionally, often have problems with medical issues or with other inmates.  Buck and Brett make every effort to visit with each of their clients in the Smith County jails on a weekly basis in order to keep them up to date on what is happening in their cases and, also, to try to assist them with problems that they might be having in the jail.

Buck and Brett review the facts and the law in every criminal case and negotiate with the prosecutor responsible for the case.  The goal is always to get the best result that they can for the client.  Over the years, Buck and Brett have been able to secure a dismissal or a reduced charge for a significant number of their clients when the law and the facts would permit them to do so.  When a prosecutor will not agree to such a result, Buck and Brett will continue to negotiate in order that the client will have the option of trying the case on a plea of not guilty or entering a plea of guilty for an agreed punishment recommendation.

Buck and Brett will try the case together — as a team — if a client elects to have a jury trial.  The old Canons of Ethics tell Buck and Brett what they are to do:  “A lawyer who undertakes the defense of a criminal case shall raise every defense of the law in order that no man be deprived of life or liberty without due process of law.