Samuel E. Bassett

Samuel E. Bassett  Austin, Texas
Phone: (512) 476-4873
Fax: (512) 479-8315
Email: sbassett@mbfc.com
rebeccah@mbfc.com (Assistant Rebecca Haddock)

Sam has extensive trial experience in criminal and family law courts throughout Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1988. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1994. Sam practices primarily criminal and family law. Sam has been voted by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers In America and Texas Monthly’s Superlawyers publications. He also holds the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbel. In 2014, the publication Best Lawyers in America designated Sam as Lawyer of the Year for Austin, Texas in the area of criminal defense.

Sam is licensed in State and Federal court. Sam was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas Forensic Science Commission in 2005, where he served as its Presiding Officer until September, 2009. Sam frequently teaches trial advocacy at continuing education events for attorneys. He also served on the State Bar of Texas Grievance Panel for District 9 from 2004 until 2010, when his term expired as Chair of the Panel. Sam presently serves as President Elect of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Year Joined Organization:

  • 2001

Areas of Practice:

Certification/Specialties:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2005

Education:

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1988
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Achievement Award, Highest Course Grade: Texas Criminal Procedure II
    • Honors: Achievement Award, Highest Course Grade: Federal Criminal Procedure I
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1985
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Business Honors Program

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • June, 2014: Advanced Criminal Law Seminar (Rusty Duncan); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association “Don’t Roll The Dice With Your Law License – Ethics in 2014” – Speaker
  • January, 2014: State Bar of Texas – Sex, Drugs and Surveillance Seminar; Houston, Texas Speaker – 5th Amendment Issues in Family and Criminal Law Cases
  • September, 2013 – Jury Selection in Intoxication Cases TCDLA – Arlington, Texas
  • May , 2013: Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals; University of Texas School of Law
    The Scientific Method and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases
  • April, 2013: Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Project – Longview, Texas – Core Issues in the Practice of Law
  • March, 2013: Texas Criminal Trial College, Huntsville, Texas; Instructor: Jury Selection
  • December, 2012: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association - Defense of Persons Accused of Sex Crimes Houston, Texas; Speaker – "Ethics and Criminal Defense"
  • July, 2012: State Bar of Texas – State Bar College Summer School – Galveston, Texas – Speaker – "Unforeseen Consequences of Criminal Convictions"
  • March, 2012: Texas Trial College – Huntsville, Texas Instructor – Voir Dire and Opening Statements
  • December, 2011 – State Bar of Texas – Forensic Science Seminar Speaker:  Developments in Fire Science and Arson Cases
  • September, 2011 – Course Director – Defense of Sexual Assault Cases Austin, Texas – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Speaker – Ethics
  • July, 2011 – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Board Orientation – South Padre Island, Texas: Faculty "Civil and Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases"
  • April, 2011 – "Art of War" – Trial Tactics Seminar – Waco, Texas – Speaker
  • March 2011, Texas Trial College - Huntsville, Texas – Faculty and Presenter – Cross Examination Techniques
  • January, 2011 – University of Texas at Austin, Quest Program
    Speaker – "Forensic Science Reform in Texas"
  • November, 2010 – University of Texas School of Law: American Bar Association – Prosecution and Defense Standards Roundtable: Panelist
  • September, 2010 – "The Art of War – Trial Tactics Seminar" Kerrville, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • July, 2010 – Speaker – Ethics and The Practice of Law – Criminal Defense Lawyers‘ Project, South Padre Island, Texas
  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, (1996-1997)
  • Faculty/Instructor, Texas Criminal Trial College, Huntsville, Texas, April 2008, March 2009
  • Family Violence, Civil & Criminal Issues, Texas Criminal Def. Lawyers Seminar, College Station, Texas, 2004
  • Instructor, Communicating With Juries, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Project, Plano, Texas, 2003
  • Luncheon Speaker, Ethics: Zealous Representation and Other Topics, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, 2002
  • Luncheon Speaker, Criminal Defense Practice and Personal Life, University of Texas Law School, 2001
  • Moderator and Speaker – State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course. 2008 – San Antonio; 2009 – Dallas
  • Speaker, Ethics & Criminal Law Practice, Austin Christian Legal Society, Austin, Texas, 2001
  • Course Director, DWI 2001 Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
  • Speaker: Concurrent Family Law Litigation & Criminal Defense Litigation, Dave's Bar Association, Criminal Law Seminar, Oahu, Hawaii, 1999
  • Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Practice Development Seminar, Dallas, Texas, 1998
  • Client Relationships, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Project, McAllen, Texas, April 1, 2005
  • Family Violence Cases, Criminal and Civil Aspects, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Lubbock, Texas, January, 2006 and January, 2008
  • Texas Open Records Act, Criminal Law Issues, Administrative Law Conference, Austin, Texas, September 1, 2005
  • Operation Texas Freedom, Speaker, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, July, 2007
  • State Administrative Law Conference, "Crimes of Moral Turpitude", Panelist, September, 2007
  • Course Director, Defending Sex Crimes Involving Children, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Austin, Texas, September, 2005
  • Law & Clergy Conference – Austin, Texas, February 2009:  Speaker – Criminal Law Issues Concerning Clergy
  • Innocence Network Conference - Houston, Texas – Speaker/Panelist – Forensic Science Commission, March 2009
  • May 2009 - Speaker – Indigent Defense Seminar – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Dallas, Texas – Civil and Criminal Law Topics
  • July 2009 – Speaker:  The Rules of Evidence – CDLP Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas
  • December, 2009 – Course Director and Speaker on Ethics – TCDLA Defending Sexual Assault Seminar, Houston, Texas
  • January, 2010 – Speaker – "Obstacles to Forensics Science Reform" - Sixth Annual National Forensic Science Seminar – San Diego, California
  • February, 2010 - Speaker - TCDLA President's Retreat, Napa Valley, California; "Civil and Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases"
  • April, 2010 – Keynote Speaker - National Defense Investigators Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada; "Junk Science & An Execution in Texas"

Honors and Awards:

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Recognized as a member of "The Best Lawyers In America"
  • 2010-2013 – Presidential Award – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010 – Ambassador Award – Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas Foundation – Fellow – 2012
  • Travis County Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Section ; President (2000-2001)
  • State Bar of Texas District 9A Grievance Panel ; Panel Chair – 2009-2010
  • Travis County Bar Association ; Member
  • Travis County Bar Association ; Board of Directors (2000-2003)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association ; Board of Directors (2002-Present)
  • Travis County Bar Association, Family Law Section ; Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association ; Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ; Member
  • Williamson County Bar Association ; Member
  • Robert W. Calvert Chapter - American Inns of Court, 1999 - 2001 ; Member
  • Travis County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section ; Member
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association ; Charter Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1994 ; Legislative Committee
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin, 1990 - 1997 ; Big Brother
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin, 1993 - 1994 ; Board of Directors
  • National College of DUI Lawyers, 2005 - Present ; Member
  • Texas Forensic Science Commission, 2005-2009, Member; Chairman – 2007-2009

Past Employment Positions:

  • Allison & Bassett, L.L.P., Partner, 1998 - 2001
  • Allison, Yeager & Bassett, L.L.P., Partner, 1991 - 1998
  • White & Allison, P.C., Associate, 1988 - 1991

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