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I am a Texas native, born and raised in Fort Worth and Arlington. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Christian University in 1992, I worked as a case investigator for Child Protective Services in Tarrant County. In 1997, I graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law, and joined the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. An honor graduate of the Naval Justice School, I served five years on active duty as the only Navy officer in a Marine Corps legal detachment, where I successfully prosecuted and defended an unprecedented number of courts-martial, or military criminal cases. I was honorably discharged in 2010 at the rank of lieutenant commander (O-4).

After leaving active duty, I remained a reservist for several years, defending a large number of Marines and sailors as a Navy Appellate Defense Counsel, while also maintaining civilian employment with a law firm in Dallas. I eventually returned to Fort Worth to accept a position as a Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney, where I continued to hone my skill as a trial lawyer. Now, I enjoy what I consider the pinnacle of a career of service – I am a solo criminal defense attorney and civilian defense counsel with the education, training, experience, and skill to handle the toughest and most complicated cases. And the touchstone of my practice continues to be compassion and understanding for my clients. I consider the attorney-client relationship to be a sacred bond, and together we will not stop fighting until the fight is done.


EDUCATION:

Duke University School of Law
Durham, North Carolina (J.D. with honors, 1997)

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas (B.A. in Philosophy, 1992)

Lamar High School
Arlington, Texas (1987)


EXPERIENCE:

Brian Bouffard, P.C.
Criminal and Court-Martial Defense Attorney
Fort Worth, Texas (2006-present)

Office of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
Civilian Prosecutor
Fort Worth, Texas (2005-2006)

United States Navy JAG Corps – Reserve Duty
Appellate Defense Counsel
Washington, DC and Fort Worth, Texas (2004-2010)

United States Navy JAG Corps – Active Duty
Senior Defense Counsel
Defense Counsel
Trial Counsel
Camp Pendleton, California (1997-2003)

Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services
CPS Child Abuse Investigator
Tarrant County, Texas (1993-1994)


CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION:

  • Veterans (2016) (Speaker)
  • DNA Mixture Interpretation (2016)
  • Military Defense Trial Litigation (2015) (Course Director, Faculty Member)
  • Marine Corps DSO Worldwide Training Conference (2015) (Faculty Member)
  • Military Defense Trial Litigation (2014) (Course Director, Faculty Member)
  • Military Defense Trial Litigation (2013) (Faculty Member)
  • Ethics of Client Care and Procedural Justice (2013)
  • Demonstrative Evidence and Trial Technology (2013)
  • Effective Representation at Trial (2012)
  • Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction (2012)
  • Military Defense Trial Litigation (2012) (Faculty Member)
  • Evidence Based Practices: Sentencing and Supervision (2011)
  • 9th Annual Forensic Evidence Seminar (2011)
  • Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law (2010)
  • Modern Overview of Ethics in Criminal Courts (2010)
  • Cross-Examination and Impeachment (2009)
  • Polygraph Use in Sex Offender Treatment (2009)
  • Felony DWI Court Program (2009)
  • Voir Dire (Jury Selection) (2009)
  • Capital Murder and Mental Retardation (2008)
  • Defending Juveniles (2007)
  • 31st Annual Texas Criminal Trial College (2007)
  • 32nd Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course (2006)
  • Competency to Stand Trial (2006)
  • Cell Phones and Other Technology in Criminal Prosecutions (2006)
  • Actual Innocence (2005)
  • Fundamentals of Cross-Examination (2005)
  • Trauma and Memory: Credibility of the Eyewitness (2005)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Criminal Defense Seminar (2004)
  • Advanced Legal Writing and Editing (2003 and 2004)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Pacific Deposition Program (2002)
  • Naval Justice School, Defense Capital Litigation Training (2001)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Military Seminar (2000)
  • Naval Justice School, Government Capital Litigation Training (1999)
  • American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, Child Abuse Prosecution Training (1998)
  • National College of District Attorneys, Criminal Evidence and Advocacy Seminar (1998)

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Honor Graduate, Naval Justice School (1997)
  • NCIS “Prosecutor of the Year,” Camp Pendleton (1999-2000)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
  • Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

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