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Donald H. Flanary III

Donald H. Flanary III

The best defense is a relentless offense.

I believe that when a citizen is accused of a crime, the best defense is a relentless offense. Every criminal accusation leveled by the government against a citizen is an attempt to deny that citizen’s right to life, liberty, and happiness. I see our duty as more than just counselors and advocates, but as warriors. The only way to truly insure that we can get the best results for our clients is to fight as if every case is going to trial. I believe that every case should be pursued with this attitude in mind.

I have participated in a wide array of state and federal criminal trials and appeals. In addition to representing clients in many serious state criminal matters, I have represented a number of clients in large scale federal drug conspiracies, complex white collar fraud cases, cases involving internet crimes, and issues surrounding the First Amendment.

I have been admitted to practice in the State of Texas, the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas. I received my Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in 2004 and I hold a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

I am on the Board of Directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. I am an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

I have lectured and written extensively in the areas of criminal law and am a faculty member of the Texas Criminal Trial College and the TCDLA Advanced Trial Skills Course.

Sincerely,

Don Flanary


Bar Admissions:

  • Texas State Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Education:

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2004, J.D.
  • St. Mary’s University, 2000, Masters Degree: International Relations
  • Texas A&M Commerce, 1999, Bachelor of Science: Political Science and Philosophy

Honors and Awards:

  • Texas Criminal Trial College, Faculty Member
  • St. Mary’s School of Law, Pro Bono Achievement Award
  • College of the State Bar of Texas Member
  • Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Texas Young Lawyer Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Treasurer for the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA)

Areas of Practice:

  • Federal Drug Offenses (Possession with Intent to Distribute, Manufacturing of Controlled Substances)
  • Organized Crime, RICO
  • White Collar Offenses
  • Wire, Bank, Mail, and Credit Card Fraud
  • Structuring and Money Laundering
  • Embezzlement / Fraud
  • Weapons, Explosives and Firearms Offenses
  • Murder / Manslaughter
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Child Pornography
  • Arson
  • Solicitation of a Minor
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Misappropriation by Fiduciary
  • DWI Manslaughter and Assault
  • Bond Hearings
  • Extradition and Rendition Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus

Seminars Taught:

  • Robert O. Dawson Juvenile Law Institute. "Synthetics360: Latest Trends, Court Rulings, Detection and Testing," February 23, 2016
  • Bill of Rights: HCBA Criminal Law Conference 2016, " Government Surveillance, Cell Towers & K-9," January 29, 2016
  • TCDLA Upholding Justice One Client at a Time, "Jury Selection- with Focus on Sexual Assault Cases," October 30, 2015
  • SACDLA and TCDLA Against All Odds, "Gorilla Trail Tactics," August 28, 2015
  • TCDLA Rusty Duncan, "Cross examination," June 18-20, 2015
  • TCDLA Training Your Defense Team to Win, "Information Technology and Communication Skills," April 17, 2015
  • Nuts "n" Bolts Seminar, "Significant Cases 2014," November 13-14, 2014
  • TCDLA Criminal Law Power Update, "Cellphone Technology and Searches," October 20, 2014
  • TCDLA Training Your Defense Team to Win, "Information Technology and Communication Skills,” January 16, 2014
  • Cell Phone Surveillance and Searches Texas Bar CLE; Webcast, March 18, 2014.
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Drug Seminar, Houston, Texas, March 7, 2014.
  • Cell Phone Surveillance and Searches Texas Bar CLE; Sex Drugs and Surveillance, Houston, Texas, January 9- 10, 2014.
  • Criminal Defense as it Relates to Gun Cases Texas Bar CLE; What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know About Fire Arms Law, Ft. Worth, Texas, September 27, 2013.
  • “Why government sponsorship and/or participation in the National Day of Prayer is a violation of the 1 st Amendment” Workshop Leader/speaker First Amendment Workshop, San Antonio Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, San Antonio, Texas, September 21, 2013.
  • Electronic Surveillance and Tracking Post Jones 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas, June 13-15, 2013.
  • K-9 Searches and the Fourth Amendment, Post Harris and Jardines 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas, June 13-15, 2013.
  • Emerging Issues in Search and Seizure Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, October 26, 2012
  • Criminal Defense as it Relates to Gun Cases Texas Bar CLE; What Every Lawyers Needs to Know About Fire Arms Law, San Antonio, Texas, September 28, 2012.
  • Search, Seizure, and Dogs “Attacking K-9 Evidence” Cross Examination Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas, Texas, April 27, 2012.
  • Search and Seizure; Emerging Issues The 49th Annual Criminal Law Institute, Double Tree Hotel, San Antonio Bar Association, March 23-24, 2012.
  • Search, Seizure, and Dogs; “Attacking K-9 Evidence at Border Patrol Checkpoints Criminal Law Trends and Updates, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, October 28, 2011
  • Search, Seizure, and Dogs; “Attacking K-9 Evidence at Border Patrol Checkpoints Laredo Mock Trial CLE, Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, April 1, 2010.
  • Search and Seizure, and Dogs; “Woof, Woof, Judge, I Swear” Survival Trial Tactics Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Laredo, Texas, January 8, 2010
  • Search, Seizure, and Dogs: “Woof, Woof, Judge, I swear” NORML Legal Seminar, Pier House, Key West, Florida, December 3-4, 2009.
  • Search, Seizure, and Dogs: “Woof, Woof, Judge, I Swear” San Antonio Bar Association 46th Annual Criminal Law Institute, April 17-18, 2009.
  • The Endless Drug War: No Winners, Only Casualties; Understanding the Real Costs of U.S. Drug Policy The 17th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, June 10-12, 2004.
  • The Endless Drug War: No Winners, Only Casualties; Understanding the Real Costs of U.S. Drug Policy The 41st Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, April 16-17, 2004.

Publications:

  • CELL PHONE SURVEILLANCE AND SEARCHES, Texas Bar CLE Webcast, March, 2014
  • SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Drug Seminar, Houston, Texas, March 2014
  • CELL PHONE SURVEILLANCE AND SEARCHES, Texas Bar CLE; Sex Drugs and Surveillance, Houston, Texas, January 2014
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE AS IT RELATES TO GUN CASES, Texas Bar CLE; What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know About Fire Arms Law, Ft. Worth, Texas, September 2013
  • ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE AND TRACKING POST JONES, 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 2013
  • K-9 SEARCHES AND THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, POST HARRIS AND JARDINES, 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 2013
  • EMERGING ISSUES IN SEARCH AND SEIZURE, Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, October 2012
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE AS IT RELATES TO GUN CASES, Texas Bar CLE; What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know About Fire Arms Law, San Antonio, Texas, September 2012
  • SUPREME COURT AND 5TH CIRCUIT CASE LAW UPDATE, 25th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 2012
  • IMPORTANT NEW DECISIONS, NORML Aspen Legal Seminar 2012, Aspen, Colorado June 2012
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SEARCH AND SEIZURE, 8th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner, Richmond, Virginia, May 2012
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS “ATTACKING K-9 EVIDENCE”, Cross Examination Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas, Texas, April 2012
  • CLOSING ARGUMENT (THE ART OF EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING), 22nd Annual Law & All that Jazz Seminar, Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2012
  • SEARCH AND SEIZURE; EMERGING ISSUES, 49th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, March 2012
  • SUPREME COURT REVIEW, 49th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, March 2012
  • SEARCH AND SEIZURE, 1st Annual Hon. Craig Washington and Sen. Rodney Ellis Criminal Law Seminar, Thurgood Marshal School of Law, Houston, Texas, February 2012
  • THE FEDERAL EXCLUSIONARY RULE UNDER THE NEW SUPREME COURT MAJORITY, Sunny Climate CLE 2011, Maui, Hawaii, November 2011
  • WINNING CASES THROUGH EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING, Sunny Climate CLE 2011, Maui Hawaii, November 2011
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SEARCH AND SEIZURE, Defending Drug Cases Seminar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2011
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, Federal Law Conference 2011, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, South Padre Island, Texas, October 2011
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, Criminal Law Trends and Updates, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, October 2011
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS; “ATTACKING K-9 EVIDENCE AT BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINTS”, Criminal Law Trends and Updates, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, October 2011
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, 37th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course 2011, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 2011
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 2011
  • LITIGATING SEARCH AND SEIZURE ISSUES, 21st Annual Law & All that Jazz Seminar, Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2011
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, 48th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 2011
  • IMPORTANT NEW SEARCH AND SEIZURE DECISIONS, NORML Legal Seminar 2010, Key West, Florida, December 2010
  • SUPREME COURT UPDATE, 36th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course 2010, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 2010
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS; “ATTACKING K-9 EVIDENCE AT BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINTS”, Laredo Mock Trial CLE, Webb County Bar Association, Laredo, Texas, April 2010
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS; “WOOF, WOOF, JUDGE, I SWEAR”, Survival Trial Tactics Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Laredo, Texas, January 2010
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS; “WOOF, WOOF, JUDGE, I SWEAR”, NORML Legal Seminar 2009, Key West, Florida, December 2009
  • SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND DOGS; “WOOF, WOOF, JUDGE, I SWEAR” 46th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 2009
  • 2008 SUPREME COURT UPDATE, NORML Key West Legal Seminar 2008, December 2008
  • MOTION TO SUPPRESS, Defending Drug Cases Seminar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Houston, Texas, November 2008
  • 2008 SUPREME COURT UPDATE, 34th Annual Criminal Law Course 2008, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 2008
  • 2008 SUPREME COURT UPDATE, Advance Trial Series, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, South Padre Island, Texas; July 2008
  • SEARCH ME, SEIZE ME, SQUEEZE ME – THE PRINCIPLE FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 2008
  • HOT NEW TRENDS FROM THE SUPREMES AND AROUND THE BLOCK, NORML Aspen Legal Seminar 2008, Aspen, Colorado, June 2008
  • SUPREME COURT REVIEW – WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHERE WE’RE GOIN’ OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York, New York, May 2008
  • HOT NEW TRENDS FROM THE SUPREMES AND AROUND THE BLOCK, 45th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas; March 2008
  • HOT NEW TRENDS FROM THE SUPREMES AND COURTS NEAR YOU, Federal Law Conference 2008, Hidalgo County Bar Association, South Padre Island, Texas; March 2008
  • SEARCH ME, SEIZE ME, SQUEEZE ME – THE PRINCIPLE FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, Federal Law at the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2008
  • SIGNIFICANT NEW SEARCH AND SEIZURE DECISIONS NORML Aspen Legal Seminar 2007, Aspen, Colorado, June 2007
  • SEARCH & SEIZURE SEARCH ME, SEIZE ME SQUEEZE ME, 44th Annual Criminal Law Institute, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas; March, 2007
  • NEW SEARCH AND SEIZURE CASES 2006, NORML Key West Legal Seminar 2006, December 2006
  • SEARCH AND SEIZURE 2006 UPDATE, Federal Law, State DUI, and Drug Track, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin, Texas; September 7 and 8, 2006
  • SEARCH AND SEIZURE 2006 UPDATE 19th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas; June 2006
  • THE ENDLESS DRUG WAR PART 2: The Erosion of Our Civil Liberties; Voice for the Defender; Spring 2004 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • THE ENDLESS DRUG WAR: NO WINNERS, ONLY CASUALTIES; Understanding the Real Costs of U.S. Drugs Policy; Jan/Feb Issue, Vol. 33 No. 1; Voice for the Defender; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association