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F.R. Files Jr. - Tyler, TX

109 West Ferguson Street Tyler, TX 75702

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Updated: 10/12/2015

Tyler Criminal Law and Civil Rights Lawyer


Buck Files is a shareholder and founding member of the firm.

Buck is a criminal defense lawyer who - - together with Brett Harrison - - represents individuals and corporations accused in the Texas and Federal courts of criminal conduct.

Buck began his legal career prosecuting or defending individuals before general and special courts-martial of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy in Hawaii, Okinawa, and the Republic of Vietnam...

About F.R. Files Jr.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law and Civil Rights

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1963
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975

Specialties and Certifications

  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1975
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board Of Trial Advocacy, 1997

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, 2004 - 2007 (Director)
  • State Bar of Texas, 2012 - 2013 (President)
  • Smith County Bar Association (Former Director)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Charter member & former Director)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Fellow)
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2007 - 2011
  • TBLS's Criminal Law Advisory Commission, 1999 - 2004 ((Chair 2002 - 2004))
  • State Bar of Texas, 1992 - 1996 (Grievance Committee, District 2)
  • Austin College, 2003 - Present (Board of Trustees)
  • East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association (Past President)
  • United States Marine Corps, 1962 - 1967
  • Fifth Federal Circuit


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1963
  • Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1960
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1974

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Classes and Seminars

  • Course Director, SBOT's Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1997
  • Speaker, "Confessions", SBOT's Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1983
  • Speaker, "Privileges", SBOT's Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1985 - 1988
  • Speaker, "Fifth Circuit Opinions", SBOT's Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1990-2004, 2006-2008


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Included on the 2022 Texas list

Past Lists

  • 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for F.R. Files Jr. on Super Lawyers


  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Hall of Fame, 2011 - Present
  • Defense Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Presidential Citation, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Outstanding Third Year Director, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Tom Garner Award, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
  • Justinian Award, Smith County Bar Association, 2008
  • Resolution by the Board of Directors, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007

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Office Information


109 West Ferguson Street Tyler, TX 75702


  • 903-597-7322

Accepts Credit Cards





  • DWI Myths and Reality, Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas, Aspatore, 2008
  • Federal Corner Articles, Voice for the Defense Magazine, (150+ articles)

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