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J. Brett Harrison - Tyler, TX

109 West Ferguson Street Tyler, TX 75702

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Updated: 10/12/2015

Tyler Criminal Law and Civil Rights Lawyer


Brett's office is in Tyler, Texas, the county seat of Smith County, but he regularly practices all over East Texas. He makes regular court appearances in Longview, Gregg County; Palestine, Anderson County; Rusk, Cherokee County; Henderson, Rusk County; Quitman, Wood County; Athens, Henderson County; and Canton, Van Zandt County. He also takes cases in Rains County, Hopkins County, Franklin County, Camp County, Upshur County, Panola County, Angelina County, Houston County, and Freestone County.

About J. Brett Harrison

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law and Civil Rights 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder


Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Specialties and Certifications

  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2006

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • College of the State Bar
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Criminal Law Exam Commission, 2007 - 2009
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy Exam Commission, 2007 - 2008
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Smith County Bar Foundation
  • Grievance Committee, District 2 (Chair)
  • DWI College


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1995
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1992

Past Positions

  • First Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Smith County District Attorney's Office, 2004 - 2005
  • Smith County, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, 1996 - 2004

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, The Confrontation Clause," Texas Criminal Defense Association's Downtown Bill of Rights Review - Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, Fort Worth, September 6, 2007 - September 7, 2007
  • Instructor, "Courtroom Demeanor/Report Writing", Tyler Junior College Police Academy, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • "Crawford and the Confrontation Clause Update", Smith County Bar Association, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • "Obtaining the Release of Adults and Juvenile", Smith County Bar Association, 2006
  • "Top Ten Traps Every Pre-teen Should Know To Avoid", All Saints Episcopal School, 2012 - Present
  • "Top Ten Traps Every Pre-teen Should Know to Avoid", Tyler Area Association of Legal Professionals, 2012 - Present
  • Advanced Criminal Law Course , State Bar of Texas, 2007 - 2014
  • Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense


Other Sources of Feedback About J. Brett Harrison

Included on the 2024 Texas list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 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
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for J. Brett Harrison on Super Lawyers


  • Texas Lawyer Rising Star, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers


Office Information


109 West Ferguson Street Tyler, TX 75702


  • 903-597-7322

Accepts Credit Cards





  • Inside Deanna Laney's Capital Murder Trial, The Texas Prosecutor
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas, Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business, 2009
  • The Current State of Confrontation, College Bar Bulletin, State Bar of Texas, Spring, 2011
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas, EWI Myths and Reality,Aspatore , 2008
  • Inside the Minds: Defending DWI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2014

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