Contributors

Craig Jett

Photo
Craig Jett received his JD degree from SMU in 1977. He is a past president of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a past chair of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, a past president of TCDLA, and a past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas. Craig has been board certified as a specialist in criminal law since 1986. In 2006 he argued Dixon v. United States before the United States Supreme Court. He is proud to be in his 37th year as a member of TCDLA.

Cynthia L. Hampton

Photo
Cynthia L. Hampton practices appellate law in Austin. She formerly served as the Assistant Executive Director and General Counsel for TCDLA, where she authored the Appellate Manual, Code Books, and either co-authored or edited the Association’s other publications. A native Austinite, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. She has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. Notable published decisions include In Re Bowen, __S.W.3d__ (Tex.Crim.App. Nos.

Cynthia Orr

Photo
Cynthia Orr earned a BBA from the University of Texas and a JD from St. Mary’s University. Past President of TCDLA and NACDL, she is currently Vice-Chair-At-Large, American Bar Association (2010–present); Representative, ­American Bar Association House of Delegates (2011–present); Member, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Committee Section (2001–present); Member, American Bar Association Prosecution and Defense Standards Task Force for Rewriting the Standards [New version being approved] (2006–present); and Member, American Bar Association Standards Committee (2006–present).

Dan Cogdell

Photo
Dan Cogdell received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD from the South Texas College of Law. His peers have voted him one of the “Best Lawyers In America” since 1996, and he has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2003. Dan, who the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association has named “Lawyer of the Year,” has been involved in a series of high-profile trials, including Enron and the Branch Davidian case. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer everywhere from UT to Harvard, appearing as well on national and international television.

Danna Kirk Mayhall

Photo
Danna Kirk Mayhall is a 1993 graduate of Baylor Law School. She has been in solo practice since May 17, 1993. Her main areas of practice are family and criminal defense. Danna has been married for 40 years to Terry Mayhall. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Danna is past president of the Henderson County Bar Asso­ciation, 2010–11 and 2016–17, and has organized the Henderson County Reading of the Declaration of Independence every year since the first year. You can reach Danna at dkmlaw93@gmail.com.

Daryl Parker

Photo

Daryl Parker has 20 years of experience in investigative work, including 10 as a unit legal officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he oversaw the administration of the military justice system, including conducting investigations from petty theft to homicide. As a Texas peace officer he progressed from patrol officer to lieutenant in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division, where he conducted joint investigations with the FBI, Texas Rangers, and U.S. Marshals.

David E. Moore

Photo
David E. Moore, a sixth-generation East Texan, is a partner in the firm Holmes & Moore, PLLC. In the 1980s he served as an assistant district attorney in Gregg County, named Narcotics Prosecutor of the Year for the North Texas Region in 1988, then as chief prosecutor for the 188th District Court. David received his BA from Baylor University and his JD from the Baylor University School of Law in 1984.

David Gonzalez

Photo
David Gonzalez is a founding partner in Sumpter & Gonzalez, LLP, in Austin. He is certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. David has represented the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association at the Texas Capitol for the past four sessions.

David Guinn Jr.

Photo
David Guinn Jr. is a partner at Hurley & Guinn in Lubbock, Texas. He has litigated cases everywhere from Idalou Municipal Court to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and in between. A frequent TCDLA lecturer the last 20 years, he is a graduate of Baylor University (BA in ’88, JD in ’89), where his father has taught since 1966. He is a husband, father, and avid outdoorsman who can eat more boiled crawfish than most folks.

David P. O’Neil

Photo
David P. O’Neil is a 1979 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He also received an L.L.M. from the United States Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) School. He is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who began his military service as an infantry officer.