Contributors

James Zier

Photo
James Zier worked in Washington, D.C., Houston, and Tokyo before joining the headquarters of the TSSB in 2003 as an enforcement attorney. In 2007, he returned to private practice and opened his law office in Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston. James has a general practice with an emphasis on defending individuals and companies under inquiry or investigation by the TSSB. James can be contacted by email at jameszier@jameszierlaw.com.

Janet Burnett

Photo
Janet Burnett is a board certified criminal defense lawyer in solo practice in Georgetown, Texas. She has an appellate practice. Janet’s practice is primarily research and writing (for her own clients and for other lawyers’ clients through Rent-a-Nerd). She can be reached at jburnett1025@gmail.com.

Jani Jo Wood (Maselli)

Photo
Jani Jo Wood is in the Appellate Section of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. She has been an adjunct professor at UH Law School since 1999. Jani was named the Charles Butts Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at this year’s Rusty Duncan seminar. Additionally, her 700-plus peers in the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recently honored her as their 2013 Lawyer of the Year. Jani serves as a board member of the Innocence Project of Texas and as a director of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Jason D. Cassel

Photo
Jason Cassel, a member of the TCDLA Board of Directors 2008–present (and the Associate Board 2006–2008), received his BA in History from Texas A&M in 1995 and his JD from the South Texas College of Law in 1998. A member of the State Bar of Texas, District 2 Grievance Committee, Jason also belongs to the National College for DUI Defense. A frequent speaker at TCDLA seminars, he was named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine for 2011 and 2012. Jason is a partner with the Albritton Law Firm.

Jason Edward Niehaus

Photo
A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Jason Niehaus chairs the appellate and criminal defense practice groups at Bodkin Niehaus & Dickson, PLLC. His appellate experience dates back to Moot Court Honor Society while in law school. He is admitted to practice law in Texas and in the Federal Courts of the Eastern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Jay Freeman

Photo
Jay Freeman is a licensed Texas insurance agent with over 30 years experience, specializing in the issuance and placement of the Texas SR-22. He is the owner of ConceptSR22.com and Accurate Concept Insurance in Dallas, Texas. In addition to his insurance career, he is also an accredited State Bar Sponsor and regularly presents CLE courses for Criminal Defense Groups and Bar Associations around the state. Jay is a proud member of TCDLA and DCDLA.

Jeanette Kinard

Photo
Jeanette Kinard is Director of the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office in Austin, Texas. Jeanette has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Law Degree from the University of Houston in Houston.

Jeff D. Nicholson

Photo
Jeff Nicholson graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1990. A solo practitioner in Lubbock, Jeff works mostly in the area of violent crime. He has written and published three novels: The End of the Innocence, The Fireman, and The Old Detective. Writing and playing music are his hobbies.

Jeff Wax

Photo
Jeff Wax is Principal Investigator at Atlantic International Association, offering criminal and civil investigations throughout the state of Texas from his office based in Houston, Texas. He can be reached via email at texaslegalinvestigations@gmail.com or by phone at (207) 838-7260.

Jeff Wood

Photo
Jeff Wood received his JD from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Beginning in 2009, he served as a prosecutor in Smith County, working his way up from a misdemeanor prosecutor to a first-chair felony prosecutor, before joining the R. Kelly Pace firm in 2015. Jeff has also served as vice president of the Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He can be reached at jawood81@gmail.com.