Contributors

John Eastland

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John Eastland is a Tyler Lawyer practicing exclusively DWI defense throughout East Texas. He received his JD from South Texas College of Law in 1984. A 26-year member of TCDLA and a member of the DWI Resource Committee, John also belongs to Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers (past president), National College for DUI Defense, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and the American Chemical Society. He is certified for the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (Instructor), the Forensic Gas Chromatograph, and the Intoxilyzer 5000.

John Gioffredi

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John Gioffredi has been defending DWI cases in the Dallas area since 1987. His phone number is 214-739-4515 and email address is johngioffredi@gioffredi.com .

John M. Economidy

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John M. Economidy is a San Antonio sole practitioner. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1966 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in 1967 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan in 1966–67. He served in the Vietnam War with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. John got his law degree in December 1973 from Texas Tech University School of Law. The Texas Board of Criminal Specialization has certified John in criminal law since 1986. He has been a TCDLA member for over 25 years.

John Niland

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A 1971 UT Law School graduate, John Niland initially practiced in El Paso, where he was President of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association and chosen Outstanding Young Lawyer. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Young Lawyers and past Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. From 1992 until February of 2000, John practiced law in Kentucky, during which time he was contract manager for Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy (DPA).

Johnathan Ball

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Johnathan Ball received a degree in political science from Texas A&M University with a minor in philosophy and his JD from St. Mary’s University Law School. Johnathan lives in McAllen, Texas, where he practices primarily criminal defense. In addition to TCDLA, Johnathan is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Hidalgo County Bar Association-Criminal Defense. Married with two children, he has been in private practice since 2004.

Joseph A. Martinez

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Joseph A. Martinez is the current Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Joseph Hoelscher II

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Joe Hoelscher is a criminal defense attorney located in San Antonio, Texas, who practices throughout Central Texas. A former award-winning teacher, he has two Master’s Degrees, in addition to his J.D. Joe has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer, by San Antonio Scene magazine as both a Top 30 Criminal Lawyer and Top 30 DWI Lawyer, and by his wife, Melissa, as “hard to argue with.”

Josh D. Lee

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Josh D. Lee is a criminal defense attorney (and former police officer) based in Vinita, Oklahoma, who focuses on DUI defense. He is a nationally recognized lecturer on DUI/DWI forensic science–related topics. He has been invited to speak at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on three occasions. Josh was recently elected as Forensic Science Co-Chairman for the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS. The American Chemical Society has also named Josh an Assistant Chromatography Instructor.

Judge Kevin Fine

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Judge Kevin Fine is the presiding judge of the 177th Criminal District Court.  He took the bench on January 1, 2009.  Prior to taking the bench, he was a member of the law firm Schneider & McKinney, P.C.  He is a past member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) where he served on the Death Penalty Committee and later served as the Liaison between TCDLA and the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) State Bar organization.  Judge Fine is also a past member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) as well as the Houston Bar Association (HBA) a

Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

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Judge Wayne Patrick “Pat” Priest was a founding director of TCDLA. He received his JD from St. Mary’s University, where he served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy at its School of Law from 1979 through 1999. He has been on the bench since November 1980. As the senior District Judge of Bexar County in semi-retired status, he is called upon to preside over some big cases—including the Tom DeLay campaign finance trial, among others.