Demetrio Duarte, Jr. became licensed in the state of Texas in 1984. In 1991 he became board certified in criminal law. His 35 + years of legal experience includes over 200 jury trials to verdict in state and federal court, which is why he is proud to call himself a “trial attorney.” Duarte's courtroom experience includes additional trials to the court or non-jury trials and countless pre-trial hearings.
In the past 35 + years, Duarte has represented clients in the state of Florida, Tennessee, California, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi and Virginia. His fluency in Spanish helps Duarte to assist many Spanish-speaking clients who find themselves needing legal representation. Prior to opening his own office, Duarte worked as a prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. It is this very experience, which has helped him see both sides of every case, and earn the respect of his prosecutor peers.
St. Mary’s University, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude – 1980
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society
Dean’s List 1978, 1979, 1980
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Juris Doctor – 1983
Honors: W.J. McKie Law Scholarship Recipient
1983 Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of America Award
American Journal of Criminal Law Editorial Staff
Supreme Court of Texas: May 11, 1984
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
United States District Courts:
Courts of Appeals:
United States Tax Court
Texas State Board of Insurance:
Texas Estates Code Guardianship Certification, February 12, 2016
Listed by the National Trial Lawyers as one of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Listed by TopVerdict.com’s TopVerdict for having one of the top 100 Verdicts in Texas in 2016 for $217,564.00 in Wright v. Dwyer, M.D. medical malpractice case. ($92,000.00 Net to Client in improper orthopedic implant case for fractured humerus.)
Listed by Thomson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly Magazine in September 2011, June 2016, and August 2018 issues as a Texas “Super Lawyer.”
Listed in Jury Verdict Review Publications, Inc.’s March 2011 Texas Jury Verdict (www.jvra.com) for $6,104,418.00 verdict in fraudulent conveyance case. (Net to Client - - Return of fraudulently transferred real property and $680,000.00 in damages.)
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Currently Rated BV Distinguished (Very High Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards).
Listed in San Antonio Scene Magazine as one of San Antonio’s Top 30 DWI Attorneys in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 issues.
San Antonio Police Department Certificate of Appreciation for Work With Vice and Narcotics Units
Listed as one of “SAN ANTONIO’S BEST ATTORNEYS” in Scene in SA Magazine, August 2005, August 2006, July 2009, June 2010, July 2011 June/July 2012, July 2013, July 2014, July 2015, July 2016 (Criminal Defense, DWI and White Collar Crime), July 2017 and 2018 issues polling San Antonio Attorneys to rate their peers.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Texas DWI Lawyers
Federal Bar Association – San Antonio Chapter
Mexican American Bar Association – San Antonio and National Chapters
State Bar of Texas
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
San Antonio Bar Association
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals,