Demetrio Duarte, Jr. became licensed in the state of Texas in 1984. In 1991 he became board certified in criminal law. His 30 + 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 30 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
Board Certified in Criminal Law December 1991
United States District Courts:
Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Central District of Illinois
Western District of Michigan
Courts of Appeals:
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals United States Tax Court
Texas State Board of Insurance:
Licensed Escrow Officer 2002 2012
Texas Estates Code Guardianship Certification, February 12, 2016
Contributing Author: The San Antonio Defender, January/February, 2011 Issue, “Ten Tips for Voir Dire"
San Antonio Bar Association - “Civil and Criminal Implication of Barratry” - 2018
Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter “How the New Open Carry Law Can Affect You and Your Clients” 2016
San Antonio Bar Association, County Courts Committee, “Civil and Criminal Barratry Consequences” 2016
State Bar of Texas Webcast, “The Civil, Criminal and Ethical Consequences of a Barratry Allegation” 2016
Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter, “Preparing for Trial in a Criminal Case” 2012
Training Session presented to Escrow officers for Fidelity Title Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas, “Closing Basics for Escrow Officers” 2004
SACDLA Meeting “The Ten Commandments to The Ethical Practice of Criminal Law” 2002
Conference of National Association of Credit Managers Creditor Rights In Bankruptcy 1989
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
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
April 13, 2004 Mentor for Fox Tech High School at Mentor Day at the U. S. Courthouse
State Bar of Texas
Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Committee 1994
International Relations Committee 1996
College of the State Bar of Texas sustaining member
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
Sustaining Member since 1995.
San Antonio Bar Association
Speakers Bureau 1992
County Courts at Law Committee 1993
Citizenship and Program Committee 1994
Criminal Law & Procedure Committee 1997-1998, 2012
County Courts Committee 1999-2000, 2009 2013
District Courts Committee 2009 2013
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals,
San Antonio Chapter General Counsel 2003-2012 Terms