Patrick Ballantyne

LaHood Norton Law Group, PLLC
40 NE Loop 410, Ste 525
San Antonio, TX 78216

Born and raised in San Antonio, Patrick Ballantyne began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney before serving as a prosecutor for the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for well over a decade.

As a prosecutor, Patrick specialized in the litigation of extraordinary and complex criminal and civil matters at both the trial and appellate levels. These included white-collar crime and public integrity prosecutions, criminal and civil appeals, pre-trial and post-conviction habeas corpus, mental health and civil commitment actions, parental rights terminations, officer-involved shooting investigations, and environmental crimes enforcement.

During his time as a prosecutor, Patrick tried scores of jury trials to verdict and handled over 100 appeals and post-conviction writs. Patrick capped his prosecutorial career at the District Attorney’s Office as Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit, Chief of the Ethical Disclosures Unit, Chief of the Post-Conviction Writs Unit, and the Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer for the office.

Patrick is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 1% of all Texas lawyers are certified in criminal law. Certification is a mark of distinction extended to only a handful of attorneys who excel in their fields of practice and demonstrate expertise in their knowledge of the law.

Criminal Prosecutor (2008-2018)  Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office • Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit • Chief of the Ethical Disclosures Unit • Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer • Criminal and Civil Appeals • Public Integrity Investigation & Prosecution • White Collar Crimes • Mental Health & Civil Commitments • Parental Rights Terminations • Officer-Involved Shooting Team • Intoxicated Driver Prosecution

Criminal Defense Attorney (2005-2008)  Goldstein, Goldstein, & Hilley (San Antonio) • Extensive and diverse criminal defense practice, encompassing state and federal trials, appeals, habeas corpus, and asset forfeiture. • White collar, corporate, civil rights, U.S. Supreme Court, and death penalty representation

Juris Doctorate  Criminal Concentration
Baylor Law School
Waco, TX
B.A. in English & Writing
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

North Dakota
United States Supreme Court
Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Federal Western District of Texas
Federal Southern District of Texas