Rick Cofer

Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
602 W. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 200-3801

Rick Cofer has extensive experience in criminal and juvenile cases. Licensed to practice law in 2008, Rick has worked as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor, resolving thousands of cases and trying over one hundred cases to a judge or jury. He is a partner at Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, and manages a team focused on dedicated representation and personalized service.

He is a a top Austin criminal defense attorney and Austin juvenile attorney. Rick Cofer travels throughout Central Texas representing individuals charged with serious offenses. He is the only practicing Austin juvenile attorney to have both prosecuted and defended Travis County juvenile murder charges.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas School of Law, Rick Cofer was a defense attorney before serving nearly a decade as a Travis County Assistant County Attorney and Travis County Assistant District Attorney handling DWI, assault, family domestic violence, drugs, sex crimes, property crimes, juvenile charges, and murder cases.

Rick Cofer has been admitted to the State Bar of Texas, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is a member of the Austin Bar Association and has served as Treasurer of the Criminal Law Section since 2014. Rick is also a member of the Texas Bar College and Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.


University of Texas School of Law, JD
University of Texas at Austin, BA with Honors (Government and History)
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Temple Scholar, Normandy Scholar, LBJ Fellow

Professional Licenses

Supreme Court of the United State of America
Supreme Court of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Memberships & Recognition

State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Treasurer
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
College of the State Bar of Texas
Austin LGBT Bar Association
Texas County and District Attorneys Association (2009-2018)

Professional Experience

Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC
Assistant District Attorney, Travis County District Attorney's Office
Assistant County Attorney, Travis County Attorney's Office
Criminal Defense Attorney, Private Practice

Community Leadership

Vice Chair, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Board
Board Member, The Kind Clinic - Texas Health Action Board of Directors
Board Member and former President, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors
Board Member and former Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) Board of Directors
Board Member, City of Austin South Central Waterfront Advisory Board
Chair, City of Austin Aquatic Master Plan Task Force (2017-2018)
Delegate, Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (2009-2018)
Member, Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse Citizen Advisory Committee (2016)
Member, City of Austin Parkland Events Task Force (2015-2016)
Chair, Vice Chair, and Commissioner, City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission (2007-2015)
Chair, City of Austin Recycling Ordinance Reform Committee (2009-2012)
Founder and Chair, Austin Bag the Bags Coalition (2007-2012)
Member, Salvage Vanguard Theater Board of Directors (2008-2010)