Minton, Burton, Bassett and Collins, P.C.
1100 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-0144 www.mbfc.com
Sam has extensive trial experience in criminal and family law courts throughout Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1988. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1994. Sam practices primarily criminal and family law. Sam has been voted by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers In America and Texas Monthly’s Superlawyers publications. He also holds the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbel. In 2014, the publication Best Lawyers in America designated Sam as Lawyer of the Year for Austin, Texas in the area of criminal defense. Sam is licensed in State and Federal court. Sam was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas Forensic Science Commission in 2005, where he served as its Presiding Officer until September, 2009. Sam frequently teaches trial advocacy at continuing education events for attorneys. He also served on the State Bar of Texas Grievance Panel for District 9 from 2004 until 2010, when his term expired as Chair of the Panel. Sam presently serves as President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. SAMUEL'S CREDENTIALS YEAR JOINED ORGANIZATION: 2001 AREAS OF PRACTICE: Criminal Defense Family Law CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES: Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994 BAR ADMISSIONS: Texas, 1988 U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1989 U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991 U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2005 EDUCATION: The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1988 Juris Doctor Honors: Achievement Award, Highest Course Grade: Texas Criminal Procedure II Honors: Achievement Award, Highest Course Grade: Federal Criminal Procedure I University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1985 Bachelor of Business Administration Honors: With High Honors Honors: Business Honors Program CLASSES / SEMINARS TAUGHT: December, 2017: Defending Accusations of Sex Crimes, TCDLA Course Director and Speaker (Topic: Ethics) January, 2017: Prairie Dog Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas, Civil and Criminal Aspects of Domestic Violence Cases June, 2016: Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas Topic: Ethics in the 21st Century December, 2015: Austin, Texas Defending Sexual Assault Cases Seminar, TCDLA Speaker: Ethical Issues and the Initial Client Interview March, 2015: "Taste of Voir Dire" Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Voir Dire Demonstration/Instructor October, 2014: State Bar of Texas: "Prosecuting or Defending a Domestic Violence Case" Speaker Austin, Texas June, 2014: Advanced Criminal Law Seminar (Rusty Duncan); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association “Don’t Roll The Dice With Your Law License Ethics in 2014” Speaker January, 2014: State Bar of Texas Sex, Drugs and Surveillance Seminar; Houston, Texas Speaker 5th Amendment Issues in Family and Criminal Law Cases September, 2013 Jury Selection in Intoxication Cases TCDLA Arlington, Texas May, 2013: Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals; University of Texas School of Law The Scientific Method and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases April, 2013: Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Project Longview, Texas Core Issues in the Practice of Law March, 2013: Texas Criminal Trial College, Huntsville, Texas; Instructor: Jury Selection December, 2012: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association - Defense of Persons Accused of Sex Crimes Houston, Texas; Speaker "Ethics and Criminal Defense" July, 2012: State Bar of Texas State Bar College Summer School Galveston, Texas Speaker "Unforeseen Consequences of Criminal Convictions" March, 2012: Texas Trial College Huntsville, Texas Instructor Voir Dire and Opening Statements December, 2011 State Bar of Texas Forensic Science Seminar Speaker: Developments in Fire Science and Arson Cases September, 2011 Course Director Defense of Sexual Assault Cases Austin, Texas Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Speaker Ethics July, 2011 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Board Orientation South Padre Island, Texas: Faculty "Civil and Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases" April, 2011 "Art of War" Trial Tactics Seminar Waco, Texas Speaker March 2011, Texas Trial College - Huntsville, Texas Faculty and Presenter Cross Examination Techniques January, 2011 University of Texas at Austin, Quest Program Speaker "Forensic Science Reform in Texas" November, 2010 University of Texas School of Law: American Bar Association Prosecution and Defense Standards Roundtable: Panelist September, 2010 "The Art of War Trial Tactics Seminar" Kerrville, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association July, 2010 Speaker Ethics and The Practice of Law Criminal Defense Lawyers‘ Project, South Padre Island, Texas Adjunct Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, (1996-1997) Faculty/Instructor, Texas Criminal Trial College, Huntsville, Texas, April 2008, March 2009 Family Violence, Civil & Criminal Issues, Texas Criminal Def. Lawyers Seminar, College Station, Texas, 2004 Instructor, Communicating With Juries, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Project, Plano, Texas, 2003 Luncheon Speaker, Ethics: Zealous Representation and Other Topics, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, 2002 Luncheon Speaker, Criminal Defense Practice and Personal Life, University of Texas Law School, 2001 Moderator and Speaker State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course. 2008 San Antonio; 2009 Dallas Speaker, Ethics & Criminal Law Practice, Austin Christian Legal Society, Austin, Texas, 2001 Course Director, DWI 2001 Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association Speaker: Concurrent Family Law Litigation & Criminal Defense Litigation, Dave's Bar Association, Criminal Law Seminar, Oahu, Hawaii, 1999 Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Practice Development Seminar, Dallas, Texas, 1998 Client Relationships, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Project, McAllen, Texas, April 1, 2005 Family Violence Cases, Criminal and Civil Aspects, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Lubbock, Texas, January, 2006 and January, 2008 Texas Open Records Act, Criminal Law Issues, Administrative Law Conference, Austin, Texas, September 1, 2005 Operation Texas Freedom, Speaker, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, July, 2007 State Administrative Law Conference, "Crimes of Moral Turpitude", Panelist, September, 2007 Course Director, Defending Sex Crimes Involving Children, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Austin, Texas, September, 2005 Law & Clergy Conference Austin, Texas, February 2009: Speaker Criminal Law Issues Concerning Clergy Innocence Network Conference - Houston, Texas Speaker/Panelist Forensic Science Commission, March 2009 May 2009 - Speaker Indigent Defense Seminar Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Dallas, Texas Civil and Criminal Law Topics July 2009 Speaker: The Rules of Evidence CDLP Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas December, 2009 Course Director and Speaker on Ethics TCDLA Defending Sexual Assault Seminar, Houston, Texas January, 2010 Speaker "Obstacles to Forensics Science Reform" - Sixth Annual National Forensic Science Seminar San Diego, California February, 2010 - Speaker - TCDLA President's Retreat, Napa Valley, California; "Civil and Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases" April, 2010 Keynote Speaker - National Defense Investigators Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada; "Junk Science & An Execution in Texas" HONORS AND AWARDS: 2018 - Awarded Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in America Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine Recognized as a member of "The Best Lawyers In America" 2010-2013 Presidential Award Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 2010 Ambassador Award Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS: State Bar of Texas Foundation Fellow 2012 Travis County Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Section; President (2000-2001) State Bar of Texas District 9A Grievance Panel; Panel Chair 2009-2010 Travis County Bar Association; Member Travis County Bar Association; Board of Directors (2000-2003) Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association; Board of Directors (2002-Present) Travis County Bar Association, Family Law Section; Member Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Member Williamson County Bar Association; Member Robert W. Calvert Chapter - American Inns of Court, 1999 - 2001; Member Travis County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; Member Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association; Charter Member Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1994 ; Legislative Committee Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin, 1990 - 1997; Big Brother Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin, 1993 - 1994; Board of Directors National College of DUI Lawyers, 2005 - Present; Member Texas Forensic Science Commission, 2005-2009, Member; Chairman 2007-2009 PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS: Allison & Bassett, L.L.P., Partner, 1998 - 2001 Allison, Yeager & Bassett, L.L.P., Partner, 1991 - 1998 White & Allison, P.C., Associate, 1988 - 1991 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: December, 2015: "Ethics and the Initial Client Interview" TCDLA Defense of Sexual Assault Allegations Seminar - Austin, Texas