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E. G. Gerry Morris


Sole Practitioner


Austin, TX





Austin, Texas based criminal defense lawyer, E. G. "Gerry" Morris, has since 1977 represented individuals accused of state and federal crimes, both in trial and on appeal. He is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been elected by other criminal defense attorneys to leadership positions in both state and national organizations. He served as president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association during the 1997-98 term.  He also was a past president  of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2015-2016 and remains a member of the board of directors.

The legal community as a whole has, through peer rating, given him recognition as being among the top lawyers in the state.

Perhaps the best-known trial in which Mr. Morris was involved was the "Branch Davidian Trial." In that case Mr. Morris won an acquittal on all charges for his client.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
    • B.S.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1997 to 1998
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2015 to 2016
  • Criminal Law and Procedure Section, Travis County Bar, Former Chair

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • "AV" Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America each year since 1995. Honored in 2012 as part of Best Lawyers in nonwhite collar criminal defense in the Austin area by the publication. (Best Lawyers in America Recognition is a BL Rankings Service)
  • Named in Texas Monthly Magizine as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers in the area of criminal defense, 2003 – present year. (Super Lawyers Recognition is a Thomson Reuters Service)


  • Sex Offenses in Texas, Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project (CDLP), 1999 to 1999
  • Extraneous Offenses, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association (TCDLA) Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, 1999 to 1999
  • Developing The Defensive Theory and Avoiding Extraneous Offenses, Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000 to 2000
  • Overview of Defending Child Abuse Allegations, TCLA Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, 2000 to 2000
  • Why We Do What We Do, CDLP Essential Trial Notebook Series, 2000 to 2000
  • How to Obtain Expert Assistance, TCLA Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, 2001 to 2001
  • Joint Defense Agreements - Good, Bad or Ugly, TCLA Federal Short Course, 2001 to 2001
  • Developing the Defensive Theory and Avoiding Extraneous Offenses, CDLP Developing the Theory of the Case Denton, Texas, 2001 to 2001
  • Cross-Examination of the Counselor and Caseworker in a Sexual Assault Case, TCDLA Cross-Examination Seminar Austin, 2001 to 2001
  • Expert Witnesses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2001 to 2001