Stanley G. Schneider
Mr. Schneider is the recipient of several awards, including the following: Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer - State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, 1997; “Best Criminal Defense and White Collar Defense”, Best Lawyers in America, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012; “Super Lawyer”, Texas Lawyer, 2004-2012; “Top Notch - Criminal Defense Lawyer”, Texas Lawyer, 2007; “Twenty Five Greatest Lawyers in Texas over the past Twenty Five Years”, Texas Lawyer, 2010; “Top 100 Lawyers in Houston”, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012; “Go to Criminal Defense Lawyer”, Texas Lawyer, 2012; “Order of Merit” 2007, Presented by The Republic of Argentina; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers - 2013; and Schneider &McKinney, P.C. is listed as Tier 1 Houston law firm by U.S. News and World Report in Criminal Defense: non-white collar; white collar and DWI Defense - the only law firm ranked in all three categories.
Mr. Schneider is also a frequent speaker for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project on such topics as "Preserving Error in the Criminal Trial", "Mandamus and Extraordinary Remedies in Texas", "Extraneous Offenses", "Homicide Investigations and Reconstructions", "Cross Examination of Children", and "Defense of Child Sexual Assault Cases."
Some of Mr. Schneider’ clients include the following: Claude Wilkerson, a man who spent seven years on death row convicted of three murders and is now a free man after the suppression of all evidence in the case; Vernon McManus a death row inmate who is now free after reversal of conviction; Johnny Binder, first man in Texas since the 1930's to receive a pardon for innocence after receiving an 18 year sentence for aggravated robbery; Pamela Fielder, first case to recognize Battered Woman Syndrome in Texas as a defense in a murder case; Walter Pink, a lawyer's contempt conviction was reversed by the appellate court; Wanda Holloway, charged with the solicitation of capital murder who has become known as the "Cheerleader Mom"; Patricia and C.W. Smith, United States District Court in Atlanta defense of a "Rico" law suit based upon the action of their son who took custody of his children in violation of a court order and successfully defended Patricia Smith on criminal charges in Texas for interference of child custody, and Chuck Smith, charged with interference with child custody; Larry William Whitsey, the first reversal of a conviction in Texas based upon the improper use of preemptory challenges by a prosecutor; Jack Davis, a man convicted of capital murder in New Braunfels, Texas, whose conviction was reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct and whose trial was impacted by Fred Zain, a serologist, who has been indicted for aggravated perjury in two states; Richard Minns charged with federal passport fraud violations; Ricardo Aldape Guerra was convicted of capital murder and after fifteen years on death row the charges were dismissed because of the suppression of the in-court identification of a number of witnesses that were tainted by police and prosecutorial misconduct; Mark Stennett, prosecution prohibited for possession of marijuana based upon the assessment of drug tax after his arrest; Robert Angleton was acquitted by a jury of capital murder charges after being accused of hiring his brother to kill his wife; Jose Deluna an eighteen year old man was acquitted of capital murder after the successful contest of the eyewitness identification; Ramon Ontiveras accused of sexual assaulting three children was acquitted of sexual assault by a jury; Charles Forshee was acquitted of murder by a jury after a three year old child accused Charles of smothering his two year old little brother. Kenneth Burroughs’ and Mark Burroughs’ convictions for bank fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344(1) were reversed and judgments of acquittal entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Ryun Eff was convicted of arson. The District Court excluded expert testimony that applied Klinefelter’s Syndrome and its effect on defendant's behavior to defendant’s insanity defense under 18 U.S.C.S. § 17. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the exclusion of the expert testimony; Vincent Rodriguez, was acquitted of aggravated sexual assault of his five year old niece; Fitzroy Webb, a Jamaican charge with possessing marijuana in Federal court in McAllen was acquitted by a jury upon a defense that the charges were brought in the wrong venue; Reginald Morris, convicted on three counts of intoxicated manslaughter, reversed and remanded to the trial court for a new trial; Quanell X was acquitted of felony evading detention charges and convicted of misdemeanor fleeing charges. On appeal, the conviction was dismissed because fleeing was not a lessor included offense evading detention with an automobile. Charges dismissed on appeal; Jerry Cook acquitted of manslaughter by a jury after being accused of recklessly running over a 9 year old child with a school bus; Charles Almaguer acquitted of manslaughter after striking with a gun a man who stole money from him at night; Doyle Paroline was convicted of possession of child pornography but was not required to pay restitution pursuant to 18 U.S.C.S. § 2259. Appeal is pending action by the Supreme Court of the United States; David Pfluger convicted of illegal gratuity. Fifth Circuit decision rendered pending concerning the application of Wartime Suspension of Limitation Act to acts committed while in the military serving as part of United Nations’ Peace Keeping action in Iraq. Appeal is pending action by the Supreme Court of the United States.
W. Troy McKinney
From 1986 through 1987, Mr. McKinney was a briefing attorney for the Honorable Murry Cohen at the First Judicial Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas; Mr. McKinney was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.
Mr. McKinney is a sustaining member of the National College for DUI Defense, and a member of the American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas (Criminal and Appellate Law Sections), the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Vice President 1999-‘2000, President Elect 2000-‘2001, President 2001-‘2002), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. McKinney is a frequent speaker throughout the country and internationally on DWI and other criminal law issues; He has authored articles related to DWI defense that have been published in The Champion, The Voice for the Defense, and The Defender; He is frequently consulted and quoted in a variety of media publications, which recently have included Time Magazine, Texas Lawyer, the National Law Journal, and the Houston Chronicle; He has appeared on Donahue, Larry King, A&E, TNN, Current Affairs, as well a variety of local news programs; Two movies have been made (ABC and HBO) about cases defended by Mr. McKinney; In June 2000, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association named Mr. McKinney the Outstanding Member of the Year; Mr. McKinney is certified as a practitioner and instructor in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Standardized Field Sobriety Tests the roadside exercises that officers ask citizens to perform.
Thomas D. Moran
Mr. Moran is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, the United States Army court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, located in The Hague, the Netherlands, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located in Arusha, Tanzania.
Mr. Moran retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1994 after 21 years of commissioned service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Air Defense Officer's Basic and Advanced courses. As an attorney in the Army Reserves, Mr. Moran was both a defense lawyer and a prosecutor.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. He is a former chairman of the State Bar's Public Affairs Committee and was awarded a State Bar of Texas President's Citation for his leadership in organizing a statewide education program on open government.
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