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- Attended Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship.
- B.S. Degree, double major, Chemistry & Biology, Texas A & M, Commerce
- Law Degree, Juris Doctor (J.D.) University of Miami School of Law
- Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
- Honorary Fellowship, Nominated and elected nationally by the peers in the Fellowship for courtroom excellence.
- Former Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, served for 12 years
- Former Board of Directors, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas, National Trial Lawyers
- Trials- over 100 Not Guilty verdicts
- Super Lawyers
- Cited as one of 7 Best Criminal Attorneys in Dallas, D Magazine
- Former Professional Football Player
- Member- National Football League Players Association
- Member- National Football League Alumni
Preeminent Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
Frank Jackson, J.D., is a top criminal defense attorney from Dallas, Texas, who has been nationally recognized for his dynamic trial skills and vast experience.
In over 30 years of practicing criminal law, defense expert Frank Jackson has gained well-deserved respect and admiration. The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory named Frank Jackson a preeminent attorney in the field of criminal law. This ranking system was established by fellow peers within the Dallas-area bar who rate one another on their legal and ethical ability. The distinction of preeminent is given to only 14 percent of the bar nationally. Not surprisingly, even the competition rates Jackson as one of the best.
Several Dallas news sources concur. In 2003, columnist Kent Biffle of the Dallas Morning News dubbed criminal defense attorney Frank Jackson one of the best defense lawyers in this hemisphere, while Dallas Law Magazine featured Frank Jackson as a top Texas criminal defense lawyer. D Magazine, an award-winning publication that spotlights life in Dallas/Fort Worth, named attorney Frank Jackson as one of the top 7 criminal defense lawyers in the Dallas area.
Also notable, the University of North Texas Press published Gary Lavergne's 2003 true-crime book Worse Than Death: The Dallas Nightclub Murders and the Texas Multiple Murder Law. The subject: attorney Frank Jackson's innovative cultural-insanity defense of a Moroccan national.
Federal State Drug Crimes
Federal White Collar Crimes
Excellent Criminal Defense Representation
In the process of trying more than 350 cases in courts around the nation, several high-profile clients have entrusted their criminal defense to Texas defense attorney Frank Jackson. Aggressive and out-spoken, Mr. Jackson is committed to giving his clients excellent representation. For example, Mr. Jackson:
Won a Not Guilty verdict for the former Assistant Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), charged with defrauding the district out of millions of dollars.
Achieved an acquittal for ex-Dallas Cowboy wide receiver, Robert Bullet Bob Hayes, in a highly-publicized DWI trial. Convicted earlier on drug charges and on parole, Mr. Hayes would have returned to prison if convicted.
Mounted a successful defense for an Assistant District Attorney charged with stealing narcotics from a locked evidence room. Though his client has caught with narcotics in his possession, Jackson argued insanity and convinced the jury to acquit his client. This was the first successful insanity defense raised in a criminal trial in Dallas in many years.
Successfully defended a narcotics officer in a civil rights case who was accused by the government of pulling a man off a dialysis machine and beating him up en route to jail. Despite a slanted newspaper story by the Dallas Times Herald, which focused negatively on his client, Frank Jackson obtained a Not Guilty verdict.
Obtained a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity verdict for a Texas Instruments employee who, distraught over his daughter's lifestyle, shot her and her friend in the front yard of the friend's house.
Scored an acquittal for a former expert Marine aviator who piloted a Marlin Swaringer airplane on which authorities found 80 pounds of cocaine.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- White Collar Crimes
- Criminal Fraud
- Drug Violations
- Grand Jury Proceedings
- Juvenile Crimes
- Parole & Probation
- Sex Offenses
- Victims Rights
- Sex Crimes
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
- J.D. - 1971
- Texas A & M University, Commerce, Texas
- B.S. - 1968
- Major: Chemistry and Biology
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX - 1960
- Defense of Entrapment, Criminal Defense Techniques, Matthew Bender, 1988
- Redressing Prosecutorial Misconduct, Voice for the Defense, Journal of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, May, 1983
- Lecturer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project
- Frequent Speaker, Criminal Law, Various Club and Civic Organizations
Honors and Awards
- Honored as a "Preeminent Attorney in the Field of Criminal Law" by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
- Honored as a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers for Courtroom Excellence by Unanimous Vote of Nationwide Peers
- Recognized as "One of the Best Defense Lawyers in this Hemisphere" by Columnist Kent Biffle of the Dallas Morning News, 2003
- Named one of the 7 Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Dallas Area by D Magazine
- Featured as a top Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dallas Law Magazine
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1984-1996.
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1983-1989.
- Themis Criminal Defense Center, Founder.
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