Demetrio Duarte, Jr.

Demetrio Duarte, Jr. became licensed in the state of Texas in 1984. In 1991 he became board certified in criminal law. His 30 + years of legal experience includes over 200 jury trials to verdict in state and federal court, which is why he is proud to call himself a “trial attorney,” and will often assist a fellow attorney by sitting second chair in a jury trial. His courtroom experience includes additional trials to the court or non-jury trial and countless pre-trial hearings.

In the past 15 years, Duarte has represented clients in the state of Florida, Tennessee, California, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi and Virginia. His fluency in Spanish helps him to assist many Spanish-speaking clients who find themselves needing legal representation. Prior to opening up his own office, Duarte worked as a prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. It is this very experience, which has helped him to see both sides of every case, and earn the respect of his prosecutor peers.


St. Mary’s University, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude – 1980

Honors:       Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society

Music Scholarship

Dean’s List 1978, 1979, 1980

University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Juris Doctor – 1983

Honors:   W.J. McKie Law Scholarship Recipient

1983 Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of America Award

American Journal of Criminal Law Editorial Staff


 State Bar of Texas: May 11, 1984

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law – December 1991

United States District Courts:

  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Western District of Michigan

Courts of Appeals:

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Tax Court

Texas State Board of Insurance:

  • Licensed Escrow Officer 2002 – 2012

Texas Estates Code Guardianship Certification, February 12, 2016




Contributing Author: The San Antonio Defender, January/February, 2011 Issue, “Ten Tips for Voir Dire”



Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter – “How the New Open Carry Law Can Affect You and Your Clients” – 2016

San Antonio Bar Association, County Courts Committee, “Civil and Criminal Barratry Consequences” – 2016

State Bar of Texas Webcast, “The Civil, Criminal and Ethical Consequences of a Barratry Allegation” – 2016

Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter, “Preparing for Trial in a Criminal Case” – 2012

Children’s Court Advocacy Conference, Las Vegas, NV, “Effective Trial Preparation” – 2012

Training Session presented to Escrow officers for Fidelity Title Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas, “Closing Basics for Escrow Officers” – 2004

SACDLA Meeting – “The Ten Commandments to The Ethical Practice of Criminal Law” – 2002

Conference of National Association of Credit Managers Creditor Rights In Bankruptcy – 1989



Listed by the National Trial Lawyers as one of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Listed by TopVerdict for having one of the top 100 Verdicts in Texas in 2016 for $217,564.00 in Wright v. Dwyer, M.D. medical malpractice case.

Listed by Texas Monthly Magazine in September, 2011 and June, 2016 issues as a Texas “Super Lawyer.”

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.  Currently Rated BV Distinguished (Very High Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards).

Listed in San Antonio Scene Magazine as on of San Antonio’s Top 30 DWI Attorneys, December, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Issues.

Who’s Who

  • Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans – 1995-1996 Edition
  • Who’s Who In American Law – Seventh and Eighth Editions
  • Who’s Who In Executives and Professionals – 1998-1999 Edition

San Antonio Police Department Certificate of Appreciation for Work With Vice and Narcotics Units Latino American Who’s Who – 2012

Listed as one of “SAN ANTONIO’S BEST ATTORNEYS” in Scene in SA Magazine, August 2005, August 2006, July 2009,  June 2010, July 2011 June/July 2012, July 2013, July 2014, July 2015 and July 2016 (Criminal Defense, DWI and White Collar Crime)  Issues polling San Antonio Attorneys to rate their peers.



National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Texas DWI Lawyers

Federal Bar Association – San Antonio Chapter

Mexican American Bar Association – San Antonio and National Chapters

  • April 13, 2004 Mentor for Fox Tech High School at Mentor Day at the U. S. Courthouse

State Bar of Texas

  • Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Committee – 1994
  • International Relations Committee – 1996
  • College of the State Bar of Texas – sustaining member

Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Sustaining Member since 1995.

San Antonio Bar Association

  • Speakers Bureau – 1992
  • County Courts at Law Committee – 1993
  • Citizenship and Program Committee – 1994
  • Criminal Law & Procedure Committee – 1997-1998, 2012
  • County Courts Committee – 1999-2000, 2009 – 2013
  • District Courts Committee – 2009 – 2013

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate  Professionals,

  • San Antonio Chapter General Counsel 2003-2012 Terms


  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Bill of Rights Program – 1993
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, San Antonio Chapter
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association