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Javier Guzman, Laredo Attorney

Let Me Fight For You

Javier attended United High School and graduated in the top ten percent of his class in 2005.  A three-year varsity football letterman, he participated in the powerlifting and track teams.  His love and dedication for sports provided the foundation for Javier’s discipline and competitive nature.  After graduating high school, Javier attended The University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in Spanish.

Although Javier’s four years living in Austin provided him with invaluable experiences, he eagerly returned to Laredo and his family. To further expand his knowledge and education, Javier enrolled at Texas A&M International University, graduating in 2011 with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Javier then decided to pursue a career in the legal profession and was accepted into the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While attending law school, Javier obtained the highest grade in both Criminal and Torts Law in his section. Throughout law school, Javier participated in intense trial advocacy training under the direction of well-renowned trial experts such as Jerry Galow. Javier spent several hours every week, learning and refining his trial skills in addition to a rigorous study and class schedule. Javier’s third year of law school, he applied to participate in Thurgood Marshall’s Criminal Defense Legal Clinic. He was one of only two selected from a large pool of applicants. As part of the clinic, Javier represented clients accused of committing misdemeanor offenses in Harris County. He also had the distinct opportunity to handle an actual jury trial in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 2. Despite the added workload, Javier’s relentless competitiveness and discipline allowed him to graduate in the top five percent (summa cum laude) of his class in 2014 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.   

 

Webb County District Attorney’s office

Misdemeanors

After passing the Texas Bar Exam on the first try, Javier Guzman was immediately hired by the Webb County District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to County Court at Law No. 1 where he processed thousands of misdemeanor cases, involving Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”); drugs; assaults; thefts; evading arrests; reckless driving among others. Javier also approved hundreds of probable cause statements from law enforcement agencies used in arrest warrants.  Javier also represented the State of Texas on hundreds of expungements and petitions for non-disclosures.

As a prosecutor, Javier understood the adversarial nature of the criminal justice system. He was reasonable and fair, keeping the community’s safety and best interest in mind, while understanding the consequences of final convictions on each individual defendant. Javier did NOT try to convict people at all costs, rather he sought justice in every case. Because of his courtroom skills and ability to handle jury trials, Javier quickly became an accomplished trial attorney. More importantly, he gained the respect of his fellow attorneys and developed the reputation as an attorney who does not back down from a fight.

Domestic Violence

Soon after joining the Webb County District Attorney’s office, Javier was promoted to the Domestic Violence Unit, where he handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor domestic violence cases. He also served as lead counsel in multiple family violence jury trials, contested protective order hearings, motions to revoke, and sentencing bench trials.

Felonies

After a successful period in the Domestic Violence Unit, Javier Guzman once again promoted to the 111th District Court General Felony Division. While assigned to this division, Javier successfully handled jury trials, ranging from Burglary of a Habitation to Murder.  He also processed hundreds of cases including Murder, Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), Theft, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Again, Javier was NOT interested in convicting at all cost.