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Chris Dorbandt, Senior Attorney

7000 N. Mopac Expwy., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78731

(512) 407-9700

(512) 407-9701 (Fax)

1 (877) 205-3425 (Toll free)


Thank you for visiting our web site and reading my bio.  I’m a native Texan, having been born in Tyler, TX, July, 1952.  I have lived in Texas all my life and during that time I have gained unique insight which can help any client who needs legal defense services. I primarily practice in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury plaintiff’s law. I am a former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state trooper and supervisor with over twenty years of experience in law enforcement.  My knowledge of the laws pertaining to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), driver’s license suspension issues, and drug trafficking and possession of controlled substance charges can be invaluable. I am familiar with a lot of nuances when it comes to Driving While Intoxicated; issues most attorneys miss.  I’m also very good at cross examination of law enforcement officers because of my training and experience.  I was the instructor for the instructors when it come to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s).  I also have a great amount of experience with breath testing and have tried a number of cases to an effective conclusion.  
State & Federal Bar Admissions & Licenses:

  • Texas, 1998
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, TX, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1996
  • Texas State University (legacy Southwest Texas State University), San Marcos, TX, Master of Public Administration, 1992
  • St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, Bachelor of Science, 1990

Honors and Awards:

  • Board of Advocates
  • Finalist, Walker Moot Court Competition. Second Place, Best Brief, Walker Moot Court
  • Recipient, Judge Jack B. Miller Endowed Scholarship, excelling in Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Justice Clinic

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Member, Travis, Williamson and Hays County Bar Associations
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Utah
  • Member, State Bar of Colorado
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA)
  • Member, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (ACDLA)
  • Member, National College of DUI Attorneys
  • Member, National Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (NACDL)
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
  • Member, College of the State Bar (attorneys who attain more legal educational hours per year than required)
  • Prior employment: Texas State trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, Texas Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol, 1973-1993.
  • Licensed Master Peace Officer & Commissioned by Texas Department of Public Safety as Special Texas Ranger 1993 – Present.