About Betty Blackwell

A lawyer with experience …

As a lifelong resident of Austin, Texas, Betty has dedicated her entire legal career to defending the rights of fellow members of my community who have been accused of crimes. She limits her legal practice to criminal law, in which she is Board Certified.

As a devoted member of the legal profession, Betty is the past President of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2000, she became the first woman President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She has been appointed by two past Texas Governors to draft Texas state statutes, and is the co-author of Texas Practice, Criminal Forms & Trial Manual.

As a Texas trial attorney, her experience has taught her the importance of being able to represent clients in front of a jury, if need be. When you contact Betty, you can be assured that she will fight for your rights.

At other Austin criminal defense firms, you might hire a criminal defense attorney and never see him or her again. Rest assured that if you hire the Law Office of Betty Blackwell, Betty will handle your case, Betty will communicate with you about your case, and Betty will stand next to you in court.

The initial consultation is free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose. Contact the office of Betty Blackwell, Attorney at Law located in Austin, Texas for qualified defense against your DWI, domestic violence, or other criminal charge. She has served residents of Austin for over 30 years. Let her bring her experience and expertise as a criminal defense lawyer to your case today.

Betty in the News

Open Government Aids Defendants Too

Attorney Resume

Betty Blackwell
1306 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512.479.0149 • Fax: 512.320.8743
E-mail: bettyblackwell@bettyblackwell.com


  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University
  • J.D. with Honors, The University of Texas Law School
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


  • Appointed by State Bar President to Commission on Lawyer Discipline, 2005-2008
  • Chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2001-2002
  • Governor’s Appointee to rewrite the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1996
  • Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Punishment Standards Commission to rewrite the Penal Code, 1994
  • Past Chairman of the Criminal Law & Procedure Section of the Travis County Bar
  • Past President and Founding Member of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Penal Code Committee of the State Bar of Texas
  • Legislative Chairman for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Voted Best Criminal Lawyer in Austin by the Austin Chronicle, 1994
  • Voted Best Trial Lawyer in Austin by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, 1992
  • Committee for Indigent Representations in Criminal Matters for the State Bar of Texas
  • TCDLA Presidential Award of Merit, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Ambassador Award, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Texas Lawyer, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008


  • Co-author with Judge Tom Blackwell and Judge Michael McCormick, Texas Practice Volume 7, 7A and 8, West Publishing Co.
  • Author/speaker for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law
  • Author/speaker for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Legislative Update – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas, Criminal Defense Clinic, 1992