Jerry W. Tidwell, Jr.

jerry@jerrytidwell.com
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Phone: 972-564-4644
Fax: 866-209-9785
Cell: 214-418-2842

112 S Bois D Arc
Forney, Texas 75126

  • Practicing attorney with 13+ years of experience
  • Extensive experience in courtroom, trial, and consulting
  • Multi-discipline practice in criminal defense and prosecution, family law, and environmental regulatory consulting (non-legal)
  • Diverse work environment experience in entrepreneurial, small office, and government
Education

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2003
Cum Laude

B.G.S., Texas Tech University, 2000
Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources
Natural Science
Communication Studies

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Colorado, Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District Texas
U.S. District Court Western District Texas
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice and Family Law Sections

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Legal Experience

Of Counsel – Guest & Gray, January 2016 - Present

  • Represent clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigation, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial hearings, plea negotiations
  • Represent clients in various family law matters, including divorce proceedings, child custody and support proceedings, and modification of parent-child relationship agreements

Sole Practitioner Law Practice – Tidwell Law Firm PLLC, June 2006 – Present

  • Established and operated private law practice, with primary practice in Criminal Defense and Family Law
  • Represent clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigation, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial hearings, plea negotiations
  • Accepted representation as court appointed attorney under the Texas Fair Defense Act for indigent defendants
  • Represented clients in various family law matters, including divorce proceedings, child custody and support proceedings, and modification of parent-child relationship agreements

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Special Crimes Division (Felony), Chief Misdemeanor Prosecutor – Collin County District Attorney’s Office, April 2004 – May 2006

  • Responsible for investigation and prosecution of atypical criminal offenses, including “white collar” crimes
  • Assist law enforcement in initial stages of criminal investigation
  • Significant experience as lead trial attorney and jury selection
  • Supervise staff of attorneys, investigator, and secretary
  • Responsible for assigning and managing court docket, trial and
  • hearing settings
  • Argued before the court numerous non-jury trials and motions (including Dismissal, Discovery, and Suppression)
  • Review new cases for plea bargain negotiation or prepare for trial

Tutor – Contracts – Texas Tech University School of Law, Fall 2002 & Fall 2003

Summer Clerkship - Courtney, Countiss, Brian & Bailey, L.L.P. (formerly Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P.), May/June 2003

Other Professional Experience

Environmental Management Consultant – PA-jer Company, June 2001 – August 2001; October 1995 – December 1997

  • Advise Industrial and Hazardous Waste Generators to maintain compliance with State and Federal Waste Management and Disposal Regulations
  • Manage Waste Transportation service
  • Prepare and file documents for clients as mandated by State Regulatory Agencies
  • Design and implement site assessment for potentially contaminated areas
  • Participated in various production facility closures to ensure regulatory compliance

Environmental Regulatory Specialist – Compliance Services Group, Inc., March 1998 – May 2001

  • Monitor environmental and safety rules for compliance updates
  • Perform environmental site assessments for property development and real estate transactions