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Austin Family and Criminal Lawyers

At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, our Austin attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience. We've handled more than 25,000 criminal and family law cases over more than 370 jury trials.

We have decades of experience inside a courtroom, trying complex cases and winning. We’ve served as long-time prosecutors and judges in counties throughout Texas. We’ve been appointed to offices by Presidents, Governors, and Mayors. We know how the system works and we know how to deliver results.

We were born and raised in Texas, our roots date back to Texas Independence. We are the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of noted lawyers and judges. We have experience trying cases in courthouses throughout the Lone Star state.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Adoption
  • Car Accident
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Drug Violations
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Call 512-831-5044 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Rick Cofer

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education:

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Temple Scholar
    • Honors: Normandy Scholar
    • Honors: LBJ Fellow
    • Major: Government and History

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 2014 - Present (Treasurer)
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Austin LGBT Bar Association
  • Texas County and District Attorneys Association, 2009 - 2018
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Attorney Jeffrey Connelly

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia

Education:

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 2012
    • J.D.
  • Sewanee: University of the South, 2008
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Violet Crown Trail Committee Member
  • Hill Country Conservancy EPIC Member
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association

Attorney Geoffrey Puryear

Bar Admissions:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 

Education:

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    • J.D.
  • Texas State University
    • B.S. with Honor (Public Administration)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Lubbock Area Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association (2007-2019)
  • Selected as Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Selected as a Master of the Bench through the American Inns of Court

Attorney Mark Pryor

Bar Admissions:

  • Northern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas

Education:

  • Stradbroke College of Journalism, Sheffield, England
  • UNC-Chapel Hill, NC
    • B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, highest honors
  • Duke University School of Law
    • J.D., cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Austin Bar Association

Attorney Jeremy Sylestine

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Education:

  • University of Texas at Austin
    • B.A., 2000
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    • J.D., 2004

Attorney Liz Duggan

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Education:

  • Texas A&M University
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Bastrop County Bar Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association

Attorney Jaynie Badgett ClementsJaynie_b264651b-185d-4d2a-919c-ed7881cb19e8.jpg

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Education:

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law 
    • J.D., 2017
  • University of Oklahoma
    • B.A., 2013

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Texas – Family Law Section, member
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association

Attorney Garrett Emerson

Education:

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. 
  • Texas A&M University
    • Bachelor’s Degree in History

Attorney Ramey Ko

Education:

  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Yale University
    • B.A.
    • Major: History

Attorney Natalia Tsokos

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Education:

  • Texas Tech University
    • B.A., with Honors
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • J.D.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Attorney Alyse Munrose

Education:

  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor’s in Social Work
  • University of Texas School of Law
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence

 

Office Locations

Austin Office
602 W 11th St
Austin, TX 78701

Kerrville Office
100 Fairway Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028

Lubbock Office
1116 Broadway Street
Ste 200
Lubbock, TX 79401
San Marcos Office
136 E. San Antonio Street
#107
San Marcos, TX 78666

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The following attorneys at this firm are Lead Counsel Verified:

Rick Cofer

Rick Cofer

This attorney practices in Texas and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2021
Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2021
Geoffrey D. Puryear

Geoffrey D. Puryear

This attorney practices in Texas and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2022
Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2022
Jeremy Shane Sylestine

Jeremy Shane Sylestine

This attorney practices in Texas and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2022
Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2022
Jeffrey Connelly

Jeffrey Connelly

This attorney practices in Texas and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Divorce Since 2023
Practice Area Year
Divorce Since 2023
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