William M. Hines III

William M. Hines III
Senior Partner

William M. Hines, III received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston School of Law. He began his legal career as a Public Defender in Florida. Upon returning to Texas, Mr. Hines worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Travis County, prosecuting for the State of Texas for five years. He then opened his private practice in 1998 and soon thereafter became a board-certified criminal law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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​Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Hines has been asked to instruct at numerous Criminal Defense Seminars (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Criminal Trial College) in Texas as well as at the University of Texas School of Law. He has also had the privilege of serving as the President of the Travis County Bar Association – Criminal Law Section. Named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014 by the National Trial Lawyer Association, Mr. Hines recently became one of the very few criminal defense attorneys serving Austin officially certified to administer the DWI Texas Field Sobriety Tests. He earned this right by graduating from the same training that law enforcement agents must undergo.

Education & Associations

  • Texas, 1990

  • Florida, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1999

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1999

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX – JD

  • The University of Texas, Austin, TX – BBA

  • Trial Advocacy, UT Law School

  • Business, ACC

  • Texas Criminal Trial College, ACDLA, January 1, 2005 – Present


  • TDCAA (Texas District & County Attorney Assn.), Member, 1993 – 1998

  • TCDLA (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn.), Member, 1998 – Present

  • NCDLA (National Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn.), Member, 1998 – Present

  • ACDLA (Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn.), Member, 1998 – Present

  • TCBA (Travis County Bar Assn.), Member & Former President, 1998 – Present

  • WCBA (Williamson County Bar Assn.), Member, 1998 – Present

  • Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1993 – 1998

  • Polk County Public Defender’s Office, Assistant Public Defender, 1990 – 1992

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