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Randy Wilson was born in 1947 in Denton, Texas to Don R. Wilson Jr. and Betty Gaye Wilson. His early years were spent in Denton, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida and Dothan, Alabama. In 1953 his family moved to Abilene, Texas.  He was raised in Abilene as well as on ranches owned by his family.

Randy's family history is quite interesting, as his family was a pioneer in Callahan County, Texas. The family was heavily involved in ranching in Callahan County. His ranching background carried into his adult life, as he managed family ranching interests during his adult life.

He attended school in Abilene, Texas and was actively involved in sports. At Abilene High School, Randy lettered two years in football and three years in baseball. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Baylor University, where he met his wife, Jo Ann Robbins. Randy and Jo Ann were married in 1966 and have two children, Tami and Robbie, and three grand children.

Not one to shun responsibility, Randy worked his way through undergraduate school and law school holding as many as three jobs at a time, plus attending school. Upon graduation from Baylor Law School, he went to work for Robinson, Wilson & Holloway in Abilene, Texas (a general practice firm). While working for this firm, he began a trial practice, trying numerous civil and criminal jury trials each year. In 1971, he was offered a job as a trial attorney with Robert W. Hartson, P.C. (a personal injury firm) in Dallas, Texas. Randy and Jo Ann moved to Dallas where he continued his trial practice. In 1973, he accepted a position as a trial attorney with Downman, Jones & Schecter (an admiralty and personal injury firm) with offices in Houston, Galveston & Kansas City, Missouri). He continued his trial work there until late 1975, when he returned to Abilene, Texas and became a sole practitioner. Since 1975, Randy has been a sole practitioner in Abilene, Texas handling an array of civil and criminal cases. He now the Senior & Managing Partner in the Law Offices of Randy Wilson & Kristin Postell, PLLC. Four of his former associates have become judges in the State of Texas.

In Randy's practice in Abilene, he has performed criminal defense trial work in Federal and State Courts, civil litigation representing financial institutions from both the plaintiff and defense side, referral litigation from other law firms, creditor's rights trial work in civil and bankruptcy courts throughout the State of Texas and numerous First Amendment cases in Federal and State Courts in Texas. Randy has defended eight capital murder cases, (none of which resulted in the assessment of the death penalty), uncountable numbers of felonies and misdemeanors ranging from murder to sexual assault to theft, to white-collar crimes, to almost every misdemeanor contained within the Texas Penal Code. In the past, his practice also has included several large and complex bankruptcy cases from the creditor's side, defense of DTPA litigation, complex commercial litigation involving financial institutions, trials of complex divorce cases, trials of contested child custody cases, as well as the day to day handling of the simple as well as complex legal issues of his clients. Over the past several years, Randy has limited his practice to Criminal Defense.  Since 1993, Randy has been a Volunteer Prosecutor for the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Texas prosecuting attorneys for ethical violations in Texas.

While in Abilene, Randy's activities in the community have indicated a strong desire to give back to the community. He has been active in numerous charitable activities in his community, as well as personally funding and hosting a weekly radio show on KKHR called "You and the Law". The radio show allows people to get free legal advice, by calling in during the show. In addition the radio show has had guests such as Justices of the Court of Criminal Appeals; Congressman Charles Stenholm was a weekly guest on the show, Judges from the area, various political figures that deal with the law as well as minority civil leaders. Randy is also a former professor at McMurry University in the business department, teaching business law. He has testified before the Texas Legislature on several occasions concerning various issues ranging from indigent defense to juvenile law to capital punishment and criminal procedure.  Randy has been actively involved in the activities of his church, the First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene, as a deacon, elder and trustee.

Randy is also a frequent speaker at Criminal Defense Skills Courses for attorneys each year. He has spoken at numerous seminars for attorneys over the years. In addition, he has had various articles published concerning defense of criminal cases. He is, and has been for more than 28 years, an active faculty member of the Tim Evans Criminal Trial College in Huntsville, Texas each year. As chairperson of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Institute, he directed various educational programs for attorneys, judges and the general public. His tenure as an officer and Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, has resulted in grants to associations for the promotion of excellence in jurisprudence as well as the education of the general public. Randy also is on the Mentoring Committee which helps attorneys who have little or no experience in handling criminal cases in Texas.  He also has been a course director for numerous seminars for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He also has several published articles in State and National Lawyer publications.

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association has been a major contributor to Randy's development as an attorney. He is a Charter Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and has served as officer in various offices of the state-wide agency, and is a Past President of that organization.

Randy strives to keep abreast of the law by averaging over 50 hours per year in Continuing Legal Education, and has been a member of the College of the State Bar since 1995.

He is a life member in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The courtroom has been Randy's "home field" for many years. Randy's trial experience extends throughout the State of Texas both in State and Federal Courts, as well as several General Court Martials. His passion has always been the courtroom and the "heat of battle". As a matter of fact, Randy has tried three jury trials in 2020 under CoVid-19 conditions set forth by the CDC.


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense in Federal Courts for Northern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Criminal Defense in State Courts throughout the State of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense in both Felony and State DUI/DWI Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense manslaughter, negligent homicide crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense theft, embezzlement and fraud crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense theft, embezzlement and fraud crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in firearms crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in firearms crimes
  • Criminal Defense in Federal and State White Collar Crimes
  • Military Criminal Defense in Court Martials
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Sex Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Sex Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Child Pornography Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Child Pornography Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Enticement of Minor Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Enticement of Minor Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Computer Crimes
  • Texas Criminal in Defense Computer Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Human Trafficking Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Human Trafficking Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense in Drug or Controlled Substance Crimes including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, heroin, and prescriptive medication abuse
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Drug or Controlled Substance Crimes including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, heroin, and prescriptive medication abuse
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Murder and Homicide Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense Family Violence Crimes
  • Texas Criminal Defense in Assault and Aggravated Assault Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 1970
  • East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas
    • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
      • Member of the College of the State Bar since 1995

      Published Works

      • "Innocent Until Proven Indigent", Voice for the Defense
      • "Challenge for Cause", Voice for the Defense
      • "The Forgotten Defense", Voice for the Defense
      • "Practical Applications in a Juvenile Case", Voice for the Defense
      • "A Primer for Representing Indigent Defendants", Voice for the Defense
      • Life After Senate Bill 7 or 'You're Going to Pay Me What?'", Voice for the Defense
      • Texas Criminal Forms, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
      • "So you Want to be a Criminal Defense Lawyer"

      References

      • 1st National Bank of Abilene (Scott Dueser)
      • Alexander Trust

      Classes/Seminars

      • Course Director for Voir Dire Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
      • Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      • Criminal Defense Lawyers Skills Course, Court of Criminal Appeals Defense Lawyers Project and the Annual Advanced Criminal Law Short Course
      • Criminal Law Seminar, Lubbock County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      • Criminal Law Seminar, McClennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      • Course Director, "Essential Trial Notebook" Seminar, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project
      • Faculty Member, for over 28 years at the Court of Criminal Appeals Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Annual Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, at the Tim Evans Criminal Trial College
      • Lecturer, "Zen of Winning", Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      • Lecturer for CLE, State Bar Association
      • Guest Columnist, Abilene Reporter News

      Honors and Awards

      • Presidential Award for Professional Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 1994
      • Presidential Award for Promotion of Professional Excellence in Jurisprudence, 1995
      • Presidential Award for Assistance in Legislation, 1996
      • Presidential Award for Promotion of Professional Excellence in Jurisprudence, 1997
      • Presidential Award for Promotion of Professional Excellence in Jurisprudence, 2000
      • Presidential Award for Promotion of Professional Excellence in Jurisprudence, 2007
      • Presidential Award for Professional Excellence in Jurisprudence, 2008
      • Super Fellow Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Educational Institute
      • Certification by the State Bar of Texas as completing 50 years of practicing law
      • Certification of completing 50 years of practicing Criminal Defense in Texas by the Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute

      Professional Associations and Memberships

      • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Past President, Officer, Charter Member, Vice President, Treasurer
      • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Secretary, Board Member, Member of Executive Committee, Past President
      • Big Country Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
      • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, Chair Person, 2003 - 2004
      • Member of Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas
      • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Director for over 20 years and still an active member of same
      • Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, Faculty Member for 28 years
      • Abilene Bar Association, Past Secretary/Treasurer
      • Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Texas, Special Prosecutor
      • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
      • Host for weekly radio program on KKHR Radio — “You and the Law” for over 20 years
      • Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, President
      • Buffalo Gap Art Festival, Chairman
      • First Central Presbyterian Church, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee
      • Boy's Club of Abilene, Director
      • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
      • Abilene Community Theater, Director
      • Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Trustee
      • Taylor-Jones Humane Society, Founder and First President
      • Big Country Soccer Association, Director
      • McMurry University Business Department, Former Professor
      • Historic Paramount Theater Association, Director

      Pro Bono Activities

      • Average 100 Hours Per Year Doing Pro Bono Work in Criminal and Domestic Fields of Law

      Languages

      • English
      • Spanish

      Fraternities/Sororities

      • Delta Theta Phi
      • Lambda Chi Alpha