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Stanley G. Schneider

Stanley G. Schneider graduated from St. Mary’s University Law School in 1974 and attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College in 2000.  He is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  He is also licensed to practice in the United States  Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Stanley G. Schneider was named the outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer by the State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, 1997.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America  in Criminal Defense and White Collar Defense from 2004 -2012.  Texas Lawyer, an ALM Publication, has listed him as a “Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters Service” from 2004 to 2014.  Texas Lawyer’s 2007 Go-To Guidean ALM Publication, named him one of four “Top Notch Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas.  

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In 2012, he was named the “Go To Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas” in Texas Lawyer newspaper’s 2012 Go-To Guide.  Texas Lawyer Magazine, an ALM Publication, named Stanley G. Schneider in 2011 one of the Twenty Five  Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century”.  Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Service, named Mr. Schneider one of the “Top 100 Houston Texas Super Lawyers 2011 Top List”, in 2011.  And in 2007, he received the “Order of Merit” presented by The Republic of Argentina.

Stanley G. Schneider was the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009 -2010 as well as the President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association in 2004-2005.  He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, 4E Grievance Committee, six years.  In June 2011, he became a member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, June, 2011.


  • St. Mary’s University Law School – 1974
  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College – 2000


  • October, 1974, State of Texas;
  • United States District Courts for the Northern Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee;
  • Licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits;
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


  • 8/1974 – 10/1977:  Texas Department of Corrections – Staff Counsel for Inmates
  • 11/1977 – Current:   Schneider & McKinney, P.C. – Managing Partner
  • 1/1999:  Ackerman Law Firm, Of Counsel

Awards & Accolades

  • Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer -State Bar of Texas,
  • Criminal Justice Section,  1997
  • “Best Criminal Defense and White Collar Defense”, Best Lawyers in America, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012;
  • Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters Service”, Texas Lawyer, 2004-2012
  • “Top Notch – Criminal Defense Lawyer”,  Texas Lawyer newspaper’s 2007 Go-To Guide2007
  • “Twenty Five Greatest Lawyers in Texas over the past Twenty Five Years”, Texas Lawyer, 2010
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in Houston”, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012
  • “Go to Criminal Defense Lawyer”, Texas Lawyer newspaper’s 2012 Go-To Guide, 2012
  • Schneider & McKinney, P.C. is the only Houston area law firm ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in White Collar Criminal Defense, Non White Collar Criminal Defense and DWI Defense by U.S. News and World Report 2012.
  • “Order of Merit” 2007, Presented by The Republic of Argentina
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers – 2013

Professional Leadership & Affiliations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    President, 2009 – 2010
    President-Elect, 2008 – 2009
    First Vice President, 2007 – 2008
    Second Vice President, 2006 – 2007
    Treasurer, 2005 – 2008
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
    President, 2004 – 2005
  • State Bar of Texas
    4E Grievance Committee, six years
  • American Academy of Forensic Science
    Provisional member
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    Member, 2011 –
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association


  • Schneider, Stanley G., Botsford David L, The “Law Game”: Why Prosecutors Should be be Prevented from A Rematch; Double Jeopardy Concerns StemmingFrom Prosecutorial Misconduct, 47 S.Tex.L.Rev 729, (2006).
  • Schneider, Stanley G., With Forensics, You Are Limited Only By Your Imagination, Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases, Aspatore (2011)

Significant Decisions:

  • Claude Wilkerson spent seven years on death row convicted of three murders. Claude is now a free man after the suppression of all evidence in the case including his confession, guns, fruits of robbery, bodies of person killed and the identity and persons of the three co-defendants.
  • Vernon McManus was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He is now free after the reversal of conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The capital murder charges have been dismissed.
  • Johnny Binder, first man in Texas since the 1930’s to receive a pardon for innocence after receiving an 18 year sentence for aggravated robbery;
  • Pamela Fielder, first Texas case to recognize Battered Woman Syndrome in Texas as a defense in a murder case;
  • Ted Poe, Judge 228th Judicial District Court of Harris County Texas – mandamus was filed in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging his denial of a legislative continuance;
  • Walter Pink, a lawyer’s contempt conviction was reversed by the appellate court;
  • Wanda Holloway, charged with the solicitation of capital murder who has become known as the “Cheerleader Mom”;
  • Patricia and C.W.Smith, United States District Court in Atlanta defense of a “Rico” lawsuit based upon the action of their son who took custody of his children in violation of a court order and successfully defended Patricia Smith on criminal charges in Texas for interference of child custody, and Chuck Smith, charged with interference with child custody;
  • Larry William Whitsey, the first reversal of a conviction in Texas based upon the improper use of preemptory challenges by a prosecutor based on Supreme Court’s decision in Batson v. Kentucky;
  • Joe Alvin Anderson’s conviction was reversed by en banc Fifth Circuit when the court found that in order to convict him for possessing a machine gun, the prosecution was required to present evidence showing specific intent on the part of the appellant;
  • Jack Davis’ capital murder conviction was reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct and whose trial was impacted by Fred Zain, a serologist, who has been indicted for aggravated perjury in two states. With Gerry Goldstein, was successful in sued Bexar County, Texas for civil rights violation because of Zain’s misconduct;
  • Richard Minns charged with federal passport fraud violations;
  • Ricardo Aldape Guerra, working with Scott Atlas, was freed from death row after fifteen years after charges of killing a police officer were dismissed because of the suppression of the in-court identification of a number of witnesses that were tainted by police and prosecutorial misconduct;
  • Victor Saldaño, working with Scott Atlas, the Supreme Court of the United States remanded the affirmance of his death sentence to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to determine the effect of expert testimony that his race could be considered as a basis for his death sentence. A new punishment hearing was ordered by Federal District Court;
  • Mark Stennett, prosecution prohibited for possession of marijuana based upon the assessment of drug tax after reversal by Supreme Court of United States;
  • Robert Nicholas Angleton was acquitted by a State jury of capital murder charges after being accused of hiring his brother to kill his wife. In 2002, the United States indicted him for the same murder for hire charge. His appeal was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He subsequently fled the United States and detained in The Netherlands. The Court in The Netherlands denied the United States’ request for extradition of Angleton based on the common law definition of double jeopardy;
  • Kenneth Burroughs’ and Mark Burroughs’ convictions for bank fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344(1) were reversed and judgments of acquittal entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit;
  • Ryun Eff was convicted of arson. The District Court excluded expert testimony that applied Klinefelter’s Syndrome and its effect on defendant’s behavior to defendant’s insanity defense under 18 U.S.C.S. § 17. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the exclusion of the expert testimony;Jose Deluna was acquitted of capital murder after presentation of expert testimony regarding eyewitness identification;
  • Vincent Rodriguez, along with Robert Fickman, was acquitted of aggravated sexual assault of his five year old niece;
  • Fitzroy Webb, a Jamaican charge with possessing marijuana in Federal court in McAllen was acquitted by a jury upon a defense that the charges were brought in the wrong venue;
  • Charles Forshee, a former foster parent accused of smothering a two year old boy in his care by the two year old’s four year old brother was acquitted of murder charges;
  • Reginald Morris, convicted on three counts of intoxicated manslaughter, reversed and remanded to the trial court for a new trial.
  • Quanell X acquitted of felony evading detention charges and convicted of misdemeanor fleeing charges. On appeal, the conviction was dismissed because fleeing was not a lessor included offense evading detention with an automobile. Charges dismissed on appeal.
  • Jerry Cook acquitted of manslaughter by a jury after being accused of recklessly running over a 9 year old child with a school bus.
  • Doyle Paroline was convicted of possession of child pornography but was not required to pay restitution pursuant to 18 U.S.C 2259. Appeal is pending action by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • David Pfluger convicted of illegal gratuity. Fifth Circuit decision rendered pending concerning the application of Wartime Suspension of Limitation Act to acts committed while in the military serving as part of United Nations’ Peace Keeping action in Iraq. Appeal is pending action by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Charles Almaguer acquitted of manslaughter after striking with a gun a man who stole money from him at night.