Attorney Profile

Attorney in Austin

Lawyers do more than just provide legal advice - they directly impact the outcome of your case. Keith S. Hampton has a diverse range of legal expertise and unmatched courtroom experience. He provides defense for a wide array of criminal charges from capital murder to misdemeanors to appeals and beyond. You can learn more about Hampton's legal background, education and publications below.

Admitted to practice: all federal courts in Texas

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • all state courts
  • all 14 courts of appeals 

Education and Licenses:

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization 
  • St. Mary's University of San Antonio, J.D., 1989
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1984

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Awards and honors

  • State Bar of Texas Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Named Austin's "Best Unsung Hero," Austin Chronicle 2007
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly 2003–present
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in the Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Recognized repeatedly in Best Lawyers in America
  • President's Award, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001–2007
  • Ambassador Award, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 1999
Professional attorney listening to a client in Austin, TX

Professional memberships

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (one of the founders)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar
  • Faculty, Texas Trial College

Articles and publications

Keith S. Hampton has written and presented numerous articles over the years on a wide variety of topics, including state constitutional law, appeals, experts, punishment, mental health, ethics, sexual assault, writs, clemency, and new laws.
  • Children in the War on Crime: Texas Sex Offender Mania and the Outcasts of Reform, 42 S.Tex.L.Rev. 781 (2002)
  • The Parole Law Instruction and Jury Misconduct, 23 Tex.Tech.L.Rev. 773 (1993)
Keith and Dan Keller, Attorney in Austin, TX
  • Driving through the Wasteland of Unregulated Roadway Police Powers: Will Reasonable Officers Ever Rescue Us?, 35 St. Mary's Law Journal 499 (2004)
  • Texas Writs: A Practical Guide to the Basics of State Writ Practice for the Busy Criminal Defense Lawyer 
  • Texas Punishment: A Source Book for Defense Lawyers (co-author)
  • Commentary to Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Appellate Manual for Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys (contributor)
  • Offenses and Defenses in Texas (co-author, West Publishing)
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