Recognized as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas, Brian has been KPRC Local 2's legal analyst since 2003, providing a unique perspective and insight into the most compelling local, state, and national legal stories. Brian has not only broken more legal stories than any other legal analyst in Houston, he is adept at untangling the most complicated court cases so that Local 2 viewers can tell the good guys from the bad guys. Weighing in on such high-profile cases as Andrea Yates, Clara Harris, Tom DeLay, Anna Nicole Smith, and Enron, Brian has earned praise from the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press as the top legal analyst in this market.
Brian has also developed a national reputation for his cutting-edge take on legal issues, with appearances on Court-TV, "The Today Show," "Dateline NBC," "The Abrams Report" and "Scarborough Country" on MSNBC, and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." Brian's legal blog on Click2Houston.com during the 2006 Enron trial won critical acclaim from the Washington Post, Court TV, the Houston Press, and the Wall Street Journal.
Brian's clients have included televangelist Jim Bakker, former Houston Rocket Vernon Maxwell, and Susan Wright. In his almost three decades as a criminal defense lawyer specializing in criminal appeals, Brian has handled over 300 appeals, including 13 death penalty appeals, before 18 different state and federal appellate courts.
A native of Hartford, Conn., Brian came to Houston to attend the University of Houston, where he worked his way through college as a sportswriter and was a magna cum laude graduate. Brian opted to go to law school at UH, where his dream of being a sports agent -- "I wanted to be Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise was still in grade school" -- got sidetracked by his love for criminal law.
Brian spent five years as an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the UH Law Center and is a highly sought-after speaker at legal seminars throughout Texas, where he tries to keep prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges abreast of changes in the criminal law.
"My parents instilled in me the importance of education," Brian said. "I've always believed that when you're through learning, you're through."
In what passes for his free time, Brian is an avid golfer who also enjoys running at Rice University.
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