E-mail MeLane David Thibodeaux
Lane Thibodeaux has practiced law in the Brazos Valley area for twenty four years. He holds dual Board Certifications in Criminal Law and Personal Injury Trial Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This combination of dual board certifications is held by only 12 active, licensed attorneys in the State of Texas.
Mr. Thibodeaux has tried more than 100 cases to juries in State and Federal court. His jury trial experience is diverse. His criminal law jury trial experience ranges from defense of capital murder charges to driving while intoxicated cases. Mr. Thibodeaux has also served as a Special Prosecutor in both felony and misdemeanor cases in multiple counties in Texas. His personal injury jury trial experience is also significant, including a jury verdict in Wise County, Texas that merited inclusion in Verdict Search - Texas as a top ten jury verdict in cases involving injuries caused by a motor vehicle for the year 2009.
Mr. Thibodeaux has acted as lead counsel in more than 60 appeals, including multiple published opinions from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest appellate court for criminal cases in Texas.
Mr. Thibodeaux has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1985. He is a member of both the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Law Sections of the State Bar. Mr. Thibodeaux is also licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appelas for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern, Western, and Northern Districts of Texas.
Mr. Thibodeaux is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a member of the DWI committee for this statewide organization since 2009. He is currently a member of the screening committee for selection of Qualified Counsel in Capital Cases for the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. Mr. Thibodeaux is also a member of the Brazos County Bar Association, serving as President of that organization in 2008. He is a past President of the Brazos Valley Young Lawyers Association. In 1991 Mr. Thibodeaux was awarded the Brazos County Bar Association Pro Bono Award in recognition for his dedication in serving the legal needs of the underprivileged.
Mr. Thibodeaux has been a guest lecturer at the Texas A & M University Health Science Center and the Bryan, Texas campus of Blinn College. His recurring topic of lecture at Blinn College is the use of forensic evidence in criminal trials.
Mr. Thibodeaux graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government where he was a member of the National Social Science Honor Society, Phi Gamma Mu.
Mr. Thibodeaux received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1985. In Law School, Mr. Thibodeaux was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in the study of Constitutional Law, was named to the Dean's List and inducted into the honorary advocacy fraternity, The Order of Barristers.
He is married to former Brazos County Assistant District Attorney and Baylor Law School graduate Beth Smith Thibodeaux. They have three children.
Mr. Thibodeaux's short story Bouquet by Numbers was named winner of the 2012 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Fiction Writing Contest and published in the June 2012 issue. Another of his short stories, Llano Estacado was published in the short story anthology Award Winning Tales in March of 2011. The anthology is available for purchase in both paperback and Kindle format from Amazon.com.
Mr. Thibodeaux also completed four marathons and three half marathons, including the 2000 New York City Marathon.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Drug Charges
- Providing Minors with Alcohol
- White Collar Crimes
- Family Assault Violence
- Drug Possession
- Prescription Drug Possession
Certified Legal Specialties
- Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2001
- Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1999
- Texas, 1985
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2013
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
- J.D. - 1985
- Honors: The Order of Barristers
- Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in the study of Constitutional
- Honors: The Dean's List
- Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
- B.A. - 1981
- Major: Government
- In re: Davis, 82 S.W.3d 140 (Tex. Sp. Ct. Rev. 2002)
- Terrell v. State, 296 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. Crim. App. 2009)
- Mitschke v. State, 129 S.W.3d 130 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004)
- State v. Woehst, 175 S.W.3d 329 (Tex. App. - Houston [1st Dist.] 2004)
- Texas Dept. of Public Safety v. Hirschman, 169 S.W.3d 331 (Tex. App. - Waco 2005)
- Smith v. State, 58 S.W.3d 784 (Tex. App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2001)
- Bordman v. State, 56 S.W.3d 62 (Tex. App.- Houston [14th Dist] 2001)
Honors and Awards
- American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law, 1983
- Brazos County Pro Bono Award, 1991
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Brazos County Young Lawyers Association, President
- Brazos County Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer
- National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
- Criminal Justice and Juvenile Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, Member
Past Employment Positions
- James & Thibodeaux, PLLC, Partner, 1995 - 1998