Chad Van Brunt Dec 2015-2

My Approach

No criminal case is exactly alike. Every person accused of a crime is unique. I believe the best way to defend someone's rights is to specifically tailor a strategy that takes the whole person into account. I refuse to run a high volume practice because I want to provide an indiviualized approach to my client's case.

These are the guiding principles to my method of representation.

  • I will educate -I want the client to be informed of the legal issues they are facing.
  • I will advise -Once a client understands the issues, I will provide my candid opinion on how best to proceed.
  • I will empower -Too often, attorneys present their opinons as if the client has no choice in the matter. Because my client's are informed, they are empowered to make the final decision.
  • I will fight -I owe my clients a duty of zealous advocacy and I take that duty seriously.  

My Story

I grew up in Bryan, Texas. I worked in my family's restaurant while in high school. My family could not afford to pay for college but the ability to work in the family business provided me the means to put myself through Texas A&M University. I learned the importance of family and community and I will never forget the friends and family that helped me succeed. After college, I moved into the social services field where I helped people with HIV/AIDS. There, I learned the importance of activism and giving a voice to people that society wants to sweep under the rug. Since many of the people under my care were indigent drug users, I saw first-hand their treatment in the criminal justice system. I saw the revolving door of criminal justice, the evils of the drug war, the vicious cycle perpetrated on our community by the prison industrial complex, and the general break down of our system of law enforcement. This experience compounded with the need to make a better living for my wife and newborn child prompted me to seek a career as a lawyer. When I entered law school at St. Mary's University, I knew exactly what I wanted to become: a criminal defense lawyer. No profession in the legal field spends more time upholding the constitution and representing people who need a voice to speak for them against the unbridled resources and influence of the government. I have, without question, found my calling and passion in life. I wake up everyday and work tirelessly to save individuals from the wrath and robotic-like wave of a criminal prosecution. I give them a voice. I have grown immensely as a defense lawyer over these years. I am not only a practitioner, I am also an academic in the field of criminal law. I am currently the Principle Contributing Author of the Texas Criminal Practice Guide published by Lexis Nexis and I speak and educate other attorneys in the field of criminal practice. I love this job. Let me be your voice in the courtroom.

Let's talk

I always provide my first consultation free of charge. Contact my office and schedule a meeting.