A Little About Peter


Peter Smythe is the founder of Smythe PC, where he defends the accused in federal criminal trials. A lawyer’s lawyer, he also represents federal defendants on appeal. Peter has settled in this practice after years of practicing both civil and criminal law at the state level. 

Peter graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1993 where he served as a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. He also clerked at The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and served as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After graduation, he worked at a small trial-by-fire law firm where he handled everything from catastrophic personal injury cases to significant business disputes.

In 2000, Peter attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. Shortly after completing that course work, he tried two cases to verdict which resulted in judgments of $1.3 million (personal injury) and $2.3 million (antitrust). Since those verdicts, he has concentrated his practice in appeals. Peter has served as lead appellate counsel on numerous appeals and briefed and argued substantive motions, including motions for summary judgment, jury charges, post-trial motions, and motions to dismiss.


  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
    Federal Bar Association – Fort Worth Chapter
    State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Christian Trial Lawyers Association

Peter is also a member of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association.


  • Build a Better Brief, Dallas Area Paralegal Association (Dallas), August 2010

  • Build a Better Brief, Dallas Area Paralegal Association (Collin County), September 2010


  • Texas 1993

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • US District Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • US District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • JD, 1993, cum laude, Texas Tech School of Law, Texas Tech Law Review, associate editor

  • BA, 1988, cum laude, Oral Roberts University, Communication

  • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, associate editor, 1992

  • Clerk, The Rutherford Institute, 1992

  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, 2000