A Little About Peter
Peter Smythe graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1993. While at Tech, he served on the law review, clerked at The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated with honors. He also served as an associate editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Peter started out practicing personal-injury law in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It was trial by fire as he was designated as lead counsel in six-figure cases just two weeks after starting work in a small firm in the Oak Cliff area. Since then, he has gained extensive experience in many areas of law, handling a variety of complex matters at the trial level and also on appeal in state and federal court. Peter is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In 2000, Peter attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. The trial college changed the way Peter tried cases. 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). In 2019, he secured a civil judgment totaling over $1 million, including interest and attorney’s fees, in a case where the opposing party had asserted counterclaims totaling over $1 million. The opposing party was awarded nothing.
After years of depositions, hearings, and trials in civil practice, Peter turned his attention to the criminal defense of the accused. He has since represented individuals charged with bank fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, drug-related crimes, and violent felonies. He has handled an extensive number of federal appeals, and has orally argued several appeals at the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. He is a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and has carried an AV-rating since 2010 from Martindale-Hubble.
Peter is also an accomplished writer and author, having written several books and creating Breath Magazine.