Meet Elaine

Expert Criminal Defense Attorney

Having tried more than 100 jury trials, Texas criminal defense attorney Elaine Morrison Evans represents clients facing criminal charges such as murder, manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, driving while intoxicated, drug possession offenses, family violence, probation violations, and gun crimes. As a highly skilled, effective trial attorney, her most notable work includes participating in the prosecution of two capital murder trials where the death penalty was sought by the State of Texas.

“This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to create and build a regional criminal defense practice. When working with clients, I know they are entrusting me with their reputation and their future. My goal is to protect their legal rights, offer a personalized approach and obtain the most favorable outcome possible.”

– Elaine M. Evans
Career and Practice Information

Prior to entering private practice, Elaine served as a prosecutor at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for nearly 15 years. During her tenure at the DA’s office, she served in the family violence division, child abuse division and both the misdemeanor and felony trial divisions. Elaine was a Chief Felony Prosecutor for more than 9 years, where she supervised other up and coming prosecutors and managed the daily docket of all cases assigned to the Court.


Elaine decided to use her talents to defend those accused of crimes. She began her career as a criminal defense attorney in 2016, where she enjoys countless success both in and out of the courtroom. Elaine is often asked about her specialty. Her years of handling cases ranging from misdemeanor theft to capital murder and everything in between qualifies her to handle any criminal accusation you are facing. She has an attention to detail and the inside knowledge of how criminal prosecution works from her previous experience as a high-ranking trial attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.


Elaine’s Private Practice Currently Serves Following Counties:

  • Dallas County
  • Denton County
  • Collin County
  • Rockwall County
  • Van Zandt County
  • Ellis County
  • Smith County
  • Franklin County
  • Kaufman County
  • Henderson county
  • Tarrant County
  • Hunt County
  • Grayson County

Education, Accolades, and Experience


SMU Dedman School of Law | Dallas, Texas
2001 – J.D.

Southern Methodist University | Dallas, Texas
1998 – B.A.


While at SMU, she participated in the Death Penalty Project, assisting her professor in the appeal and review of evidence for a defendant on Texas Death Row. She was also a member of SMU’s Mock Trial team. In 1998, Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University for her double majors in Political Science and Sociology.


Professional Memberships:

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association, 2001-2016


Member, Top 100 National Trial Lawyers

  • Elaine was invited to join this elite professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as a trial lawyer. 

Member, Texas Bar College, 2016 – Present

  • Elaine is a member of the exclusive College of the State Bar, a designation reserved for those completing an extraordinary amount of continuing legal education.

Attendee, National Advocacy Center | Columbia, SC

  • At this exclusive training facility operated by the Department of Justice, Elaine was selected to work one-on-one with both State and Federal prosecutors on advanced trial skills and effective courtroom presence.
    • Trial Advocacy I
    • Trial Advocacy II

Hundreds of Successful Outcomes for Clients

Past Success and Achievements
Prior to becoming an assistant district attorney, Elaine had years of experience working as a legal assistant in a prestigious criminal defense law office and had great success providing legal services in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Southern Methodist University. She not only participated as a student in the clinic but had the honor of serving as a Chief for a year, assisting other fellow law students in representing indigent defendants.

Elaine gained the respect of many seasoned trial attorneys early in her career after a case she handled in clinic. Due to her attention to detail and knowledge of the law, she was successful in having the evidence thrown out at a pre-trial hearing where she argued a traffic stop was bad. Not only was this important for her young client charged with possession of marijuana, but it caused the City of Dallas to change all traffic signs that read “no left turn Fri-Sat” (located primarily in Deep Ellum & on Greenville Avenue). As a result of Elaine’s work on this case, numerous cases were reviewed and later dismissed due to the illegal traffic stop she recognized and brought to the Court’s attention.
Elaine was featured on the popular series, After the First 48, following her handling of a murder case that lacked motive.

Elaine not only has an effective presence in the courtroom, but she knows how to manage the dynamics involved with news coverage.

Felony Drug Possession Reduced to Misdemeanor
I want to thank you for all your hard work in helping my daughter get through her court cases. You went over and beyond thinking of things for me to get to help her out during her court dates. I also appreciate you being on top of things and getting back with me and her on what was going on during all of it. I appreciate you being honest with me and her on what to expect at the upcoming court hearings. I appreciate you going to battle to help her get the best result as well. I also wanted to let you know she is doing amazing, working hard, paying for her new car and most of all making better choices in life.

- Melissa
Felony Tampering With Evidence Charge Dismissed
Elaine represented me during a very dark, difficult time of my life. I was truly blessed to have a cutting-edge attorney like Elaine! VICTORY is the result of Elaine’s dedication, knowledge, ethics, thoroughness, professionalism, transparency and aggressiveness in my case. She is amazing and highly recommended! Thanks Elaine – you’re a Godsend!

- Anonymous, Van Zandt County
Felony Probation Continued After Violations
As a father in distress, from the moment I met Ms. Evans, she listened to my concerns with compassion and kindness. Her demeanor was gentle, yet she was resolute on my daughter’s behalf before the courts. Ms. Evans was always responsive to my questions and showed true care and professionalism in her representation. I am so thankful that I chose Ms. Evans for our legal needs. I highly recommend her to anyone experiencing emotional pain and legal difficulties.

- Tim S.
Deferred Adjudication Probation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Elaine came into my life when I was going through the most trying time ever imaginable, and she reassured me that she will handle everything and to trust her. With my faith in God and her in my corner, the outcome was nothing short of a blessing. I’m thankful and appreciative of you always and forever.

- Tasha M.
Felony Gun Charge Dismissed
Elaine was the key to helping me handle the charge I had against me. I accidentally left a handgun in a side pocket of my carry on bag when boarding a plane for a vacation.... When I talked to Elaine, I immediately knew she was the lawyer I needed! She told me what to expect, she laughed at some of the ridiculous fee amounts I had been quoted, and I instantly felt at ease. She was so good, the grand jury decided to ‘no bill’ and all the charges were DROPPED! I couldn’t believe this, and it was such a huge relief. I can’t imagine ever being in a situation where I needed a criminal lawyer again, but if I do, Elaine Evans is the lawyer I will call first!

- Stephen H.
Felony Drug Charge Dismissed
I had Elaine Evans as my attorney on a felony possession charge and she was able to get a complete DISMISSAL. Very happy with her service!! Excellent communication, swift action, best possible outcome. Best experience with a lawyer ever. Highly recommend!!!

- Matt L.

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