Varghese Summersett PLLC

Varghese Summersett PLLC

Experience and trust matter. The criminal defense attorneys at Varghese Summersett have decades of experience and a proven track record of success. Former prosecutors. Board Certified in Criminal Law. Free consultations. Highly rated.

Firm Overview

Varghese Summersett PLLC is a criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Our attorneys bring together more than 100 years of criminal law experience. Collectively, we have tried more than 500 cases before Texas juries, ranging from DWI to capital murder. All of the firm's partners are former prosecutors and four are also Board Certified in Criminal Law, the highest designation an attorney can reach. We are skilled in all aspects of criminal law, including plea negotiations, jury trials, appeals and parole matters. We believe our criminal justice system only works then the person accused receives the best possible representation.
Main Office
Main Office
300 Throckmorton suite 1650
Fort Worth  TX  76102
Phone
  • (817) 203-2220
Fax
  • (817) 203-2220
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes

Office Information

Office Hours
24/7
Office Manager
Jane Scribner
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, Malayalam, French, Spanish
DUI and DWI
Varghese Summersett is a full-service criminal defense firm based out of Fort Worth, Texas.
Our attorneys focus exclusively on criminal defense and represent clients charged with crimes at both the state and federal level. We handle everything from DWI to capital murder to white collar crimes. We also handle expunctions, non-disclosures, appeals, parole, and restitution matters, as well as asset forfeiture cases. All of the firms senior partners are former prosecutors and four are Board Certified in Criminal Law, a designation achieved by less than 1 percent of Texas attorneys. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our partners are all former state or federal prosecutors. We focus our attention exclusively on defending individuals charged with criminal offenses. Our motto is "We Listen." Each attorney strives to provide individualized attention to our clients with the understanding that we are helping them with the most serious problem in their lives.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Our attorneys include Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists. Less than one percent of attorneys licensed in Texas are Board Certified in Criminal Law. We have taken over 550 cases to jury trial in Texas. A majority of those were serious felony cases and intoxication-related offenses. We also helped write the leading publication on intoxication-related offenses used in the State.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our attorneys have tried more capital murder cases where the death penalty was sought than almost any other attorney in the state. We have handled high-profile cases and have become the firm that other attorneys and even members of law enforcement use when they are accused of breaking the law.

Benson Varghese

Benson Varghese is the managing partner at Varghese Summersett, a high-powered criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth Texas. A former prosecutor, Benson is an experienced litigator who has tried more than 100 cases before Texas juries, ranging from DWI to child pornography. He is one of the leading DWI/DUI attorneys in North Texas and has extensive experience litigating issues relating to intoxication, including alcohol, drugs and prescription medications. Benson has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has been named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine every year since 2012. He is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for few select Texas attorneys. Benson oversees the largest criminal defense firm in Tarrant County. To learn more about Benson, visit https://www.versustexas.com/benson-varghese/
License
  • Bar Number: 24063683
    Texas , 2009
Education
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    J.D. , 2009

Anna Summersett

Anna Summersett is a Board Certified Criminal Law specialist and an experienced trial lawyer. She has handled thousands of criminal cases and tried more than 100 cases before Texas juries, ranging from DWI to capital murder. Prior to going into private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Anna served as a prosecutor for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office and the Cameron County District Attorney's Office. She now is a partner at Varghese Summersett, the largest criminal defense firm in Tarrant County, Texas. To learn more about Anna visit https://www.versustexas.com/anna-summersett/
License
  • Bar Number: 24066813
    Texas , 2009
Education
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law - Texas Wesleyan University
    J.D. , 2009

Steve Jumes

Attorney Steve Jumes is a partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC, the largest criminal defense firm in Tarrant County. He has been practicing law for more than two decades and is Board Certified in Criminal Law, the highest designation an attorney can reach. Mr. Jumes focuses primarily on federal defense and white collar crimes, including tax fraud, money laundering, computer crimes and healthcare fraud. He is also one of the nation's leading civil and criminal asset forfeiture defense attorneys. A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Jumes has taken over 100 cases to jury trial in state and federal courts.
License
  • Bar Number: 00796854
    Texas , 1996
Education
  • University of Texas School of LAW
    j.d. , 1996

Christy Jack

Christy Jack is a nationally recognized trial attorney who has handled thousands of criminal cases during her 25-year legal career first as a prosecutor and now as a highly sought-after criminal defense attorney. She has tried more than 200 cases before a jury, ranging from sexual assault to capital murder. Nationwide, there are few who have her level of experience handling death penalty cases. Prior to becoming a partner at the Fort Worth defense firm of Varghese Summersett, Christy served as a prosecutor for more than two decades in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. She rose to the rank of Deputy Chief becoming one of only five attorneys on the 325-member staff with that supervisory title and role. She serves as chair of the Governing Board of Texas Civil Commitment Office, a gubernatorial appointment. She is also the past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, which is made up of more than 3100 criminal practitioners across the state of Texas. She is frequently quoted in the news media and was recently featured on 48 Hours about an infamous Texas murder.
License
  • Bar Number: 10445200
    Texas , 1991
Education
  • Texas Tech School of Law
    J.D , 1991

Leticia "Letty" Martinez

Leticia "Letty" Martinez is a Board Certified Criminal Law specialist who has extensive experience handling state and federal criminal cases, including allegations of sexual abuse, intoxication-related offenses and violent crimes. Prior to becoming a partner at the Fort Worth criminal defense firm of Varghese Summerett, Letty established a name for herself as both a state and federal prosecutor. She began her service as a misdemeanor prosecutor at the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office but quickly moved up the prosecutorial ladder. Over the next decade, she served in almost every unit and division within the District Attorney's Office, including Juvenile, Crimes Against Children, Gang and Family Violence. Above all else, Letty Martinez is a seasoned trial attorney who has tried more than 100 cases before Texas juries, including capital murders, murders, robberies, assaults, sexual assaults, and other aggravated felonies. She is experienced in all areas of criminal litigation.
License
  • Bar Number: 00789469
    Texas , 1994
Education
  • Baylor University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) , 1994

Tanya Dohoney

Attorney Tanya Dohoney is Of Counsel for Varghese Summersett PLLC, a premier criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Tanya has more than 30 years' experience handling criminal appeals and is a specialist in this complex area of law. She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appeals a designation achieved by very few Texas lawyers. She is also AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive from their peers. Simply put, when it comes to appellate representation, Tanya is an attorney of the highest caliber.
License
  • Bar Number: 02760900
    Texas , 1987
Education
  • Southern Methodist University (J.D.)
    J.D. , 1986

Deborah Bankhead

Deborah Bankhead is an associate with Varghese Summersett, a criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Deborah represents individuals charged in state criminal court with both misdemeanors and felonies, including DWI, drug offenses, assault, robbery and theft. A second-generation attorney, Deborah is knowledgeable, well-prepared and known for going the extra mile for clients to achieve the best possible outcome.
License
  • Bar Number: 24096815
    Texas , 2016
Education
  • Texas A&M School of Law
    J.D. , 2016

Rachel Taft

Rachel Taft is an associate attorney at Varghese Summersett, a premier criminal defense law firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. She handles a wide array of state criminal cases, including DWI, drug offenses and assaultive crimes. She also handles federal defense matters, working closely with the firm's partners on white collar cases. Rachel is also responsible for the majority of the firm's expunctions and non-disclosures, helping clients clean up their criminal record.
License
  • Bar Number: 24097171
    Texas , 2016
Education
  • Texas A&M School of Law
    J.D. , 2016

Rajeev Sunkara

Attorney Rajeev Sunkara is an associate at the Fort Worth criminal defense firm of Varghese Summersett. Rajeev handles state and federal criminal defense matters, ranging from drug cases to white collar crimes. He is also an experienced member of the firm's asset forfeiture team, which fight seizures of money and property by the government. Rajeev is also routinely called upon handle parole matters, working to secure offenders early release from custody.
License
  • Bar Number: 24093231
    Texas , 2014
Education
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    J.D. , 2013

Alex Thornton

Alex Thornton is an associate at Varghese Summersett, a boutique criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Alex represents individuals charged in state court with a variety of offenses, including DWI, drug offenses, theft and assault. She also helps clients obtain occupational driver's license after their license has been suspended due to a DWI arrest. Alex also regularly facilitates client admission into diversion programs that focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. She is also regularly called upon to defend students facing disciplinary hearings at local universities.
License
  • Bar Number: 24093875
    Texas , 2015
Education
  • Texas A&M School of Law
    J.D. , 2015

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