Saputo Law Firm

We’re not just criminal defense lawyers, we are warriors fighting unjust and corrupt government prosecutions with a history of success and a reputation for tenacity, courage and legal ingenuity

D Magazine Best Lawyers 2021

A History of Success

The Saputo Law Firm has obtained hundreds of victories in complex criminal litigation in state and federal courts across Texas, including Not Guilty verdicts by jury acquittals, directed verdicts of Not Guilty, and both conditional and unconditional dismissals. We have successfully represented numerous high-profile clients and cases and have disposed of many more cases quietly and out of the sight of the public. Learn more about our Notable Victories and Press
Martindale AV Rated Preeminent
Attorney Paul Saputo and the Saputo Law Firm have been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions from well-recognized legal rating institutions including Super Lawyers®, D Magazine, Martindale-Hubbell®, AVVO and Justia. Paul Saputo was given an “AV” “Preeminent” rating through the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™, which means that he was deemed by his peers to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. According to Martindale-Hubbell, only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Learn more about our awards and distinctions

Consistently high-level legal representation is the hallmark of our boutique
criminal defense practice.

In addition to results in criminal defense trials, we are widely-recognized experts in record clearing, Sex Offender Deregistration, judicial clemency, criminal appeals and other post-trial litigation.

But we do not just rest on our laurels. We are dedicated to our clients in every single case and every single matter. We are active in many criminal defense and legal organizations, and we regularly contribute to the advancement of the criminal defense legal representation. Attorney Paul Saputo regularly presents continuing education seminars to other lawyers, judges and academics.

We deliver excellent client satisfaction as reflected in our numerous 5-star reviews

Paul Saputo was voted one of the Three Best Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dallas

Because we are innovators in criminal law matters, many other criminal defense attorneys send us the difficult cases, and we are frequently hired by other attorneys to consult during trial, pretrial or post-trial litigation.

Want to learn more?

On this website, you can learn about our practice, about the people involved with the Saputo Law Firm, and both Texas and Federal Criminal Law.

Our Criminal Law Guide has information about Texas crimes, federal criminal law and important topics in Texas law like probation law, extradition, expunctions, judicial clemency, orders of non-disclosure and sex offender de-registration.

You can also learn more about our practice on one of our practice pages. We have pages dedicated to our Texas Trial Practice, Federal Trial Practice, Sex Crimes Defense, DWI Defense, Municipal Court Practice, White Collar Defense and Drug Crime Defense and many other practice areas.

About Us

The Saputo Law Firm represents clients who face pending or threatened high-stakes litigation against the government. Our lawyers defend people against serious misdemeanor and felony charges in state and federal courts. The firm also handles a variety of civil matters related to criminal law, including record clearing and civil asset forfeiture. Learn more about our Notable Victories and Press

Consistently high-level legal representation is the hallmark of our boutique
criminal defense practice.

Client service is our priority, and we have been consistently awarded the AVVO Client’s Choice Award for excellent client service. We have stellar reviews >>

About our Criminal Defense Team

Our attorneys and staff are all dedicated criminal defense professionals. The firm is led by Paul Saputo, a highly accomplished, AV Rated “Preeminent” Texas criminal defense lawyer. Nicholas Toufexis is the firm’s senior litigation associate, representing clients inside and outside of the courtroom.

About Paul Saputo

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell awarded Paul Saputo a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of “AV” ”Preeminent” rating, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive this Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.

Paul Saputo has also been named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list each year consecutively since 2018. Only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected to the Rising Stars list each year. In addition, Paul Saputo has been selected in consecutive years to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers: Criminal Defense list and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40. Paul Saputo has also achieved a perfect “10.0 – Top Attorney” rating on AVVO, multiple AVVO “Client’s Choice” awards and a “10.0” rating on Justia.

Major Victories & Notoriety

Mr. Saputo has represented people in many high-profile cases, including the Dallas Police Shooting case, where Mr. Saputo was able to garner his client’s release within hours, and the Twin Peaks Waco Biker case with all charges dismissed. In addition to leading the Saputo Law Firm, he is a frequent contributor to various media outlets and is active within the bar association and politics. Learn more about our Notable Victories and Press

Background & Training

Mr. Saputo has practiced throughout Texas in more than fifty Texas state and federal courts. He has obtained hundreds of dismissals and acquittals for clients facing a wide array of serious charges. He has also developed groundbreaking innovations in defense strategies and tactics.

A member of the prestigious Texas Bar College, he continues to both train other lawyers in various continuing education seminars and attend many hours of continuous legal education on a yearly basis with some of the best lawyers, judges and law professors in the country. Mr. Saputo has delivered seminars on topics including “Legislative Updates,” “Advanced Record Clearing,” and other hot topics in criminal law. is dedicated to defending people accused of crimes and courageously standing up to fight the government when lives and freedom are in jeopardy.

Mr. Saputo is a graduate of the elite Duke University School of Law, a nationally recognized top-ten law school in the United States. Before graduating law school, he worked for a Federal District Court Judge and wrote several appellate briefs for defendants in California challenging the medical marijuana laws of that state.

After law school, Mr. Saputo worked as an attorney at the internationally renowned law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. While there Mr. Saputo helped represent some of the largest companies in the world and received high-level legal training. After leaving Vinson & Elkins, he worked for and with several of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the state of Texas before he founded the Saputo Law Firm.

Now he brings his high-level legal training and experience to each one of his clients’ cases. And above all, his commitment to zealously representing his clients in court drives him to the great degree of success that he enjoys in the practice of criminal defense law.

Mr. Saputo is proud to represent some of the best clients in world. He is a deeply passionate attorney who believes that a fair trial is something that must be won through aggressive legal representation. While the process can be daunting, and in many ways unfair, he appreciates the opportunity to go to work for you and stand up for your rights – leveling the playing field and making sure that you are treated with the dignity and compassion that you deserve.

Paul Saputo was voted one of the Three Best Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dallas


As an active member of many criminal defense organizations, Mr. Saputo maintains the highest level of professionalism, proficiency, knowledge and expertise in criminal law. He is a member of organizations including the Texas Bar Association, Texas Bar College, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Dallas Bar Association, among others.

Mr. Saputo currently serves an officer of the board of directors of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Bar & Court Admissions

Paul Saputo is admitted to practice in the following courts:

  • All District Courts in Texas
  • All County Courts in Texas
  • The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals & The Texas Supreme Court
  • All Texas Courts of Appeal
  • The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Paul Saputo’s Texas Bar Association profile

Nick Toufexis

Nick Toufexis is a veteran of the United States Navy and one tour in Afghanistan. After being honorably discharged after 10 years, he decided to enroll at Southern Methodist University for his JD. Nick was an intern for the Honorable Jennifer Bennett in the 265th Judicial District Court and for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office after his first year of law school.

Nick has been working at Saputo Defense PLLC for 3 years. He has been an integral part of the team from day one. Nick has the brought his unique prospective from his military experience to the firm. He has quickly established himself as a problem-solver who thinks outside the box.

While Nick is not practicing law he enjoys relaxing with his family and visiting the local museums and zoos.

The counties and courts where we practice

We are based centrally in Dallas, Texas, but our attorneys handle cases throughout the state. The firm regularly handles cases in federal courts including the Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas and Eastern District of Texas, and we cover state courts in counties including:

  • Dallas
  • Tarrant
  • Harris
  • Travis
  • Bexar
  • Rockwall
  • Collin
  • Denton
  • McLennan
  • El Paso
  • Midland
  • Grayson
  • Montague
  • Montgomery
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Ellis
  • Parker
  • Titus
  • Cooke
  • Panola
  • Hays
  • Caldwell
  • Bell
  • Kaufman

and many other counties…

Our practice areas

The firm handles both state and federal cases. We handle every aspect of your defense, from the initial investigation by the police, all the way through trial, sentencing, and criminal appeals. We set ourselves apart from other criminal defense law firms by providing passionate, courageous and innovative representation and full-service legal support with premium customer service.

Client Testimonials

We have numerous public reviews on websites like Avvo or Google or Facebook. You can also learn more about our Notable Victories and Press

The below reviews were posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on
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While on duty I was forced to defend myself with lethal force. I contacted Mr. Paul Saputo Jr. the next day and he was very friendly and resuring when I explained the events that took place. He said he would have his investigators out that day to go over the crime scene and he explained to me what to expect next and case scenarios. I felt after speaking with him I was in good hands with a capable attorney and confident I woild be represented well. He was always available when I needed to speak with him and always friendly and professional. I was cleared in this shooting and having Mr.Saputo Jr. there made this whole ordeal manigable.

Man, I can’t say enough about this guy! Honestly, he’s the true definition of what a lawyer should aspirate to be. He did more than what a normal lawyer would do for anyone, and I can say that proudly because he got me out of jail, with an amazing deal. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done, aif you need a true lawyer that will actually fight for you, don’t think twice before getting Paul Saputo, the best criminal defense lawyer out there!

Paul helped prove my fiance’s innocence! I like the fact that he is all about honesty and truth. We won our case and he did an excellent job in keeping my fiance informed throughout the process. Words cannot express how much we thank you!

Facing a felony conviction with extradition Paul was informative throughout , even went and posted bond he got my conviction dismissed

I was desparate Pau called at 9pm I wasn’t expecting an attorney to answer an on line inquiry at that time he guided us spot on

I highly recommend Paul Saputo and The Saputo Law Firm. Mr. Saputo was very knowledgeable, positive, prompt and available to every inquiry. His knowledge of the law and willingness to ask the tough questions is impressive and refreshing. It is always a trying time when one needs to hire an attorney to present their best interests and Paul did that for me and my family. He went above and beyond even after the completion of the case while always keeping me abreast of new inquires or possibilities. In the event that I require legal counsel again The Saputo Law Firm will be my first call and when asked for a referral my recommendation will be the same.

Saputo Law Firm is a top notch firm! Paul is a stellar attorney and has a heart of gold! Paul demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. He is confident, straightforward, and very personable. He is full of energy and very passionate about his work. Paul is very knowledgeable about the law and puts the needs of his clients first. Paul is very quick to respond to inquiries and provides solid advice and counsel. His skill and handwork is only surpassed by his modesty and compassion. Rest assured that you are in good hands and that Paul is going to do everything in his power to take the best care of your case. He will also expedite the process as quickly as possible. I highly recommend Saputo Law Firm!

Hire the Firm

We know that when you need us, you are going through a traumatic experience, and we understand how important it is to you to have an attorney who will zealously represent you inside and outside of court. We understand that every aspect of your life may be in jeopardy, and we are here to help. When you become a client, you can leave your worry with us – we handle every aspect of your case. We strive to make sure you understand the entire process and all of the options that may be available to you.

Whether you have been arrested, charged or are under investigation, contact us immediately to protect your rights. The process is simple: book an appointment with us and tell us about your case in person or over the phone. If we agree to accept you as a client, we will quote you a fee and send you a contract to sign.

Please do not send the firm any confidential information about any matter until you receive a written or electronic notice from the firm advising you that the firm represents you (an “engagement letter”). When you receive an engagement letter from the firm, you will be the firm’s client, and we may exchange confidential information freely.

The firm accepts all forms of payment, including credit and debit cards, cash and checks.

Payment plans are welcome, and we also welcome active military and veterans with discounted rates.

When you hire the Saputo Law Firm, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will review your case and analyze every detail to determine your best defense strategy. Whether we are representing you on a DWI charge, a possession of controlled substance case, a serious sex crime felony or in any other criminal prosecution, we conduct independent investigations, rigorously examine all the forensic evidence produced against you and advocate aggressively on your behalf.

Recent Case Results

  • 2019 Not Guilty in Collin County DWI >0.15
  • 2019 Not Guilty in Dallas County Indecency with a Child
  • Oral Argument at the United States Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Prosecutorial Misconduct Claim arising out of Northern District of Texas
  • 2018 Not Guilty in Martin County Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer
  • Not Guilty in 2018 Dallas County DWI Trial
  • Client cleared in Dallas Police Shooting wrongful accusation
  • Federal sentencing results in 10 Year Downward Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines in 2018
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict for client originally accused of Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Case Dismissed after picking jury in Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child case in 2017
  • United States Attorney dismisses case against client charged in El Paso Federal Court with Possession of Child Pornography
  • ALL CHARGES DISMISSED against our client in the Twin Peaks Waco Biker case
  • Client “No-billed” by grand jury investigating shooting death case
  • Coverage of Case Involving Waco teacher sending messages to student
  • Judge returns a Directed Verdict of Acquittal in case involving trainer of professional athletes
  • Rare Not Guilty verdict in Rockwall County DWI
  • 2016 Dismissal of Fort Worth Federal Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Hill County Money Laundering case Dismissed and civil asset forfeiture assets returned
  • Coverage of teen Lewisville client charged with hit-and-run death
  • Two Montague County Indecency with a Child cases Dismissed