Past Presidents

(September 15, 1938 - )

Buck Files
State Bar President, 2012-2013

Buck Files is a shareholder and founding member of Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, PC in Tyler, where he practices criminal defense law. He is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), and in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Files, who chairs the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee and is a frequent presenter, has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Smith County Bar Association Board of Directors, and is a charter member and former director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, College of the State Bar of Texas, and a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He serves on the TBLS Board and chaired the TBLS Criminal Law Advisory Commission, served on the State Bar District 2 Grievance Committee, and is a past president of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association. Files has been awarded a State Bar Presidential Citation and Outstanding Third Year Director Award, Defense Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar Criminal Justice Section, and Justinian Award by the Smith County Bar Association.

He earned a B.A. from Austin College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.


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