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David M. Thomas

Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

David M. Thomas, Austin Criminal Lawyer

David is the managing attorney at Austin Defense Team. He is a United States Navy veteran where he served our country as part of a highly specialized anti-terrorism and force protection unit. After he was honorably discharged from the military, he became a police officer during which time he worked as a S.W.A.T. officer and a certified hostage negotiator. After five years in Palm Beach County, he decided to move to Austin, Texas, where he joined the Travis County Sheriff’s office. During his time in law enforcement, he consistently excelled in his positions. Further, he recognized that in many situations, a defense attorney could have had a defendant’s criminal charges dismissed but the defendant still ended up with a conviction. His expert understanding of the police component of the criminal justice system gives him an exceptional advantage when representing the accused in criminal court.

David credits the knowledge gained from his time as a police officer with giving him a unique ability to identify weaknesses in cases. This enables him to frequently get cases dismissed, including many DWI and felony drug charges—one of which included a student who was facing expulsion from a highly ranked nursing program. He was permitted to resume study when David had the charges dismissed.

David began with Austin Defense Team as a second chair trial attorney, where he assisted and gained experience on the intricacies of fighting criminal cases at trial. He quickly impressed the rest of the team and was quickly promoted to a full trial attorney.

David attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he was the Senior Associate Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal, earning him two awards for outstanding writing and editing. He interned in the Travis County 390th District Court where he assisted the prosecutor’s office in trials before the Honorable Judge Julie Kocurek.


  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management with emphasis on Finance, May 2004
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D.

Court Admissions

  • Licensed to practice in Texas

Admissions & Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice

The Austin Defense Team Difference

What Sets Our Firm Apart?
  • Client's Have Access to
    a Team of Attorneys.

    With other firms, you'll deal with just one attorney. With us, you'll have multiple attorneys looking at your case from different angles.

  • Experience on Both Sides
    of the Courtroom

    Attorneys Bowling and Thomas are former police officers which give them unique insights that other attorneys don't have.

  • Free Consultations &
    Available 24/7

    Our goal is to make a very difficult situation easier, not harder. That's why we offer 24/7 availability and free consultations.

  • Exhaustive Case Preperation

    You can rest assured in knowing that our team will work tirelessly to investigate every detail of your case in order to seek the best possible outcome.