Steven Brand is a Board Certified criminal defense lawyer who graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, achieving distinction there as a member of the Order of the Coif. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. During law school, Mr. Brand studied under attorney Barry Scheck, a nationally renowned death penalty lawyer and founder of the first innocence project. Mr. Brand is admitted to practice law in the states of Texas and New York and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York (New York City), U.S. Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, Navy/Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.
Mr. Brand was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Long Island. He served as a U.S. Air Force Officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base (San Antonio) and Grand Forks Air Force Base (North Dakota). His billets included Trial and Defense Counsel, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Contracting Officer. Notable cases over his time in the military include an Air Force member accused of smuggling and running guns into England and clemency for a Bronze Star winner who had been court-martialed in Iraq. As a private practitioner, Mr. Brand has maintained an active military law practice.
Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Brand further distinguished himself as a top-level felony prosecutor. He is a superb trial lawyer. He served for eight years as an assistant district attorney in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. For more than half of his tenure, he served as a chief prosecutor. He has handled a number of challenging and high-profile cases, including the widely publicized “west campus” murders in Austin. He was a member of the prosecution team in the case of former U.S. House of Representatives Whip and Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. Mr. Brand’s cases have been reported by the Los Angeles Times, 590 AM KLBJ Austin, San Antonio Talk Radio, the Austin American Statesman, and Sky News in England. He has been featured on the cable channel Investigation Discovery’s show “Deadly Sins.” He has lectured to psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and other lawyers. He has participated in training conducted by the United States Secret Service's National Computer Forensics Institute.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and has lectured to criminal defense lawyers for the State Bar of Texas. And, while he has a kind disposition, you might not know that if you see him in a trial.
State of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals