Biographical Information

Attorney Rick Cofer is a partner with Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, law firm in Austin, Texas. Nationally recognized as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Cofer has more than 13 years of legal experience. He provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Texas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Criminal defense
  • Family law and divorce
  • Personal injury
  • Juvenile Defense

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Cofer has served as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He has tried more than 100 cases to a judge or jury, and has thousands of hours of courtroom experience.

Additionally, he is a statewide juvenile defense attorney, representing young adults in serious cases throughout Texas. He holds the distinction of being the only Austin attorney to have both prosecuted and defended Travis County juvenile murder charges.

Through his criminal defense practice, Mr. Cofer routinely handles some of the most complex and serious criminal cases across Central Texas, including murder charges, sex crimes, and other major felonies. He also handles DWI and drug possession cases, and he has notable experience with cannabis and marijuana laws.

From his efforts, Mr. Cofer has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for his clients, and he has earned numerous awards and honors for his outstanding professionalism and service. Among his accolades, he has been selected as a 2021 Rising Star by SuperLawyers, received a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers, and Attorney & Practice Magazine named him among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2019. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with the site’s Clients’ Choice Award.

Moreover, Mr. Cofer has received the Distinguished Service Certificate from the city of Austin along with the Individual Achievement Award from Keep Austin Beautiful. He has also received a Resolution of Appreciation from the Travis County Commissioners Court, and he is a graduate of the Austin Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.

Mr. Cofer is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Austin Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, the Austin and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the Austin LBGT Bar Association, and other local, state, and national legal organizations.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Cofer obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007, where he was a member of the Leon Green Society and the American Constitution Society. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Cofer has deep Central Texas roots. He has served in a number of public roles, including:

  • Vice Chair, Texas Health Action Kind Clinic
  • Chair, City of Austin Zero Waste Commission
  • Vice Chair, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board
  • Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition Board of Directors
  • President, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors

Mr. Cofer is a 20 year resident of Central Texas. He splits time between his Clarksville neighborhood and Blanco ranch.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

  • Texas Supreme Court
  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


  • University of Texas School of Law, JD
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA with Honors (Government and History)
  • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Temple Scholar, Normandy Scholar, LBJ Fellow

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
  • Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC
  • Assistant District Attorney, Travis County District Attorney’s Office
  • Assistant County Attorney, Travis County Attorney’s Office
  • Criminal Defense Attorney, Private Practice

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 –  Rising Star, SuperLawyers
  • 2020-  Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2020 – 100 Top Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020 – Clients’ Choice Award, Avvo
  • 2020 – Member, Texas Bar College
  • 2019 – Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney, Attorney & Practice Magazine

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Law & Juvenile Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Treasurer
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Board Member & Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas County and District Attorneys Association (2009-2018)
  • National College for DUI Defense

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. R.P. – Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon2019
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. S.T. – Burglary of Habitation2019
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. R.P – Assault Family Violence Strangulation2020
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. J.A. – Driving While Intoxicated 2nd2020
  • Dismissal – In the Matter of C.E., a child – Five Counts of Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury2020
  • Dismissal – In the Matter of S.R., a child – Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child2020
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. A.B. – Assault Family Violence2020
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. R.J. – Driving While Intoxicated2020
  • Dismissal – State of Texas v. E.S. – Third Degree Felony Stalking2020
  • Not Guilty – In the Matter of J.R, a child – Contested Adjudication Hearing – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Controlled Substance2020

Service Activities

  • Vice Chair & Board Member, Texas Health Action Board of Directors (2017-Present)
  • Vice Chair & Member, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Board (2015-2019)
  • Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) Board of Directors (2014-2018)
  • President & Board Member, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors (2015-2018)
  • Chair, City of Austin Aquatic Master Plan Task Force (2017-2018)
  • Board Member, City of Austin South Central Waterfront Advisory Board (2018)
  • Delegate, Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (2009-2018)
  • Member, Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse Citizen Advisory Committee (2016)
  • Member, City of Austin Parkland Events Task Force (2015-2016)
  • Chair & Member, City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission (2007-2015)
  • Chair, City of Austin Recycling Ordinance Reform Committee (2009-2012)
  • Founder & Chair, Austin Bag the Bags Coalition (2007-2012)
  • Member, Salvage Vanguard Theater Board of Directors (2008-2010)