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Charles L. Caperton has successfully represented the accused in Federal and State courts locally and across the nation. He has demonstrated, through not guilty and very favorable verdicts, a vigorous, intelligent and imaginative defense on behalf of his clients.
A former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, Caperton has held the preeminent/highest AV rating in a nationally recognized and published survey of members of the Bar and the U.S Judiciary for over 30 years.

Caperton was a Charter Founder of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for eight years. He has also been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for decades.

He has published papers in Law Journals and has been a featured speaker at legal seminars covering topics such as Criminal Voir Dire (Jury Selection - State and Federal); Expunging a Criminal Record in Texas; and Plea Bargaining in Drug Cases in State and Federal Courts.

He served as Criminal Law Editor of Texas Trial Lawyers Forum magazine, Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Board member of Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Penal Code Revision Committee of the State of Texas, and a Fellow of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute. He has been a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Currently he is the only attorney to be selected to the Board of Directors of both the Criminal Defense Lawyers and Plaintiffs Personal Injury lawyers (Texas Trial Lawyers) associations, a unique honor.

On the civil side of his practice, he has represented victims in catastrophic injury and death cases in industrial, construction, defective products, medical malpractice, clergy abuse, commercial trucking and explosion cases.

He was elected president of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; served 2 terms as State Committeeman for the American Trial Lawyers Association (The American Association for Justice); was named a member of the Honor Roll of Champions by the Civil Justice Foundation and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, for attorneys who have obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of a Million Dollars.

He has been an associate-in-law of the American College of Legal Medicine for over 20 years.

He received his Bachelors and Juris Doctorate Degrees at Southern Methodist University, where he received the Student Bar Award and served as Associate Justice on the Student Supreme Court, as well as Chief Counsel of the Legal Aid and Defender’s Clinic.

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; The 5th and 11th Federal Circuit Courts of appeal and the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Federal District courts of Texas and the Western and Eastern Federal Districts of Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and has been admitted to practice on a per case basis in State and Federal Courts across the United States.

He has been featured in Novels and Books, such as Blood and Money, by Tommy Thompson; Out of Control, by Hollywood Henderson, Fall of Americas Team by Duane Thomas, Billy Sol, King of the Texas Wheeler-Dealers, by Pam Aris.

Billy Sol writes: “for a true friend and one of the world’s best attorneys.”
Kerry Von Eric (of the Von Eric wrestling family) writes “Hollywood said you were the best and he was right” (12 Felony Drug cases – no final conviction).

Blood and Money
In Blood and Money, the nationally publicized Dr. John Hill murder case in Houston:

"Caperton filed a petition to enjoin every single law enforcement authority in the State of Texas – from the Chief of the Texas Rangers down to the lowest whistle stop traffic cop from bothering his client in any way. None of the assistant DA’s in Houston could remember a document quite like it. That little girl would confess to starting WWII the shape she was in said Caperton. He knew both sides of the fence – them and us. The defendant’s mother is quoted, “Go to a pay telephone and call the lawyer, call Charles Caperton, your photo is on the front page and you’ve been indicted for the murder of Dr. John Hill."
Out of Control
In Out of Control, by Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson:

"My attorney was Charles Caperton ("He had represented Waylon Jennings and had been the attorney in Rayfield Wright’s divorce"). If someone’s going to get in trouble with cocaine in Texas, Charles Caperton is the man to call. He was so well connected that just through the legal process he was on top of my case."
Fall of Americas Team
In the Fall of Americas Team, by Duane Thomas:

"He got me a full pardon. Caperton has made a career out of battling the giants. He represented Don Vestal and the insurgent Teamsters Union faction in a pension fund investigation, the same Don Vestal who ran against Frank Fitzsimmons and the machine and who once punched Jimmy Hoffa at the Fontainebleau Hotel."
Everyday for five days in a row I found a dead pigeon on the hood of my car – the message didn’t work."
He took on the pharmaceutical giant Syntex Labs, after they had won 12 jury trials nationally, for brain damage to an infant fed a deficient formula and recovered for his client.
He prevailed in a class action against the powerful Savings and Loan establishment for failure to pay interest on their insurance and tax funds collected from everyone with a mortgage.
In a local murder case Caperton represented an attorney who shot another lawyer 9 times in front of a client, eyewitness. He obtained a probated sentence in a Jury Trial which was dismissed after two years and the client’s law license was restored. His client enjoys the practice of law today.
In a nationally publicized date rape case at a Texas College he represented the defendant at the Grand Jury stage resulting in a No Bill. The record of the defendant’s arrest and No Bill has been expunged and no record remains.