San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers

Patrick Ballantyne

Attorney Of Counsel

Patrick Ballantyne

Patrick Ballantyne, born and raised in San Antonio, began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney in San Antonio before serving as a prosecutor for the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for well over a decade.

As a prosecutor, Patrick specialized in the litigation of extraordinary and complex criminal and civil matters at both the trial and appellate levels. These included white collar crime and public integrity prosecutions, criminal and civil appeals, pretrial and post-conviction habeas corpus, mental health and civil commitment actions, parental rights terminations, officer-involved shooting investigations, and environmental crimes enforcement.

During his time as a prosecutor, Patrick tried scores of jury trials to verdict and handled over one hundred appeals and post-conviction writs. Patrick capped his prosecutorial career at the District Attorney’s Office as Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit, Chief of the Ethical Disclosures Unit, Chief of the Post-Conviction Writs Unit, and the Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer for the office.

Patrick is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 7% of Texas criminal practioners are certified in criminal law. Certification is a mark of distinction extended to only a handful of attorneys who excel in their fields of practice and demonstrate expertise in their knowledge of the law.


Criminal Prosecutor (2008-2018) - Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office • Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit • Chief of the Ethical Disclosures Unit • Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer • Criminal and Civil Appeals • Public Integrity Investigation & Prosecution • White Collar Crimes • Mental Health & Civil Commitments • Parental Rights Terminations • Officer-Involved Shooting Team • Intoxicated Driver Prosecution

Criminal Defense Attorney (2005-2008) - Goldstein, Goldstein, & Hilley (San Antonio) • Extensive and diverse criminal defense practice, encompassing state and federal trials, appeals, habeas corpus, and asset forfeiture. • White collar, corporate, civil rights, U.S. Supreme Court, and death penalty representation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • North Dakota
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Western District of Texas
  • Federal Southern District of Texas


  • Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Bar College
  • Faculty, Actual Innocence Conference at the Center for American and International Law


  • Baylor Law School | Juris Doctorate - Criminal Concentration
  • Loyola University New Orleans | Bachelor of Arts - English, Writing
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