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Marissa Matthews - Associate Attorney


     Marissa graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law. While in law school, Marissa completed internships in various criminal defense law firms around Tarrant County—priming her for a career in criminal defense in Tarrant County. Marissa began her higher education at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she earned Bachelors of Arts in both Criminal Justice and Philosophy. Marissa’s work at the Tuscaloosa County Public Defender’s Office during her undergraduate career provided a strong foundation for her future career in criminal defense.

     Marissa’s persistent focus and dedication to the world of criminal defense has brought her to the Lankford Law Firm where she handles criminal cases in Tarrant County. Marissa has trial experience ranging from misdemeanor DWI’s to first degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. Outside of trial, Marissa prioritizes communication with her clients and thorough assessment of their cases.

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Christopher M. Lankford - Managing Attorney


    Chris is licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts, Federal court (Northern DIstrict of Texas), and the Supreme Court of the United States. He focuses exclusively on criminal and DWI cases in Tarrant County, Texas. By practicing exclusively criminal defense in Tarrant County, he knows the ins and outs of the courts. He takes pride in fighting for individual's rights, freedom, and protecting them from the harsh consequences of the criminal justice system.

    Chris has received numerous awards including being named as a Top Attorney by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine every year since 2014, Top Attorney by 360 West Magazine every year since 2018, and a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters every year since 2018. He has also been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in criminal defense by the National Trial Lawyers Association every year since 2014 and has been a continuous member of the College of the State Bar of Texas since 2014.


     He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Federal Bar Association, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDLA), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA), Christian Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), and the College of the State Bar of Texas. In addition to his legal accolades, Chris is a United States Marine Corps veteran, duathlete, and a novice bladesmith.





  
      Marissa is a member of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association. She is very active in the community and heavily involved in volunteer work.




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Lankford Law Firm
300 Burnett St, Suite 121Fort Worth, TX 76102 • Phone: (817) 500-4357