Title: Retired Attorney
Company: Countiss Law Firm
Location: Coldspring, Texas, United States
Richard N. Countiss, Retired Attorney at Countiss Law Firm, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal defense.
Having accrued more than 50 years of inimitable experience in the field of law, Mr. Countiss reached his retirement in 2013. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in business from McMurry College in 1958 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Methodist School of Law in 1961, Mr. Countiss went on to complete an undergraduate program with the U.S. Department of Justice, solidifying his chosen career path. In 1961 and 1962, he served with the U.S. Army on active duty, and from 1963 to 1968, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves’ 49th Armored Division. Prior to commencing his professional career, Mr. Countiss was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, and at the federal level, he was permitted to practice with the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Later on, Mr. Countiss became a certified senior judge by the Texas Supreme Court.
For 48 years, from 1962 to 2010, Mr. Countiss served as an attorney to the Countiss Law Firm in Coldspring, Texas specializing in criminal defense. In this role, he was named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer by Houston Magazine and was selected to Super Lawyers from 2003 to 2008. With his exceptional longevity with the firm, in 2010, Mr. Countiss became the Criminal Defense Attorney of San Jacinto County. Excelling in this executive role for three years, he chose to enter his retirement. In his notable career, Mr. Countiss had also been an instructor of trial and appellate procedure at the University of Houston and South Texas Law School and an adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University Law School. Looking back, Mr. Countiss attributes the success of his career to his attentiveness, passion, ambition and hard work. Born to a family of farmers in South Texas, he is proud of his career path and offering his family a more stable lifestyle.
Mr. Countiss presently holds membership with the Texas State Bar Association, Cycen Fjdor and Cold Spring Methodist Church. He is the state treasurer of the Texas Intercollegiate Student Association, a charter member of the Legal Fraternity and chair of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party. Formerly, he was chairperson of the Spearman Chamber of Commerce and the Spearman Library Board, president of his local Rotary Club and chair of the St. Luke’s Methodist Board. Additionally, Mr. Countiss was chair of the Judicial Section and Dean of the Judicial Continuing Legal Education College at the New Judges College of the Supreme Court. The advice Mr. Countiss can pass on to aspiring legal professionals is to maintain honesty, work hard and do not rely on luck.
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