During his tenure as the First Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County, Mark served as second-in-command for the entire felony prosecutor's office. This gave Mark insight and valuable experience that translates directly to his work on behalf of defendants accused of criminal charges. As the First Assistant, Mark supervised prosecutor trial teams and oversaw the presentation of felony cases being brought before the Grand Jury. In addition to this, Mark personally responded as a representative of the District Attorney's office to major crime scenes and advised police agencies as those crime scenes unfolded. Furthermore, Mark responded to all cases involving officer-involved shootings in Williamson County. Mark Brunner understands the case from your opponent - the prosecutor's - point of view, and he uses that understanding as a tremendous asset in his preparation of your defense.
Years of Experience
Mark has ten years of Texas prosecution experience as an Assistant District Attorney in Polk and Williamson Counties, with over three years experience as the First Assistant District Attorney. He also has nearly ten years of criminal defense experience, handling cases throughout Central Texas. Mark graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1993 with a B.A. in Psychology, and from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas in 1997. He has lived in Central Texas since 2003.
Having the proper legal representation can mean a world of difference in any legal case. Attorney Mark Brunner will aggressively fight for your rights from negotiations all the way to trial if that is your choice.
The state's prosecutors know which lawyers have a reputation for toughness and skill, and which lawyers have a reputation for weakness. Attorney Mark Brunner has has been practicing law in Williamson County since 2003 and has earned a reputation for being a skilled and tenacious fighter. When you have a first-rate attorney, it is a signal to the state that you are in the fight to win.
After less than two years as a defense attorney, Mark Brunner was named a Rising Star by the Thompson Reuters Service in the Texas Monthly Magazine 2007 Super Lawyers Rising Stars edition, an honor given by peer evaluation to less than three percent of Texas attorneys.
"I love the law and believe that everyone deserves to have their rights upheld."
- Mark Brunner
When Strength Is Justice
When Mark was offerend the First Assistant District Attorney position in Williamson County, he was deliverative about whether to accept. He ultimately decided to put his growing defense practice on hold in order to put in his time to work in the service of the legal community. "Think of our criminal justice system as a car being driven by a steering wheel. When each side - the prosecution and the defense - pull the steering wheel equally in the opposite direction, the course that results is the middle course. That middle course is Justice, favoring neither side. But this only happens when both hands on the wheel pull equally as hard. When the prosecution pulls much more strongly than the defense, the middle course is lost and Justice is denied. As strong as the State is, the defense needs to be equally as strong. I believe it would be in the best interest of Justice if all attorneys practicing criminal law had an opportunity to work for the State as well as the defense as I was privileged to do."
A Champion for Your Defense
"In the old days when someone was accused of a crime they might have had to face trial by combat. The outcome of this combat was considered justice. The King would have his champion, someone who was specially trained to fight and win. The average person, not knowing how to fight, was at a severe disadvantage. The only answer would be ot hire someone eqully as skilled or better than the King's champion. People needed their own champion. Although today we don't fight for justice in a physical contest, when you are accused of a crime, the courtroom is the battlefied. The government still has its champions -- the prosecutors. And if you are accused you still need your champion. I have excelled at both sides of the modern judicial combat as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. I am ready to be your champion."
My experience in the law includes working with:
Prosecutors Offices and Law Enforcement
Williamson County District Attorney's Office
Polk County District Attorney's Office
Round Rock PD SWAT training at Fort Hood
Legal Education Providers
University of Texas Trial Advocacy Program
Soutwestern University Mock Trial Team
Williamson County Bar Association CLE
Texas Fair Defense Project