Greg Westfall

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Greg Westfall graduated in 1993 from Texas Tech School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Board certified in Criminal Law since 2000, Greg practices criminal and civil trial law at Westfall Sellers in Fort Worth, Texas. Greg has regularly published and spoken at seminars since 1994 and has served as Editor of the Voice for the Defense. Greg is married to Mollee Westfall and has two children. Greg can be reached at

Stories from Greg Westfall

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I grow old …
I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
Shall I part my hair behind?
Do I dare eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

When I started as editor of the Voice with the July/August issue in 2009, we were a print-only magazine running 10 issues per year to our members plus the Texas judges. We are still that. But we are also a lot more now.

Trial Lawyer, Songwriter
Friday, December 28th, 2012

“Every truly successful song expresses a universally understood meaning.”

—Sheila Davis, The Craft of Lyric Writing, 1985, at 2.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

This summer, we spent our family vacation in Moscow, Russia. We got there at the end of June. By then, Pussy Riot had been in jail over three months awaiting trial on charges of “hooliganism,” which apparently carries up to seven years in Russia.1

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

“From this day forward I shall no longer tinker with the machinery of death.”

Justice Harry Blackmun (dissenting to denial of cert.)
Callins v. Collins, 510 U.S. 1141 (1994)

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

How much education could one death penalty case buy?

By the most recent numbers I have seen, it costs a county $500,000 to try the average death penalty case and, all things considered, approximately $2 to $3 million from investigation to execution.[1]

December 2011 Editor's Comment
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Well, it’s the last issue of Voice for the Defense for 2011. I wanted to update you all on what the year has brought.

A year ago, we were a print-only publication with a circulation of between three and four thousand. We sent a free copy to all judges. Otherwise, our members were our readership. We struggled for articles.

What a difference a year makes.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Yes, I am a pirate
Two hundred years too late.
The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothin’ to plunder.
I’m an over forty victim of fate;
arriving too late, arriving too late.

          Jimmy Buffett, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

I watch presidential debates for the same reason I suspect some others watch NASCAR races—to see the crashes. And so it was as I settled in to watch the September 7, 2011, debate between the current Republican presidential hopefuls moderated by Brian Williams. I knew, of course, that unless he backed out or otherwise refused, Rick Perry would be in this debate, so I thought my chances were good. I had not been watching for long when this exchange occurred:

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Well, as September 1 rapidly approaches, carrying with it the product of our duly elected representatives, I am reminded of some words by Grant Gilmore:

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

You know you’ve been around a while when you get tapped to give the “Why We Do What We Do” speech. It would seem that once a criminal defense lawyer achieves the right mix of experience and age, he or she gets that figured out. Maybe. I don’t pretend to have it completely figured out yet, but I have been thinking about it lately.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

So this morning I’m taking my kids to school and listening to the radio. My son and I are talking about the debt ceiling, and I explain to him about debt, budgets, and the politics of the debt ceiling. At one point, my explanation becomes something like this: “It’s a lie. Everything the politicians say is a lie. The politicians who hate Obama lie about Obama and his policies. The ones on the other side lie about those guys. Politicians never tell the truth. They always overstate their claims. They always posture. They always lie.

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I figured out several years ago that emotional devastation over the death of a dog is kind of optional. Our first standard poodle died due to a bad reaction to anesthesia. Mollee and I were devastated, of course, and sat at our dining room table in shock. At once, without giving it much of a thought, I went to the recycling and pulled out the classified ads. Five hours after our first standard poodle, Truman, died, we had our second standard poodle, Hugo, who is black.

Friday, April 1st, 2011


The first video game (PONG) and the first handheld calculator (HP-35) are introduced. Five White House operatives are caught burglarizing the Watergate Hotel. The Volkswagen Beetle sets the record for the most cars sold worldwide. And Voice for the Defense is born as an eight-page hole-punched pamphlet issued four times per year.