Robert T. Jarvis
Bob Jarvis has been in private practice in Sherman, Texas, concentrating primarily on criminal defense and family law. He graduated from Baylor University in 1982 and from Baylor Law School in 1984. After graduation, he was hired by legendary Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade. Jarvis rose through the ranks was promoted to felony prosecutor in just over a year. During the following 12 months, Jarvis tried 23 felony jury trials resulting in 100% guilty verdicts.
In 1987, Bob Jarvis was elected Grayson County District Attorney, an office he held for 12 years. As district attorney, he personally tried 42 cases before juries for offenses including murder, capital murder, and child abuse, again with a 100% conviction rate. During his tenure as district attorney, Jarvis implemented many innovative programs that improved the procedures used in prosecuting family violence, sex crimes and child abuse cases throughout the state of Texas.
In addition to duties as district attorney, Jarvis was also appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. He was given general jurisdiction as opposed to a one-time appointment for a single case. Jarvis is the only elected district attorney in the history of the Eastern District of Texas to be designated both state and federal prosecutor simultaneously.
Jarvis entered private practice in January 2001, and within the first year, was hired to defend a local rancher accused of Capital Murder in the shooting death of a Fannin County police officer. Together with Sherman attorney Mike Wynne, Jarvis undertook the task of defending the rancher who was facing the death penalty. The Fannin County district attorney called in the Attorney General's "death team" to assist in the prosecution. The trial generated massive publicity during the lengthy jury selection and trial of the case. After just three hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. It was the only police officer killing in memory where the defendant was found not guilty, and the first loss ever for the Attorney General's Death Team. The trial was featured on an MSNBC nationally-syndicated program, "Verdict," as the inaugural episode.
Jarvis has tried and won many difficult child sex abuse cases, several of which originated from divorce or child custody disputes. About 30% of Jarvis' practice is devoted to highly-contested divorce cases. He also has extensive experience in federal cases and is often contacted by out-of-county attorneys for assistance with cases in the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman.
Jarvis' combined experience as a metropolitan-area prosecutor, long-term elected district attorney in his hometown, special federal prosecutor, and private-practice lawyer defending state and federal cases gives him a unique advantage in almost every criminal case. He is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Texas, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Litigation & Appeals
- White Collar Crimes
- Texas, 1984
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- J.D. - 1984
- Baylor University, Waco, Texas
- B.B.A. - 1982
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Grayson County Bar Association, President, 2010
- Grayson County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association , Secretary, 2001 - Present
Past Employment Positions
- Dallas County, Texas, Assistant District Attorney
- Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney, 1988 - 2000
- Eastern District of Texas, Special Assistant United States Attorney
- Texas Attorney General's Sex Offender Management Protocol Committee, Prosecutor Representative, 1991
Pro Bono Activities
- Board Member, Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council