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Shane Byrd
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

804 main st, Lubbock, TX 79401


A successful local businessman and owner of three bond companies, National Bonding of Lubbock, Lone Star Bail Bond, and Garcia Bail Bond, Shane has worked for more than three decades to assist clients and their families navigate their way through the criminal justice system, liaising with attorneys, judges, clerks, and the courts throughout Lubbock and most of Texas. He soon realized that his passion for helping his clients extended beyond helping them get bonded out of jail. With his undergraduate study at Texas Tech University in criminal justice, he pursued his dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney and graduated with his J.D. from Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina. Returning home to Lubbock, he is now a Partner at Hamilton Grant and focuses his practice in the area of criminal defense. Shane’s strong ties to the Lubbock community extend to ownership of a number of local businesses and the many events he has produced for Texas Tech students. As a business owner, he understands that good people make mistakes and is driven by his passion to protect the future of such persons and resolving their cases quickly and positively.

Christopher Cadem
Featured Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

1005 Pebble Lake Rd, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, USA


For more than a decade, Chris Cadem has concentrated his practice on litigation matters in both criminal and civil cases in State and Federal Court. His experience includes more than 100 trials and roughly a dozen appeals, including multiple petitions to the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has successfully litigated cases spanning from simple speeding tickets to first degree murder and first degree criminal sexual conduct. His civil docket includes everything from contract disputes to complex multiparty, million-dollar financial matters. Chris has been widely recognized for his experience and professionalism.

John Calcagni III
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

72 Clifford Street, Suite 300, Providence, RI 02903


Attorney John L. Calcagni III is a very experienced criminal defense trial attorney. He formerly served as a military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorney Calcagni is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Florida. He is also licensed in the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of U.S. Courts of Appeals, multiple U.S. District Courts and military courts. As a former federal prosecutor, Attorney Calcagni handled countless cases involving drug trafficking; domestic violence; assault; weapons; gang-related crime; manslaughter; murder; child pornography; solicitation of minors; child abuse; rape; burglary; breaking and entering; terrorism-related offenses; fraud; conspiracy; motor vehicle offenses; DUI or DWI or OUI; and military specific crimes. He now uses the valuable experience gained as prosecutor to defend his many clients.

Paul Cambria
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

42 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA


Paul J. Cambria, Jr. is recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, First Amendment law, zoning and land use, antitrust, and professional licensing defense. Mr. Cambria has built a strong reputation for successfully representing individuals and businesses in complex, high-profile cases at all levels of the courts, including state, federal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cambria’s practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson. He is admitted to the New York, Pennsylvania, California, and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

William Campbell
Featured Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

925 NW 6th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, USA


Mr. Campbell began his legal career when he received his Legal Intern license in 1980, while still in law school. As an intern with a highly respected Oklahoma City criminal defense lawyer he learned the extent Federal and State Governments would go to obtain convictions. When he became a fully licensed attorney in 1982, he opened his private practice which has been in continuous operation since that time. While the practice has engaged in many areas of the law, the primary focus has been criminal defense. One aspect of the firm which this focus benefits is the ability to spot potential criminal prosecutions in matters which on the surface appear to be either civil or administrative. Mr. Campbell has made these observations on many occasions and forewarned the client of the possible criminal aspects of their case. Many of these have resulted in the filing of criminal charges which the client was, by reason of the firm's foresight, been ready to defend. The firm has also encountered many clients charged with criminal offenses who believing themselves to be guilty were determined not to have committed the crime charged. The firm makes a detailed study of the facts of the case, provided first by the client, and the anticipated evidence of the prosecution, then measures those against the legal requirements as stated by the State or Federal law. He has obtained Not Guilty verdicts in jury trials admitting the facts but denying the crime. Mr. Campbell believes that a strong defense is built on a position of strength not surrender. It is the policy of the firm that every criminal case accepted for representation is treated as a matter which will be tried to a jury. By taking this approach the prosecution is presented with a resolute and determined defense intent on representing the best interests of the client. The result of such approach, has over the years, proven to be more advantageous to the client than taking a "just get me a plea bargain" approach. In cases where a plea is appropriate the willingness to try the case will often make the prosecution more reasonable in negotiations. The firm has successfully represented men and women charged with a wide range of criminal offenses including First Degree Murder, Racketeering, Rape, Conspiracy, Drug Offenses, Robbery, Theft, Embezzlement, Arson, Child Abuse (Sexual and Physical), Federal and State gun charges. The firm has been successful in getting charges reduced or dismissed due to police mis-conduct or violations of the clients constitutional rights. These violations by the government have resulted in the court ruling that certain evidence or statements would not be useable against the client. This severely limits the matters which can be presented by the prosecution to the jury. One example of this was a case in which Mr. Campbell successfully got two arrests, a confession and eight and one-half ounces of cocaine thrown out due to an illegal search and seizure. In another recent case he obtained a ruling from the court determining the police had illegally obtained statements from the client and the court would not let the prosecution use the ill gotten statements.