Blakely I. Mohr

Lanny K. Begley

WHY LAW? While my father was military, he always said that I had “problems with questioning authority”. After completing my undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University, I figured I could put my need to question rules and ask why to good use, and moved to Texas to attend law school at Baylor University. While law offers a huge array of options, I knew I’d like to use it to not just help people, but work directly with them as well. I started as an advocate for Social Security Disability, and eventually moved into criminal defense and family law. People having to deal with the law, particularly in these areas, can often feel overwhelmed, and I am proud to help serve, guide, protect and fight for our clients in these otherwise unfamiliar territories.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mohr Law Firm, PLLC, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Attorney, September 2023- Present

  • Criminal Defense Practice in multiple counties
  • Family Law Practice in multiple counties

Knapp Begley Law, PLLC, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Junior Partner, July 2019 to Present

  • Criminal Defense practice  in multiple counties, including:
  • First and second chair trial practice, for both misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Appointments to indigent defendants for representation in Tarrant County.

The Coffey Firm, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Associate Attorney, July 2015 to July 2019

  • Criminal Defense practice, focused largely on DWI defense.

Lanny Begley, Attorney at Law, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Sole Practicioner, October 2013 to July 2015

  • General civil practice, including civil litigation.
  • Estate Planning practice.
  • Federal Administrative law practice, particularly in advocating for Social Security Disability Claimants.

Higgins & Associates, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas

Clerk/Pre-Hearing, Social Security Disability, November 2011 to September 2012

  • Reviewed medical records, client intake, prepared cases for hearing, and coordinated and recruited independent attorneys.
  • Researched, and drafted appeals, case briefs, and requests for decisions on the record.

VA Medical Center Office of Regional Counsel, Waco, Texas

Legal Externship, November 2010 to January 2011

  • Performed legal research.
  • Researched and drafted proposed settlement agreements.

 

EDUCATION

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas

Juris Doctorate, November 2011

  • Phi Alpha Delta, Member and Alumni Relations Chair
  • Order of Barristers, Member
  • Laws for Paws, Student Animal Aid Group
  • Intra-school moot court competition
  • Intra-school client counseling competition
  • Intramural Sports

University of Miami School of Law, Summer Abroad Program, Europe, 2010

Juris Doctorate

  • Studied internation war crime law with site visits to the Hague and various WWII sights
  • Studied comparative immigration law

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in English Language and Literature, May 2008

  • Honors Program
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Member 2004-2008 and President, Spring 2007
    • President, 2007
    • Master of Ceremonies, 2005-2006
    • 2005 Community Service Award Winner
    • 2006 Outstanding Committee Chair Award Winner
  • Pre-Law Society, Founding Member 2007-2008
  • Inter-Fraternal Council, Board Member 2007
  • Social Work Department, Student Intern, 2004-2008

 

SKILLS & ACTIVITIES

A Sister’s Legacy, Non-Profit, Board of Directors, 2023-Present.

Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2013-2015.

Arlington Young Lawyers Association, Member, Arlington, TX May 2015-.2020.

  • Board of Directors, May 2015-2020.
  • State Bar Leadership Conference Representative, 2015

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, Dallas, TX October 2013-December 2016.

  • Solo and Small Firm Committee, October 2013-December 2016.

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, Dallas, TX October 2013-December 2016.

  • Solo and Small Firm Committee, October 2013-December 2016.

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Fort Worth, TX March 2016-Present.

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin, TX July 2016-Present.

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, Pro Bono probate work for indigent veterans. 2021-2022.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Criminal Defense, Thompson Reuters, 2020-Present.

Top Attorney, Criminal Law, Fort Worth Magazine, 2017-Present.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Suppression Issue Spotting in DWIs, Continuing Legal Education Speaker, McClennan County Criminal Defense Bar, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Tarrant County Mexican American Bar Association, respectively, 2018

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Workshop Presenter, Fort Worth 2024

Texas DWI Defense: Law and Practice, 2nd Edition, Textbook, Contributing Author, 2018.

Texas Wesleyan University, Criminal Justice Program Guest Lecturer, 2019-2023.

The Leming Opinion Is Not the Silver Bullet Prosecutors Claim, Voice for the Defense, October 2016.

There Won’t Be Blood, Voice for the Defense, May 2018.

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    Locations

    The Mohr Law Firm, PLLC
    950 E State Hwy 114 Suite 160,
    Southlake, TX 76092

    The Mohr Law Firm, PLLC
    1209 E Belknap St,
    Fort Worth, TX 76102

    The Mohr Law Firm, PLLC
    909 NE Interstate 410, Suite 500B
    San Antonio, Texas 78209