Sally G. Goodman

  • Attorney


Dallas, TX



It was OK to be a pioneer in criminal law, Sally Goodman decided, because so much was at stake, and being female helped her see things her colleagues missed. Today she is board-certified in the practice of criminal law, a level few attorneys rise to. Other attorneys marvel at her attention to detail, the long hours she puts into preparation, the subtle advantage a defendant has, going into the courtroom accused of a terrible or disgusting crime, of being represented by a smart, caring woman.

Sally Goodman does not mince words. "I am passionate about criminal defense," she says, "even of crimes that strike most people as reprehensible, such as child molestation and rape. Everyone who is accused should also be vigorously defended. It's a constitutional thing. And it matters a lot."

She was one of the first women defense lawyers to go head to head against larger law firms and bigger reputations. Prior to opening her own practice, Sally served as a felony prosecutor. Over the years she has earned the respect of clients, judges and other lawyers for her knowledge of the law, her tenacity in finding ways to defend clients and her unwavering support for the rights of everyone.

As the grandniece of Buffalo Bill, she currently serves on an Advisory Board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crime
  • DWI
  • Crimmigration
  • Federal and State Crimes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization , 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Stephens College
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Spanish

Honors And Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Elected To The College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association Criminal Law Section, Member, 1985 to Present
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section, Member, 1984 to Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 1991 to Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, Criminal Law Section, 1993 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 1999 to Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Board Member, 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2011 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1985 to 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board Member of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, Present


  • English
  • Spanish

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