Primary Practice Areas:
Felonies and Misdemeanors
Divorce, Custody and Support
Education:Doctorate of Jurisprudence (1968)
Baylor University School of Law - Waco, Texas
Bachelor of Science History (1965)
McMurray College - Abilene, Texas
Abilene High School - Abilene, Texas
My Life Leading Up To The Law
I was born in Abilene, but have lived in and around Waco since moving here in 1964 to attend Baylor Law School. I am a proud father of nine children (my youngest being born in 1980 and oldest in 1962). My family and playing poker are my main interests when I am not practicing law.After graduating from Abilene’s McMurry University in 1964, I worked as an aspiring rancher and farmer on my then-wife’s family ranch in Throckmorton (it's about half-way between Wichita Falls and Abilene). It didn’t take long for my father-in-law to realize that my days as a rancher and farmer were numbered. After a series of blunders, it was confirmed that I was a very bad rancher and I was both eager and encouraged to enroll in law school. I applied and my father-in-law was so keen to see me off the ranch, that he checked my mail everyday for word from any school that I had been accepted. One day, while at work, he let me know that Baylor had accepted my application. My wife and I were quickly packed and escorted to Waco’s Baylor Law School campus a full month prior to the first day of the fall semester of 1964. After my first year of school at Baylor Law, I took some time off and worked as a teacher in Bosqueville while my wife finished her undergraduate degree. Once she completed her degree, I went back to school and got my law degree in 1968.
From Associate to Partner
Upon graduating and passing the Bar Exam, I immediately began working as an associate at Edwards & Faulkner. In 1970, they made me a junior partner and in 1971 Dan Makowsky (who would later be my law partner for 16 years) joined the firm. Dan and I decided to break away from Edwards, Faulkner, Giles & Makowsky in 1977 and start our own firm.
Dan and I practiced together until 1993 when he retired from actively practicing law. I practiced on my own for 15 years until my son, Lewis, joined the firm in 2008. In 2009, I made him a partner and the firm became Giles & Giles.
I've always enjoyed practicing law. I've especially enjoyed defending clients in criminal cases. I have worked on as many as 5 murder cases in one year and have worked as the lead attorney in murder trials throughout my legal career. I have also worked on countless divorce and custody trials. In all of my experience working with clients, I place honesty and fairness above all else.
Associations and Awards
While at Baylor I joined as a member the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity as part of the Alexander Chapter. In 1972, I was named a Counsellor of the Baylor University School of Law by the Baylor Law Alumni Association and was also elected into the membership of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 1977 I received an Acknowledgement from the Texas Law Center for the administration of justice in the state of Texas. From 1982 until 1985 I was a member of the Grievance Committee for District 8-B of Texas State Bar and from 2009 through 2010, I served on the board for the Heart of Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. I have repeatedly been recognized as a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for my contributions to the delivery of legal services to low-income Texans. I am also a member of the McLennan County Bar Association and the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association.
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