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Education:Doctorate of Jurisprudence (1968) Baylor University School of Law - Waco, Texas Bachelor of Science History (1965) McMurray College - Abilene, Texas Diploma (1960) 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.
Articles by Claude
It is always heartbreaking to hear about crimes of sexual assault committed on young girls. This past week the WacoTrib reported that a McLennan County grand jury had to listen to accusations of just that. According to police reports, six men stand accused of gang raping …