McKinney Place •  3131 McKinney Avenue, Suite 800 • Dallas,  Texas 75204                  Phone 214.740.9955        Fax 214.740.9912


Criminal Defense

Mortgage Fraud/Real Estate Fraud

Business Opportunity Fraud

White Collar Crime

Tax Fraud

Securities Fraud

RICO / Racketeering

Public Corruption

Money Laundering

Internet Crime

International Law

Health Care Fraud

Grand Jury Proceedings

Federal Criminal Appeals

Federal Crime

Business Fraud & Theft

Asset Forfeiture

Drug Trafficking

Tax Evasion

Wire & Mail Fraud

Insider Trading

Public Corruption

Perjury Investigations

Environmental Law Violations


"One of the most respected and experienced trial lawyers in Texas."

In over 30 years of active courtroom work, Mr. Ethington has distinguished himself statewide as one of the top trial attorneys in Texas. Jay has also worked extensively in Courts at the National and International level. He is dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession.


A Background You Can Trust

Jay Ethington is known among his peers as one of the most aggressive, knowledgeable and dedicated trial lawyers in Texas. Before entering private practice, Mr. Ethington devoted 10 years to public service as a prosecutor at both the State and Federal levels. During his more than 20 years as private counsel, he has presented numerous complex and significant cases to juries as lead counsel. During that time, he initiated and pursued several innovative cases that created today’s standards for prosecution.
In over twenty years of private practice, Jay Ethington has distinguished himself as one of the top ranked defense litigators in Texas and has successfully concluded several cases at the national and international levels. His list of clients consists of many high-profile public personalities and business concerns, including politicians, professional athletes, celebrity entertainers, and officers and directors of large and small companies in numerous industries. He has also represented several prominent lawyers and news media members, as their personal attorney. The esteem his peers have for him is evidenced by his “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible, as judged by other members of the Bar Association.

After graduation from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1972, Mr. Ethington was employed as a supervisory Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County. After four years at the State District Attorney’s Office he was recruited to join the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior assistant United States Attorney, where he continued to be responsible for complex, significant and noteworthy courtroom cases in North Texas and elsewhere.

In private practice since 1982, Jay has continued to gain accolades from many sources as one of the United States’ top courtroom attorneys.



At The Law Firm of Jay Ethington we represent clients statewide throughout Texas and nationally in federal court, with a focus on the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region of Texas, including the communities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Duncanville, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Euless, Irving, Bedford, Grapevine, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland and Mesquite; and other locations in Dallas County, Collin County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Kaufman County and Ellis County.