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  


Education & Professional Experience

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1972, B.B.A Economics, 1969

  • Senior Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas 1972 – 1976

  • Senior Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas 1976 – 1982

  • Texas based Private Practice of Law, 1982 – Present

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts in Texas

  • United States Supreme Court, Washington D.C.

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, LA

  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, St. Louis, MO

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA

  • Eastern District of Texas, Tyler, TX

  • Northern District of Texas, Dallas, TX

  • Western District of Texas, San Antonio, TX

  • Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX

Reported Cases

  • United States v. Loe, 248 F.3d 449

  • United States v. Palmer, 31 F.3d 259

  • United States v. Davis, 752 F.2d 963

  • United States v. Elam, 678 F.2d 1234

  • United States v. McCord, 664 F.2d 60t

  • United States v. McCollom, 664 F.2d 56

  • United States v. Michel, 588 F.2d 986

  • United States v. Poteet, 573 F.2d 351

  • United States v. Henderson, 565 F.2d 900

  • United States v. Deaton, 431 F.2d 409

  • United States v. Patman, 431 F.2d 409

  • United States v. Hicks, 420 F.Supp. 533

  • Reed v. State, 811 S.W.2d 582

  • Crosby v. State, 750 S.W.2d 768

  • Thomas v. State, 572 S.W.2d 507


  • Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible as judged by other members of the bar.

  • Acted as lead counsel in contested matters in the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, and also in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia.

  • Acted as lead counsel for internationally contested matters in Brazil, China, Columbia, and Panama.

  • Guest lecturer at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas Bar Association Committee Conferences, and Department of Justice Seminars.

  • Recipient of various awards from groups relating to the legal profession.

Notable Clients

Mr. Ethington has represented several Fortune 500 companies and related individuals, various celebrities, members of the National Football League, National Basketball League, National Hockey League, Professional Cycling and many well-known entertainers.

Recent Noteworthy Cases

  • United States v. Jeffus, et al. – The largest commercial forensic lab fraud case in United States’ history. Mr. Ethington’s client was acquitted on all 77 indictment counts by the jury.

  • United States v. Loe’s Highport – Lead counsel in multi-defendant jury trial on all accounts, involving the largest inland marina in the U.S. Mr. Ethington’s client was acquitted by the jury.

  • United States v. Peavy – Dallas School Board Trustee and codefendant acquitted of all charges in the Federal Indictment.

  • United States v. Lipscomb – Dallas City Councilman accused of bribery in Federal Court. Mr. Ethington assisted in the case being reversed.

  • President Clinton Pardon Grand Jury Investigation in, NY. Mr. Ethington’s client was not charged by the Grand Jury.

  • Whitewater Grand Jury Investigation in D.C. – Mr. Ethington’s client was not charged by the Grand Jury.

  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.