Smythe PC

Practice Areas


Federal Criminal Defense

Representation of individuals suspected or or charged with drug-related offenses, conspiracy, and gun charges. Peter has represented clients during the investigative stage through appeal, including pre-trial negotiations, motion practice, and trials in cases brought by local district attorneys, and the United States Attorney’s Office.


Appellate representation in the courts of appeal, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

White-Collar Criminal Defense

Representation of individuals and businesses who are targets, witnesses, or defendants in criminal investigations of mail fraud, wire fraud, public corruption, healthcare fraud, money laundering, and contractor fraud. Peter has represented clients at all stages of these proceedings.


Negotiation and litigation concerning the seizure of assets.


Arguing appeals makes one a better trial lawyer; trying cases makes one a better appellate lawyer.

Smythe PC – L1030381.jpg

Representative Cases*

Simmons v. Richard Wylie, et al (2019)

Civil jury award of just under $1 million, including attorney’s fees and interest.
Successfully defended opposing counterclaims totaling over $1 million.

United States v. Eaden, 914 F.3d 1004 (5th Cir. 2019)

Sentencing reversal involving two issues of first impression.

United States v. Elrod, 730 Fed. Appx. 239 (5th Cir. 2018)

Sentencing reversal regarding Armed Career Criminal Act.
Client’s 180-month sentence was reduced to time served.

United States v. John Doe (2018)

Non-prosecution decision for embezzlement after presenting key arguments.
Co-defendant convicted, sentenced, and ordered to pay restitution.

United States v. Janicek (2017)

Sentencing objections lowered prescribed Guideline range 36 months.

Air Power Tool & Hoist, Inc. v. Atlas Copco Tools, Inc.

Multi-million dollar civil verdict that included trebled damages.

Alexander v. Kent, 480 S.W.3d 676 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2015, no pet.)

Reversal of award of attorney’s fees and special damages.

Pena v. Smith, 321 S.W.3d 755 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2010, no pet.)

Reversal of civil court judgment after a summary proceeding.

United States v. Harris, 597 F.3d 242 (5th Cir. 2010)

Sentence vacated for improper Guideline calculation.

*Each case is different and is decided on its own merits.

 Federal Criminal Appellate Litigation in the Fifth Circuit

Smythe PC – L1020332.jpg

A Little About Peter

Peter Smythe Portrait.jpg

Peter Smythe graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1993. While at Tech, he served on the law review, clerked at The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated with honors. He also served as an associate editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Peter started out practicing personal-injury law in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It was trial by fire as he was designated as lead counsel in six-figure cases just two weeks after starting work in a small firm in the Oak Cliff area. Since then, he has gained extensive experience in many areas of law, handling a variety of complex matters at the trial level and also on appeal in state and federal court. Peter is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In 2000, Peter attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. The trial college changed the way Peter tried cases. Shortly after completing that course work, he tried two cases to verdict which resulted in judgments of $1.3 million (personal injury) and $2.3 million (antitrust). In 2019, he secured a civil judgment totaling over $1 million, including interest and attorney’s fees, in a case where the opposing party had asserted counterclaims totaling over $1 million. The opposing party was awarded nothing.

After years of depositions, hearings, and trials in civil practice, Peter turned his attention to the criminal defense of the accused. He has since represented individuals charged with bank fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, drug-related crimes, and violent felonies. He has handled an extensive number of federal appeals, and has orally argued several appeals at the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and has carried an AV-rating since 2010 from Martindale-Hubble.

Single-Minded Defense for the Accused

Smythe PC – L1030381.jpg

Request a Consultation

Please note that we don't answer "quick questions" or discuss cases over the phone. You may contact our offices to set an appointment for a personal consultation or fill out a consultation form so that we may contact you. Providing this information doesn't create an attorney/client relationship. We require a written retainer contract with every new client. Please do not provide confidential or time-sensitive information through this form. Peter will review the information you provide and contact you about possible representation.


By Appointment Only
777 Main Street
Suite 600
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

By Appointment Only
3710 Rawlins Street
Suite 1420
Dallas, Texas 75219



The materials appearing on this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. The information contained in this website is not intended to create, and the receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between Smythe PC, and the user or browser. Users of this website should not act upon the information provided here without seeking the advice of an attorney. Do not send any confidential information to us until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established in writing. The opinions expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of Smythe PC.

Pursuant to applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, this website may constitute advertising. The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.

Peter Smythe is the attorney responsible for this website.