Helen Liggett

Of Counsel

Helen Liggett has worked closely with clients and handled cases in litigation for almost her entire legal career of over 30 years. She focuses her practice on criminal defense.

She has also actively served her beloved Lubbock community during this time as well. Helen’s clients have come to rely on her for her compassion, dependability, and experience. At Liggett Law Group, Helen is proud to further the work of Dallas attorney Brittany K. Barnett’s Buried Alive Project, demolishing life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug laws.

Helen graduated from Texas A&M University on a full scholarship with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, cum laude, in 1987, where she was selected as a President’s Endowed Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. She earned her law degree on a full scholarship from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1990. During law school, she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Awards (highest grade in her class) in Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Law and was selected for membership in the invitation-only group Order of Barristers. She was invited to participate in the Southwestern Law Journal and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Helen is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

During law school, Helen was chosen to work for internationally prestigious law firms – including Andrews & Kurth; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and, Fulbright & Jaworski – where she performed legal research and wrote memoranda on numerous legal issues. After law school, Helen worked as a commercial litigation attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski before joining the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. After prosecuting for Lubbock County for 1.5 years, Helen was one of the two founding lawyers of the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Lubbock, San Angelo, and Abilene Divisions of the Northern District of Texas. She still holds the record for most trial wins in that office. She has represented defendants in trial and on appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Helen maintains a Distinguished Rating with legal industry rating stalwart Martindale-Hubbell. She also recently won the “Angry Cat” award from the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the Northern District of Texas (2020).

Helen is a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit, Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Lubbock County Criminal Defense Association, the State Bar of Texas, and Mensa. Additionally, Helen serves as a Lay Eucharist Minister at St. Paul’s on the Plains Episcopal Church, is on the reading staff at the West Texas Literary Review, is a volunteer reader at Guadalupe Early Learning Center for Literacy Lubbock and is on the board of Ballet Lubbock.

 

 

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense

Employment History

Liggett Law Group
January 2017 – present
Of Counsel

Federal Public Defender
June 1993 – January 2017
Assistant Federal Public Defender

Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office
December 1991 – June 1993
Assistant District Attorney

Fulbright & Jaworski
September 1990 – August 1991
Associate Attorney

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1990
    Saris Scholar, Board of Barristers, Invitation to Southwestern Law Journal, American Jurisprudence Award for UCC Law, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Moot Court Justice, Christian Legal Society
  • Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, 1987
    President’s Endowed Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Delta Delta Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Student Representative on the Library Development Council

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1990

Court Admissions

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Lubbock County Criminal Defense Association, Member
  • Mensa, Member

Awards and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating
  • “Angry Cat” award, Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, 2020

Publications

  • “A Slap on the Wrist or a Punch in the Face – The SEC’s Disproportionate Treatment of NYSE Meber and Non-NYSE Member Firms,” Securities Regulation Law Journal 19.3 (1991), co-authored with J.H. Rasansky.

"Very polite and helpful!"

Ronald Vick