Grant M. Scheiner is a Houston criminal defense attorney and principal of Scheiner Law Group, P.C. He has practiced law in Texas since 1992. Mr. Scheiner established a private practice in 1995. He has extensive trial experience and has represented individual clients in a wide variety of legal matters in state and federal courts. Mr. Scheiner is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Scheiner was named one of “Houston’s Top Lawyers” by H-Texas Magazine. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters publication) named Mr. Scheiner a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the categories of Criminal Law, Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) and Federal White Collar Defense. He is currently listed as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers (South Region)” in the State of Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association (www.TheNationalTrialLawyers.org 2007 – present). Additionally, U.S. News & World Report (Woodard/White d/b/a “Best Lawyers”) lists Scheiner Law Group, P.C. as one of the top DUI/DWI law firms (Tier II – Houston Metro).
Mr. Scheiner is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, an Officer and Executive Committee Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Past Chair of the Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a former board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and a former board member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA). He is also a former chair of the “Criminal Defense Lawyers Project,” a committee which provides continuing legal education to attorneys who represent indigent clients. Mr. Scheiner is presently a board member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a former Large Section Representative to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. In 2011, Mr. Scheiner received the prestigious “Certificate of Merit” from the State Bar of Texas. He has received numerous commendations from TCDLA. In 2004, Mr. Scheiner was named HCCLA’s Outstanding Member of the Year. He is currently a “Ranch Club” member of the nationally renowned Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.
Mr. Scheiner is co-author of the book, Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012 ed., which will be published by West, a Thomson Reuters business. He is a frequent author, lecturer and legal course director on topics ranging from criminal defense, cross examination, Driving while Intoxicated and the effective use of technology in the courtroom. Mr. Scheiner has also lectured the Houston Psychiatric Society on the Texas Insanity Defense. He serves on the annual faculty of the Texas Trial Lawyers College in Huntsville, Texas.
Mr. Scheiner has studied police procedure and is a certified practitioner and instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is one of a handful of attorneys in the United States to have completed an American Chemical Society-approved course in “gas chromatography”, which is the science behind blood testing of alcohol and other substances. Mr. Scheiner has also completed an intensive Spanish language “immersion” program at the internationally acclaimed Academia Hispano Americana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Mr. Scheiner occasionally serves as a Hearing Examiner for the Civil Service Commission of the City of Houston. He presides over cases in a tribunal of record and resolves disputes between City of Houston employees (including firefighters and police officers) and their respective departments. His written opinions are noted for their fairness and consistency.
Criminal Law Education
Mr. Scheiner is a 2011 graduate of the nationally renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 1992. As a law student he was active in trial and appellate advocacy. He earned first-place honors in Law Center mock trial, moot court and negotiation competitions. He was also a member of the National Mock Trial team. Upon graduation, Mr. Scheiner was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers.
Mr. Scheiner earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication (with an emphasis in broadcast journalism) from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1986. As an undergraduate student, he was active in Trinity’s journalism program. He was a news anchor for the school’s FM radio station and a sports writer for the campus newspaper.
Mr. Scheiner began his legal career as an Assistant County Attorney for the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in Conroe, Texas. He “first-chaired” over 40 jury trials and defended cases on appeal. As a prosecutor, Mr. Scheiner compiled an outstanding trial record and became known for his energy and enthusiasm. These traits have accompanied him throughout every endeavor of his legal career.
In three years between college and law school, Mr. Scheiner worked in the field of corporate public relations. He wrote executive biographies, company newsletters and corporate pieces for newspapers and magazines. He also coordinated press events and handled media relations. This experience has been especially valuable in handling legal cases that involve media attention.
Grant Scheiner was born in Rockville Centre, New York in 1964. He was raised in St. James (near Smithtown), Long Island, before moving to San Antonio, Texas to attend college in 1982. He moved to Houston to attend law school in 1989. Houston has remained his home ever since.