AREAS OF PRACTICE
Texas Tech University School of Law
-Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Houston
-Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Economics
Howard Payne University
Picking an attorney can be confusing. Knowing who to choose as a criminal defense attorney in Abilene, TX is a difficult task.
When you choose a board certified criminal defense attorney, you know that you are getting an attorney that is recognized by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal law and criminal appeal specialist and Capital Murder Appellate List Qualified, 7th Judicial Region. Jacob has extensive appeal, criminal defense, and appellate court experience.
Review some of the results that Jacob has attained for his clients.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WITH PASSION FOR ADVOCACY & CARING COMMUNICATION
Mr. Blizzard grew up in a working-class family, with his father owning his own home remodeling company. From an early age, he has had a passion for justice and a heart for mercy. Growing up as a Christian, Jacob went to college believing he would enter the ministry as a pastor. Ultimately, after attending two years of college, he decided that his heart for helping and ministering to others was better suited in his pursuit as an attorney practicing primarily criminal defense, appeals, and post-conviction writ of habeas corpus work.
Mr. Blizzard has spent years gaining valuable experience, crafting unique negotiations, building relationships, and honing his skills in trial and appeal writing to achieve favorable results for his clients.
His strong belief in advocacy for individuals is important to him, and he has built a team of highly skilled attorneys to litigate any criminal case. Some cases take strategic and purposeful planning in negotiations and plea bargaining, while others take sharpening the sword for attack in trial to achieve “not guilty” verdicts for clients.
As an attorney, Jacob has heard countless clients complain of prior attorneys who only talked to them at the hiring and then met them at court to resolve their case.
Mr. Blizzard strives to keep clients informed and formulates plans with clients to keep them in the loop of their case. He takes the time to explain options to clients and their families that allows for informed decisions from his experience and knowledge in the client’s type of case.
His experience and specialization are recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
TEXAS BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIZATION THAT MATTERS
Mr. Blizzard is the only practicing attorney and criminal appellate attorney, board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law in Taylor County, Texas.
In Texas, there are more than 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice, but only 7,450 are board certified. In the entire State of Texas, as of the 2019 certification year, there were only 87 attorneys board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law. That makes Mr. Blizzard one of 0.087% of attorneys in Texas to hold both of those certifications.
Mr. Blizzard regularly practices in the areas of criminal defense, criminal appeals, post conviction writs of habeas corpus, and personal injury.
He is valued by his clients for taking the time needed to give personal attention to their legal issues. Mr. Blizzard’s knowledge and experience are applied to each client’s case.
He invests the time and effort that each client deserves in order to look at each situation with care and conduct an in-depth analysis of the facts and legal issues involved.
CRIMINAL LAW, CRIMINAL DEFENSE, CRIMINAL APPEAL
Mr. Blizzard has tried many jury trials on many issues of criminal law, along with some civil cases.
He is dedicated to developing a winning strategy in every case to achieve the best possible outcome for each case and client.
In his practice, he has represented clients in criminal cases at all levels from the lowest Class C traffic tickets to first-degree felonies involving serious allegations like drug possession with intent to deliver, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, sexual assault, murder, and capital murder.
Mr. Blizzard has defended serious federal criminal cases as well, achieving rare wins not often seen in federal court.
Jacob is noted by the Seventh Administrative Judicial Region of Texas as being one of two attorneys in the region who is qualified for appointment as Lead Appellate Counsel in capital cases in which the death penalty is sought. The full list of those attorneys is here.
Mr. Blizzard also has authored numerous criminal appeal briefs in state and federal courts of appeals.
This practice has included direct appeal following a conviction, petition for discretionary review to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, post-conviction writs of habeas corpus under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 11.07, and federal writs of habeas corpus. Mr. Blizzard has also argued his cases in oral argument before the Courts of Appeals in both state and federal courts.
SKILL, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE
Prior to becoming a founding and managing partner at Blizzard & Zimmerman Attorneys, Jacob:
- Practiced as a solo practitioner under the name The Blizzard Law Firm, also in Abilene, TX.
- Practiced as the managing partner of Parker & Blizzard, P.L.L.C in a partnership with now retired, Abilene Attorney Quanah Parker.
- Worked in an insurance defense law firm representing large national insurance companies.
- Worked in criminal prosecution with the City of Lubbock.
- Worked with the Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division.
- Worked with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.
Blizzard and Zimmerman partner Jacob Blizzard has been selected a Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star 2020/2021 for Criminal Defense, Appellate, and Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI.