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Scott H. Palmer

“If there’s a will, there’s a way. This is the approach I take when defending my clients. Can’t is not in my vocabulary, and I’ll stop at nothing to ensure the best outcomes for my clients.”
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If there’s a will, there’s a way. This mission is what sets criminal defense attorney Scott Palmer apart from the rest. “Can’t” is not in his vocabulary, and he stops at nothing to ensure the best outcomes for his clients. Palmer and his team are known for excellent results in tough, high-risk criminal cases, particularly murder and sex crimes. Palmer has become known for defending the rights of his clients in high-profile personal injury, civil rights, and criminal cases that often generate media attention, such as the bartender assault case in Deep Ellum, the fallen officer case in Home Depot, and the Atmos Energy explosion case. The firm Palmer Perlstein has expanded recently to include four sections—family law, civil rights, personal injury, and criminal defense. Palmer works alongside nine notable award-winning attorneys (including one former prosecutors) who take a team approach in resolving complicated, serious matters. Their expertise and familiarity with the system has resulted in dismissals and no-bills on hefty charges such as sexual assault of a child. “Every day we stand up for people who are injured or accused of crimes,” Palmer says. “We continue to fight while others fold. Some call my style aggressive; I call it getting results.” Palmer, board-certified in criminal defense law, has been fighting for clients for more than 23 years. His tenacity is unmatched, and he is willing to go the extra mile. He only stops when he is satisfied that everything has been done to get the best result possible. Palmer is proud of the five-star service he provides to clients. “Our clients repeatedly post reviews about our unparalleled ability to keep them informed,” he says. “Every client is important, whether the issue involves a misdemeanor DWI, or a capital murder. Every case is unique; every client is assured we will do everything we can to see that their rights are protected.” In addition to being named among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2002, 2006, and from 2011 to 2022, Palmer was also awarded the prestigious John Howie Award by the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association for his verdict on a federal civil rights case against two Dallas police officers. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer a Thompson Reuters service from 2008 to 2019. His associates are often recognized for their achievements as well.

Attorney Palmer’s commitment to ethical values and innovative legal solutions has caught the eye of many other lawyers and firms throughout Texas. His dedication to success is tangible and his fellow attorneys can attest to the amount of diligence and effort Attorney Palmer puts into each and every case.


  • Texas Board Certified
  • Best Dallas Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo 10.0
  • D Best Lawyers 2022



  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • J.D.
    • Texas Wesleyan University
  • B.A.
    • Tulane University


  • Texas Bar, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998

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Scott H. Palmer's Awards

  • Texas Board Certified
  • Best Dallas Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo 10.0
  • D Best Lawyers 2022

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