About Rick Cofer

Attorney Rick Cofer

Rick Cofer is a criminal defense attorney based in Austin, Texas. Focused on criminal and juvenile law, Mr. Cofer obtained his license to practice law in 2008 and has worked in criminal justice for the last decade.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his undergraduate degree in Government and History, with honors. He graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors, being recognized as a Temple Scholar, Normandy Scholar, and Lyndon B. Johnson Fellow. He went on to earn his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law.

Mr. Cofer began his career as a Criminal Defense Attorney in private practice, after which he worked as an Assistant County Attorney and Assistant District Attorney at both the Travis County Attorney’s Office and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently a Criminal Defense Attorney at his law firm, the Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC. He handles all types of criminal cases in state and local courts, including DWI, assault, family domestic violence, drugs, sex crimes, property crimes, juvenile charges, and serious felony offenses like homicide, robbery, burglary, and intoxication assault.

Rick served for over two years as the Travis County juvenile sex crimes prosecutor, handling complex and difficult juvenile charges like Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Indecency with a Child by Conduct, Public Lewdness, Indecent Exposure, and possession of child pornography. Juvenile sex crime cases are particularly difficult and complicated as the child accused and the alleged victim of the offense are frequently family members or intimate partners. Rick Cofer has completed extensive continuing education in juvenile justice and is a member of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Rick Cofer holds a number of professional licenses. These include licenses from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is also a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers.

  • Board Secretary, The Kind Clinic, Texas Health Action Board of Directors
  • Board Member and former Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) Board of Directors
  • Treasurer, Criminal Law Section of the Austin Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Board (2015-2019)
  • Board Member and former President, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors (2015-2018)
  • Chair, City of Austin Aquatic Master Plan Task Force (2017-2018)
  • Co-chair, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Recycling Task Force (2018)
  • Board Member, City of Austin South Central Waterfront Advisory Board (2018)
  • Delegate, Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (2009-2018)
  • Member, Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse Citizen Advisory Committee (2016)
  • Member, City of Austin Parkland Events Task Force (2015-2016)
  • Chair, Vice Chair, and Commissioner, City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission (2007-2015)
  • Chair, City of Austin Recycling Ordinance Reform Committee (2009-2012)
  • Founder and Chair, Austin Bag the Bags Coalition (2007-2012)
  • Member, Salvage Vanguard Theater Board of Directors (2008-2010)
  • Member, Austin Community Education Consortium (2004-2007)


  • Bachelor of Arts, Government and History, Honors, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Treasurer
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Juvenile Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Criminal Justice Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Austin LGBT Bar Association
  • Texas County and District Attorneys Association (2009-2018)


  • We had an issue that needed to be handled in juvenile court. Rick understood the process and resolved it quickly. I would definitely recommend him.

  • The best lawyer you’ll ever come across! Rick helped me in every step of the way with my charge. He was very patient with me and my thousand questions regarding my case. Thank you Rick.

  • If you want a great lawyer, I highly recommend Rick Cofer. He is respectful, hard working and most importantly actually cares about his clients. I was extremely lucky and very grateful for having Mr. Cofer represent me in a court of law. If you inquire his services you will not be disappointed.

  • I contacted Rick in searching for an attorney who could assist with a felony case I was arrested for in Austin. After the initial consultation, I knew I was in good hands as he assured me the best possible outcome of a dismissal in my case. I in turn hired Mr. Cofer to represent me in court. As I was leaving his office, he assured me several times to stay positive and believe he could do what his best intentions were, which was exactly what he did. He represented me in 4 court hearings and achieved what he said he would, a DISMISSAL! I would highly recommend Rick Cofer to any family or friends with the need to be represented legally.

  • Rick was an excellent advocate for my case. He handled it expeditiously and maintained excellent communication throughout the process. I know now where to go for any future legal issues.

  • Rick led my family through a very frightening situation with compassion, professionalism and clear, straight forward guidance. His high level of experience and understanding of the law brought our situation to the best possible outcome, dismissal! I have and will continue to recommend Rick. Thank you so much for your dedication to your profession and your clients.

  • Rick is the most professional attorney I have encountered in the Travis County. He has a wealth of knowledge and customer service I don’t see how anyone could be disappointed. He has been a huge help to me and my family.

  • I thought I was in desperate trouble until Rick came along. He’s very good at what he does and is well mannered, making you feel confident. He also is good at getting back to when responding and gets back to you in good time.

  • Rick Cofer has been a great attorney helping me to resolve my case due to the fact of my job that I really need help with my legal case and Rick help and was a wonderful attorney. if anyone needs help they should contact Rick Cofer.