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Patrick Peranteau

Patrick Peranteau is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who honed his skills as a trial lawyer during the twenty-five years he practiced law at Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley in San Antonio, Texas, one of the best and most respected criminal defense law firms in the United States. As a young lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley, he prepared and tried cases with Gerry Goldstein, Van Hilley and other experienced trial lawyers from whom he developed skills in all aspects of conducting a trial, from the initial client interview to closing argument at the end of the trial. He learned to investigate each case thoroughly to find all of the witnesses and facts, not just the ones favorable to the prosecution. Patrick knows that proper preparation is essential in all cases, not just the ones going to trial. Through the years, he has also become an effective negotiator and has learned that the more he knowsabout his client and the case, the better is his position to negotiate the result his client wants and deserves.There is no substitute for experience. In every case, Patrick Peranteau uses his extensive training and experience to achieve the best possible results for his clients. A word about representing juveniles and young adults.

Patrick Peranteau also represents juveniles and young adults accused of crimes because, as a parent and former public school teacher, he believes he can make a positive difference in their lives. As every good parent and teacher knows, life is full of "teachable moments" when a young person can learn a valuable life lesson. Patrick uses these moments as he guides his young clients through the legal system to impress upon them the importance of making good decisions as they move forward in life. For example, he insists that his young clients participate in their cases, and when appropriate, he requires them to pay some or all of their own legal expenses, or to take responsibility for their actions in other ways that will help them demonstrate to the court that they have learned their lesson. Over the years, Patrick has come to understand that by engaging young people in the legal process, more often than not, they learn from their mistakes and choose to make more responsible decisions in the future.

AV Preeminent™ Rating

Since 2002, Patrick Peranteau has been awarded an AV Preeminent™ rating from lawyers and judges in his community who know him and the quality of his work. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible Peer Review Rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Since 1887, Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most trusted legal resources in the profession, has been rating lawyers based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Patrick is proud that fellow lawyers and the judges before whom he practices law have chosen to recognize him in this way.

NORML Legal Committee

Patrick Peranteau joined the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in 1993 because he believes that the responsible use of marijuana by sick persons to relieve their pain and suffering, and by adults for relaxation and pleasure should not be prohibited or penalized by law. He is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and is committed to the overall goals of this non-profit organization. A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to defending individuals charged with marijuana and drug offenses.

Law Licenses

State Bar of Texas, since 1987
Federal Court, Western District of Texas, since 1989
Federal Court, Southern District of Texas, since 1988
Federal Court, Northern District of Texas, since 1996
Federal Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, since 1989

Professional Associations, Organizations & Memberships

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, since 1988
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, since 1988
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, since 1999
American Bar Association, since 1988
State Bar of Texas, member in good standing since 1987
College of the State Bar of Texas, 1989-91
San Antonio Bar Association, since 1987
San Antonio Bar Association. Federal Court Criminal Law Sub-Committee, 1998-2003
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), since 1993
NORML Legal Committee Membership, since 2012
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), 1992-1994


Federal Bar Admissions Committee Appointment, Western District of Texas, 1994-97
Martindale-Hubbell® "AV Preeminent™" Rating, since 2002
San Antonio's Best Lawyers, Scene in San Antonio Magazine, 2004-2012, & 2015-17.


National Criminal Defense College, Trial Institute,
Mercer College, Macon, Georgia, 1988

St. Mary's University, School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1987

University of Texas, at Austin
Bachelor of Science in Education,
With Honors, 1980
Certified in Special Education, Elementary Education & Spanish

Employment History

2012 - present Partner
Masson & Peranteau, P.L.L.C.
San Antonio, Texas

1987-2012 Attorney
Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley
San Antonio, Texas

1985-1987 Law Clerk
Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley
San Antonio, Texas

1984-1987 Student
St. Mary's University
School of Law
San Antonio, Texas

1980-1984 Teacher
Texas School for the Blind
Austin, Texas

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Masson & Peranteau Attorneys at Law - San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorneys - San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at 310 S. St Mary's Street, Suite 1240 San Antonio, TX 78205 View Map
Phone: (210) 212-9098
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