BIODUIDLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-present
Jamie Balagia is “the Dude”
He heads up the firm’s trial sections in both the Austin and San Antonio offices. Jamie tries criminal cases in State and Federal Court unless the prosecutors “make an offer we can’t refuse”. We encourage our clients to fight the charges against them unless the prosecutors offer an alternative that is acceptable to the clients. We always use due diligence to make sure that the case against our clients has a legitimate basis in fact and law. In other words, we make sure that there is no other way out of the case than a trial or a plea bargain. The Law Offices of Jamie Balagia handles criminal cases from Austin to San Antonio and all surrounding areas. Jamie has handled drug cases in Missouri (State court) and Alabama (Federal court) when his clients had trust issues with local attorneys in those states. Jamie was a Texas Peace Officer obtaining the rating of Master Peace Officer while working for the Austin Police Department from 1979 to 1990. Jamie was assigned to and worked street patrol, the traffic shift and gained fame as an undercover officer on the Original Vice Squad in 1986-88.
Jamie left the police force and attended the University of Texas School of Law on an academic scholarship after scoring in the top 2% in the nation on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Jamie raced his way through the three-year law school program in 26 months while working as a criminal law clerk for Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Zaney during his off hours.
Jamie took the Texas State Bar Exam while still in Law School after receiving permission to sit the Bar Exam early from the Board of Legal Examiners. After passing the Bar on his first try Jamie returned to finish out his last five hours of Law School. In August of 1992, Jamie opened an office as a police consultant while he awaited the Bar results.
On November 6, 1992, the Law Office of Jamie Balagia broke out from his dreams and into reality. Almost immediately Jamie found himself representing clients that appreciated his full bore style and total commitment to his clients. Jamie gained a reputation for working his cases to the best of his ability and finding a way to win in the face of almost certain defeat. Jamie represented a number of Austin police officers facing disciplinary action from the department and won a string of victories including the overturning of a prominent police detective termination case that brought Jamie tons of media attention. This caught the eye of many clients accused of criminal acts as the belief was that if Jamie could beat the police department against its own members then he could help ordinary citizens fighting against the Criminal Justice System.