Attorney Profile

Charlie Baird

“To Thine Own Self Be True.”

If you spend any time with Charlie Baird, you may hear the phrase “To thine own self be true.” This Shakespearean quote not only embodies Charlie’s calling to be a lawyer and judge dedicated to honesty and integrity, but has also become the standard by which he lives his life.

Charlie Baird is founder of Baird Law Firm, PLLC, which is dedicated to providing excellent representation to individuals charged with a criminal offense in Texas state courts.

Charlie retired as Judge of the 299th District Court of Travis County on December 31, 2010. Prior to his tenure on the district court, Judge Baird served on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’ highest criminal court, from 1990 through 1998. From 1999 through 2006, Charlie served as a visiting justice on the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals and as a judge on the criminal trial benches in Travis County.

In recognition of his judicial service, Judge Baird has received the following awards:

  • Outstanding Judicial Service, Austin NAACP, 2011
  • Civil Libertarian of the Year, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, 2010
  • Defender of the Constitution – Courage and Compassion in the Face of Adversity, Texas Hispanic Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Courage Award, 2010, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Additionally, Charlie was a visiting professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and his “alma mater”, South Texas College of Law where he received the Student Bar Association’s Professor Excellence Award for 2004-2005 and 1999-2000. Professor Baird taught criminal law and procedure, criminal trial advocacy, capital punishment, and appellate and post-conviction remedies. And, while at Texas Tech, he supervised the students in the West Texas Innocence Project.

Charlie earned his Master of Laws in Judicial Process from The University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. In 1993, he was named the distinguished alumnus of South Texas College of Law where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1980. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976.

With more than 40 years of legal experience as a lawyer, professor, and judge in the state of Texas, Charlie Baird will defend you and your liberties aggressively. Don’t wait, schedule your consult today.