Born and raised in San Antonio, Patrick Ballantyne began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney before serving as a prosecutor for the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for well over a decade.
As a prosecutor, Patrick specialized in the litigation of extraordinary and complex criminal and civil matters at both the trial and appellate levels. These included white-collar crime and public integrity prosecutions, criminal and civil appeals, pre-trial and post-conviction habeas corpus, mental health and civil commitment actions, parental rights terminations, officer-involved shooting investigations, and environmental crimes enforcement.
During his time as a prosecutor, Patrick tried scores of jury trials to verdict and handled over 100 appeals and post-conviction writs. Patrick capped his prosecutorial career at the District Attorney’s Office as Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit, Chief of the Ethical Disclosures Unit, Chief of the Post-Conviction Writs Unit, and the Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer for the office.
Patrick is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 1% of all Texas lawyers are certified in criminal law. Certification is a mark of distinction extended to only a handful of attorneys who excel in their fields of practice and demonstrate expertise in their knowledge of the law.