Admitted: 1986, Texas
Law School: South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985.
College: University of Texas at Arlington, B.S., 1978.
Member: State Bar of Texas; Tarrant County Bar Association (Criminal Section Chair, 1999-2002); Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Bar Association; College of the State Bar of Texas.
Biography: Fred Cummings has over four decades of experience in the criminal justice system of Tarrant County: first as a Fort Worth Police Sergeant, then as a Chief Prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, and finally as a criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Cummings has been a practicing criminal lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas since 1986. Fred has handled thousands of criminal cases in the criminal courts of Tarrant County and has tried over 100 jury trials, most of which were felonies. Fred Cummings has extensive knowledge and experience in all Texas state criminal matters including capital murder, murder and attempted murder, domestic violence, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, aggravated robbery and robbery, aggravated assault and assault, to name just a few. Fred Cummings is one of the few lawyers in Tarrant County who is qualified to take appointments as lead defense counsel on capital murder cases. He has been involved in over thirty such cases.
Fred Cummings was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 2001. He served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Family Violence Unit from 1998 to 2001 and served as a District Court Chief from 1994 to 2001.
Fred Cummings has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993. In addition, he has been Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996. To become board-certified, Mr. Cummings had to meet substantial professional requirements, undergo a peer review process, and pass a comprehensive examination. Mr. Cummings must continue to satisfy those higher professional requirements to retain his board certifications. This commitment to a higher set of standards is further evidence of the service Mr. Cummings strives to provide each of his clients as a criminal defense lawyer.