John L. Venza Jr.
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
RELENTLESS CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Do you need a relentless criminal defense? If you have been charged with
a crime in Texas, you deserve the aggressive, detail-oriented, cutting
edge defense that attorney John L. Venza Jr. will provide. Based in Sugar
Land, Texas, John L. Venza Jr. defends citizens accused of crimes throughout
Southeast Texas, including the following counties: Fort Bend County, Harris
County, Brazoria County, Wharton County, Matagorda County, Galveston County
and Montgomery County.
A LIFETIME OF PREPARATION
From the time he was old enough to really think about it, John L. Venza
Jr. aspired to be a criminal defense lawyer, and he began laying the groundwork
for this goal early. When other children were reading the comics, John
L. Venza Jr. was sitting at his parents' breakfast table, scouring
the newspaper for stories about big trials and the lawyers who argued
them. Later on, while other high school students busied themselves with
typical teenage pursuits, John L. Venza Jr. took on a demanding schedule
that involved honors classes, writing for the school newspaper, playing
football, serving on the student council, and working at a pizza restaurant.
Ultimately, John L. Venza Jr.'s dedication and hard work enabled him
cum laude from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas.
Staying focused on his goal, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled in college at the
University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in Government and minored
in English. He concentrated on the system of government, the motivations
behind it, and - most importantly - how the government could direct its
power at its citizens through the court system. During those studies,
John L. Venza Jr. developed an insider's understanding of the challenges
people face when they are criminally accused by the government.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled at
South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. In law school, John L. Venza
Jr. excelled academically. He graduated in the top fifteen percent of
his class and, based on his high grades, was honored with a position on
the prestigious South Texas Law Review. While on Law Review, John L. Venza
Jr. wrote two lengthy research papers on criminal law topics, one on capital
punishment, and the other on Texas constitutional search and seizure law.
A brilliant writer, John L. Venza Jr. volunteered for and was granted
the honor of serving as an Assistant Articles Editor on the Law Review.
While Law Review and his studies enabled John L. Venza Jr. to assimilate
an incisive understanding of the law, it was his tireless work in mock
trial that John L. Venza Jr. believes best prepared him for the things
to come. Like his other extracurricular pursuits, John L. Venza Jr.'s
enlistment in mock trial was purely voluntary. He could have been at home
at night watching television. Instead, he concentrated on evidence law,
rehearsed opening statements, and crafted the first of what would later
become his calling card:
excruciating cross examinations. John L. Venza Jr. competed in a series of rigorous mock trial tournaments,
which often went on late into the night. During these simulated trials,
John L. Venza Jr. began to develop a keen understanding of the law of
evidence, an awareness of how judges evaluate cases, and an appreciation
of what juries want. For his total commitment to mock trial work, John
L. Venza Jr. was recognized with several individual awards and a school-wide
In addition to classes, homework, Law Review, and mock trial, John L. Venza
Jr. also worked during law school as an intern for the Fort Bend County
District Attorney's Office. In this capacity, John L. Venza Jr. was
awarded a temporary bar card, which enabled him to prosecute actual criminal cases
while still only a law student. Also during law school, John L. Venza Jr. worked as a law clerk for a
Houston law firm, which specialized in white collar criminal defense.
His work at that firm included researching federal criminal issues and
coauthoring articles, which were published statewide, on federal white
collar crime. Both of these jobs, which John L. Venza Jr. held at the
outset of his legal career, helped John L. Venza Jr. hone his understanding
of the government, its powers and its ways.
After graduating law school, John L. Venza Jr. went to work as a prosecutor
for the State of Texas. In his five years of work as a prosecutor, John
L. Venza Jr. prosecuted a vast spectrum of cases, ranging from simple
traffic tickets all the way up to first degree felonies, including murder.
He quickly rose through the ranks, beginning as a Justice Court prosecutor,
who handled Class C misdemeanors, and ending as a District Court prosecutor,
who handled only felony cases. His trial approach was characterized by
many hours of late night and weekend work on his cases. When other prosecutors
relied on investigators to do much of the "hit the streets work,"
John L. Venza Jr. was putting miles on his truck, going out to the scene
himself, interviewing witnesses personally, learning his case inside and
out, constantly turning it over in his mind. John's style as a prosecutor
could be described as dogged, immersed, thorough,
EAGER TO DEFEND YOU
It was this tenacious approach that allowed John L. Venza Jr., when he
felt the time was right, to go out on top. At the time he resigned his
position as a prosecutor, he was the senior prosecutor in a felony court
and had recently obtained a long-shot conviction on a complex murder case.
Now, after decades of work in anticipation of his goal, John L. Venza
Jr. is ready to take that relentless, hands on approach and put it to
work for you.
Please know that if you have been charged with a crime, the government
has prosecutors working on your case already. They are lining up their
witnesses, marshalling their evidence, and thinking about what they will
say about you to the jury. Why not get the relentless approach of John
L. Venza Jr. working for you now?