Alex Joseph Scharff


San Antonio, TX





Alex Joseph Scharff has been practicing criminal defense in Texas state and federal courts, in misdemeanor, felony, and federal trial and appellate courts. He is a member in good standing with the Texas Bar and licensed to practice in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He also has much experience in fighting Texas and federal civil and criminal forfeiture cases. He has practiced in all four corners in Texas---from Brownsville to Gainesville, El Paso to Texarkana. He has defended people in federal courts in San Antonio, Del Rio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Lubbock, Tyler, Marshall, Corpus Christi, Laredo, New York City, Miami, Nashville, Memphis, and Tampa. Moreover, he has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, as well as in the Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio Courts of Appeals. Recently he argued before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He also represents people in parole matters as well as in post-conviction matters and writs of habeas corpus. He is a member of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association. He is a formidable advocate because he is well versed in the law and is recognized as a worthy trial lawyer.


Not guilty verdicts and/or dismissals in Murder cases, Aggravated Assaults with Deadly Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana, Heroin, Methamphetamine, etc.), DWIs, Sexual Assaults, Possession of Child Pornography, Burglaries, Fraud, Organized Crime, Conspiracy, Theft, Robbery, Wire Fraud, Money Laundering and Motions to Revoke Probation.
Jury ordered probation in Intoxication Manslaughter, Intoxication Assault, Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.


Representative Cases

  • James v. State, 102 S.W.3d 162, 2003, Tex.App. Forth Worth
  • Rivera v. State, 952 S.W.2d 34, 1997, Tex.App. San Antonio
  • DeLos Santos v. State, 918 S.W.2d 565, 1996, Tx App. San Antonio
  • State v. McClendon, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 6760 , 2015, Tx. App. Corpus Christi
  • United States v. Areche, 134 F. App'x 659 (5th Cir. 2005); (Defendant’s 30 year sentence reversed)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 to Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Board Member, 2012 to Present


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: American Inns of Court
    • Honors: Won Mock Trial Competitions two years on a row
    • Honors: Board of Advocates
    • Honors: American Inns of Court
  • St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science
  • Winston Churchill High School
    • Honors: cum laude


  • Recognized as top rated Appellate attorney by San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Recognized as top rated Criminal Defense attorney by San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • Top Rated Five Star Attorney as voted on by peers at
  • Recognized as top rated Criminal Defense attorney by San Antonio Scene Magazine

Classes and Seminars

  • Intoxication Manslaughter, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Preservation of Error, SACOLA, 2006
  • Texas Civil Forfeiture, San Antonio Bar Association, 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Community Justice Program, 2008 to Present
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, 2012 to Present

Past Positions

  • Campion and Campion, Atorney, 1991 to 2016
  • Imhoff & Associates, Texas Resident Partner, 2007 - present



The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown recently represented a client that was rear-ended by a driver who was texting and driving. The client sustained head trauma, a hematoma and a broken foot. After fighting with the insurance company of the distracted driver, The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown was able to reach a total settlement for the client of $130,000.



Our Client was pulled over for allegedly swerving and driving without their headlights on. After the administration of the field sobriety tests, the client was arrested for DWI and their blood was taken. Attorney Bryan Orihel reviewed the blood results from the lab, and found multiple issues with the refrigeration of the blood sample and abnormalities in the actual test of the client’s blood. The case was set for trial in which the state DISMISSED all charges against our client.