Cary Piel

Argyle, Texas Partner

Phone 940.566.1001 Work cary@jacksonhagenlaw.com

Cary has exclusively practiced criminal law since becoming licensed by the Texas State Bar in 1993. He has served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney at both the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office and has served as a private criminal defense attorney. Cary is Board Certified in Criminal Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has conducted more than 250 jury trials. He has been featured on multiple national television programs for his successful prosecution of complex murder cases. Cary has studied advanced forensics under nationally renowned forensic and crime scene experts in the following areas: Blood Stain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Incident Reconstruction and Crime Scene Reconstruction and is a former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at Texas Woman’s University.

Cary is on the Board of Directors for Refuge for Women.  Refuge for Women is an organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Cary serves as a member on the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court team.  Veterans court is a diversion program for the military veterans charged with crimes. Cary serves as a special prosecutor in cold case homicide. His most recent case, as a special prosecutor, was Cooke County.

Cary Piel was an all-district football player in high school in Angleton, Texas, on the Gulf Coast.After high school Cary Piel enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. He completed his tour of duty, then received his B.A. degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He was then commissioned into the United States Army, where he was an Infantry Officer and an Army Ranger. After completing his service to his country, Cary returned to the University of Texas School of Law and completed his Juris Doctorate.

Advanced Forensics

Blood Stain Pattern Analysis

Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Crime Scene Reconstruction

Jack Sneed Award, Texas International Association of Arson Investigators for Outstanding Achievement in Arson Investigation

Television Appearances

Dateline: Behind the Badge
Snapped: Rhonda Orr


Criminal Law, The Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1993


The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1992
Juris Doctor

University of Texas, Austin, 1986
Major:  History

Published Works

Vanished Without a Trace, The Texas Prosecutor

He Almost Got Away with Murder, The Texas Prosecutor

Honors and Awards

Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Member of the Board for Refuge for Women

Member of Denton County Veterans Treatment Court

Past Employment Positions

Jackson & Hagen

Denton County Criminal District Attorney's Office

Harris County District Attorney's Office

Law Office of Cary Piel