Sminu Peter received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and went on to receive his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law). While in law school, Sminu interned at the Federal Public Defenders Office for the Northern District of Texas, and was an active member of the school’s Family Law Association and award winning National Mock Trial Team.
During this same time, he obtained his certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation and also held a provisional law license which allowed him to practice law as a student attorney at the Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic.
Prior to co-founding the law firm of Peter & Lanzillo, PLLC, Sminu earned the rank of Senior Associate at Stanley & Associates, PLLC, a multi-office law firm in Dallas. It was here that he met his current law partner, Johnny Lanzillo, and the two worked side by side in the courtroom on numerous cases.
Sminu served as practice chair of the firm’s lucrative criminal defense section, handling hundreds of cases at a time involving various State and Federal criminal offenses. In addition, he served as head of the firm’s Hiring Committee, founding member of the Leadership Committee, and was Supervising Attorney to all attorney staff.
In addition to his extensive knowledge of the criminal system, Sminu also has experience handling many Family Law matters such as Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and Adoption issues. He has also represented many clients in Civil Litigation, for Personal Injury cases, and in preparing their Wills and other Estate Planning matters.
Mr. Peter is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. While the majority of his practice involves State cases, Sminu has also handled multiple Federal cases in both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
As a former Dallas County approved criminal defense attorney, Sminu received special appointments directly from the county to represent indigent defendants facing criminal charges that couldn’t afford to hire representation. Sminu now serves as a Collin County approved criminal defense attorney representing the indigent defendants of Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, and other surrounding cities. As a member of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Sminu has helped many indigent clients navigate the waters in their family law matters. Additionally, he serves as chief legal counsel to Cloud Crash Pads, a company specializing in temporary living spaces for flight attendant personnel, as well as chief legal counsel to Peace Tree Africa, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to promote sustainable development in Cameroon, West Africa.
Sminu is highly rated and reviewed on Avvo.com, the nation’s premier attorney search engine. In addition, Sminu was recognized as both a “Best Lawyer Under 40” and a “Best Criminal Defense Lawyer” by D Magazine for 2018.