Before founding Switzer | Oney, Mrs. Switzer devoted 14 years of her 16 year career as a Prosecutor. In 2005 Mrs. Switzer was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as the first woman District Attorney of the 31st Judicial District where she served continuously until deciding to return to private practice in 2012.
Prior to moving into public service as an Assistant District Attorney, Mrs. Switzer had a private law practice. Her areas of practice included Family, Real Estate, Probate, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense and Juvenile law.
Mrs. Switzer’s time both as a private attorney and as a Prosecutor has given her extensive experience in the courtroom. To date she has tried over 90 cases, including Capital Murder-Death Penalty, Aggravated Sexual Assaults, Child Pornography, Burglary, Possession of Controlled Substances and DWIs. Mrs. Switzer has also handled civil asset forfeiture cases.
Mrs. Switzer devoted a significant amount of her time as District Attorney to educating others about the criminal justice system. She has been a frequent speaker at High Schools and civic organizations. She has also been a twice invited speaker for the Shaken Baby Alliance training conference. Mrs. Switzer has provided training to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on Prosecution of Sexual Assault cases. Mrs. Switzer has also provided training to seven different law enforcement agencies in her jurisdiction on a variety of topics. She has also taught at the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, training fellow prosecutors and key personnel. In 2001-2002, Mrs. Switzer was an adjunct professor at Howard College in San Angelo teaching Contract Law. Mrs. Switzer has also been published in the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association journal, The Texas Prosecutor.
Education and Memberships
Mrs. Switzer received her Bachelors of Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico in 1991, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech School of Law in 1997.
Mrs. Switzer has served on the Board of the Texas County and District Attorney’s Association, The Texas County and District Attorney’s Foundation. She is also a member of the State Bar College, Kiwanis and Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Switzer is admitted to practice in the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Texas.