Law license of former Twin Peaks attorney temporarily suspended

Casie Gotro. (TCDLA photo/file)
Casie Gotro. (TCDLA photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 11:53 AM CDT
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Attorney Casie L. Gotro, of Houston, who was honored in June by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for her representation of a biker charged in the deadly May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout hasn’t been eligible to practice law in the state since Sept, 1, the State Bar of Texas confirmed Tuesday.

Gotro’s dues, which were due on June 1, have not been paid, a State Bar spokesperson said Tuesday.

She was given a three-month grace period in which to pay and was sent several notices, but the State Bar did not receive the payment by the Sept. 1 deadline, the spokesperson said.

Gotro was scheduled to defend a Bandido whose trial begins later this year in Tarrant County, but has been removed from the case, officials confirmed.

Gotro represented Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the ex-president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle group, in November 2017 in Waco in the first trial of a biker stemming from the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and 20 injured.

The trial ended in a mistrial after jurors reached consensus on one of three counts, but told the judge they could not agree on the other two.

Gotro requested and was granted permission to withdraw from the case after the mistrial was declared.

Calls to Gotro Tuesday weren’t answered and calls to her office weren’t returned.

In June, the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association honored Gotro and a second Twin Peaks defense attorney, F. Clinton Broden of Dallas, as its Percy Foreman Lawyers of the Year.

Broden defended Hewitt resident Matthew Alan Clendennen.

A special prosecutor dismissed the case against Clendennen in April.

Gotro is a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.