Varghese Summersett is a team of highly-experienced criminal defense attorneys. All of our partners are former state or federal prosecutors and four are board certified in criminal law, the highest designation an attorney can reach. Together, we have over 100 years of experience handling criminal cases, and we have tried more than 550 cases to Texas juries, ranging from DWI to capital murder.
Meet Our Attorneys
Managing Partner Benson Varghese is the founder and managing partner of Varghese Summersett. His philosophy is the cornerstone of the firm: treat every client with the understanding they are facing the biggest problem in their life. This client-first approach has led the firm to have more 5-star reviews than any other criminal defense firm in the state of Texas. A former prosecutor, Benson is an experienced litigator who has tried more than 100 cases before state and federal juries in Texas. He is one of the leading DWI/DUI attorneys in North Texas and has extensive experience litigating issues relating to alcohol, drugs and prescription medications. Benson has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has been named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for few Texas attorneys. He also serves as Vice President of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Learn more about Benson Varghese.
Anna Summersett is a partner at the firm and a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, a distinction held by less than 1 percent of all Texas attorneys. An experienced trial lawyer, she has handled thousands of criminal cases and tried more than 100 cases before a jury, ranging from misdemeanor DWI to capital murder. Prior to becoming a partner at Varghese Summersett, Anna served as a prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of numerous legal and community organizations and is heavily involved in philanthropic activities. Learn more about Anna Summersett.
Partner Christy Jack is a nationally-renowned trial attorney who has handled thousands of criminal cases during her 25-year legal career. Prior to becoming a partner at Varghese Summersett, Christy served as a prosecutor for more than two decades in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She has tried more than 200 cases before a jury, ranging from sexual assault to capital murder, and there are few who have her level of experience handling death penalty cases. She is known for her skills in the courtroom and her meticulous preparation outside of the courtroom. She is often invited to speak and teach at state-wide events to educate attorneys, students, and legislators about procedural law, law enforcement trends and criminal justice issues. Learn more about Christy Jack.
Partner Letty Martinez is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney who has handled every type of criminal case during her lengthy legal career, which has spanned more than two decades. A former state and federal prosecutor, Letty has tried more than 100 cases before a jury and has extensive experience handling serious felony cases, including allegations of abuse and violent crimes. She is known for her experience defending sexual assault allegations involving both children and adults and is a frequent speaker on these topics. In 2018, Letty was appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to serve on the Child Fatality Review Committee, which works to understand and prevent child deaths in Texas. She is also an outspoken advocate for children with autism and special needs. Learn more about Letty Martinez.
Partner Steve Jumes has been practicing law for more than two decades and specializes in complex state and federal cases, including white collar crimes, asset forfeiture and restitution resolution. A former state and federal prosecutor, Steve has handled thousands of cases and tried more than 100 cases before a jury. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law and is considered one of nation’s leading civil and criminal asset forfeiture defense attorneys. He has testified before the House and Senate about asset forfeiture and enjoys speaking and educating the public about this controversial topic. Learn more about Steve Jumes.
Alex Thornton is an Associate with the firm. She represents individuals charged in state court with a wide array offenses, including DWI, drug crimes, theft and assault. She is the primary point of contact at the firm for individuals who need to obtain a driver’s license after their license has been suspended due to a DWI or drug arrest. She also guides many of our clients through diversion programs, which focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. Learn more about Alex Thornton.
Dustin Trammel is an Associate with the firm. He primarily handles state criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to aggravated felonies. A former felony prosecutor, Dustin is an experienced trial attorney who brings invaluable skills and experience to the team. He is also a military veteran. Learn more about Dustin Trammel.
Associate Rachel Taft is an Associate with the firm. Her practice focuses on federal and state criminal defense matters, including drug offenses, violent crimes and white collar cases. She is the firm’s go-to attorney for expunctions and nondisclosures, working with clients to clean up their criminal record. Rachel is strategic and well-versed in complex areas of criminal law. Learn more about Rachel Taft.
Deborah Bankhead is an Associate with the firm. She zealously defends clients charged with offenses such as DWI, assault, drug charges and theft. She regularly prepares defense cases for presentation to the grand jury and troubleshoots legal issues that arise at all stages of the criminal justice process. Deborah is committed to defending client’s rights and preserving their freedom. Learn more about Deborah Bankhead.
Tanya Dohoney is Of Counsel for the firm, bringing more than 30 years of knowledge and experience to the team.Tanya is double certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law and Criminal Appeals – a feat accomplished by very few other Texas Attorneys. Before joining Varghese Summersett, Tanya spent 26 years as a senior appellate attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She has handled hundreds of appeals and is integral to the firm’s motion practice. Learn more about Tanya Dohoney.