Ben L. StoolIrving, Texas
Phone: (972) 650-7100
Fax: (972) 650-7105
Ben grew up in Del Rio, Texas and a suburb of Denver, Colorado. He earned a B.A in Anthropology from Rice University in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1989. He is a member of the State Bars of Texas and Oregon, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
Ben was an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County from 1998-2014, Bell County from 1996-1998, and the multi-county Judicial District of Hamilton, Comanche, and Bosque Counties from 1993-1996. He was an Assistant County Attorney for Val Verde County in 1992. Ben earned the Civil Prosecutor of the Year Award in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2011 and 2012.
Ben has extensive experience advising elected and appointed officials in many areas of law including election law, government contracts, employment law, and civil service. He has written articles on election and criminal law. Ben drafted legislation, which was ultimately enacted, to revise the Texas Election Code and testified on behalf of the bill before Texas Legislative committees. He also provided research that was instrumental in persuading the Texas Legislature to significantly broaden the availability of depositions in criminal cases.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2007
University of Oregon, 1989
Rice University, 1983
“Election Code Changes – A Guide to the Changes Made by the 78th Legislature,” The Texas Prosecutor,
March/April 2004, Volume 34, Number 2, Pages 14-17, 45.
“A Powerful New Tool for Prosecutors – Depositions Sought by the State Are Now Available – in Certain Situations – in Texas Criminal Cases, Just as They Are in 44 Other States,” The Texas Prosecutor
September/October 2005, Volume 35, Number 5, Pages 52-55.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Dallas Bar Association
Texas City Attorneys Association
Government Law Section, Dallas Bar Association
Vice Chair, 2012 – 2013
Secretary, 2010 – 2012
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Honors and Awards
Civil Prosecutor of the Year, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, 2012
Civil Prosecutor of the Year, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, 2011