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Varghese Summersett is made up of nationally recognized trial attorneys and former prosecutors who are comfortable providing legal commentary and speaking to the media. Our attorneys have decades of experience and are considered some of the state’s best and brightest legal minds. We are frequently asked to weigh in on local or national stories as legal analysts, participate in news programs, or comment on cases. Here’s a look at Varghese Summersett in the news: 

Investigation Continues in Death of Forklift Operator at Fort Worth Walmart
NBC DFW
February 17, 2024
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Grandmother Killed in Forklift Accident at Distribution Warehouse in Fort Worth, Lawyer Says
Fox News 4
February 16, 2024
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Forklift Driver Killed In Accident at Fort Worth Walmart Facility Identified By Family
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
February 16, 2024
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Former Judge’s Girlfriend Charged With His Murder for Allegedly Supplying Fentanyl-Laced Drugs He Overdosed On
New York Post 
February 15, 2024
Attorney Tiffany Burks 

Fired Texas Judge’s’ Girlfriend Charged With Murder in His Drug Overdose Death
Crime Online
February 15, 2024
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Woman Charged with Murder of Boyfriend After Supplying Him with Fentanyl-laced Pills, Police Say
WFAA
Februrary 14, 2024
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Woman Provided Fentanyl-laced Pills that Killed Boyfriend, Grapevine Police Say
NBCDFW 
February 13, 2024
Attorney Tiffany Burks

How Did Texas Teen Cayley Mandadi Die? Her Parents Find a Clue in Her Boyfriends Car 
48 Hours
January 23, 2024
Attorney Christy Jack

From Mentorship to Partnership: The Story Behind the Acquisition of a North Texas Law Firm
The Washington Times
January 17, 2024
Attorneys Kristen Carr, Wade Griffin, Benson Varghese, Turner Thornton

‘Six Hours’ | 17-year-old girl Sentenced to Jail After Admitting in Court to Killing Her Newborn Baby 
WFAA Channel 8
January 12, 2024 
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Teen Mother Sentenced to 15 Detention for Infanticide 
CBS 11
January 12, 2024
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Fort Worth Hotel Explosion Likely to Prompt Lawsuits, Attorneys Say
WFAA Channel 8
January 11, 2024
Attorney Benson Varghese

Who Will Be Sued After the Fort Worth Hotel Explosion? Lawyers Say the List Could be Long.
Star-Telegram
January 10, 2024
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Attorneys Say Strict Upbringing, Abortion Laws for Minors Contributed to Teen Murdering Her Baby
CBS 11
January 9, 2024
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Gruesome Dallas Hit-and-Run Mirrors 2001 Fort Worth Case Adapted in Movies, TV Show
WFAA Channel 8
December 19, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

Fort Worth-Based Varghese Summersett Acquires Family Law Firm
Fort Worth Inc.
December 18, 2023 

Prosecuting Evil with Kelly Siegler: The Most Innocent Victim
Oxygen Channel
December 9, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

Family Services Needs Help Identifying Child Abandoned Outside Baylor Emergency Room
CBS 11
December 6, 2023
Attorney Kristen Carr

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: Romeo/Juliet? Teen Girls Tells Nancy ‘Why I’m Afraid to Go Home’
Crime Online
November 20, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: Rome and Juliet? Teen Girl, Boy Flee Families in Fear
Crime Online
November 29, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Like Nobody’s Business: Thirty-four Individuals Stand Out as Model Entrepreneurs of Excellence
Fort Worth Inc. Magazine
November 17, 2023
Attorneys Benson Varghese and Anna Summersett

Varghese Summersett Celebrates New Space with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Attorney at Law Magazine
November 17, 2023
Attorneys Benson Varghese & Anna Summersett

Varghese Summersett: The Fulfillment of One American Dream
Fort Worth Inc.
October 20, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘She Chose …Murder’: Wife Gets 12 Years for Killing Texas Husband who Wanted Divorce
Star-Telegram
October 17,2023
Attorney Christy Jack

Leadership Fort Worth on X
Leadership Fort Worth
October 13, 2023
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Varghese Summersett Named Small Business of the Year
Attorney at Law Magazine
October 10, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Five Tarrant County Businesses Honored with Fort Worth Chamber’s Annual Small Business of the Year Awards
Fort Worth Report
October 6, 2023

How a Former Athlete Turned Fort Worth Lawyer Hopes to Lead with His Heart
Fort Worth Chamber
October 6, 2023
Attorney Ty Stimpson

Arlington Lamar HS shooter given max sentence for killing classmate
Fox 4, September 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick 

Mothers of victim and killer testify, call for justice in Lamar High School shooting trial
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 20, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

After dramatic testimony, closing arguments in Lamar High School shooter’s sentencing likely to begin Thursday
WFAA 8, September 20, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

16-year-old Arlington Lamar HS shooter to be sentenced for capital murder
Fox 4, September 19, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Sentencing begins for Arlington teen who pleaded guilty in Lamar High School shooting
KERA News, September 19, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Jury pool asked if they’d consider maximum 40 years for convicted Lamar High shooter
Fort-Worth Star Telegram, September 18, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Evidence tampering charge dropped against former Fort Worth police sergeant 
Dallas Morning News, August 7, 2023
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Charge dismissed against Fort Worth officer accused of removing child pornography evidence
Bharat Express News, August 7, 2023
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Tarrant County Attorney Murdered in Home, Remembered as a ‘Fixture’ at the Courthouse
NBC 5, July 27, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Former American Idol Contestant Ron Bultongez Takes Plea Deal for Child Sexual Assault Charge
DFW Music News, June 30, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

FWBP honors emerging leaders at annual 40 Under 40
Attorney At Law, June 22, 2023
Attorney Anna Summersett

Anna Summersett Makes Fort Worth’s Esteemed 40 Under 40 List
Attorney At Law, June 22, 2023
Attorney Anna Summersett

Boy accused in Lamar High killing alleged he was raped, will be tried in juvenile court
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 23, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Gov. Greg Abbott signs Athena Alert bill creating regional alert for missing children
Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Athena Alert bill heads to governor
The Messenger, May 31, 2023

Arlington Man Who Killed Wife, Kept Body in Home in Trash Bag Gets 10 Years in Plea Deal
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 1, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

Texas Lawmakers Pass Bill Inspired By Murdered Athena Strand 
The Black Chronicle, May 27, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘Athena Alert’ heads to Texas governor, allows for faster notices on missing children
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 25, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘A lasting impact’: Athena Strand’s ‘nightmare’ murder allegedly at hands of FedEx driver may soon change how Texas handles child abduction alerts
Law & Crime, May 25, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘Athena Alert’ Passes, Provides Faster, Regional Alerts on Missing Kids
NB5 News, May 25, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Plea Bargain Offered to 2 Teens Arrested Outside Everman High School Football Game Last Year
CBS News, May 11, 2023
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Texas House Passes ‘Athena Altert’ Bill in Honor of Slain 7-Year-Old
CBS News, May 10, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Athena Strand-Inspired ‘Athena Alert’ Bill Passes Texas House
Fox 4, May 9, 2023
Benson Varghese

New Bill Influenced by Athena Strand’s Murder Passes Texas House
WFAA 8, May 9,  2023
Benson Varghese

House Approves Bills for Faster “Athena Alerts’ for Missing Kids
Star-Telegram, May 9, 2023

Teen Accused of Shooting Fellow Lamar HS Student Appears in Court
NBC5, May 5, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Teen Accused of Deadly Arlington Lamar High School Shooting Could Be Tried as Adult
Fox4, May 5, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Bill Named After Athena Strand Would Change How Missing Children Alerts Are Issued
NBC 5, April 29, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Athena Strand’s Mother Advocates for Localized Alerts, House Bill 3556
CBS Texas, April 28, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘Athena Alerts’ | New Bill Influenced by 7-year-olds Tragic Murder Aims to Alert Public About Missing Children Faster
WFAA, April 27, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Accused Arlington School Shooter to Remain in Custody for Refusing Breakfast, Other Activities
KERA News, April 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Family Assault Charge Against Former Fort Worth Police Officer Dismissed
Dallas Morning News, April 19, 2023
Attorney Tiffany Burks

Accused Lamar HS Shooter to Remain in Custody, Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered
NBCDFW, April 6, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Psych Evaluation Ordered for Boy Accused in Fatal Shooting Arlington Lamar High School
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 7, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

WBAP Morning News: Benson Varghese
WBAP Morning News Podcast, April 5, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Impacts of Former President Trump’s Arraignment
Fox19 Now, April 5, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

WBAP Morning News: What Happens Now?
WBAP, April 5, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

North Texas Legal Experts React to Arraignment of Former President Donald Trump
CBS11, April 4, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

16-year-old Killed in Shooting at Lamar High School in Arlington Identified; Suspect Attends Hearing
WFAA, March 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Arlington Lamar High School Shooting Suspect Appears in Court
Fox4, March 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Teen Held in Texas Shooting that Left 1 Dead, 1 Hurt
ABCNews, March 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Boy,15, Accused of Using Long Gun in Deadly Arlington Lamar HS Shooting
NBCDFW, March 21, 2023
Attorney Lisa Herrick

‘My Worst Fear’: Defense Attorney Says Marian Frasier Did Not Get a Fair Trial; Predicts Successful Appeal, Another Retrial
KWTX, March 13, 2023
Attorneys Christy Jack, Letty Martinez, Alex Thornton

Marian Frasier Found Guilty in 2013 Murder
KWTX, March 10, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

State Rests Case Against Former Day Care Owner Marian Fraser on Eighth Day of Trial
KWTX, March 8, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

FedEx Driver Accused of Abducting and Murdering Texas seven-year-old Athena Strand After Delivering Her Christmas Present Pleads Not Guilty- As Her Mom Faces Him in Court for the First Time
Daily Mail, March 7, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Former FedEx Contractor Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping, Killing Texas 7-year-old
Freight Waves, March 7, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Tanner Horner Pleads Not Guilty to Capital Murder, Kidnapping of Athena Strand
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 6, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Athena Strand Suspect Pleads Not Guilty as her Mother Faces Him for the First Time
WFAA, March 6, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Did Prosecutors Do Enough? Fort Worth Community, Lawyers React to Aaron Dean Murder Trial
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 22, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Murder Charge Dismissed Against Fort Worth Man Who Was Accused of Causing Rapper’s Death
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 17, 2023
Attorney Christy Jack

Sen. Schwertner Scheduled for March Court Date After Being Charged with Driving While Intoxicated?
The Texan, February 16, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Tanner Horner Indicted on Murder, Kidnapping Charges in Death of 7-year-old Athena Strand
AOL, February 16, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Requesting Public Info
Fort Worth Weekly, February 1, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Mattel Gifts Cook Children’s Hospital 2,00 Barbies in Honor of Athena Strand
WBAP, January 20, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Mattel Donates 2,000 Barbies, Toys to Cook Children’s Hospital, Honoring Athena Strand
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 20, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

Mattel Donates Barbies to Fort Worth Hospital in Honor of Athena Strand
NBC DFW, January 30, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

‘A Little Gesture of Kindness’: Mattel Sends Thousands of Barbies to Cook Children’s in Memory of 7-year-old Athena Strand
WFAA, January 19, 2023
Attorney Benson Varghese

What Led to Aaron Dean’s Manslaughter Conviction and What’s Next?
CBS 11, December 16, 2022
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Mother of Slain 7-year-old Athena Strand Speaks Out, ‘Struggling with her Senseless Murder’
Today Show, December 8, 2022
Benson Varghese

‘We’ll Leave No Stone Unturned’ Says Attorney for Athena Strand’s Mother
WFAA, Channel 8, December 7, 2022
Benson Varghese

Aaron Dean Trial Goes on a 4-Day Break After State Rests Case
CBS 11, December 8, 2022
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Aaron Dean’s Trial Set to Begin, Here’s What to Expect
CBS 11, December 2, 2022
Attorney Lisa Herrick

Jim Lane, Defense Attorney for Aaron Dean in Atatiana Jefferson Murder Trial, Dies
NBC 5, November 28, 2022
Attorney Benson Varghese

Where Did Biden’s Pardon of Marijuana Charges Leave the Hundreds of Texas imprisoned
Dallas Morning News, October 26, 2022
Attorney Benson Varghese

Candidates for District Attorney on Nov. 8 Ballot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 23, 2022
Attorney Benson Varghese

Texas Attorney General Declines El Paso DA’s Request for Help in Walmart Shooting Case
El Paso Inc., October 20, 2022
Benson Varghese

Indian-born Lawyer Making His Mark in America’s Legal Industry
Entrepreneur India, August 16, 2022
Benson Varghese

What’s Next for Alex Jones after $49M Sandy Hook Verdict?
Associated Press, August 10, 2022
Benson Varghese

Alex Jones May Have Lied on Court, but Perjury Charge Would Be Unusual
Reuters, August 5, 2022
Benson Varghese

Texas Lab’s License Suspended After Probe Into Pennsylvania Sex Assault Case
NBC 5, August 3, 2022
Christy Jack

State Forensic Science Panel Pulls Accreditation of Texas Lab after Finding Shoddy Work
Dallas Morning News, August 4, 2022
Christy Jack

Aaron Dean Trial Delayed Again After Attorneys Ask For Judge’s Recusal
WFAA 8, June 13, 2022
Christy Jack

Aaron Dean Trial Delayed Again Amid Request for New Judge
CBS 11, June 13, 2022
Benson Varghese

Trial Delayed for Ex-Fort Worth Cop Accused of Murdering Atatiana Jefferson
NBC 5, June 13, 2022
Benson Varghese

Aaron Dean’s Defense Team Asks for Another Delay in Murder Trial
CBS 11, June 10, 2022
Benson Varghese

Retrial of Former Waco Daycare Owner Blamed for Infant’s Benadryl Overdose Death Postponed
KLTV 7, May 5, 2022
Attorney Christy Jack

The Plot to Kill Jamie Faith
48 Hours, April 9, 2022
Attorney Christy Jack

Fort Worth Police Sergeant Accused of Destroying Evidence, Indicted on Tampering Charge
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 1, 2022
Attorney Robert Huseman

Women Found Buried Under Fort Worth Home Sent Text Message for Help; Police Believe More Women were Victimized.
WFAA, Channel 8, March 3, 2022
Attorney Christy Jack

Trial Testimony Against Capitol Rioter Guy Reffit Begins
NBC 5, March 2, 2022
Attorney Benson Varghese

Father, Criminal Justice System Couldn’t Save Woman from Fort Worth Killer, Family Says
Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 1, 2022
Attorney Christy Jack

Attorney Upset with Tarrant County DA Sharen Wilson for Naming Judges She Felt Set Bonds Too Low
CBS 11, February 28, 2022
Attorney Benson Varghese

Aaron Dean Murder Trial Delayed Until May
NBCDFW Channel 5, December 15, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Explainer: Why Move Trial of Aaron Dean in Death of Atatiana Jefferson?
Fort Worth Report, December 14, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Arbery Jury Shows ‘System Can Work Even in Sensitive and Dramatic Cases’
Newsweek, November 24
Attorney Benson Varghese

Aaron Dean Trial Likely to be Delayed Due to Backlog of Cases in Tarrant County
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 2, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Fort Worth Man Who Shot Texas State Trooper Won’t Face Charges
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 10, 2021
Attorney Robert Huseman

Fort Worth Man Who Shot Texas State Trooper Faces No Charges
NBCDFW Channel 5, September 7, 2021
Attorney Robert Huseman

How will legal the legal system look at group who stoned a gunman in Fort Worth? Experts weigh in
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 20, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Jurors decline to indict Fort Worth man in October traffic death on Interstate 35
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 3, 2021
Attorneys Christy Jack and Letty Martinez

Tarrant County Defense Attorneys Want Investigation of Medical Examiner’s Office
NBCDFW, April 27, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Tarrant County Defense Lawyers Call for Investigation into Medical Examiner
Fort Worth Business Press, April 27, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Lawyers Demand Tarrant Medical Examiner Investigation after Mistakes in Homicide Cases
Star-Telegram, April 27, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Doctor Accused of Groping, Harassing 22 Women Let Off Easy by Texas law, Critics Say
Star-Telegram, April 14, 2021
Attorneys Christy Jack and Letty Martinez

Suspended Tarrant County Coroner Made 59 Mistakes in 40 Death Investigations Examined in Audit
NBCDFW Channel 5, March 31, 2021
Attorneys Benson Varghese and Christy Jack

Audit finds Tarrant County Medical Examiner Botched More than 40 Autopsies
Fox 4, March 31, 2021
Attorney Benson Varghese

Tarrant County Deputy Medical Examiner to be fired after audit finds issues in more than two dozen cases
WFAA Channel 8, March 31, 2021
Attorney Christy Jack

Lawyer: Ex Police Chief who Knew Dallas Officer was Suspect in Slaying ‘Should have Suspended Him’
The Dallas Express, March 15, 2021
Attorney Christy Jack

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Hurst Homeowner for Killing Suspected Burglar in November
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 12, 2021
Attorney Christy Jack

→Deputy Medical Examiner Suspended from Performing Autopsies in Tarrant Murder Cases
NBCDFW Channel 5, March 1, 2021
Attorneys Christy Jack and Benson Varghese

→Waco Day Care Owner’s Retrial in Infant’s Death to Feature New Faces.
Waco Tribune Herald, January 29, 2021
Attorney Christy Jack

→Hurst Man Says He killed Burglar who Tried to Run Him Over. Cops Say it was Murder.
Fort Worth Star Telegram, December 9, 2020
Attorneys Christy Jack and Benson Varghese

→ Tarrant County DA Focuses Policies on Rehabilitation
KERA News, November 30, 2020
Attorney Benson Varghese

Watch Christy

→ Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield: TX v. Chante Mallard
Court TV, October 2020
Attorney Christy Jack and Media Relations Director Melody McDonald

→Former Day Care Owner’s Murder Case Takes Winding Road Back to McLennan County DA’s Office
Waco Herald Tribune, October 21, 2020
Attorney Christy Jack

→ In Texas, Facebook Fakes are No Joke: Police Accuse GOP Activist of Malicious Posts
Fort Worth Star Telegram, October 17, 2020
Attorney Anna Summersett

→ Fort Worth Physicians in $18 Million Pill Mill Fraud Lose Licenses
D Magazine, October 13, 2020
Attorney Benson Varghese

→ Doctors Among 49 People who Funneled Opioids in Texas Pill Mill, Authorities Allege
Fort Worth Star Telegram, October 3, 2020
Attorney Benson Varghese

Destruction After Protests Has Residents Concerned about Protecting Property
CBS 11, June 3, 2020
Attorney Benson Varghese

Man Accused of Kidnapping Fort Worth 8-year-old Facing Federal Charges
Fox 4, May 22, 2019
Attorney Benson Varghese

Benson on Fox 4

→ CBD Is Wildly Popular. Disputes Over Its Legality are a Growing Source of Tension.
The New York Times, May 6, 2019
Attorney Benson Varghese

→ Federal Prison in Fort Worth has 2nd Most Coronavirus Cases
CBS 11, April 29, 2020
Attorney Benson Varghese

→ Grand Jury No-Bills man Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault
Weatherford Democrat, January 25, 2019
Attorney Benson Varghese

→ Does Tarrant County DA have different grand jury standard for suspects who are cops?
Star-Telegram, October 31, 2019
Op-Ed by Attorney Benson Varghese

→ Group Protesting Deadly Police Shooting Free After 2 Nights in Jail
CBS 11, September 18, 2018
Attorney Benson Varghese

→ TCU Overturns Suspensions for Some Students Accused of Using Quizlet App to Cheat
Dallas Morning News, May 14, 2018
Attorney Letty Martinez

Letty on the News

→ Attorney of TCU students accused of cheating turns up heat on school
Fox 4, May 10, 2018
Attorney Letty Martinez

→ Did a Texas Millionaire Get Away with a Brutal Double Murder?
Forty Eight Hours, January 23, 2018
Attorney Christy Jack

Man Arrested for Sex Assault at Southlake Restaurant No-Billed by Grand Jury
CBS 11, March 2, 2017
Attorney Christy Jack

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Benson Varghese is the managing partner of Varghese Summersett. He is a seasoned attorney, highly esteemed for his comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the field. He has successfully handled thousands of state and federal cases, ranging from misdemeanor driving while intoxicated cases to capital offenses, showcasing his commitment to preserving justice and upholding the rights of his clients. His firm covers criminal defense, personal injury, and family law matters. Benson is also a legal tech entrepreneur. Benson is a go-to authority in the legal community, known for his ability to explain complex legal concepts with clarity and precision. His writings offer a wealth of in-depth legal insights, reflecting his extensive experience and his passion for the law. Not only is Benson an accomplished litigator, but he is also a dedicated advocate for his clients, consistently striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. His authorship provides readers with valuable legal advice and an understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system. CriminalPersonal InjuryFamily Law Contact
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