Attorney Representation in Texas Since 1998

We are on your side. We have been standing up for the rights of people charged with crimes in Montgomery County, Texas, and surrounding counties since 1998. We will fight to protect your freedom and your good name.

We have experience in handling all types of criminal cases, from traffic tickets to Murder and everything in between. Our results have earned us a good reputation with our clients, prosecutors, courts, and other defense attorneys.

Firm Overview

Tony Duckworth and Darin Ray first met during their orientation at South Texas College of Law in 1995. In fact, Tony is the first person with whom Darin spoke at the orientation…and the rest is history. After being friends for a while, they both believed that they would be compatible law partners. They formed a strategy of gaining unique experience, which would benefit the firm in the future. Darin took classes about operating a law practice and mediation. He donated time at several JP and municipal courts mediating disputes between individuals. Furthermore, he clerked at a Harris County court. Tony participated in moot court competitions. He clerked at two different Montgomery County courts as well as a very successful mid-sized firm in Houston.

Darin opened the practice in February 1998 after obtaining his license to practice law in December 1997. Tony joined the practice a few months later. Both passed their bar exams on their first attempt. The lease was signed and thousands of dollars spent building out the space for the first site of the firm before they even knew that they passed the bar exam. This is exactly the kind of confidence and determination that you should be looking for in an attorney.

Our History

The site of the firm’s first location was at the intersection of Louetta and Kuykendahl in Spring. This location was equally far from the court houses of Harris County and Montgomery County; however, after a few years, Darin and Tony decided that they preferred to practice in Montgomery County. Their first Montgomery County location was opened in 2001. The firm is located at 709 N. San Jacinto Street in Conroe (a few blocks from the courthouse).

When they first began the practice, Tony and Darin accepted a variety of cases…anything to pay the bills. As the practice has grown, both agreed to focus the practice in the area of criminal defense. It is simply the most interesting area of law and, as Tony often puts it, they pride themselves in being “footsoldiers of the Constitution”. The act of helping the wrongfully accused, those who have been oppressed by the state, and those whose liberty is threatened is more rewarding than pushing paper, chasing ambulances or fighting over pots and pans. Duckworth & Ray is here to work with you and for you.

Although Duckworth & Ray’s office is in Montgomery County, we represent clients in many counties of the state. We routinely accept cases in Harris, Liberty and Walker counties; however, we have represented clients in many other counties throughout southeast and central Texas. Many of the clients represented in counties other than Montgomery and Harris counties were prior clients in Montgomery or Harris counties or were referred by satisfied clients. Tony and Darin believe that the way to build a practice is to work hard for the client and to always be straight with the client.


Get to know our Attorneys

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Criminal Defense Attorney

1997: Obtained Juris Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law

1998: Founded Duckworth & Ray, L.L.P. and began a general practice of law in Harris County and Conroe, Montgomery County.

Currently: Represents clients in multiple counties on criminal cases, but also handles some business litigation cases in Conroe, Montgomery County.

Darin Ray

Criminal Defense Attorney

2013: Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science fro the University of Houston, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

2017: Graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a Juris Doctorate degree and immediately went to work for a civil litigation firm.

2018: Joined the Duckworth & Ray, L.L.P. team.

Currently: Represents clients in Criminal cases in counties spanning all across Texas including both Montgomery and Harris County on a weekly basis. Lead attorney of the firm for Family Law.

Dylan T. Blackwell

Criminal Defense Attorney

2007: Obtained Juris Doctorate Degree with Honors from TSU-Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

2017: Became Adjunct Law Professor at TMSL teaching “Trial Simulation” and “Professional Responsibility”.

Currently: Clinical Professor at TMSL Immigration Legal Clinic and the “Masters of Law (LLM) in Immigration” Program.

Vy Nguyen

Immigration Attorney

Attorneys in Conroe & Woodlands

Business Hours:

Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


709 N San Jacinto St

Conroe, TX 77301