Rafael Zapata-Yordan

Professional Experience: 

Rafael Zapata-Yordan has been a litigator for more than twenty-one years both in State and Federal Courts.

He spent his first 16 years honing his skills in the State and Federal Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 2017, he took his skill set to the Webb County Public Defender’s Office in Laredo, Texas before moving to Austin with his wife and two sons.

Rafael is a proud graduate of the University of Puerto Rico where he received his bachelor’s degree in general sciences, and later received his Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

As a matter of fact, he is admitted to six different courts: The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Supreme Court of Texas, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

While in Puerto Rico he represented multiple high-profile clients as well as dedicating many hours in representing criminal defendants pro-bono. Criminal Law has always been his passion and he moved to Texas to focus his practice on DWI and Criminal Defense full-time.

Rafael Zapata-Yordan started with the Webb County Public Defender’s Office where he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the 49th District Court representing indigent defendants in all types of Felony cases. A year and a half later he relocated to Austin and has defended the rights of thousands of clients since in a multitude of counties in Austin and surrounding counties.

His experience will be your best ally in your fight to vindicate your rights. Rafael is a proud brother of his Fraternity Phi Eta Mu, the first Puerto Rican Fraternity founded in the University of Puerto Rico in 1923, as well as an Eagle Scout. Additionally, he speaks both Spanish and English, enjoys walking, the occasional run, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife, two boys, and grandson.

If you have been arrested…

Your FREEDOM is potentially at stake. A conviction can have a huge impact on your job, relationships, and your future. You need to act fast.

“That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.”

—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (March 14, 1785)

The United States Constitution provides important limitations on the government that protect the rights of United States citizens. The Texas Constitution grants similar rights ensuring the rights of the accused. A fundamental concept in the United States justice system is that an individual is Innocent Until Proven Guilty. As such, the prosecution must prove you are guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, I strive to prove that you are ‘Not Guilty.’ It is important to remember that Not Guilty does not equal Innocent; Not Guilty equals the state did not prove the case Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

Sworn to Protect Our
Client’s Liberty.


Stephen Bowling, reviewed our case and discussed his recommendations clearly. He kept us up to date each step of the way with continued explanations. He was readily available for questions/concerns through the process. We would reach out to them again in the future for any legal concerns.



Stephen is Great, Great , Lawyer!! He give you weekly updates on not just your case but also on what’s going on with his firm as well!!! Stephen is also very communicative and very understanding on any situation!! I would hands down Refer Stephen to anyone with any situation!!! Great job Stephen words can’t describe what you have done for me!!!!


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