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Board certified in criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  I was certified in the inaugural year of this specialty, 2011.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    22 years

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  • Niles Stefan Illich

    I worked for Jani in law school and she is brilliant. She is my first resource when I run into something new. Jani knows it all. You can't find better representation.


    Niles Illich Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Priscilla Tommye Bush

    Jani Maselli is an outstanding lawyer. I have known her professionally for years and she has always been the best of the best. She is brilliant, hardworking and ethical.


    Priscilla Bush Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1201 Franklin Street
13th Floor
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199401/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Winning WomenTexas Lawyer Magazine2014
Lawyer of the YearHCCLA2013
Pro Bono Lawyer of the YearTCDLA2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderHarris County Public Defender's Office2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Houston Law Center1999 - Present
Attorney at LawSolo Practitioner1999 - Present
Staff AttorneyTexas Court of Criminal Appeals1997 - 1998
Inmate Legal Services AttorneyState Counsel for Offenders1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Innocence Project of TexasBoard Member2008 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2007 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ex parte Hendersonsuccessive writ of habeas corpus allowed
Christensen v. StateReversed and acquittal ordered
Ex parte Van CleaveHabeas corpus granted. New punishment trial ordered.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Houston LawyerJunk Science and the New Habeas Law2014
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Prophylactic Competency Restoration2013
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)The Dismissal of Writs by the COurt of Criminal Appeals2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
State University of New York, AlbanyEnglishMA - Masters1986
Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender TrainingMotions for New Trial2014
Advanced Criminal Law CourseCourt Costs - Why it Matters2013
Actual InnocenceBrady v. Maryland2013
Advanced Criminal Law SeminarFederal Writs of Habeas Corpus2008