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Neal Davis III

Neal Davis III

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Criminal Defense

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Neal Davis, III has been involved in the criminal justice system for more than twenty years.  In the 90's, he was a police officer with the Houston Police Department. As a criminal defense attorney, he has represented clients alleged to have committed state offenses from petty theft to capital murder. Neal has defended clients charged with federal crimes including federal capital murder (the government sought the death penalty), federal drug charges, bank robbery, money laundering, fraud, white-collar crimes, and criminal tax charges. He has successfully represented clients in appeals to the Fifth Circuit as well as the United States Supreme Court. 

Neal is board certified in Criminal Law and is licensed in the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been selected as a Texas Monthly Rising Star, Avvo Superb Lawyer, Houstonia Top Lawyer, and a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer.

A resident of Houston for over thirty years, Neal graduated from Katy High School.  He played football and baseball and boxed in the local gyms.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably in the Mediterranean during the conflict with Libya and the Iraqi/ Iranian War.  After returning from the military, Neal studied Russian Studies and Economics at the University of Houston before joining the HPD.  An opportunity to work in Russia brought Neal into the oilfield where he excelled in drilling operations and technical service engineering.  He obtained a BS degree from UH-Downtown then studied law in night school at South Texas College of Law, working full time and raising his children as a single father.

Neal is best known publicly for his assistance in the Andrea Yates case, working with Wendell Odom and George Parnham, and, most recently, in the defense of Royce Zeigler, II in the infamous “Baby Grace” case in Galveston County.

Neal's practice is not just limited to Harris County but anywhere in the state of Texas, in both state criminal and federal court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, Russian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Dan William Richardson

    Neal is a great lawyer. I've seen him fight for his clients and get great results. If someone in my family got in trouble, I would send them to Neal.


    Dan Richardson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Randall Lee Kallinen

    Neal Davis is very experienced and knowledgeable. He has tried many cases and many succeses. I would hire certainly hire Neal Davis for a criminal law matter.


    Randall Kallinen Civil Rights Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Odom & Davis Criminal Defense Attorneys

440 Louisiana St.
Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200605/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2013

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - 2014
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitN/A2007 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2006 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
"Baby Grace" Case; State v. ZeiglerN/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2006