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Philip Michael Gommels

Philip Michael Gommels

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Violent Crime, White Collar Crime

About Me

I'm a Houston criminal defense lawyer.  Advocate for the poor everywhere.  Believer in redemption.  Motorcycle adventurer, and barbecue fiend. 


I'm a former Army Reserve Combat Medic and former prosecutor.  I dedicate one hundred percent of my practice to criminal defense.  From allegations of driving while intoxicated and domestic violence to murder and complex white collar cases.  


I'm a frequent lecturer around the world on criminal justice topics.  I've appeared on television to discuss arrests and crime in the media, and I contribute criminal justice expertise to the Huffington Post here:  


I use my experience to defend anyone accused of committing a crime.  And I do my best to do so with compassion and zeal each and every day.


Call me for a free consultation: (713) 529-3900


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    5 years, 300 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 10%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
    5 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

24 total 

  • Grant Matthew Scheiner

    I have known Philip Gommels since his early days as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Phil was widely respected as a tough, fair and honest prosecutor. He also developed formidable trial skills, racking up courtroom victories against some of the most seasoned criminal lawyers in Houston. What impresses me most about Phil is that he works harder, and thinks faster on his feet, than just about every attorney I have ever met. Now that he has opened his own private practice concentrating in criminal defense and juvenile matters, I am confident that Phil will soon join the ranks of the most outstanding criminal defense attorneys in Texas.


    Grant Scheiner Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rand A. Mintzer

    I endorse this lawyer. One of my law professors would state that a great lawyer should be able to argue both sided of the same case. If that is the case, Mr. Gommels is a great lawyer. He was one of the few prosecutors that actually cared about my clients as human beings. He has now carried that compassion and empathy to the defense side. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not state the he is a talented lawyer and an outstanding advocate for the persecuted.


    Rand Mintzer Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Philip Gommels

2211 Norfolk Street
Suite 735
Houston, TX, 77098-4062



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201008/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Winner of Distinction Award for ExcellenceBetter Business Bureau2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2010 - 2012
Combat MedicUnited States Army (Active & Reserve)2002 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
The College of The State Bar of TexasMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law SectionMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology SectionMember2013 - Present
Fort Bend County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. JGCase Dismissed
State of Texas v. EMCase Dismissed
State of Texas v. YRMotion Granted

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2010
University of PennsylvaniaPolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsB.A.2006

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Military Defense Counsel Trial LitigationUsing PowerPoint Effectively in Trial2015
Indigent DefenseTechnology in Trial Preparation and in the Courtroom2015
Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law ProgramTechnology in Pretrial Preparation2015
Capital Defense CollegeTechnology in Trial Preparation and in the Courtroom2015
ALARM ConferenceEvidence Collection and Preservation in Sexual Assault Cases2014
ALARM ConferencePreserving Information2014
ALARM ConferenceThe Right to Representation2014
Veterans Job ConferenceLegal Challenges Facing Job-Seeking Veterans2013
Continuing Legal EducationChallenges to Prosecution: Contemporary Model for Prosecution of Mentally Ill or Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Defendants2012