My name's Ellic Sahualla. It's pronounced Eh-lick Sha-wala. It’s a family name with an unusual story behind it; ask me about it sometime if you’re curious.
I was born and raised in Houston and attended college there at the University of Houston. Once I graduated, I went to law school at UT Austin then lived way out in El Paso after that, so I've been from one end of Texas to the other. I'm happy to be back here in Austin now, where I live with my wife, Gita, and my daughter, Eva.
In terms of qualifications, I could start with things like my work in legal publishing during college or on the Texas Law Review at the UT School of Law, but let’s move on to what matters most to you: my diverse practical experience in criminal law.
Following law school, I spent about five years as an assistant district attorney, working as the senior trial prosecutor for high-level felonies involving domestic violence while overseeing a team of misdemeanor prosecutors. I also regularly taught at the police academy, accompanied officers in the field for investigative training, presented at courses designed for other lawyers, and served as chief of the county's fatality review team.
After that, I opened my own law firm and went into private practice in Austin, where I focus entirely on criminal defense. I’ve defended cases in Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop, Comal, Caldwell, and Guadalupe counties. I also work in the Capitol as chief of staff and general counsel to a state legislator who focuses on criminal justice issues, so I get to deal with our laws on the ground floor.
I've been the lead attorney in dozens upon dozens of jury trials and literally hundreds of contested hearings in cases ranging from drug possession, DWI, and domestic violence up to the most serious felonies. That includes handling criminal matters all the way from pre-indictment negotiations to probation hearings and full-on appeals. The results speak for themselves: my smart, tough, and fearless approach has won the overwhelming majority of my trials and hearings.
I’m also a published author who’s written a book and several articles on topics in criminal law. My book, written while I was a prosecutor, is the manual that prosecutors across Texas use when approaching domestic violence cases; it’s sort of like being the person who wrote the other team’s playbook. I’ve even been designated as an expert witness on criminal law issues by both the prosecution and defense in multiple Texas counties, so I’m an attorney who judges and lawyers respect and trust.
The crime doesn’t matter to me. I’m not afraid to take on tough cases, complicated issues, or allegations involving sex or violence. All I handle is criminal law—I don’t do divorces or sue people after car crashes—because my approach is simply to do one thing and do it well. Of course, I do handle everything related to criminal cases, like jail releases and bond issues, clearing or sealing criminal records, appeals and other post-judgment cases, and occupational licenses and administrative license revocations.
I also represent all kinds of clients. Maybe you made a mistake and don’t want it to ruin your life. Maybe you come from a tough background and need someone who sees the good in you. Maybe trouble seems to follow you and you need your rights protected. Whatever it is, I represent people, and I never lose sight of that.
If you’re charged with a crime—DWI, assault, drugs, theft, domestic violence, sexual assault, murder, any crime at all—I can help you.
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I have known Ellic Sahualla as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Ellic is an extremely accomplished and thorough lawyer having experience working both sides of the fence. From trial skills to motions practice, if you are opposite Ellic on a case you know you have a battle on your hands.
Eric Harron DUI & DWI Attorney
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2007||01/09/2016|
|Assistant District Attorney||El Paso County District Attorney's Office||2008 - 2013|
|The Prosecutor (TDCAA)||Interviewing Domestic Violence Victims||2013|
|The Prosecutor (TDCAA)||Evidence 101||2012|
|The Prosecutor (TDCAA)||Why We Prosecute When She Doesn't Want To||2012|
|TDCJ Victim Informer||Domestic Violence & 24-Hour Contact||2012|
|Texas District & County Attorney's Association||Family Violence Investigation & Prosecution (book)||2012|
|University of Texas School of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||2007|
|Williamson County District Attorney||Improving Domestic Violence Responses||2013|
|UT Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society||Criminal Defense Practice||2013|
|Domestic Assault Response Team Conference||The El Paso Model of Family Violence Response||2013|
|New to Private Practice||Dealing with the DA's Office||2012|
|Domestic Violence Seminar||Domestic Violence Prosecution||2012|
|New to Private Practice||Case Negotiation||2011|