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Carl David Ceder

also known as The DFW Defender

About me

Hello and thank you for visiting my AVVO page and reviewing my profile. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to view my background.  I hope my office can be of service to you for whatever legal situation you may be facing. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact my office at anytime regarding any legal matter you may be need assistance with.

My office takes great pride in our work, and it brings us great joy when our former clients or a professional colleague endorses the work of my law practice. When someone first decides to employ our law firm to represent them in court, we will work as hard and as diligently as we can to ensure that the best possible result is achieved (obviously given the specific facts of each case). One thing I can assure you of, regardless of the type or matter of the legal case, I will always promise to give it my all.

If you would like further information about my background, training, or experience, please visit any of my websites:

I am very thankful for every opportunity I get in representing clients in court. I consider it an honor, and I take this special privilege very seriously. I will always pledge to all those I represent that my office will try our very utmost to achieve a positive outcome with their case, given whatever factors happen to be involved (given every case, and thereby, every situation and scenario is different). 

If you choose to have me, and my office, represent you as your legal counsel, we will pledge to do everything in our power to do so as effectively as possible. I try to work as hard as I can to always improve myself and my ability to work as a  advocate for those in need of strong and effective legal counsel. It is my sincere goal that all clients that we represent leave our service feeling that a positive outcome was reached, and are more than satisfied when looking back at their decision to employ our office as their legal counsel. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and good luck.

- Carl D. Ceder


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
  2. DUI & DWI: 45%
  3. Family: 5%
  4. Personal Injury: 5%



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

34 total 

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  • Bristol C. Myers

    In addition to his solid legal skills, to which others have already attested, Carl carries himself with dignity and treats everyone with respect. That's why juries like him, and that's why he's such an effective advocate for his clients outside the courtroom, too.


    Bristol Myers Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Morgan Anthony Bourque

    Carl is one of the most impressive attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is well spoken in the courtroom and has an unmatched understanding of the law and how it affects his clients. He is well known for his aggressive representation of his clients rights. If you are looking for a great attorney then look no further than Carl. I endorse Carl as a lawyer and I am proud to call him a friend.


    Morgan Bourque DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC

701 East 15th Street
Suite 101
Plano, TX, 75074


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200808/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Advanced Criminal Law Seminar CompletionState Bar of Texas2013
Intoxilyzer 5000 EN Course CompletitionInternational Legal and Forensic Science Services, Inc.2012
Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law ProgramThe Center for American and International Law2012
Drug Evaluation & Classification Program (DRE) Overview CourseDr. Lance Platt2012
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing InstructorDr. Lance Platt2012
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Refresher CourseDr. Lance Platt2012
Advanced Criminal Law Seminar CompletionState Bar of Texas2011
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI CasesTCDLA/NCDD2011
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): Vision Science PerspectivesDr. Steven Rubenzer2009
Breath Alcohol Technician CourseIndustrial Training & Design, Limited2009
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner CourseDr. Lance Platt2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerThe Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC2010 - Present
LawyerRasansky Law Firm2010 - 2010
LawyerLaw Office of Jamie Balagia, PC (The DWI Dude Law Firm)2008 - 2010
Law ClerkWaters & Kraus, LLP2007 - 2007
Law ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas2006 - 2007
Case WorkerTexas Innocence Project2006 - 2006
AnalystGoldman Sachs2003 - 2005
Operations InternMinnesota Vikings2003 - 2003
InternMerrill Lynch Financial2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Driving Under The Influence Defense Lawyer's Association (DUIDLA)Founding Member2014 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasAttorney Member2014 - Present
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
United States Federal District Court, Northern District of TexasCriminal Justice Act Voluntary Associate2011 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)Dallas-Fort Worth Young Lawyers Committee Chair2011 - Present
United States Federal District Court, Western District of TexasMember2011 - Present
United States Federal District Court, Northern District of TexasMember2010 - Present
United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of TexasMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2008 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)Member2008 - Present
Member of Intersholastic Mock Trial TeamTraveling Attorney2006 - 2007
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) - University of Texas at AustinChapter President2000 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The State of Texas v. KSDISMISSED
The State of Texas v. JSNOT GUILTY
The State of Texas v. MRNOT GUILTY
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Texas System, AustinBachelor of Business AdministrationFinance (Minors: Accounting and Management2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association CLE CruiseCrossing Arresting Officers on NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing2015
Boot Camp for New LawyersSetting and Collecting Fees2012
Liability Seminar - AFH exemptionLiability Issues/Criminal Defense Q&A2010
Liability Seminar - AFH exemptionLiability Issues/Criminal Defense Q&A2009