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Niles Stefan Illich

Appeals Attorney at Dallas, TX

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About Niles

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  1. Appeals
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    I do both civil and criminal appeals. I also do wits of habeas corpus (11.07, 11.072, and 11.073). I have worked for the Court of Appeals and I know how to write to convince a panel of appellate justices. I am experienced with a variety of civil appeals and I have handled criminal appeals ranging from misdemeanor DWI to Murder. I write about one brief a week and I have argued before the intermediate-appellate courts. I also do petitions for discretionary review.

    14 years

I am an appellate attorney located in Dallas.  I am not a general practitioner.  If  you need to have a will drawn up, it is better to use someone else. 

 

I worked as a briefing attorney for the First Court of Appeals. Each justice has two briefing attorneys and each briefing attorney is responsible for preparing one draft opinion per week.  This requires learning the entire case and all of the case law and then drafting an opinion.  This process taught me how to be a convincing-appellate advocate. 

 

Since leaving the Court of Appeals, I have done both civil and criminal appeals.  I have argued to the Fifth Court of Appeals.

 

Many attorneys do one or two appeals a year. But successful-appellate representation requires someone who writes briefs on a regular basis and someone who can conduct research in resources that most attorneys never use.

 

Whether you are appealing a decision against you or you are trying to protect a judgment that you obtained, selecting the right appellate attorney is important. 

Licensed for 13 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Niles

Law Office of Niles Illich, Ph.D., J.D.
701 Commerce
Suite 400
Dallas, TX, 75202

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Posted by Teresa | July 27, 2022
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Just won Summary Judgement Appeal on Erroneous DNA Paternity Lawsuit
He just won on a Summary Judgement Appeal on my Erroneous DNA Paternity Lawsuit against two labs. He was able to convince three appellate Judges to overturn the Summary Judgement. This case is a very unusual case. His win in the Appellate Court was an extremely difficult endeavor. He had to win on all the issues that had to be won. He won on all of them. There are already articles online about his recent win on this case. When I walked into his office to discuss appealing case. I felt so defeated and damaged at what happened in lower court with Summary Judgement being granted. I knew I had to fight the lower court finding. I hired Niles to represent me in the Appeal. He is extremely cautious. He certainly made me no promises. But, he said he was willing to try. Last week he won the Appeal! Huge Victory! I cannot say enough good things about this Attorney! If you want a top tier Appellate Attorney Niles Illich is that guy. Just to be clear Niles had nothing to do with what happened in the lower Court decision. I went to see him after I had lost in the lower Court. Niles does Criminal and Civil Appeals. He is fluent in very complex cases.
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Posted by Diana G | June 5, 2020
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Expert Federal Appeals Attorney
After my significant other was convicted in a medical fraud case, we needed to hire a competent appeals attorney to address several issues in the trial that we believed should be appealed. I wanted an attorney who I thought would not only believe in this case but also have the skills and mindset to research every possible angle to create a successful appeal. When I read Niles' profile and biography, I knew he was the right attorney. His educational background says it all... he is a man who has a passion for study and research. With multiple degrees, he's done his work!! Over the months of working with Niles, I've come to understand that appellate work is an art as well as skill. Statistically, the chances of success are not high but to have an attorney who approaches this process both passionately and compassionately has meant the world to me. For the little details: Niles communicates every important detail in a timely manner. He gets "the paperwork" done on time. If he says he going to do something, consider it done! Expect a call when you don't expect it because he's thought of a little protective advice he should impart. Your case will not be just another case for him to collect a fee. Niles has gone the extra mile for this case, both personally and professionally. I would highly recommend Niles Illich!
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Posted by Joseph J. Abuzaid | June 10, 2017
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Trust Worthy, Affordable & very knowledgeable
I hired Niles to file a motion for new trial on a default judgment and a subsequent appeal. He is smart, thorough and knows the law. He is friendly and goes out of his way to help you. I don't know what else to ask for in a lawyer. I am glad I got to know you Niles in person, you are great and I highly recommend you to anyone with an appeal or appellate issues.
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Posted by Mark | September 11, 2016
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Excellent Appeals Attorney
I have used Niles for a legal matter, and I have found Niles to be an excellent attorney. He handled the matter in an efficient and professional manner, with my interests always at the top of his concerns. I would highly recommend Niles for your legal work. He is an exceptional appeals attorney, with experience and knowledge of the Dallas County judicial system. If you need this type of attorney (you know, the ones that can get things done, not sell you a line of legal services to jack up the fee), give him a call. Again, I highly recommend Niles!
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Posted by Chris | August 25, 2016
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Niles did an amazing writ for me!
Niles is the best attorney I've dealt with, and I've dealt with quite a few. He wrote a writ for me to try to undue a judge's order added to my conditions of probation that was unconstitutional. He does his research and he keeps you informed every step of the way. His writs are a masterpiece that leads the reader to the only conclusion that makes sense. They are well researched, perfectly written, and reference only the most relevant cases that will have the clearest precedent set related to your issues. He really does have your best interests in mind and will tell you if he cannot help in your situation and if someone else will be better suited. If you don't have a strong case, he will tell you up front and give you all of your options. If you feel like something happened to you with the legal system that didn't feel fair, there is a good chance that Niles will know the route to take to best take care of the issue and protect your rights. I've used him, recommended him, and will continue to recommend him.
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Posted by Michelle | December 8, 2015
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Glad I used AVVO!!
Niles is a very Trustworthy lawyer.. He holds to a standard of excellence I have not seen in other lawyers. I am relieved to have Niles on my side. Niles is honest and brilliant. Nile's has incredible wisdom and integrity. He has been a great guide. He is very straight forward and honest. Niles is well versed in all aspects of the Law and a Master Appellate Attorney to find a way to look for the best way to help you getting your appeal approved or considered. When you find yourself in the court system, It can be terrifying when you have no clue about the justice system, but I'm glad I found Attorney Niles Stefan Illich. I would recommend Atty Niles anyday.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2014
Review for Niles Illich expert appellate attorney
Niles is a very Trustworthy lawyer.. He holds to a standard of excellence I have not seen in other lawyers. I am relieved to have Niles on my side. Niles is honest and brilliant. Nile's has incredible wisdom and integrity. He has been a great guide. He is precise, and very attentive to detail. Niles is well versed in all aspects of the Law and a Master Appellate Attorney. You need a good attorney when you find yourself in the court system, It can be terrifying and debilitating. I recommend Atty Niles ILLic and wished I had found him sooner.
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Posted by PBC | April 26, 2014
Smart, Careful Attorney
We used Niles to clean up a problem that arose in a real estate transaction. This was a difficult issue and different attorneys had prosed different ways to handle it. Niles had the best solution and it worked! This required an entire lawsuit and it was handled exceptionally well. I went online and checked on the case every day. I was impressed with what Niles wrote and evidently so was the judge. We prevailed. Thanks. You're in good hands with him.
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Posted by Andrew | March 30, 2014
Teriffic criminal appellate lawyer
My uncle got a felony DWI and was facing eight years in prison. We hired Niles to help. We knew that the odds were against us but we needed to try. Niles wrote a very convincing brief to the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin seeking additional review of my uncle's case. When that didn't work Niles wrote an excellent 11.07 writ. The writ talked about how my uncle's trial attorney didn't work for my uncle. Unfortunately before the writ could be heard my uncle died in jail. He was sick and an old man, but Niles was able to keep him out of TDC. I don't know how this would have worked if my uncle had lived, but Niles did everything he could. His writing was clear and convincing and he kept us informed about the status of the case. He isn't always avaliable, but he always called us back.
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Posted by Paul | March 24, 2014
Great civil procedure and appellate attorney
I hire Niles for consulting work on matters of civil procedure and to draft and argue complex motions. We also use him for our appellate work. His briefs are very well reasoned and equally well written. He is a convincing appellate advocate. I recommend him.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Niles Illich, Ph.D., J.D.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Appellate Attorney
  • Lafitte, Abbott, Wingo, Rehfeld, and Holloway
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Briefing Attorney
  • First Circuit Court Of Appeals Houston
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Faculty Research Scholar
  • Nasa Johnson Space Center
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Houston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Texas A&M University
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 2007
  • Clemson University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2001
  • Texas A&M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998
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Legal Cases

  • Ramon Cruz v. State of Texas
  • Reversed
  • Nguyen, Tracy v. Myers, Rodolfo
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Dallas County Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1988

Publications

  • Current Project
  • Anti-Trust Implications of the Academic Textbook Market
  • 2017
  • History in Dispute
  • British Entry into World War I :Did the Germans Have Reason to Doubt the British Would Declare War?
  • 2012
  • NASA
  • The Landing and Recovery Division: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Protective Orders for Criminal Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Southern Historiacal Association
  • Life in the Camps: The Allied Press and American Displaced Persons' Camps
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (58)
Endorse Niles
Appeals Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I utilize Niles' skills on appeals, research and writing, and if you are smart, you will utilize him for those needs as well."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Niles is an excellent attorney. He's the first lawyer I call or email if I have any questions related to appeals. Niles is generous with his time and has always been able to provide satisfactory answers. I feel totally comfortable referring family and friends to Niles."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Niles has successfully defended many of our firm's verdicts, and hiring Niles will give you the upper-hand if someone is trying to use the appellate process to take away a hard-earned victory at trial."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Niles is a well-respected attorney, and his experience in post-conviction matters shines through in friendly, knowledgable and experienced advice. I am proud to call him a college and fellow member of the bar."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this Lawyer. Niles is an outstanding attorney who is well-versed in appellate law. He knows the ins-and-outs of briefing and writing to appellate judges. Definitely recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enjoy reading Attorney Illich's comments on AVVO. I look forward to reading more. I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for anyone needing a strong criminal appeals attorney. Given his experience as a briefing attorney in the Court of Appeals, he would be an asset for anyone trying to win an appeal."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the better appellate attorneys in the state."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Niles is an excellent attorney with great attention to detail."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Niles is an excellent attorney with experience working for the court of appeals. He is thorough, smart and efficient. He handles his cases better than any other appellate attorney's I know. I strongly recommend him for any appellate matters you might have."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Illich is educated, well-spoken, and caring. I met him while in law school and highly recommend him."
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Dallas Appeals Lawyer Niles Stefan Illich
Niles Stefan Illich
Appeals Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 13 years