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Nicole W. DeBorde

White collar crime Attorney at Houston, TX

4.9   30 reviews

also known as Nicole Hochglaube, Hochglaube & DeBorde, PC

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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Nicole

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OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IS YOUR EDGE. OUR EXPERIENCED LEGAL TEAM CAN ASSIST YOU AT ALL PHASES OF A CASE IN STATE OR FEDERAL COURT, FROM INVESTIGATION, THROUGH TRIAL, APPEALS, POST CONVICTION AND PAROLE. WHEN YOUR VERY FREEDOM, REPUTATION OR BUSINESS IS ON THE LINE, CHOOSE EXCELLENCE.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015,2014
Client's Choice
2015 2014

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4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kasie | May 30, 2012
Nicole has no equal
Nicole goes above and beyond the “call of duty” both in and out of the court room. Her statement to us when my husband and I hired her was that she would treat us like her family. She most certainly has done that. It has been almost 5 years since adjudication and she has continued to help us with any need that may arise. In this world of uncertainty, there is no one else I would rather have as our counsel than Nicole DeBorde. She truly is an anomaly and has no equal.
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Posted by Michael | February 7, 2013
What a Find. An attorney that is honest and does what she says. Strait Forward
I was on probation and got arrested out of town. I had an attorney at the time' who told me I would go to prison for 2 to 4 years for Revoke of Probation. I found Ms DeBorde who told me that she would fight all the way to make sure this didn't happen. I hired her and in the end she did just what she said. I'm very greatful that we have people on this earth that care about others the way Ms DeBorde does. She is an honest straight forward super Attorney . Thank You Ms DeBorde.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Nicole and associates couldn't have been a better answer to a prayer. They helped get an unknown case from 9 years ago that had been completely unaware of rightly dismissed. She did it calmly, respectfully a honestly, and with great support for myself. If ever I need or know someone who needs someone in their corner, this firm will be my go to answer. Thanks again!
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Posted by Alberto | January 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Meticulously skillful, tenacious Legal Warrior!!!
My case had previously been dismissed and was re-filed by the DA after I sought an expungement of my record. I was referred to Nicole by the attorney handling my motion to expunge. I truly believe the Good Lord answered my prayers the moment he led me to Hochglaube & DeBorde, P.C. Over the last 3.5 years, Nicole has diligently fought on my behalf and successfully got my case dismissed. She and her team of legal professionals not only supported me in my legal battle but also throughout the personal ordeal of caring for my wife as she battled cancer. I am truly overjoyed that my case was dismissed yet again and my family and I can move forward with our lives. Nicole and her team truly set the standards all legal professionals ought to emulate. She is a consummate professional and a FIERCE Legal Warrior. I wholeheartedly recommend Nicole to anyone in need of OUTSTANDING legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend more. A++++
Nicole and staff were some of the most professional attorney's I've ever dealt with (and I work within legal circles). Quick and easy communication. Updates at every turn. Also one of the pluses is the flat rate despite amount of work so there are no surprises. She appears to know the local courts/ attorneys so is well suited to represent you personally and is trusted. I hope to never need her services again but would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone else in a bind.
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Posted by David | November 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When you need a foxhole buddy, Nicole was there!
Nicole and her team where great from the time charges where filed till the prosecutor dismissed the cases. Communication was always amazing I never felt I was in the dark about anything which was comforting in my case. 100% would recommend Nicole for anyone in need of a criminal attorney.
Posted by Tom | December 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Passionate, and Highly Skilled Defense Attorney
Nicole is extraordinarily passionate about helping individuals through the most difficult times in their lives. In a situation that was less than ideal, it gave me comfort knowing that I had Nicole on my side. Her expertise is unrivaled, her dedication is unparalleled, and her skills are unmatched. In a very complex and intricate case, Nicole found any possible avenue to fight for me. She used her years of experience to present cogent and convincing arguments at every opportunity. If you want the best representation possible, give Nicole a call; she is caring, compassionate, and understanding. You can rest assured that she will give you the best chance at a favorable outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great soul and God's angel
She is the best person and lawyer to have on your side. She is intelligent and fierce. She doesn't back down from a fight. After having 2 incompetent lawyers previously, I need someone who is. Mrs. Deborde is a protector/ guardian who really cares for people which is rare. Pray, trust God, and trust her and her team! Thank you!
Response from Nicole DeBorde October 1, 2020
Thank you very much for these kind words. We are honored by our clients' trust in us and grateful to have the opportunity to assist.
Posted by Ivy | June 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best around! She’s a beauty but a beast in law!
Hands down...the most fierce knowledgeable woman I have ever came across. She gets her work done, and hits the floor running. I would highly recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. Her communication is on point and never leaves a email or call unanswered. I just want to add... she never makes a promise that she won’t keep. This attorney will go in FIGHTING and refuse to back down! I was turned away by so many Houston parole attorneys saying I should keep my money because my husband would be sent back to prison... well I fell into the hands of this amazing woman! She fought! And my husband was NOT sent back to prison. He was discharged! She’s worth every single penny and then some! Thank you Nicole and your team for your hard work and dedication!
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my sons future
Nicole and Gary saved my sons future. They are extremely knowledgeable and went the extra mile for us, achieving a full dismissal of the charges. Thry are very professional, communicate clearly and concisely and demonstrate a high level of skill and confidence that puts you at ease when your world feels upside down. Excellent lawyers!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Life-saving Attorney
I was charged with an extremely serious crime (2nd degree felony) of which my memory of committing was extremely hazy, but seemed to be extremely out-of-character to myself and everyone who knew me. When I put the pieces together of what I had been charged with, the severity and duration of the punishment if convicted, and the amount of time it would take to work through the judicial system, I felt that the quality of life that I had previously enjoyed would be totally crushed. I began to speak to a large number of attorneys around Houston and ultimately felt most comfortable trusting Nicole. Nicole had a rare combination of empathy and professionalism that helped moderate the stress and keep me from indulging the “worst-case” scenarios that kept playing in my head. Although very clear that the charges were serious and finding any sort of resolution would be a tall order, I began to work with Nicole’s office to assemble a grand jury package for a possible “no-bill”. Nicole also discussed the other possible outcomes and strategies in my case (pre-trial diversion, deferred adjudication, probation, etc.) and was extremely accessible any time I had questions and concerns. She was proactive in instructing me as to what materials would be best for my grand-jury packet while also stressing that the “no-bill” was only a possibility. We went through several months of court appearances – all the while, I am walking on eggshells due to being out on bond. Several months after my arrest, I had a court date and left Houston that evening for business travel. Nicole advised that I would likely have my case brought before the grand jury within the upcoming weeks. When I returned about two weeks later, I expected to be informed that I had been indicted and that we would begin discussing plea bargains and probation terms. To my amazement, I discovered that the grand jury had returned a “no-bill” and that the case against me would be dismissed! Further, my arrest and all records related to the charges would be eligible for expungement. I cannot begin to express the gratitude that I feel towards Nicole. It was through her skill and effort that we were able to achieve the best possible scenario in my case and I am not sure that any other attorney in Houston would have been able to achieve the same result. Nicole has truly saved my life, and I could not imagine a more professional or effective attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!!!!
Wow!!! Nicole is just the Best Attorney you could have by your side. We hired her on a Federal case for my husband and she bailed him out on his first Bond hearing. Nicole and her staff are VERY Profesional and kept us up to date on everything that was going on with the case, then being on Bond for almost 3 years she dismissed 3 counts and got him a Probation!!! What a Blessing!!! ... This Awesome Lady will fight and defend you in court and will do anything to keep you out of prison. Nicole is very Honest she will tell you what she can do for you since the beginning. She is always there when you need her an extremely reliable person. Regardless of the case she makes you feel as if you are part of her family, which is a HUGE support when your going through hard times!! Thank the Lord for People like Nicole De Borde!!! I would absolutely recommend Nicole DeBorde to any one!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Earned my trust
So unfortunately I didn't call her first. After paying a less than competent lawyer almost the same for making my situation worse and then the same lawyer referred me to another "criminal lawyer" who had a misconduct judgement against him. Needless to say my first lawyer posed and presented herself as a criminal lawyer- she was not and I am sure she realized it because brought in the other worse lawyer. So after firing them both, my trust was very shaken. I choose Nicole for her experience with the DA and in that specialty of criminal case. She and her team did not disappoint! They meet with me and my family and gave us hope back. What should have been dismissed from the beginning had me ended up charged. Nicole got charges reduced from felony to misdemeanor. That alone was worth it. Her fee was very reasonable for all her work. Considering what I got from first atty, Nicole gave so much more in her service. So she earned my trust, showed myself and family compassion, and continued to help me after sentencing. Thank you Nicole and team, you all have restored my faith that lawyers can care, be knowledgeable, and fight for their clients.
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Posted by Robert | June 23, 2015
A great advocate to have on your side
Nicole was my defense attorney in a very public criminal case, and was a source of calm compassion throughout a very stressful process. She was the voice of reason and my family and I always knew that she had our best interests at heart. Through no fault of her own I went to prison, and she continued to offer counsel to me and my family and to work on my behalf, resulting in my being freed on probation after six months. It would have been easy for her to have considered the case closed, and my family had at one point decided to not pursue a probation filing, but Nicole continued to work for me and I am out today because of her efforts. In short, she is a great ally to have in your corner and will work very hard to achieve the best outcome no matter the situation. I hope to never have need for her services again, but if I do she'll be the first person I call.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Excellent attorney
Nicole was able to avoid my going to trial. However, even if I had to go, I had confidence in her ability to get a favorable verdict. She was prompt in returning phone calls and emails. I am highly satisfied in her quality of work.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
NICOLE IS A GUARDIAN!
Nicole is committed in providing the highest quality of legal representation I have ever seen , she is what you call a Guardian. I had my back against the wall, going against all the odds, before I came across Nicole I was with a previous lawyer who did not do nothing and took all my money I got railroaded twice by the judge because my ex would call the DA and make false allegations. The lousy lawyer that I had did not protect me. So we decided to part ways and I found Nicole, the first time the she walk into the courtroom I sat back and analyzed how she interacted with the prosecutor's and I was intrigued on how she carries herself with such respect and enthusiasm , she is well well respected I was so excited she actually sat down with the prosecutor and broke everything down! In my mind I was like this attorney really cares! I was amazed she fought tooth and nail finally got my case dismissed! I will refer her to everybody, and anybody who is in need of a good lawyer. Nicole is highly respected and she is the one that you need on your corner to fight for you! trust me I am living proof!
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Posted by Sandy | February 25, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt & Professional
She was extremely quick with her answer and although she couldn't personally help with my situation she was helpful and resourceful.
Posted by Doreen | November 5, 2014
Diligence pays off
Nicole was hired for writ case, she is evidence that diligence pays off. She is very persistence but careful. Her office staff is professional and thorough. My calls were returned in a timely manner and none of my questions went unanswered. Hopefully, I will not have to use her again. But, I would most definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2014
Great Defender
Nicole patiently heard my case, and evaluated my case perfectly. She organized and presented my case in great detail. I am forever in her gratitude.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2014
Top Notch Attorney
Nicole's level of professionalism and true passion for helping her clients is unsurpassed. After being given the news that our case was going to be very hard to get re-opened and dismissed, Nicole was able to get it done in a matter of a few weeks. I would not use anyone else in the city!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bires, Schaffer & DeBorde
  • 2002 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorneys Office
  • 1994 - 2002

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Houston
  • B.B.A.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
  • Acquittal and Expunction

Associations

  • Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2007 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Associate Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • 5th Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Lawyer Of The Year: Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2007
  • President's Award
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Member of the Year
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • 2006
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2006
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2005
  • Member of the Year
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Seminar
  • Criminal Law
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (11)
Endorse Nicole
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with and against Nicole. I can safely say that she is one of the best. Her reputation among judges and lawyers is excellent for a reason."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Nicole in a trial that attracted a lot of media attention. Her intelligence, creativity, and personality helped us successfully obtain the correct verdict for our client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a great lawyer. She is very compassionate and caring and is awesome in the Courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole and I met in law school. Even then I knew she would make a great name for herself but her skill, natural ability to try cases, and legal creativity have surpassed what I could have expected. She is truly a national player in the criminal defense world and I endorse her with no hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a compassionate dedicated attorney who really cares about her clients. This translates into top notch representation. I am proud to endorse Nicole."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nationally known Nicole DeBorde is the lawyer I would go to if I was in trouble. She is brilliant and tenacious and willing to go the extra mile for your case. Her thorough knowledge in criminal law make her a excellent choice when facing difficult times. Get her in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a past President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. She is a leader among defense lawyers. Highly respected, bright, honest and sincere. Nicole is an outstanding defense lawyer and she cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Other
"I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole DeBorde is one of Houston's best criminal defense lawyers. For years she has been perfecting the art of defending those charged with state or federal crimes. Nicole is both a book lawyer and a "street smart" lawyer. As a result, she easily connects with judges and juries to the extreme benefit of her clients. Anyone charged with a crime would be well-served to contact Nicole."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional reputation. She is a tireless and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I enthusiastically endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been an admirer of Nicole's work as a DA and now as a criminal defense lawyer. Her knowledge and experience make her in demand for her legal analysis by the news media and her peers. She represents our profession extremely well when she is not fighting for the accused."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Friend
"Nicole is a wonderful lawyer, I 100% endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"nicole is a fighter and an outstandng trial lawyer.I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is one of the finest criminal lawyers I know. She brings a broad range of experience and relationships to the table for her clients and it shows in the results. I endorse Nicole without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. DeBorde is a thorough, passionate, and respected attorney. She is always willing to help and works hard to help her clients' cases to be resolved in the best way possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a zealous advocate for her clients, and a leader in the criminal defense bar. I endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in Texas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole DeBorde is a dedicated and hard working lawyer. She is well respected in the legal community."
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