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In 1994 after a successful career as a prosecutor, Mr. Nelson opened the doors to a different type of law practice. Mr. Nelson wanted to build a unique law firm that was more concerned with a client's well being than the fee the client was generating. Well being does not always just mean getting the client a good deal. Well being means helping the client understand the process, well being means explaining all the obstacles that the client faces, and most of all well being means assuring the client that you are doing all that you possibly to get the client a satisfactory outcome. Tad Nelson has created a unique law firm that provides the client with big city experience and a small town feel. 

How can you tell if a lawyer is concerned about your case more than their bottom-line? When you sit down and talk with them about your case, always note what percentage of the conversation is about the fee you need to pay them. You also look to see what they do outside the office. Are they involved in their community? Do they donate their time and money to make their community a better place to live? Do they do things that help those less fortunate than himself? The reality is; if a lawyer does not care enough about the community he lives in he probably will take the same approach with his clients.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates in the Heights

1221 Studewood, #107
In the Heights
Houston, TX, 77008

The Law Offices Of Tad A Nelson & Associates

820 East Main Street
League City, TX, 77573

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates on the Island

1919 Sealy
Galveston, TX, 77550


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Trinidad Zamora III

    I endorse Tad Nelson. Tad is a force to be reckoned with at every stage of the process. He bars none and in our line of business, that trait alone is what you need in tough times. Thanks for your guidance and pace setting.


    Trinidad Zamora Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alyssandra Michelle Fulton JD

    Tad is a very learned and professional attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with him as opposing counsel and consulting with him as a colleague. He is an asset to the legal community.


    Alyssandra Fulton Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAVVO2015
Speaker - 11th Annual Stuart KinardTCDLA2015
Speaker - DWI Blood AnalysisGCCLA2015
Mastering the Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense/TCDLA2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer Specialists (TM)American Chemical Society2014
ACS-CHL Forensic Lawyer ScientistAmerican Chemical Society2014
Mastering the Scientific Evidence SeminarNational College for DUI Defense/TCDLA2014
Speaker - Lone Star DWI Defense ConferenceTCDLA2014
Speaker- Stuart Kinard Advanced DWI SeminarTCDLA2014
Client's ChoiceAVVO2014
Top Criminal Attorney in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2014
Top Attorney Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Client's ChoiceAvvo2013
Top Lawyers in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Forensic Applications of Chromatography & Mass SpectrometryAmerican Chemical Society2013
Forensic Drug Analysis CourseAmerican Chemical Society2013
Mastering Scientific Evidence SeminarNational College for DUI Defense/TCDLA2013
Summer Session at Harvard LawNational College for DUI Defense2013
Making Sense of the Science VI: Forensic Science and the LawNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Mastering Scientific Evidence SeminarNational College for DUI Defense/TCDLA2012
DWI and Gas Chromatography: Defeating the Blood Test CaseTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2011
Making Sense of the Science I: Forensic Science and the LawNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
Evidentiary Breath Alcohol TechnicianIndustrial Training and Design2007
Standardized Field Sobriety Test PracticionerNHTSA - Jim Medley2006
Standardized Field Sobriety Test PraticionerRobert LaPier2001
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1996
Best Attorney of Galveston CountyGalveston Daily NewsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates1994 - Present
Adjunct Business Law ProfessorGalveston College1998 - 2001
Assistant District AttorneyGalveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office1991 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Certification Committee - Chair2015 - Present
American Academy of Forensic SciencesJurisprudence Member2015 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Certification Committee Member2014 - Present
American Chemical SocietyNon-scientist/ Society affiliate2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember1997 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1996 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1991 - Present
State Bar CollegeMemberN/A
Galveston County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Harris County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Galveston County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. HammondNOT GUILTY
State v. SonnenburgNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dwi Felony Trial w/ Blood Recap. outlineLone Star DWI Defense Conference2014
10 Essentials of the Blood Crime LabStuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar2014
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal LawUsing Power Point in a Criminal Trial2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaN/AOther - Masters2015
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1991
Galveston CollegeChemistryN/AN/A
University of Texas School of LawN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GCCLA Monthly MeetingUsing Blood & Breath Discovery2015
Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar!0 Essentials of the Blood Crime LAb2014
Monthly meetingMDT's and other good stuff from the squad car2014
Lone Star DWI Defense ConferenceDWI Felony Trial w/ Blod Recap.2014
WEEKLY LUNCH CLEPowerpoint for Lawyers2006
Advanced Criminal LawUsing Power Point in a Criminal Trial2003