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Randall Lee Kallinen

Civil rights Attorney at Houston, TX

4.5   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2003

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In 1994, Randall came out of law school swinging, suing a group of twenty two judges, and then he sued the State Bar of Texas, all when the ink was barely dry on his law license. After those victories, Randall then built a career on standing up to abusive and corrupt authorities.​​

In the past twenty four years, Randall has been in front of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dozens of times, as well as the Texas Supreme Court. These high profile cases have included an assortment of civil rights issues, ranging from police misconduct to freedom of speech to the removal of red light cameras from the City of Houston. Such cases regularly appear in print and television news, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Houston Chronicle, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Guardian, BBC, Telemundo, and Univision. Randall also often appears as a trusted source of legal commentary for news stations as well as offering continuing education to other attorneys in areas related to Constitutional and civil rights issues.

Randall believes that it is of the utmost importance to fight for constitutional issues, civil rights, the freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, and also is determined to protect people from abuses. This includes criminal defense, personal injury, and advocating on behalf of anyone facing disciplinary action from work, school, or professional licensing boards. When you are confronted with the extreme power of the government or big business, Randall can even the playing field.


Law Office of Randall L Kallinen PLLC
511 Broadway St
Houston, TX, 77012-1709


4.5 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2015
The best.
Randall knows what's best for his clients. He protects our rights and that's what makes him amazing. Contact him if you were wronged. He will make it right.
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2015
A lawyer with integrity
In dealing with the information I provided about my case, Randall Kallinen did everything he could do to insure a positive outcome for me. After having a bad experience with the Harris County Jail in 2010, Randall Kallinen was the first person I spoke to about the experience that validated what I went through and made me feel that I had a win-able case. I would recommend Randall Kallinen to anyone, he is honest, trustworthy and is a man of integrity. He cares about the rights of the "little people" in this world, and for that, I commend him.
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Posted by Cecilia | April 16, 2015
premium attorney
Mr Kallinen has been thoughful, intelligent in his work and keen in his advice and course of action. There is no better lawyer than him in this field of law.
Posted by RAPHE | April 16, 2015
Randall is a trustworthy friend, as well as an outstanding performer in the legal arena of Harris County. He's an authentic polymath, is autodidactic and an overall joy to be around. He reeks of kindness and personal ethics and I am Honored to be counted amongst his myriad friendships. One of the few people in the whole world I trust implicitly.
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Posted by Jeff | April 16, 2015
criminal defense
Mr. Kallinen is a highly skilled and professional attorney who is competent on many different levels. I have complete confidence in his legal abilities. He is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney and very respected expert in the same area.
Posted by Mike | January 19, 2015
Attorney Kallinen
I dont know where they find these calliper attorneys. My experience with other attorney's is they collect the money and forget about you. Mr. Kallinen is a rare bread of character that cares .
Posted by Mark | November 4, 2014
Randall Fights the Man
Randall is the only lawyer that I refer cases to where you need to take on the government. He is fearless and smart. No one else you should call. I personally trust him with my referrals.
Posted by ERROL DAVIS | September 24, 2014
Randell Kallinen is a lawyer with integrity !!!
I will and have recommended Mr Randell Kallinen!!! I had a poss. of a controlled substance case. Mr. Kallinen did not allow me to do any jail time and wanted nothing less than a dismissal on my case and never budge from that position. I am very grateful to know he has my back in my time of trouble. RANDELL KALLINEN IS THE PEOPLES CHAMP!!!!
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Posted by Juanita | June 15, 2013
Best civil rights lawyer in the county
Mr. Kallinen represented me in a civil suit against a government entity. In court, he presented my case aggressively and thoroughly; it was evident that he was completely familiar with all the facts, and he recalled them with ease. He was always available if I needed to speak with him throughout the pendency of my case, which was satisfactorily resolved. I believe Mr. Kallinen has the knowledge, experience and professionalism required to successfully take a case from the lowest court to the Supreme Court. I would certainly recommend him to anyone seeking justice.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Civil rights attorney
I am still waiting to hear back from Randall Kallinen, concerning my case. I submitted DVD with the police statement concerning my case, and I am waiting patiently aon a response from Mr. Kallinen.
Posted by Paulette | January 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He misrepresented himself and did not do what he was paid to do. Made agreement with other party and did not get approval from us and left us hanging. Lied and only did about two hours of work was done for us and he said he did more. Everything was given to him and done for him but he did not bother to look at what was sent to him. He treated us as if we were stupid and uneducated. Was in it for the easy quick money. I would never refer anyone to him. He was useless. He was paid to do a job and did nothing and he feels perfectly good about himself. I hope he can sleep well at night. If he cant be in the newspaper or on tv he doesn't care about you or your case.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2003.

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2003
updated on 03/21/2011

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.


  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1993
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1987


  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • board member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union-Houston
  • President
  • 2001 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010


  • New Yok daily News
  • Texas Man Beaten Robbed By Authorities in City Jail: Lawsuit
  • 2014
  • New York Daily News
  • Texas Couple Charged in 2011 Spat With police, Lawyer Claims Arrests Retaliation For Excessive Force Suit
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting
  • Criminal Justice Issues
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Separation of Church/State
  • 2013
  • Monthly Meeting
  • First Amendment
  • 2012
  • Civil Rights Conference
  • Civil Rights Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Randall
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law, and he cares deeply about his clients. Randall has such a wide range of experience including trial law and federal appellate law, and he is extremely easy to work with. I highly recommend him."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Randall is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Randall puts his heart into every case that he works on. He is a "true believer" and works to right wrongs on behalf of his civil rights clients. I refer folks who call me with civil rights cases to Randall because I know that if there is something that can be done for them, Randall will get it done."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.wholeheartedly in any area of law he does. I admire his ability to go up against Goliath in civil rights cases and other complicated cases, where most lawyers fear to tread."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Randall is the best civil rights lawyer anyone could have. He knows the law and gets great results for his clients. I have sent him referrals on many occasions and will continue to do so."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Randall is a passionate advocate who cares deeply about his clients and seeks justice for those who can not fight for themselves. Randall is a lawyer's lawyer and I highly endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Randall is one of the most dedicated, zealous attorneys I've met. He knows the law. He knows his clients. And he knows how to use the law for his clients. I have worked with Randall and served on a board with Randall. I have referred clients to him - all of whom were greatly impressed and extremely happy with the results. I endorse Randall and would recommend him to everyone."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Randall Kallinen in the areas of civil rights litigation and criminal defense. He is fearless in fighting the government in defense of our civil liberties. I have referred several people to him and he has already worked hard to get the right result. He is known for taking on tough and even unpopular cases and getting the right result."
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In civil rights litigation and defending citizens accused, you will find no fiercer advocate than Randall Kallinen. In addition to being highly intelligent, skilled and compassionate, Randall is a fighter. I have known Randall for many years and have never, ever seen him back down from anyone. He truly has the heart of a lion!"
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Randall Kallinen is on e of the foremost authorities on civil rights litigation is Texas. He is known for taking on the toughest and, often times, most unpopular cases. He fights the fights that all of know need to be fought but very few of us are willing to take on. I have sought his advise and referred people to him on many occasions and will continue to do so for years to come."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"No lawyer cares more about civil liberties than Randall Kallinen. Randall's commitment to the Bill of Rights is to the core. He is a hero who is driven by a love of Liberty. Randall has made Houston a better place. He is outspoken and fearless in his defense of our civil liberties. Randall is a man of principle who cares about justice."
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Houston Civil rights Lawyer Randall Lee Kallinen
Randall Lee Kallinen
Civil rights Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 29 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2003. See details