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Murray Newman

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Louis Murat Newman IV

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1999
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Murray

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Since becoming licensed in 1999, attorney Murray Newman has focused on one aspect of the law and one aspect only:  Criminal Law.
After graduating from the University of Houston School of Law, Murray joined the Harris County District Attorney's Office in August of 1999.  Over the next nine years, he went from a rookie prosecutor to a Felony District Court Chief, successfully prosecuting all types of criminal cases, including Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, Theft, Aggravated Robbery, Sexual Assault, Murder, Injury to a Child, and Capital Murder.
Leaving the District Attorney's Office in 2008, Murray has focused exclusively on Criminal Defense ever since.  He has defended cases ranging from Driving While Intoxicated to Murder, drawing from his lengthy career in criminal law to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of his clients' cases and fights hard for each and every one of them.

Once described as being "fearless" in trial, Murray is never more at home than when trying a case in front of a jury.  In the course of his nine years at the D.A.'s Office, he took approximately 90 cases to trial in front of Harris County Juries.  The vast majority of the cases tried by him were Felony cases, where he enjoyed a win rate of well over 90%.  

As a prosecutor, Murray has tried Capital Murder cases (including one Death Penalty case), over fifteen murder cases, and numerous other serious cases including Intoxication Manslaughter, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Home Invasion Cases, Sexual Assaults, and narcotics cases. He prosecuted several high-profile cases including sitting second chair with prosecutor Kelly Siegler on the infamousSusan Wright murder trial.  During these trials, he dealt with complex issues ranging from the Insanity Defense to Self-Defense Issues to the Law of Parties.  
As a defense attorney, Murray has continued to aggressively take cases to jury trial, having tried Sexual Assault, Felony Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, and Murder cases.  In March of 2010, Murray had the honor of working alongside legendary attorneys Dan Cogdell and David Brown in successfully defending a Marine on Murder charges in College Station.  Murray's cross-examination of the crime scene officers, the forensic pathologist, and police investigators played a crucial role in establishing a self-defense claim that the jury acquitted on.

Utilizing the latest technology to present his cases to juries, Murray helps present his case to juries through the use of Power Point presentations.  While enjoying presenting his cases with the help of technology, Murray combines this with his confidence, keen sense of humor and common-sense approach in explaining his cases to the jury.  His greatest attributes in trying his cases are his ability to think on his feet, communicate effectively, and to spot the underlying legal issues that affect the cases.

Murray Newman is licensed in the State Courts of Texas, as well as being licensed to practice in the United States Federal Courts, Southern District of Texas.  Since 2009, he has been a member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association and the Texas Criminal Lawyer's Association.  
In 2011, Murray was honored to be elected by his peers to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association.

In addition to his law practice, Murray is also the author of the popular blog Life at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, which offers an insightful and witty look into the daily dealings between Judges, Prosecutors, and Criminal Defense Attorneys in Harris County, Texas.  In 2011, he was also invited to share his insight with the Houston Chronicle in an additional blog, Criminal Background.  Additionally, he serves as the co-host for Reasonable Doubt a weekly call-in talk show sponsored by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.
Murray grew up in Bryan, Texas and is a 1995 graduate of Texas A & M University.

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Newman & Chapell, PLLC
2500 E. TC Jester, Suite 290
Houston, TX, 77018
Newman & Chapell, PLLC
1300 E. 29th Street
Bryan, TX, 77802
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2019
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Great service
I had a tampering with evidence charge and it was dismissed. He kept me informed and was very professional. He was confident he could have it dismissed and it was. I feel very confident referring him.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2018
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Satisfied client
During my first consultation with Murray he was clear about the possible outcomes of the criminal case against me. He encouraged me to be patient and trust him with the process, which lasted a number of months, but the end result was better than I could have hoped for. I'm glad I hired Murray as my defense attorney.
Posted by RONALD COLE | February 25, 2017
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Mr. Newman
I want to first thank Mr. Newman for taking my case, and also explaining everything to my mother as well. When I meet Mr. Newman, I thought my life was over, and just to see the look in my mother face. Mr. Newman made my mother in myself feel more at ease. He kept me inform what was going on with my case. I really want to thank you Sir for all you have done for me.
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Posted by Theo | April 20, 2016
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Great Representation
I appreciate Murray Newman for his experience and knowledge of not only the system, but my situation. He was able to provide me the representation, advice, information and guidance to result in a favorable ruling. I would absolutely seek his council again and refer him to friends and family. Thanks Murray!
Posted by Iris | March 7, 2015
Great attorney
He is a great attorney. I would highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable in the law. I was very happy to have him on my side at court.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2013
A tough, experienced trial lawyer
Folks, I am so happy/satisfied with Murray that I cannot find enough words to praise him! He dismissed my felony case, and returned my life back on track. I feel that Murray rescued/escorted me through a dark tunnel safely and skillfully the way the NASA engineers rescued the trapped Chilean miners unharmed! Murray, you are my savior, rescuer! The fee I paid you is nothing in comparison to the state of freedom/normalcy that I enjoy after the dismissal of the case.! Now you are in the list of memorable persons in my life! You did not settle for less the way the prosecutor wanted us to! I still remember your words, "I am not afraid; I am ready to go to trial!" And yes, you were all ready to go trial. The packet you showed me was very impressive! After all, you are a great trial lawyer: The packet you prepared showed that; your confidence/determination showed that; and the prosecutors saw that. And, hence, the prosecutors had no choice but to dismiss the case before going to a trial! Folks, if you happen to fall in a dark tunnel/hole like me, I very comfortably recommend you to hire Murray Newman. All you have to do is gather every bit of information you can find/recall (paper, audio, video, pictures, emails, materials, etc.) no matter how important or unimportant they look to you, and hand them to Murray. He will do the rest for you! And keep updating/sending him as new/more information is available to you. He keeps working for you even when you are asleep. In fact, he woke me up early in the morning with the great news! Man, I screamed with joy! He strove for that great news all along, for eight months! He knows the law; he knows the courts; he knows a varieties of cases deeply; he knows the sensitivity of time (when to wait and when to act); he knows how to organize and present his message/points/materials effectively; he has the energy to work hard; he has proper demeanor to work both with clients and the court. He has everything that you expect from an attorney! Cheers!
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Posted by Chris | January 29, 2012
Very Good Lawyer
Mr Newman turned what I assumed was going to be a jail sentence lasting a few months for violating my felony probation again, into no jail time at all. Mr Newman explored everything he could think of to help me. Legal stuff I never knew were options. He did not just accept the fate I had accepted for myself. Mr Newman clearly loves his job, he loves the law, and treats his clients like they are important. I am very grateful for Mr Newman and what he was able to do for me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2011
An excellent attorney
When your family member is in need of legal representation, I highly recommend Mr. Newman. He handled our case with professionalism and compassion. He returned calls, kept us informed and was successful in having the case dismissed. If we ever need legal representation again we will call on him.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2010
Great attorney, very responsive
Extremely satisfied with Murray Newman. He was always quick to respond to my communications (emails and phone calls), and I felt in-the-loop throughout the whole process. When I had to show up for court, he handled matters efficiently so that I could return to work in a timely manner. Overall, Murray made the process as painless as possible, and I am very appreciative of his service.
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Posted by ron | May 20, 2010
An Outstanding Lawyer
If you are worried about obtainiing a trustworthy and dependable lawyer, then look no further! Mr. Newman is OUTstanding. He really is dedicated to serving you! I have never used an attorney that has pleased me more. I urge you to meet him and take my recommendation to heart.
Posted by charles | January 28, 2010
Great Attorney!!!
Did exactly as he said and was easy to get ahold of.
Posted by Tom | January 26, 2010
Murray Newman review
Murray Newman far exceeded my expectations. He was very responsive and effective. I have no reservations in recommending Mr. Newman to anyone who seeks representation.
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Work Experience

  • Legal Consultant
  • Cold Justice-Television Show
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Murray Newman
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Newman-Flood, Attorneys at Law
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2008
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  • University Of Houston
  • 1998
  • Texas A & M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas vs. R.R.
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Texas vs. B.F.
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Texas vs. MP
  • 2 years probation on a Misdemeanor
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  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2023 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Standing Committee on Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • 30th Annual Training Conference
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • 2016
  • Indigent Defense Advanced Trial Techniques
  • Cross-Examination
  • 2013
  • Donald Davis Seminar-Dealing with the Practice: Balance & Ethics
  • When a Warrior Falls: Helping a Colleague Through an Illness or Shutting Down a Practice
  • 2013
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association Annual Seminar
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Tru TV's InSession
  • Susan Wright Murder Trial
  • 2011
  • Reasonable Doubt
  • Television Call In Show
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've seen Murray handle particularly difficult cases with thoughtfulness and compassion. He is excellent and personable in front of a jury, and he never misses a legal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Murray since we were in law school at the University of Houston Law Center. He is an incredible attorney with impeccable trial skills. I highly recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Murray on multiple occasions, he is an excellent lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known Murray since the late 1990s when we were baby prosecutors. Even then I admired him for his common sense approach to the law. He has a natural ability to persuade like few others I’ve seen. He is clearly one of the most talented lawyers in Harris County and someone I’m happy to call a friend. I recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Murray on a couple of murder cases, and was thoroughly impressed by not only his knowledge of the law, but his ability to communicate with the jury and work under adverse conditions created by the court. Despite having a judge who was clearly pro-prosecution, Murray reached the best possible result for the facts at hand. His clients were happy, and I was impressed, by the results he obtained in both of the cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Murray is a truly outstanding criminal defense attorney. I had the honor of serving as co-counsel on a major murder case with him and was very impressed by Murray's remarkable legal knowledge, communication skills and pure grit. The case was extremely difficult and, through it all, Murray got the client an excellent result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Murray is an awesome attorney. Someone you want on your side. He knows the law and is well respected at the courthouse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Murray is a very dedicated and talented defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch defense lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a fearless and tireless advocate. As good as he was as a prosecutor, he is better as a criminal defense attorney. His experience on both sides give him a unique perspective that is only enhanced by a very creative mind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Very skilled, knowledgeable and trial proven attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have see Murray in trial and can honestly say he is one of the best. He is so charismatic and versed in the law tat any jury cant help but be impressed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Murray is an incredibly smart and gifted lawyer. He achieves excellent results for his clients. He is always prepared and is very very knowledgeable in the area of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Murray was my very first boss out I law school. His knowledge of the law, coupled with his dynamic personality make him an excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Murray Newman for many years. He's a good lawyer and worth calling if you need a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Murray is a great trial lawyer who brings his natural ability together with over a decade of experience to every case. He has earned the respect of his peers in the courthouse and on the bench. Murray works hard for his clients and obtains results that many lawyers would not even consider possible. I have tried very difficult cases with Murray and he works better under pressure than almost any lawyer I have seen. If you need a lawyer for a serious crime, I recommend Murray Newman."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Murray Newman for 13 years. Each and every one of those years Murray has distinguished himself as a truly skilled trial lawyer. Murray has a unique ability to connect with judges and juries, which proves extremely beneficial to his clients. I feel that Murray is one of the few lawyers who can play on a case's legal aspects as well as its emotional aspects...and get the judge and jury to do the same. Anyone charged with a crime would be well-served by contacting Murray."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Murray Newman is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. I have seen him in trial on many occasions. He is well-prepared, knowledgable, tenacious, and persuasive. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Murray is quite simply a class act whom other lawyers go to for advice. He was formidable as a prosecutor and now he has become an even better lawyer defending his clients. His tireless and zealous representation of his clients makes him a credit to the criminal defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Murray Newman
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 25 years