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Doug Durham began practicing Law in May of 1980 as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas. He worked his way up through the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office to the position of “Chief Prosecutor” in the 228th District Court (Judge Ted Poe presiding) and the 183rd District Court (Judge Joseph M. Guarino presiding). During his tenure with the office he tried over fifty cases to jury verdicts, including capital murder cases. Doug left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in June of 1986  for private practice.
        
Doug has been recognized as having special competence in the area of Criminal Law and  Criminal Appeals (since 1986) by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Doug is admitted to practice in federal court in the Southern, Eastern  and Western Districts of Texas; the Eastern District of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He has tried over one hundred cases to jury verdict and authored over one hundred Criminal Briefs filed in the First, Third, Thirteen, and Fourteenth Texas Courts of Appeal, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit and United States Supreme Court (Petition for Writ of Certiorari).


He was elected to the Board of the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1987-88 and remains a current member of the Harris County, Texas, and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

In August of 1991, Doug joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. From 1991-94 he was a member of the financial institution fraud section where he prosecuted several high profile bank fraud cases. From 1994-97, he served as “Chief of the Economic Crimes Section” where he supervised 34 lawyers. In 1997 he served for a short period as “Chief of the Criminal Division.”  During the same period, he was a member of Attorney General Janet Reno’s National health care fraud working group. He was a member of the Department of Justice’s self-audit team and participated in the United States Attorney Office evaluation for the District of Connecticut and the Eastern District of Virginia. 


In March of 1997 Doug left the federal government an re-entered private practice. Doug has addressed health care and criminal law issues before various groups, including: The Texas Criminal Lawyer’s Association, The University of Texas School of Law Tenth Annual Health Law Conference and the Houston Baptist University Masters Program in Public Health.
      
Doug has represented individuals and Fortune 500 corporations who have come under the scrutiny of the government in industries as diverse as private prison management, health care, banking, securities fraud, energy, manufacturing and hazardous waste management. 


A representative sample of corporate clients include Auto Zone, CEC, General Electric, Phillips Petroleum, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Terra Renewal, Sunbelt Rentals, and Moon Credit Corporation. Doug’s primary office is located in the Williams Tower in the Galleria area of Houston.


He is available to meet clients in downtown Houston at the Bank of America Center, and in offices in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tyson Corner, Virginia.

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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  1. Juvenile: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Federal Crime: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Appeals: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases

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Law Office of Doug Durham

The Williams Tower
2800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 4100
Houston, TX, 77056-6145

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2017
Criminal TrialsTexas Board of Legal Specialization1986
Criminal AppealsTexas Board of Legal Specialization1986
American Jurisprudence AwardAmerican Jurisprudence Publisher1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Law Office of Douglas M. Durham2000 - Present
PartnerCOGDELL, & DURHAM1997 - 2000
ACTING CHIEF OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISIONUNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE1996 - 1996
CHIEF OF ECONOMIC / CRIMES DIVISIONUNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE1993 - 1996
ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEYUNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE1991 - 1997
ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEYUnited States Attorney's Office1991 - 1993
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1980 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Texas Criminal Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1986 - 1990
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Puget Sound School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
White Collar Crime Seminar“Responding to Grand Jury Subpoenas”2000
Masters Program Public Health Forum“Health Care Fraud Update”1999
Tenth Annual Health Law Conference“Moderator – Fraud and Abuse Update”1998
Masters Program on Public Health“Current Fraud Schemes”1996