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.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1980||08/17/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Criminal Trials||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||1986|
|Criminal Appeals||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||1986|
|American Jurisprudence Award||American Jurisprudence Publisher||1979|
|Managing Partner||The Law Office of Douglas M. Durham||2000 - Present|
|Partner||COGDELL, & DURHAM||1997 - 2000|
|ACTING CHIEF OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION||UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE||1996 - 1996|
|CHIEF OF ECONOMIC / CRIMES DIVISION||UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE||1993 - 1996|
|ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY||UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE||1991 - 1997|
|ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY||United States Attorney's Office||1991 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1980 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||Board Member||1986 - 1990|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Puget Sound School of Law||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|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|