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About me

I'm a Houston criminal defense lawyer.  Advocate for the poor everywhere.  Believer in redemption.  Motorcycle adventurer, and barbecue fiend. 


I'm a former Army Reserve Combat Medic and former prosecutor.  I dedicate one hundred percent of my practice to criminal defense.  From allegations of driving while intoxicated and domestic violence to murder and complex white collar cases.  


I'm a frequent lecturer around the world on criminal justice topics.  I've appeared on television to discuss arrests and crime in the media, and I contribute criminal justice expertise to the Huffington Post here:  


I use my experience to defend anyone accused of committing a crime.  And I do my best to do so with compassion and zeal each and every day.


Call me for a free consultation: (713) 529-3900


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    6 years, 300 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 10%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
    6 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Grant Matthew Scheiner

    I have known Philip Gommels since his early days as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Phil was widely respected as a tough, fair and honest prosecutor. He also developed formidable trial skills, racking up courtroom victories against some of the most seasoned criminal lawyers in Houston. What impresses me most about Phil is that he works harder, and thinks faster on his feet, than just about every attorney I have ever met. Now that he has opened his own private practice concentrating in criminal defense and juvenile matters, I am confident that Phil will soon join the ranks of the most outstanding criminal defense attorneys in Texas.


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  • Rand A. Mintzer

    I endorse this lawyer. One of my law professors would state that a great lawyer should be able to argue both sided of the same case. If that is the case, Mr. Gommels is a great lawyer. He was one of the few prosecutors that actually cared about my clients as human beings. He has now carried that compassion and empathy to the defense side. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not state the he is a talented lawyer and an outstanding advocate for the persecuted.


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Contact info

Philip Gommels

2211 Norfolk Street
Suite 735
Houston, TX, 77098-4062


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Winner of Distinction Award for ExcellenceBetter Business Bureau2015
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2010 - 2012
Combat MedicUnited States Army (Active & Reserve)2002 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Premier DUI AttorneysN/A2015 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law SectionMember2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology SectionMember2013 - Present
Fort Bend County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
The College of The State Bar of TexasMember2013 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas v. JGCase Dismissed
State of Texas v. EMCase Dismissed
State of Texas v. YRMotion Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Reasonable Doubt, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA)Even Criminal Lawyers Tire of Violent Crime2016
Reasonable Doubt, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA)A Parents’ Guide to Criminal Charges2016
Reasonable Doubt, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA)Student, Father Jailed for Missing Four Midnight Phone Calls2016
The Huffington PostThe Sandra Bland Video Demonstrates How Knowing a Little About Your Rights Can Be Just as Dangerous as Not Knowing Them at All2015
The Huffington PostSandra Bland Conspiracy Theories Officially Debunked With Release of New Jailhouse Footage -- Waller County Not Totally Off the Hook2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2010
University of PennsylvaniaPolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Capital Defense CollegeEffective Use Of Technology In The Courtroom2016
Military Defense Counsel Trial LitigationUsing PowerPoint Effectively in Trial2015
Indigent DefenseTechnology in Trial Preparation and in the Courtroom2015
Harris County Indigent DefenseProcedures and Billing2015
Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law ProgramTechnology in Pretrial Preparation2015
Capital Defense CollegeTechnology in Trial Preparation and in the Courtroom2015
ALARM ConferenceEvidence Collection and Preservation in Sexual Assault Cases2014
ALARM ConferencePreserving Information2014
ALARM ConferenceThe Right to Representation2014
Veterans Job ConferenceLegal Challenges Facing Job-Seeking Veterans2013
Continuing Legal EducationChallenges to Prosecution: Contemporary Model for Prosecution of Mentally Ill or Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Defendants2012