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Douglas K. O'Connell

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Doug

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Douglas

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Over the years, Doug prosecuted countless cases including DWI, Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Sexual Assault, Felony in Possession of a Firearm, Controlled Substances, Murder and Capital Murder. He has tried over 100 Jury Trials and an incalculable number of Bench Trials. Doug is confident that his years as a Prosecutor give him an advantage when defending citizens; he’s able to identify, evaluate, and exploit potential weaknesses in the government’s case.

As a Criminal Defense Attorney, Doug has represented clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in State and Federal Courts, and has aggressively fought for clients in jury trials including Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, and Murder. Often Doug’s clients are people who’ve never been in trouble with the law and need advice and counsel on how to protect their rights.

He has lectured at the University of Texas School of Law, testified before the Texas House of Representatives, and was selected by two law enforcement organizations to provide representation to their officers following critical incidents.

Doug attended college on a ROTC scholarship and served 30 years in the Army and Army National Guard, with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Northwest Africa as a Special Forces Officer. He retired from the military as a Colonel in 2019.

Doug graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law and was licensed as an Attorney in 1994. Doug began his legal career in Austin, Texas, as a Misdemeanor Prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office. Later Doug served as a Felony Prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, before moving to the United States Attorney’s office in Austin where he was the Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal crimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Criminal Defense Award.
Texas Top Attorney Award from Texas Monthly Magazine.
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Location

O'Connell West, PLLC
505 West 12th Street
Suite 200
Austin, TX, 78701
O' COnnell West PLLC
552 East FM 2410
FM 2410
Harker Heights, TX, 76548
O'Connell West PLLC
717 North Main
Taylor, TX, 76574
O'Connell West PLLC
6391 De Zavala Road
San Antonio, TX, 78249
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Being charged with a criminal offense can be a life changing event and you will want to make sure you have the best people representing you. This great team of experienced lawyers listened to me, understood my situation entirely, and fought hard on my behalf. Ultimately, my case was dismissed.
Response from Douglas O'Connell October 31, 2022
Thank you for for trusting us to help you.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Legal Expertise
When my son got in trouble with law enforcement, I turned to O’Connell West for help. Doug and Laurie did an amazing job. They steered us through the process, fought for my son and ultimately his case was dismissed. If you or someone you care about is in trouble, I highly recommend you hire O’Connell West.
Response from Douglas O'Connell October 3, 2022
We are very happy that, in the end, our hard work paid off, and your Son's case was dismissed. It was a team effort and we wouldn't have achieved this result without Ashley's help and Laurie's criminal law expertise. Thank you for trusting us to help your son.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top tier
Doug and his partner Ken represented myself and a co-defendant in what can only be called a gross miscarriage of justice. After showing the government the light, prosecutors doubled down due to ignorance, incompetence and politics - and Doug and Ken kicked their efforts into high gear. The result? Acquitted of every trumped up charge the state could come up with. Intelligent. Savvy. Diligent.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Powerhouse Attorney with Proven Results - The Go-to Law Enforcement Attorney in Texas
I was indicted for multiple felonious charges stemming from an on-duty shooting while employed as a police officer. Doug O'Connell & Ken Ervin fought aggressively to show the case had no grounds for prosecution. The case was ultimately dismissed and the charges expunged. Their cumulative track record of winning jury trials, specifically for law enforcement made a huge difference. I'll forever be thankful for their relentless defense and outstanding communication along the way. Thank you!
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Response from Douglas O'Connell August 29, 2022
Ken and I are happy that the government buckled and dismissed your cases. We know that law enforcement officers understand which defense attorneys really fight for their clients. We were honored you selected us to be your advocate.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
When in doubt, seek a consultation
I have consulted with O'Connell West several times concerning legal matters. I have always received excellent counsel and rely heavily on their experience to provide the best options to navigate some of the most difficult situations in life,
Response from Douglas O'Connell April 12, 2022
Thank you for the recommendation and placing your trust in our team.
Posted by Elisabeth | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Trust Him with My Life
I take my career seriously. When I was being threatened by a shady business I turned to O’Connell West for help.  Doug and Wes are great lawyers and they handled the situation decisively in my favor.  I’ve turned to Doug O’Connell for legal counsel several times over the years.  He’s always steered me to success and I’m thankful for his wise guidance. As a veteran myself, I appreciate that Doug and Wes are also distinguished veterans who have served our country for decades. They continue to serve as my counsel with the highest standard of excellence.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell April 12, 2022
Elisabeth: Thank you for trusting our team to help you navigate difficult challenges in life. We love all of our clients, but we especially love to help fellow veterans.
Posted by Drew | February 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic Law Firm
Mr. O'Connell and his partner, Mr. West, are the attorneys you need for representation. They are very quick to respond. The communication, and the desire to truly understand my issue, were excellent. With some very clear, concise and competent advice, Mr. O'Connell and Mr. West helped us to quickly get our legal problem solved.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Representation
Doug worked with me for several months during my military legal battle to ensure I was able to stay in and continue to serve. He has a calming presence and a perspective that allowed me to immediately trust him as a person as well as an attorney. Over the few months that we worked together, he demonstrated the ability to see my case from a multigenerational perspective and anticipate problems in order to spin them in my favor. I would recommend Doug as an attorney to anyone, and can’t thank him enough for his hard work, empathy, and trustworthiness.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell May 28, 2021
I'm so happy that we won your case! Thank you for trusting me to steer you through this challenge. The Army is lucky to have you and it was my honor to represent you.
Posted by Frank | January 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Doug O’Connell truly deserves the title as a “Super Lawyer”. I highly recommend him as a man of honor who will dedicate himself to providing you the best legal defense possible. He represented my son in a complicated assault case. Doug fully investigated all aspects of the case, and coordinated with the Austin Police Department, and the Austin District Attorney's Office .I believe this was a case where the best aspects of our judicial system were on display. Mr O’ Connell did outstanding work and presented a detailed account of the events that transpired and all factors in mitigation regarding my son to the District Attorney's Office. Because of Mr O’Connell’s hard work and the District Attorney’s Office willingness to review the evidence and consider my son’s circumstances as an individual, it was determined that no charges were filed against him. Anyone who hires Doug will not be disappointed. He will be a fierce advocate for you, always responsive, and will keep you informed on the status of your case from beginning to end.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell January 24, 2021
Frank - I'm so glad that after our hard work, justice prevailed!
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful representation
I hired Doug to represent me when I was arrested for DWI. I was scared and didn’t know what to do. Doug was so helpful, walked me through this ordeal, and kept me informed every step of the way. Despite the evidence against me, Doug was able to convince the prosecutors to offer me a pre-trial diversion program that meant I wouldn’t be convicted of a crime. I hope to never need a criminal law attorney again, but if I do I wouldn’t hesitate to hire Doug again.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell July 28, 2020
I'm glad we were able to help the prosecutor see & understand who you are - a good person, who made one mistake. I doubt you'll ever need me again, but I'm here if you ever need help.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Victory!
"I was accused of fraud, stealing from the government and identity theft by the US Army Criminal Investigation Division. My military career was stalled for years and I thought I was going to be kicked out of the Army. I faced loosing my retirement and everything I’d worked so hard to build. Hiring Doug O’Connell as my Attorney was the best move I could have made. Doug won my case. I’m forever thankful for his skill and passion representing military personnel.”
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Response from Douglas O'Connell May 27, 2020
I consider it an honor to represent service members and veterans. Thank you for your service and for trusting me to help you with your situation.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Warrior for Justice - a Godsend
Doug represented me when I was accused of Assault Family Violence. My entire career was on the line, and I’m forever thankful I turned to Doug for help. Doug beat the government prosecutors so bad they gave up on the second day of trial. He always returns calls and emails and he worked with me on payments. I would definitely hire Doug again.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell May 23, 2020
I'm happy we were able to win your case. You never should have had to go to trial, but the prosecutors thought you'd buckle and take a plea bargain - despite your innocence. I love when clients turn me loose to fight wrongheaded and overzealous government prosecutors.
Posted by BND | May 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific Attorney who has clients best interest at heart
I was accused of fraud, embezzlement and tampering with government records. Doug steered me through the whole ordeal. He convinced the prosecutors that I was not at fault, there was never any intent to break any laws and this was fabricated accusations . The prosecutors dropped the case.
Response from Douglas O'Connell May 23, 2020
BND: Thanks for putting your trust in me. I know that your career and family's security were on the line. Very happy we were able to obtain justice in your case.
Posted by Rachel | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Review
Doug O’Connell was able to do a thorough legal review and synopsis for my son on a old juvenile matter so he could be able to join the military. Without Doug’s assistance he wouldn’t have even been able to apply. Highly recommend.
Posted by Larry | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding experience and result
I will be forever grateful for Doug's patience and persistence. Doug won my federal debarment case. The government accused me of white collar fraud and identity theft. Doug never gave up, and he always looked to go beyond taking a personal interest. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by SV | October 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Service
Doug represented me in an extremely difficult and emotionally challenging case in Federal Court. The Government accused me of fraud and other white collar crimes. Doug O'Connell's tenacious defense ultimately cause the federal prosecutors to buckle and dismiss the case. I will forever be grateful to this excellent attorney and fine human being. I can't thank him enough!
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Posted by Dennis | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doug got my case dismissed
Doug told me that if I was patient and followed his advice, he could produce a good result. I trusted him and did what he asked me to do. It wasn't quick because the system moves slow, but he kept me updated as events happened. After 7 months with limited efforts on my part, my case was dismissed
Posted by Charlie S. | July 2, 2015
My new best friend
Doug O'Connell was able to get my case dismissed, and I am extremely grateful. He made no promises but did explain what his intensions were and accomplished exactly what he intended. Doug is very professional, knowledgeable and just a plain nice guy.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2015
Excellent Lawyer Help
Doug Oconnell helped me tremendously! He answered my call promptly and professionally. He considered my case, took it on, and took care of a very stressful situation swiftly and easily. He made a big problem small, and eliminated it completely. It is good to know that there are "good" lawyers in the world. Doug is not only highly Professional, experienced, well connected, and obviously one of the very best at what he does, but he also is honorable and really did a good deed for me. I owe him a world of thanks!
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Response from Douglas O'Connell May 28, 2015
Thank you. I'm happy you were pleased. Complicated civil and criminal law procedures can be very stressful for those facing legal challenges. My job is to make the situation as painless and stress free as possible. I'm glad I was able to do this for you.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
Doug represented me for an expungement proceeding in 2014. His knowledge of the process and people involved gave me a great deal of confidence from the beginning. Doug kept me informed throughout the process and was able to successfully have all records of the event expunged. He is an excellent attorney who can definitely be trusted to represent you fairly and honestly.
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Response from Douglas O'Connell May 28, 2015
Expungements and Orders of Non Disclosure are critical when starting a new career, applying for jobs, or just piece of mind. The complicated part is determining if your eligible. This can often involve obtaining the source documents from the District or County Clerks Office. You can't necessarily rely on the law enforcement criminal history. I'm happy that we were able to obtain the expungement you deserved.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Attorney
  • O'Connell & Associates, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Douglas K. O'Connell, Attorney at Law
  • 2005 - 2014

Education

  • United States Army War College
  • MA - Masters - Strategic Studies
  • 2013
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • MS - Master of Science - National Security Studies
  • 2008
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1994

Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Lyceum
  • Alumni
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Minute Man Award for legal service to Military & Veterans
  • Enlisted Association of the National Guard
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Texas Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Texas Bar College
  • Texas Bar Association
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Doug is one of the top trial lawyers in Central Texas. He has my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Doug O'Connell for many years and collaborated with him on several complicated criminal defense cases. Through his hard work, attention to detail, dedication to his clients, and through his thorough knowledge of the law, he develops and advocates defenses that few, if any, other defense attorneys would even think of. Using these attributes, he achieves remarkable results for his clients. I endorse Mr. O'Connell without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Doug O'Connell. I've known and worked alongside him for more than 25 years. He fights hard for his clients and has a well-deserved reputation in the courthouse for integrity. You won't go wrong by hiring him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Mr. O'Connell for many years. His persistence and unique approach ensures each client is treated fairly and receives the best possible outcome for their individual situation."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Douglas K. O'Connell
Douglas K. O'Connell
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 29 years
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