Dallas Criminal Defense Attorneys


Federal and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers


Upholding the Rights of the Accused

For 16 years, Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen have worked together on a variety of cases, everything from criminal appeals in the nation’s highest courts to complex federal cases to DWI’s and child sexual assaults. In 2015, the pair brought in two new partners, Mike Snipes and John Helms. each with diverse experiences in law: federal prosecutor, state district judge, white collar attorney, decorated Army Colonel with military law experience and commercial litigator.

The law firm has changed in one way only, it has added two additional partners with years of experience to the practice and defense team. Together, Broden, Mickelsen, Helms and Snipes LLP are dedicated to aggressively and ethically representing individuals charged with crimes in Texas courts and Federal courts throughout the nation. Located at the same address in Dallas, find out more about our experience, results and practice.


Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP

Longtime Partners Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen, added retired state district judge, Mike Snipes and former federal prosecutor and criminal lawyer, John Helms to form one of Dallas’ most experienced criminal defense teams. 

Clint Broden

Clinton Broden

Federal Defense Lawyer

Mr. Broden is board certified in the areas of criminal law and criminal appellate law. Broden represents clients charged with complex federal crimes, state crimes in Texas and represents those on criminal appeal.

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Mick Mickelsen

Mick Mickelsen

Criminal Appeals Attorney

Mr. Mickelsen has lived in Dallas, TX most of his life, defending clients for close to 25 years. Mickelsen is experienced in criminal law and criminal appellate law for both Texas and Federal crimes.

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John Helms

John Helms

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Helms has served the public and operated in solo practices. He has never lost a trial or criminal appeal as a prosecutor. Now he represents clients charged with white collar crime and commercial litigation.

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Michael Snipes

Michael Snipes

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Mr. Snipes was recently a judge on several prominent cases in Dallas, TX. Now Snipes combines a wealth of law experience towards defending those accused of state and federal crimes in Texas.

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The Practice

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes is a national criminal defense law firm based in Dallas, Texas that is committed to providing zealous representation to individuals and businesses charged with criminal offenses for a reasonable fee. The firm is involved in all stages of criminal defense representation including pretrial investigations, trials, appeals and post-conviction proceedings.

Unlike most other criminal defense firms, Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes is a true collaborative partnership where all the partners take an interest in all of the firm’s cases. We believe that the diverse experience we offer our clients is unrivaled by any other criminal defense law firm in the country. When you retain Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes to represent you, this is what you are getting:

What You Get

A team of lawyers working on your case who have more than 100 years of combined legal experience. You get a team of partners (unlike many firms we never put your case in the hands of an associate) who have been counsel in over 1,600 federal cases; who have tried almost 100 federal cases: who have been counsel in over 400 appeals and who have argued before the United States Courts of Appeals over 50 times. In fact, despite a 6% acquittal rate in criminal trials in federal court, one of the firm’s partners has avoided convictions for his clients in 65% of his trials. You get a team who have seen cases from all perspectives; as defense attorneys, as prosecutors, and judges.

The firm has represented clients in multiple courts in Texas, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. We have appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, Tenth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit and have handled several cases in the United States Supreme Court.

The lawyers at Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes have graduated from the finest law schools in the country (University of Virginia, Georgetown and two from the University of Texas) and have come together to fight for you. Just like the federal government or state will have a team working against you, you will have a team working for you. Your team needs to be better. With our diverse experience and unique approach, you will know that your team is better.


Recent Cases

Clint Broden & Mick Mickelsen Resolve Medicare Fraud Case

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms and Snipes represented two doctors, husband and wife, charged with Medicare fraud. All charges were dismissed against the wife, and the government dismissed the charges against the husband pursuant to a pretrial diversion agreement.

Broden Wins Appellate Case Before Fifth Circuit

On June 25, 2014, Clint Broden won another appellate case before the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. The client hired Broden after he was convicted at trial. Although the Fifth Circuit upheld the conviction, Broden convinced the Court to reverse the sentence. It is expected that the client’s sentencing could be reduced by approximately seven years upon re-sentencing. View our other Texas appeal victories.


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