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Texas Super Lawyer – Thomson Reuters

Clint Broden & Mick Mickelsen have been awarded Texas Super Lawyer each year since 2004 by Thomson Reuters.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Clint Broden & Mick Mickelsen have received AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell each year since 2000.

D Magazine – Dallas/Fort Worth Best Lawyers

Clint Broden has received “Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense in 2011-2013, 2015 and 2017.”
Mick Mickelsen has received “Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense 2011-2013 and 2017.”


Texas State Cases

Client Admits Guilt. Jury Gives Probation

2015 Client admits guilt in eleven home invasion/robberies. At trial the State request the jury to give him 50 years, the jury gives him probation.

Case Dismissed

2015 Client confessed to participation in drive by shooting with two co-defendants. The co-defendants plead guilty. Defense investigation establishes that client’s confession and confession of two co-defendants are false. Case dismissed against client.

Sexual Assault Case Examples

On March 20, 2008, a client represented by Clint Broden at a jury trial held in Dallas County was found NOT GUILTY of molesting his step-granddaughter. Following the acquittal, the client’s records was expunged.

Murder Case Examples

A client facing a life sentence was found NOT GUILTY of murder despite the fact that he was identified by an eyewitness and implicated in the murder by his accomplice.

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State & Federal Appeal Cases

Federal Criminal Appeal Cases

Sentencing enhancement for being a leader of a drug conspiracy was reversed and client’s sentence was reduced by seven years. (September 2014)

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State & Federal Habeas Corpus Cases

Texas Habeas Corpus Cases

Client was convicted in Fannin County, Texas with aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment. Broden & Mickelsen was retained to file a post-conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus which the Court of Criminal Appeals granted based on the ineffective assistance of client’s attorney at trial. Client’s conviction was vacated. (March 2014)

Federal Habeas Corpus Cases

Broden & Mickelsen represented a client who had been sentenced in state court to 70 years imprisonment for robbery. In a post-conviction proceeding in federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 22554 (a “2254 motion”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the client’s conviction after finding Dallas County prosecutors improperly struck two African-Americans from the jury that heard his case.

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Federal Criminal Cases

Fraud Case Examples

Broden & Mickelsen represented a doctor charged with medicare fraud who faced a prison sentence and loss of his medical license. Shortly before trial, Broden & Mickelsen negotiated a settlement where the client was place on pretrial diversion without any conviction or damage to his license.

Drug Case Examples

On February 21, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Midland Division), a client with three prior federal drug convictions who was facing 22-27 years imprisonment for being a career criminal was found NOT GUILTY of a new drug charge after a three day trial.

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Founded in 1998

More Than Fifty Years Attorney Legal Experience

Recognized for Extensive Experience in Criminal Appeals, Federal Crimes and State Crimes

Clint Broden & Mick Mickelsen Voted "Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense by Thomson Rueters 2004-2016

More than Fifty Court of Appeals Oral Arguments

Only 35% of Mr. Broden's Federal Trials Resulted in Final Convictions for the Client.

Certified in Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Clint Broden Voted One of the Best Criminal Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Selecting A Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

Like every profession, there are numerous attorneys who are dedicated to charging fair fees and zealously representing their clients. On the other hand, there are numerous attorneys who are either not qualified in certain matters but will become involved if ‘the price is right,’ or who are not dedicated to putting the interests of the client first. If you are charged with a criminal offense, there will be several considerations when selecting a criminal defense attorney who is truly committed to giving you the best representation possible.

1. Criminal Defense or Personal Injury Lawyer?

Do you want an attorney who writes a will on Monday, represents a plaintiff in a car accident case on Tuesday, appears at an immigration hearing on Wednesday, represents a client for a speeding ticket on Thursday, to represent you, when your liberty is at stake, on Friday?

Select an attorney or law firm that practices exclusively criminal law. Whether or not you choose to retain Broden and Mickelsen, we strongly recommend hiring an attorney whose practice is almost entirely dedicated to criminal defense. Criminal defense is a highly specialized field of law and it is very difficult for an attorney who practices in several areas of the law to have the knowledge necessary to provide the right type of representation to clients. A criminal offense is a serious matter; defendants deserve an expert with full knowledge of the law, other cases, and guidelines.

  • Criminal laws change frequently at a state and federal level
  • Cases happen frequently and can set precedent
  • Guidelines for attorneys in state and federal cases change often

Review the website of any attorney that you are contemplating hiring to determine how much of his or her practice is dedicated to criminal defense.

At Broden and Mickelsen, all partners practice exclusively criminal defense. In addition, both Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. Clint Broden also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. Membership in these organizations represent a commitment to the practice of criminal law and you should be extremely wary of hiring a lawyer that is not a member of both of these organizations.

2. Texas Board Certified?

Second, do you want an attorney that is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as an expert in criminal law or do you want an attorney that is not board certified as a specialist? Approximately 10% of attorneys are certified by the Board as specialists in a particular area of law.

In order to obtain a certification, an attorney must, among other things,

  1. Submit an application to the Board setting forth the trials and appeals he or she has handled in both state court and federal court.
  2. Continue legal education in the field of criminal law.
  3. The Board obtains evaluations about the attorney from judges, prosecutors, and other criminal defense lawyers.
  4. Finally, the attorney must pass a rigorous examination, testing his or her knowledge of both state and federal law.

We suggest that, with your liberty at stake, you hire an attorney who has undergone the rigorous hurdles to become board certified as criminal law specialists. If you are considering hiring a non-specialist, ask the attorney why he or she is not Board Certified. Both Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are certified by the Board as both criminal law specialists and criminal appellate law specialists.

3. A Prosecutor or a Defense Attorney?

Third, do you want to select an attorney who was a former prosecutor or an attorney that has always fought for the citizen accused?

Former prosecutors will argue that experience from “the other side” is a valuable asset. On the other hand, many criminal defense lawyers were trained since the beginning of their careers to develop creative defenses that might not occur to a lawyer with a more prosecutorial frame of mind. Defense lawyers that never worked for the prosecution also have no allegiances and may be more comfortable vigorously challenging the opposition. You want your lawyer’s allegiance to be to you and not to a relationship they have formed with the prosecutors. Moreover, you want an attorney who believes in your innocence and does not approach your case as a prosecutor where you have to prove your innocence. Both partners at Broden & Mickelsen are career criminal defense lawyers and will zealously represent YOUR interests. Be very wary of an attorney who tells you that he can get you a “special deal” because he or she was a former prosecutor or “knows” the judge. That is NOT how the system works.

4. State Court or Federal Court?

Fourth, are you charged in state court or federal court?

Generally, a federal court is a much more formal atmosphere with strict deadlines and also involves more written “pleadings” than state court.

Sentencing in federal court is done using complex sentencing guidelines that the judge will often follow. It is almost impossible to provide effective representation in federal court unless an attorney practices in federal court on a regular basis and understands the sentencing guidelines inside and out. In short, because of the much less structured environment, most Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyers who practice exclusively criminal defense can provide effective representation in state court.

On the other hand, if you are charged with a crime in federal court, always make sure that your attorney has extensive experience practicing in federal court and does not practice primarily in state court.

Speak with our Dallas Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Case (214) 720-9552

Both partners in the firm have over twenty-five years of experience each, defending citizens accused of crimes in Federal Courts.

Before hiring a lawyer in a federal court proceeding, request that the lawyer show you on PACER (a web site containing all federal cases) how many cases that attorney has handled in the particular federal court.

5. Trial or Appeal?

Selecting an attorney to represent you at trial or on appeal? Most attorneys practicing criminal law represent people in the trial courts. Only a small percentage of those practicing criminal law also regularly represent people on appeal.

At Broden and Mickelsen, we represent people both at trial and on appeal and we believe this to be an important factor when choosing a lawyer. At trial, a lawyer must have extensive knowledge of the decisions reached by appellate courts in order to make sure that your rights are upheld and that proper objections are made at trial in the event you must appeal a guilty verdict. It is difficult for a lawyer to develop this extensive knowledge unless he or she regularly represents people on appeal and continually conducts legal research in order to keep up with the trends of the appellate courts.

A substantial portion of the practice at Broden and Mickelsen is dedicated to researching legal issues in connection with appeals. As a result, we can offer you excellent representation on criminal appeal. Just as important, at a trial we know the current state of the law and can preserve your right, in the event an appeal becomes necessary.

We firmly believe that, when you consider the various factors necessary to making an informed decision regarding which criminal attorney you should select, you will realize why Broden & Mickelsen is one of the preeminent criminal defense firms in the United States.

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