Clint Broden grew up knowing that he wanted to be a lawyer so that he could “fight for the underdog.” He goes to work every day to do just that. His goal is not to make friends with prosecutors and judges, but to work as your advocate and fight for you.
Mr. Broden obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude with honors in Political Science. He received his law degree in 1990 from the University of Virginia. He graduated in the top ten percent of his law school class and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Clint Broden joined a prestigious civil litigation firm in Washington, D.C following graduation from law school. However, he quickly turned away from civil litigation to follow his passion of practicing criminal defense law.
In 1992, Mr. Broden arrived in Dallas, Texas where he became an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. As an Assistant Federal Public Defender, he practiced exclusively in federal court at both the trial level and the appellate level representing indigent defendants.
In 1998, Mr. Broden and Mr. Mickelsen, another Assistant Federal Public Defender, founded the law firm Broden & Mickelsen, LLP in Dallas, TX where they practiced criminal defense at both the state and federal levels. This practice involved pre-trial representation, trial representation, appellate representation and post-conviction representation.
Clint Broden is board certified in the areas of criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in Texas, California, and the District of Columbia. He has represented clients in federal courts throughout the United States.
Mr. Broden has been recognized by Martindale Hubbel, receiving the highest available “AV” rating. He has also been designated a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters every year since 2004 and he has been named to the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2016. D Magazine also named him a “best white collar attorney” in the field of criminal defense for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2021.
Mr. Broden was one of only two attorneys in the State who was awarded the Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in 2018 by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Mr. Broden specializes in four areas of criminal law: Federal criminal defense, Texas criminal defense, criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings. Unusual for a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Broden has extensive experience in complex cases and areas of law involving the death penalty, white collar offenses, drug trafficking offenses, child pornography charges, federal criminal appeals, habeas corpus proceedings, and federal sentencing guidelines.
Mr. Broden has handled federal cases throughout the United States and Mr. Broden can match his success against almost any attorney in the nation. Even though approximately 90%-95% of defendants who go to trial in federal court are convicted, only approximately 35% of Mr. Broden’s federal trials have resulted in final convictions.
In addition to Mr. Broden’s experience with complex federal cases, he also represents defendants facing state charges in courts in Dallas and throughout Texas. If you’ve been accused of criminal wrongdoing, it is important to hire an attorney who is not afraid to take on the local establishment. To increase the odds of a favorable outcome, it is imperative to hire an experienced veteran with a track record of cases and experience who is not afraid to pursue your interests aggressively. Clint Broden’s approach is time-tested and uniquely dedicated in nature.
Mr. Broden has handled nearly 100 federal appeals throughout the nation and has conducted oral arguments in more than fifty federal cases. Mr. Broden has handled cases in the Third Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, and the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Broden has prevailed in his federal appellate cases at a significantly higher rate than the average success rate ordinarily enjoyed by federal defendants.
Mr. Broden also investigates and files post-convictions in federal court under 28 U.S.C. 2254 and 28 USC 2255 and in state court under Article 11.07 of the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure. These motions are filed after losing at trial and after all avenues of direct appeal have been exhausted. They are usually the last remedy a convicted defendant has available to them, and they are difficult motions to win. Nevertheless, Clint Broden has won several of these motions in federal and state courts. In addition to winning such motions in cases where clients were convicted of such offenses as aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, federal drug distribution, and possession of child pornography, Mr. Broden also prevailed in a case where the client had been sentenced to death.
Mr. Broden has, in the past, been an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he taught trial advocacy. Mr. Broden also lectures to other criminal defense attorneys on various criminal law topics, including federal detention hearings, suppression motions, obscenity trials, and federal sentencing guidelines. Mr. Broden has also served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge in the City of Dallas.
Mr. Broden is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Broden is also a member of the Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas County Bar Association, and the Mac Taylor American Inn of Court.