Mick Mickelsen is a nationally recognized criminal trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience defending people charged with white-collar crimes, drug offenses, sex crimes, murder, and other serious state and federal offenses. He is a board-certified specialist in both criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Mickelsen works closely with clients as they navigate the complex criminal justice system, fighting all the way through trial, appeal, and post-conviction relief proceedings.
“At Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, our mission is to exonerate the innocent,” he says. “We do this by providing aggressive and ethical representation. We conduct exhaustive investigations and craft thoughtful defenses aimed at achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. When justice is not served at trial, we continue the fight through appeal and explore every potential opportunity for post-conviction relief.”
Inspired to forge a career in law by the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mr. Mickelsen graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. He began his career as an associate for Michael Fawer, who at the time represented Danny Faulkner in the I-30 condominium fraud trial. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Mickelsen worked as an assistant federal public defender in Dallas. During that time, he defended people charged with crimes in federal court and handled numerous federal criminal appeals.
In 1998, Mr. Mickelsen joined with fellow defense attorney Clint Broden to form the law firm of Broden & Mickelsen, LLP. Their firm is a true partnership, with both attorneys working together on many of the cases they take on. Although much of their practice is focused in federal court, they also represent defendants in Texas courts around the state. These cases involve charges ranging from DWIs to murder.
Mr. Mickelsen has been involved in numerous capital cases on the trial level and on the appellate level. He has fought successfully to have several of his clients’ death sentences overturned in post-conviction litigation. On each of the death penalty cases on which he represented the defendant at trial, he was able to negotiate a non-death sentence for his client.
In federal court, some of Mr. Mickelsen’s notable wins include an eight-week trial in which his client was charged with environmental laboratory fraud, a two-week computer-hacking trial, and a two-week theft of trade secret trial.
In criminal appeals, he has had murder cases and sexual assault cases reversed for new trials, among others. He also argued a case before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that established important precedent pertaining to the insanity defense.
Mr. Mickelsen maintains a 5.0 Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been designated a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomas Reuters every year since 2004. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at SMU Law School and has been a speaker at several continuing legal education events.
Mr. Mickelsen has lived in Dallas, Texas, for most of his life. He is married to Dr. Jolie Bailey. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, chess, and playing the banjo.
- B.A. in English, University of Dallas, 1987
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
- Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1999
- Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law since 2011
- Past Co-Chair of the Dallas Criminal Justice Committee
- Past Board Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Past Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at SMU Law School
- Texas Super Lawyer since 2004
- Martindale-Hubbell Rating 5.0 out of 5.0