Broden & Mickelsen - 2012 Year In Review

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Broden & Mickelsen, criminal lawyers in Dallas, are pleased to present this review of its progress and performance during 2012. 2012 was marked by many victories, including many appeals and a Texas Supreme Court victory.

Broden & Mickelsen, a Dallas- based Criminal Law Firm, is pleased to present this review of its progress and performance during 2012.

2012 was an eventful year for the Broden & Mickelsen Law Firm. It was marked by an additional certification in criminal appellate law, winning appeals and post-conviction relief for multiple clients, totaling sentencing for over 100 years of imprisonment, and recognition by multiple media sources.

Highlights include the following:

1.    Both partners, Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen became part of the first group of attorneys to be certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Appellate Law (A group limited to approximately eighty-four attorneys and judges in the entire state of Texas.)

Last year the Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced a new specialization in Criminal Appellate Law. The new specialization was in addition to the specialization already offered in general Criminal Law in order to further distinguish those criminal attorneys with specialization in appellate work.

Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen were certified in the area of general Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1999.

This additional certification puts them among a very small number of lawyers who are certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

2.    On May 18, 2012, In re M.P.A. No. NO. 10-0859 (Texas Supreme Court 2012), Clint Broden won an appeal in the Texas Supreme Court's first decision in a juvenile habeas case, liberating a client that had served thirteen years in prison on an aggravated sexual assault conviction.

Clint spent hundreds of hours on this case since 2006, on a pro bono basis. Prior to taking this case to the Texas Supreme Court, Clint brought Baker & Botts and former Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson into the case and they all worked pro bono.

The case was featured on ABC's 20/20 and received considerable publicity in the Austin area.

Click here to read the full Texas Court of Appeals opinion.

3.    Mick Mickelsen successfully represented a client on appeal on an aggravated sexual assault before the Dallas Court of Appeals, (Case Number 05-10-01623). The court reversed the conviction and a twenty-five year sentence.

4.    Clint Broden successfully represented a client on appeal on a sexual assault of a child conviction in Tran v. State No. 05-10-00621 (Texas Court of Appeals-Dallas 2012). On April 11, 2012, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed two sexual assault of a child convictions and a sixty-year sentence.

5.    On January 3, 2012, Clint Broden had a client’s twenty year federal money laundering conviction and sentence reversed before the United States Court of Appeals in United States v. Miller, No 10-41205 (Fifth Circuit 2012).

The Court of Appeals ordered that judgments of acquittal be entered on all charges against his client which will result in the client’s release from custody.

In addition, government will have to return several hundred thousand dollars worth of property it seized from the client. The case is discussed in full in our January 16, 2012 post.

6.    Mick Mickelsen had a client whose Federal drug conspiracy charges were dismissed in the Eastern District of Texas, Case Number 4:12-cr-00016.

7.    Clint Broden took over a federal child pornography case after a client dismissed his previous lawyer and hired Broden. The previous lawyer has taken the client to court with the intent to have him plead guilty to the distribution of child pornography which carried a sentence of up to twenty years in prison. After Broden took over the case, he was able to get the distribution charges dismissed for lack of venue, No., 7:11-CR-00264-RAJ (W.D. Tex.)

8.    Both Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen were named to D Magazine’s list of best criminal defense lawyers in Dallas for the second year in a row.

There were a total of 14 lawyers named Dallas’s best in the field of criminal defense by the magazine including both partners at Broden & Mickelsen.

9.    Both Clint Broden & Mick Mickelsen were named “Super Lawyers” by Texas Monthly Magazine. They have been named “super lawyers” every year since 2004.

10.    Clint Broden was also named appellate lawyer of the week by the Texas Lawyer in its January 16, 2012 edition. In the past, the Texas Lawyer Appellate Lawyer of the Week has generally been awarded to civil lawyers and it has been rare for a criminal lawyer to be given this honor.

Broden & Mickelsen is pleased to announce its 2012 progress to its mission of excellence in upholding the rights of the accused.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at clint (at) texascrimlaw (dot) com or call us at (214)720-9552.

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