Robert Fickman, Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

Nothing Is More Important Than Your Liberty.
It’s My Job to Defend it.

For the past 34 years Robert Fickman has defended people accused of serious State and Federal crimes. He has successfully defended clients charged with Murder, Manslaughter, Aggravated Robbery, and Federal Drug Conspiracies.

Mr. Fickman has won a number of high profile federal drug conspiracy cases. He won the high profile “Pasadena Bus Case” where a school bus driver was wrongfully accused of murder. He was a member of the successful Quanell X defense team. In 2010, Mr. Fickman won an 8-day indecency with a child case, which resulted in a 51 minute Not Guilty verdict. In 2013, he successfully defended a former CFO of a Fortune 500 Company, who was accused of being involved in a billion dollar offshore gambling operation. In 2013, Mr. Fickman successfully defended a New Yorker who was mistakenly released before serving a 10 year federal sentence. He won the case, by convincing the Court the accused should not do any time as his release was the Government’s fault. In 2014, he successfully defended a former prison guard accused of continual sexual abuse. After a 5 year fight, the state dismissed all charges after Mr. Fickman cross examined the key state witnesses.

Robert Fickman is a frequent speaker on topics including “Cross Examination of Snitches” and “Trial Preparation”. He has spoken at Caesars Palace and at The Hard Rock Café Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2010 and 2014, he was featured on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Best Speaker of the Year DVD. Mr. Fickman served as President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association in 2006-2007. As President, he led the demand for the City of Houston to fully fund the investigation into the HPD Crime Lab. As President, he donated historic replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights for display in the foyer of the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. As president he also filed and hand delivered the Association’s first Judicial Ethics Complaint against a sitting District Court Judge.

In 2010, Mr. Fickman organized the first July 4th public reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. He promoted Defense Bar Readings across Texas. The Texas Bar Journal named him “Mr. Declaration of Independence” in September 2012. In 2016, he organized Readings in all 254 Texas counties.

He is an avid outdoorsman who has summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, and the highest mountain in North America, Denali.

Awards & Recognition

In 2016

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards.

 Received the Liberty Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
The Liberty Award is presented to Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Members for their outstanding contribution in promoting liberty in Texas.

 Was named “Client’s Choice” by AVVO.

 Received a 10.0 Rating from AVVO.

In 2015

 Was named as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Texas” by Martindale-Hubbell.

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards.

 Was named by Texas Monthly Magazine to be one of the Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Houston Area (See Texas Monthly, October 2015, S-60).

 Was named as a Texas “Super Lawyer”.

 Was named by Houstonia Magazine as a “Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense”.

In 2014

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards.

 Received a 10.0 Superb Rating from AVVO.

 Was featured on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Best of 2014 DVD as one of the highest rated speakers from all NACDL seminars for that year. The compilation DVD represents the 12 highest-rated speakers and presentations from all NACDL seminars in 2014.

In 2013

 Received the Justice Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
The Justice Award is presented to Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Members for their outstanding contribution in promoting justice in Texas.

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the 15th Consecutive Year. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards. Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating process evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada solely based upon peer review. This rating process attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.

In 2012

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards.

 Was recognized in a Texas Bar Journal article as “Mr. Declaration of Independence.”
Mr. Fickman was recognized for his efforts in encouraging Texas criminal defense lawyers in their continuing fight for liberty. Specifically, to read the Declaration of Independence in front of their local courthouses in honor of July 4th. See link below.

 Served as National Coordinator for the First Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Criminal Defense Lawyers. As a result of Mr. Fickman’s efforts, the Declaration of Independence was read by criminal defense lawyers in front of courthouses in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington D.C.

 Received the Minuteman Strike Force Award from the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). The Minuteman Strike Force Award is awarded to those criminal defense lawyers who have come to the aid of other criminal defense lawyers across the state.

 Received the Member of the Year Award from the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA).
This award is presented by the President of this 700 member criminal defense organization to two attorneys.

In 2011

 Received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards.

In 2010

 Was featured on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Best of 2010 DVD as one of the highest rated speakers from all NACDL seminars for that year. The compilation DVD represents the 12 highest-rated speakers and presentations from all NACDL seminars in 2010.

Before 2010

 In 2006-2007, served as the President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA). The HCCLA is an organization that strives to protect criminal defense lawyers and to educate the general public regarding the administration of criminal justice and the need for an independent, ethical, and professional criminal defense bar.

 In 2005-2006, served as President-Elect of HCCLA.

 In 2004-2005, served as Vice President of HCCLA