Best Lawyers in America recently named Houston attorney Doug Murphy the “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 in DWI defense. The prestigious ranking, published by U.S. News and World Report, is based entirely on peer reviews by fellow lawyers, meaning Murphy's fellow Houston attorneys ranked him the best for his results, experience and expertise in DWI defense. Best Lawyers only awards “Lawyer of the Year” to one Houston-area DWI defense attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback.
Lawyer of the Year Selection
Being named “Lawyer of the Year” is a rigorous process, and Best Lawyers has used the same transparent methodology for more than 30 years.
Any lawyer can nominate another lawyer, but self-nomination is prohibited. All lawyers must be in private practice; no corporate in-house attorneys are eligible. The number of nominations an attorney receives does not affect the results.
- Peer Review:
Currently-recognized attorneys provide feedback on the caliber of a nominated attorney's work. Best Lawyers uses a sophisticated survey process designed to elicit “meaningful and substantive” evaluations of a nominated attorney's work. Because attorneys provide peer-reviews only for their geographic area, the editorial staff tailors each ballot based on the reviewer's geographic region and practice area. Reviewing lawyers are not allowed to select the attorney they peer review.
- Analysis of Feedback:
Best Lawyers collects the results and reviews the feedback from lawyers, rated from one to five. A five indicates that the reviewer would definitely refer a case to an attorney. A one indicates that they would definitely not refer a case to the attorney. Attorneys cannot review themselves, and all ballots are strictly confidential to ensure honest and candid feedback.
- Eligibility Check:
They confirm that candidates are in good standing with their state and local bar associations and cross-check state bar sanction lists to ensure selected attorneys are in good standing with state bar ethics committees.
- Results Released:
Best Lawyers informs newly recognized lawyers and firms of the results and publishes them in print and online.
The quality of the Best Lawyers peer-review survey is directly related to the quality of its voting pool. They only recognize one “Lawyer of the Year” in each practice area in each geographic location.
About Doug Murphy
Attorney Doug Murphy is a passionate and dedicated leader in the law in Houston, throughout Texas and the United States. He is one of only two attorneys in Texas who is Board Certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in DWI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense, accredited by the American Bar Association and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Doug currently serves as Dean on the Board of Regents for the National College for DUI Defense and is a past President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, the largest local criminal defense bar in the United States. Doug previously served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Doug brings more than 20 years of criminal defense trial experience to the courtroom, zealously advocating for his clients. He understands the privilege of representing people at one of the most vulnerable points in their lives and strives to treat each person with dignity and respect. Doug has extensive experience in defending charges of:
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Intoxication assault;
- Intoxication manslaughter;
- Domestic violence;
- Drug possession; and
- White-collar crimes.
Inside and outside the courtroom, Doug is known for his tireless advocacy for his clients and the legal profession. In addition to his accomplishment inside the courtroom, Doug Murphy has lectured at over 120 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States. The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association awarded him the Sharon Levine Unsung Hero Award for his work with others in exposing flaws in the Houston Police Department's Blood Alcohol Testing vans, which led to the police department decommissioning the vans. The Houston Press referred to Doug as the “Drinking Driver's Best Friend.”
When you're in a difficult situation, you need the best representation that a legal DWI specialist can provide. Doug Murphy understands the importance of protecting your freedom, reputation and your livelihood through diligent and dedicated representation. See what the 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year can do for you by contacting DWI specialist Doug Murphy today for a case evaluation.
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