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Nicholas R. Westbrook

Nick is a native Houstonian. He attended South Texas College of Law - Houston, where he gained his Juris Doctorate. Nick graduated in the top 2% of his class and received the highest distinction of summa cum laude.

During law school, Nick was heavily involved with Moot Court and Mock Trial, where he excelled at the Regional, State and National competitions.

Nick also received several scholarships and awards for his excellent advocacy skills and contributions, including the Watkins, Nichols & Friend Advocacy Scholarship, Dean's Advocacy Scholarship, and Dean's Outstanding Student Advocate Award.

Nicholas was also an active member of the esteemed South Texas Law Review. In addition to editing numerous legal articles for each publication, he also published a powerful article, which effectively criticized the Supreme Court's opinion and reasoning in a case involving an unlawful search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

After law school, Nick joined Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of the largest defense firms in the United States. While at Vinson & Elkins, Nick quickly distinguished himself as an aggressive and talented attorney.

In 2006, Nick took his skills and began a law practice focused on criminal defense, family law, and consumer bankruptcy. Over the years, he has gained excellent praise and recognition for his aggressive representation and advocacy for all types of criminal offenses. He has also helped numerous clients seal and expunge their criminal records. Nick is passionate about criminal defense and protecting our priceless and amazing freedoms.

Nick currently resides in Missouri City, Texas with his wife, Shannon, and their active and beautiful son, Jack. In his spare time, Nick enjoys fishing with his son, going to the beach, swimming, running, traveling, watching college football (Hook 'em Horns), and going to Astros games.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • Juris Doctorate, South Texas College of Law - Houston, summa cum laude, Houston, Texas

Courts

  • Admitted to practice in all Texas State courts
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District, Bankruptcy
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Bankruptcy
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District

Publications

  • Fasten Your Seatbelt or Go to Jail — The Supreme Court Validates Arrests for Fine-Only Offenses and Ignores the Explicit Protection of the Fourth Amendment in Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 532 U.S. 318 (2001), 43 S. Tex. L. Rev. 957 (Summer 2002).

Honors/Awards

  • South Texas College of Law - Houston
    • Dean's List
    • Phi Delta Phi, Honors Fraternity
    • Order of Barristers
    • Order of the Lytae
    • South Texas Law Review
    • Robert R. Duvall Award for Best Article on Family Law
    • Dean's Student Advocacy Service Award
    • Watkins, Nichols & Friend Advocacy Scholarship
    • Dean's Advocacy Scholarship
    • National Semi-Finalist & Best Brief in Nation (2002): The College of William & Mary's William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Competition
    • Third Place Brief (2003): The TYLA State Bar of Texas Moot Court Competition
    • Best Team in Region & Best Brief in Region; National Finalist & Best Brief in Nation (2002): The Association of the Bar of the City of New York's National Moot Court Competition
    • Best Team in Region & Best Brief in Region; National Semi-Finalist & Second Place Brief (2003): The American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
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