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2016 was...

Another Great Year at 
     Looney & Conrad!

Our proudest moments and most fun facts from the year as we...

Continue to expand with revenues rising, awards and publications continuing
and number of staff expanding

Happy 2017 from our attorneys! (l-r) Paul Looney, Clay S. Conrad,
Sarah Wagner, Richard Senasac and Trey Duhon

Deferred Adjudications,
Jury Trials,
Motions to Suppress
and Probation

Our only Jury Trial in 2016 was for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and ended favorably for our client when he was not convicted.  He was given five years probation and did not have to file an admission of guilt.  The case will be dismissed after five years with a clear record if he stays out of trouble.

We won two Motions to Suppress and in our only Professional Licensing hearing in 2016, were able to keep the medical license for our client who is a physician. 

We also earned one "No Bill" on a sexual assault of a child case. 

We were able to get Probation for one of our clients who was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

In The News

We had many cases covered by national and local media throughout 2016 including:
Sandra Bland: (the young woman who died in a jail cell following a traffic stop that sparked nationwide scrutiny).  Paul was asked to form a committee to study the Waller County Sheriff's office and then became an ex-officio member of the committee.  In April, the report "Committee Recommended Police & Jail Practices" was released. 

Larry Don McQuay: (Paul's client - a child sex offender who asked the state to castrate him).  Larry was convicted in 1990 and again in 1997 (another child) and had been in a work-release program in San Antonio since 2005.  He was released on July 31, 2016 putting Paul back in the news.

Houston Oil Company Executive: (Paul's client accused of injuring a Houston police officer at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show over three years ago).  Assault charges were dismissed in October, 2016 on the eve of trial.

Waco Biker Shootout:  (Paul represents three of the bikers).  On the first anniversary of the tragic deaths of 9 bikers at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, on May 17, 2016, CNN aired a Special Report, a lot of which featured interviews with Paul.  Watch it here:
Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout


Publications and Public Speaking

In July, Clay S. Conrad was published in "The Defender", the publication of the Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association with his article, "Rethinking the Jury - Part II"
We are being published regularly
with a legal column in the:

Waller Times newspaper
Brookshire Times Tribune newspaper
Online on Facebook in "Instant Articles"
Online on our LinkedIn Blog and
Online on our Website weekly Blog

In 2016, Clay spoke at the
Houston Property Owners meeting
about the Waco biker cases.
In May, Paul was the keynote speaker
at the First Anniversary rally of the
Waco biker melee.


In June, Paul and Roxanne led a breakout session at the Rusty Duncan Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Advanced Criminal Law conference in San Antonio regarding the Waco biker cases.
Check out our BLOG Here

Revenue Growth

Our law firm experienced a growth of 8% in 2016, which we are proud of during a period of financial uncertainty in Houston.  We have had tremendous growth over the last three years and feel blessed and fortunate to continue to grow.
2016 = 08%
2015 = 45%
2014 = 41%
2013 = 33%


Paul was awarded the "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award for 2016 from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.  He also earned the 2016 Top Contributor award from AVVO, the online legal services website that provides the public access to a database of legal information consisting of answers attorneys give to questions from the public.  Consistently, Paul has earned the 10 (out of 10) rating on the overall AVVO rating scale. 
Check out Paul's AVVO

Staff News

In May, Roxanne Avery's position of "Publicist" was enhanced to "Senior Publicist" and "Trial Preparation Specialist".  Roxanne researches criminal cases, conducts interviews and prepares cases for trial.  She also wrote and updates the website, supervises social media activity and works with the press.

In October, Jeremy Peel was added to our staff in Hempstead in the position of "Investigator".  He is a Notary Public and works on criminal case investigation.

In November, Sarah Wagner passed the bar exam and went from Legal Intern at our firm to a Family Law attorney.
(l-r) Paul Looney, Richard Senasac, Sarah Wagner, Clay Conrad and Trey Duhon

On January 2, Erika Zamora was added to our Houston office in the position of Receptionist. 
To recognize the outstanding work the entire staff did throughout 2016, Paul and Clay rewarded everyone with two weekend trips:  one to San Antonio and the other to Austin. 
A Prosecutor's View of
the Top Defense Mistakes
in DWI Cases

Warren Diepraam, our consulting attorney, handles personal injury cases on behalf of victims of DWI drivers - those injured or killed by DWI drivers. 

He is known around the country for his work in the fields of law enforcement, prosecutorial ethics, forensic toxicology, forensic pathology, crash reconstruction, alcohol testing, HIPPA and many other areas.  He conducts presentations on multiple legal topics not only in Texas but also internationally.  Warren recently wrote an outstanding article, "A Prosecutor's View of the Top Defense Mistakes in DWI Cases." 
Click below to read it.
A Prosecutor's View of the Top Defense Mistakes in DWI Cases

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