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About Sean Buckley

Criminal Defense Attorney
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Sean Buckley

Criminal Defense Attorney

I’m a native Houstonian. Since 2000 I’ve represented clients as a criminal defense lawyer in State and Federal court. While many defense lawyers start out as prosecutors, I was given the rare opportunity to begin my career working with, and learning from, some of the finest criminal defense lawyers in the United States including the famed Dick DeGuerin, the legendary Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, and Texas’ post-conviction guru, Bill Habern.

Those experiences forged into my mind the skills and philosophy of a true criminal defense lawyer. Since I’ve never worked as a prosecutor, I’ve never had to overcome the bad habits and other challenges that impair many former prosecutors who decide to become criminal defense lawyers. I’m proud to say I have never prosecuted anyone at any time in my career. I am, always have been, and always will be, a defender of the accused.


QUALIFICATIONS
  • Law Degree (J.D.) from the prestigious University of Texas School of Law – (Class of 1999)
  • Undergraduate education (B.A.) from Auburn University (Class of 1996, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi – top 5%)
  • Alumnus of the prominent DeGuerin and Dickson criminal defense law firm (Associate Attorney, 2007-12)
  • Apprenticed under legendary criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin (2007-12)
  • Mentored by legendary criminal defense lawyer Richard “Racehorce” Haynes (2000-06)
  • Co-Author, O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Rules and Codes, Jones McClure, Pub. (Annual, 2010-present)
  • Included among HTexas Magazine’s “Houston’s Top Lawyers” (Annual, 2008-present)
  • Admitted to practice in all Texas Federal District Courts and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eligible to accept cases in all Federal District Courts across the United States
  • Extensive State and Federal Criminal Defense Trial Experience.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Member, NACDL Federal Rules Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, NACDL Task Force for Discovery Reform, Washington, D.C.
  • Board of Directors, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (2004-10)
  • Executive Committee, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (2006-07)
  • Served on the Harris County Democratic Party’s Judicial Selection Committee (2007-08)
  • Served as Campaign Treasurer for Harris County Republican Judicial Candidate (2013-14)
  • Texas House of Representatives’ Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • Member, National Eagle Scout Association.
  • Member, Mensa.
EXPERIENCE

State Court Experience

Represented numerous clients at trial, through the plea negotiation process, or through dismissal of charges in felony and misdemeanor cases including murder, intoxication manslaughter, negligent homicide, sexual assault, possession of illegal pornography, assault, fraud, money laundering, aggravated assault, drug possession and trafficking, weapons possession, D.W.I., and many others. Represented numerous clients in Motions to Revoke Probation and Motions to Adjudicate Guilt. Represented numerous clients in Motions for New Trial, Appeals, and Writs of Habeas Corpus. Represented clients in asset Forfeiture Proceedings. Experienced in Interstate Extradition Proceedings. Practiced in Harris County, surrounding counties, and counties throughout the State of Texas. Maintaining reputation for aggressive, effective advocacy throughout the State Court system.

Federal Court Experience

Represented clients through trial in federal criminal cases prosecuted by the U.S. Government including healthcare fraud, pharmaceutical trademark fraud, immigration fraud, drug possession, and cartel-level narcotics distribution conspiracy. Represented witnesses and defendant-witnesses in federal proceedings, including efforts to obtain “5K departures,” downward variances, and “Rule 35″ sentence reductions. Represented clients in complex federal investigations involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Represented clients in asset forfeiture proceedings and proceedings to secure return of items seized by warrant. Experienced in inter-jurisdictional cases involving concurrent and successive federal and federal / state prosecutions. Experienced in dealing with local federal district United States Attorney prosecutors (AUSAs), as well as federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. Experienced in International Extradition Cases, including interaction with the U.S. State Department and the diplomatic process for requesting extradition. Experienced in securing the return of cash and assets seized by U.S. Customs at airports and border checkpoints. Serving as lead counsel in ongoing Government Investigation and Pending Prosecution involving alleged International Import / Export violations. 2013 – 2014, Central District of California (Los Angeles Division). Serving as lead counsel in the defense of U.S. Government Contractor accused of improper activities on U.S. Military facility in Iraq. U.S. v. Griffith, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Abilene Division). Served as co-counsel to Dick DeGuerin representing United States District Judge in investigative proceedings before the U.S. Fifth Circuit, in federal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice, and in preliminary impeachment proceedings before the United States Congress. United States v. Kent, 2010, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:08-cr-00596. Served as co-counsel to Dick DeGuerin in segments of the Stanford Financial $7 billion “ponzi scheme” case. United States v. Stanford, 2010, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:09-cr-00342. Served as lead counsel at trial in the alleged multi-million dollar Medicare Fraud scheme involving Home Health Care. United States v. Turner, 2012, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:12-cr-00244. Served as co-counsel at trial in the trial of alleged multi-million dollar Medicare Fraud scheme involving Ambulance Services. United States v. Rogers-Johnson, 2013, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:12-cr-00245. Served as co-counsel in representing drug trafficking defendant in cartel-level cocaine conspiracy case. United States v. Garcia, 2007, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division), Case No. 6:07-cr-1188. Served as co-counsel to Dick DeGuerin in portions of stock fraud case involving oilfield investments. United States v. Jarvis, 2012, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:10-cr-00056. Served as lead counsel in Southern District of Texas and co-counsel in Western District of New York in defense of drug trafficking defendant charged in both jurisdictions. United States v. Garnica, 2011-2013, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:110cr0-00138. Represented the lead defendant at trial in the $42 million “City Nursing” case, at that time the largest healthcare fraud-money laundering prosecution in the history of the United States. United States v. Imo, 2010, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:09-cr-00426. Served as lead counsel representing the lead defendant in the “Spy Club” international ecstasy distribution case, at that time the largest ecstasy case in the history of the United States at the time. U.S. v. Singh, 2003, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Case No. 4:02-cr-00577. Served as co-counsel to Dan Cogdell and William Habern in representing target-witness in Government prosecution of former Texas Prison officials and Louisiana politicians. U.S. v. James Anthum Collins, et al., 2004, U.S. Southern District of Texas and U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana.

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