Criminal Defense Attorney Carl D. Haggard

LEGAL EDUCATION

School:
South Texas College of Law

Standing:
Cum Laude (Top 10% of Class)

Degree:
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Graduation:
1973

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS & HONORS

  • Dean’s List; National Moot Court Competition

  • Best Brief, Regional Rounds of National Moot Court Competition

  • State of Texas Moot Court Competition, Order of Barristers in Recognition of Achievement in Advocacy Ability

  • Co-Founder and First Chairman of the South Texas College of Law Board of Barristers, later named The Advocacy Board

  • First Place, Houston Bar Association Speakers Tournament, University of Houston

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel Award for Scholarship and Advocacy in Civil Litigation

  • Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Men

  • Who’s who of Houston

  • Marquis Who’s Who in America

  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND HONORS

School:
University of Houston

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science

Graduation:
1970

University of Miami, Florida Awarded the Order of the Orange Key in Recognition of Leadership and Scholarship; Elected Freshman and Sophomore Class Representative, University Board of Student Governors; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Elected President of Pledge Class

University of Houston Intercollegiate Debate: First Place, Houston Baptist University Debate Tournament; First Place, Stephen F. Austin College Debate Tournament; Second Place, San Jacinto Junior College Debate Tournament

LAW PRACTICE

Clerkship:
1972 – 1973 Civil Trial and Appellate Practice Through “Third Year Law Student” Bar License

Licensed:
September 10, 1973 Member of State Bar of Texas (All Texas State Courts), United States Federal District Courts, all Texas Judicial Districts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

Private Practice:
1973 – 1975 General civil law practice in Harris and surrounding counties

Assistant District Attorney:
1975 – 1985 Trial and Appellate Divisions including District Court Chief Prosecutor and Misdemeanor Court Chief Prosecutor for the Houston District Attorney’s Office; Responsible for training and supervising trial attorneys while Chief Prosecutor

Private Practice:
1985 – 1992 Trial attorney in litigation sections of two major oil companies [Shell, Phillips] and plaintiff personal injury firms

Petroleum Company Litigation:
Accomplishments included initial drafting and development of flexible, computerized litigation form files; Initiation and completion of project of computerization in the Houston office for communication with home office systems and with regional offices; First chair and supervisory responsibility for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Jones Act, Commercial, and Antitrust cases in Texas and Louisiana; Legal advice and support to a variety of operating departments, including refining, marketing and claims departments. First chair responsibility for significant antitrust case by major ethanol (gasohol) companies filed against major oil companies in Federal Court in Central District of Illinois.

After major oil company nationwide litigation: Litigation with plaintiff personal injury firm; Litigation experience included First Chair and supervisory responsibility of support staff, including junior attorneys, legal assistants and law clerks.

THE HAGGARD LAW FIRM

Founded 1992 for the practice of criminal defense and litigation in Federal and State court.

ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION

  • Graduate of A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
  • Graduate of Attorney Mediators Institute of Dallas
  • Graduate of Advanced Mediator Training of Attorney Mediators Institute of Dallas
  • Certified by the American Arbitration Association
  • Prior Member and Panelist of the American Arbitration Association

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

1973 – 1975
Abilene Christian College, Metrocenter [Houston] Criminal Justice Courses

1974 – 1979
University of Houston [Undergraduate] Criminal Justice Courses

1980 – 1982
University of Houston Law Center Adjunct Professor of Law

AUTHOR

“A Well Regulated and Legal Militia”, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, May, 1995
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SPEAKING APPEARANCES/AWARDS

First Place, Houston Bar Association Law Day Speakers Tournament, University of Houston, 1973; Keynote Speaker, July 2, 1994 at Nashville War Memorial, Tennessee Bill of Rights Rally; Lead off Speaker, August 14, 1994 at Washington, D.C. Lincoln Memorial for National Gun Rally; Speaker, October 2, 1994 at Boerne, Texas Patriotic Rally

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Fmr. Commanding General, United States Spec. Field Forces / National Militia (Ret.); Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Reserve Militia, and Commanding General of its Texas Regiment, 1st Texas Cavalry; Fort Bend County Sheriff Department’s Citizen Reserves