Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube

Phone: 713-526-6300
Fax: 713-808-9444

Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube Houston Criminal Defense Attorney.Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer handling state and federal criminal matters at all phases from investigation through trial and post-conviction and parole. She served as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 1994 through 2002.

In private practice as a criminal defense lawyer since 2002, her experience brings valuable knowledge of criminal law from both sides of the fence allowing her to successfully solve her client’s problems in the most complex cases as well as the most basic.

DeBorde can often be seen in her role as a legal analyst on major national networks, including Fox, CNN and MSNBC as well as frequent speaking engagements. She has served the criminal law bar in her capacity as Houston Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Procedure Section Chair, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Board Member, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Board Member, former President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and Inns of Court.

She has been honored with a variety of awards and recognition including, 2006 President’s Award recipient from HCCLA; She has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer several years running and her firm has the highest rating, AV, given by the legal directory Martindale-Hubbell. After several years’ recognition by U.S. News and World Reports for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list, she was selected by Best Lawyers as 2017’s Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense for the Houston area. Recently, she proudly assisted as an Associate Producer for the documentary film An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association where she is a member of the White Collar, Election and Amicus Committees. She is also Co-Chair of The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Strike Force providing assistance and representation to criminal defense lawyers across the state facing persecution in the course of representation of the accused.

She strongly believes aggressive advocacy involves integrity and extreme preparation. Her hard work for her clients nets positive outcomes and, for this reason, she is a trusted legal advisor to many, including law enforcement and fellow attorneys facing criminal accusations. Her reputation for excellence among her peers, opponents and the judiciary has earned her the ability to serve her clients, from the most high profile to the everyday, hard-working citizen accused, well by helping them achieve the best possible results.

Nicole is licensed in Texas, multiple federal courts including the Southern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice:

Superlawyers Nicole DeBorde

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1993 U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1994 U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas, 1994 U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2005 U.S. Supreme Court Education: University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1993


Honors: Order of the Barristers

University of Houston, 1990


Classes/Seminars Taught:

Instructor, Criminal Law Seminar, National Business Institute

Honors and Awards:

Texas Top Young Lawyers (Texas Monthly Magazine), 2009

Rising Star (Texas Monthly Magazine), 2009 – 2010

H Magazine’s: Top Lawyers, 2005 – 2010

Houston’s Top Lawyers, 2005 – 2007

Fast Track 2005, H Magazine.

Top Lawyers for the People, 2005

Recipient, Outstanding Member 2005 Award

Highest Rating, AV, Legal Directory Martindale-Hubbell

Recipient, President’s Award, HCCLA

Featured in Houston’s Magazine for Houston’s Dynamic Women

Professionals on the Fast Track, 2009

Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2010 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 2010 – 2011 President

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 2009 – 2010 President Elect

Houston Bar Association, Criminal Law & Procedure Section, 2009 – 2010 Chair

Houston Bar Association, Criminal Law & Procedure Section, 2008 – 2009 Chair-Elect

Houston Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Section, 2005 – 2008 Council Member

Houston Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee Committee Member

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Board Member

State Bar of Texas Member

National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board Member

Houston Bar Association Council Member

American Inns of Court Member

Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers Association Member

5th Circuit Bar Association Member

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Past Employment Positions:

Harris County District Attorneys Office, 1994 – 2002


Delta Theta Phi

Birth Information:

Clearwater, Florida, United States of America

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3515 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77004
Telephone: 713-526-6300
Fax: 713-808-9444

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