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Robert J. Fickman


Houston Criminal Defense Attorney


For over 40+ years, Houston criminal lawyer Robert Fickman has successfully defended people accused of some of the most serious state and federal crimes in Texas. He believes that there is nothing more important than your liberty and that it is his job to protect it.

In contrast to many of his colleagues, Mr. Fickman is not a former prosecutor. He has never prosecuted anyone for a crime – and he never will. Due to his strong beliefs about rights and freedoms, he has spent the entirety of his career standing up for the accused. He fervently believes in protecting our rights so strongly that in 2012 he was named “Mr. Declaration of Independence” in an article in The Texas Bar Journal. In 2017 the president of the State Bar cited Robert Fickman as an example of a lawyer whose actions had positively impacted the legal community and commended him for organizing the reading of the Declaration around the state.

To Mr. Fickman, organizing the reading of the Declaration represents his commitment to remind Texans of their rights – and Texas lawyers of our continued obligation to fight to maintain liberty for all Texans.

When you decide to work with Robert Fickman, you can rest assured that you are getting an experienced and well-respected attorney dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment under the law. It does not matter who you are, what you are accused of, or whether you are being prosecuted in state or federal court – you have rights, and they should never be violated.


Being investigated? Robert Fickman will fight to help you avoid charges. Already charged? He will fight to get your case dismissed. Dismissal not possible? He will fight to win your case. In all situations, he will aggressively explore every option to protect your record and your rights.


Robert Fickman has been defending people charged with virtually every kind of state and federal criminal offense imaginable for over 40+ years. He has, quite literally, dedicated his entire career to defending those who have been accused of committing crimes.


Over the years, Robert Fickman has successfully defended people facing all kinds of charges, including murder and sex offenses and family violence assaults in state court, and federal drug conspiracies, money laundering, bank robbery, and fraud in federal court.

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No Matter What You Have Been Accused of in Texas, Robert Fickman Can Help

Many people feel railroaded by the criminal justice system. Their rights are rarely adequately explained to them, and law enforcement does everything in its power to paint them in a negative light and secure a conviction. In many cases, accused individuals may even feel mistreated by their own lawyers as they are pushed through the system.

This can be especially true for certain types of cases and charges. Perhaps the attorney you chose is not well-versed in handling that type of offense. Or the prosecutor in the area has been specifically tasked with going after people accused of a particular crime.

These things can impact the quality of the legal defense you receive if you do not choose a lawyer who knows the law intimately and truly desires to fight back and protect your rights.

Robert Fickman is that attorney. With decades of experience in Texas state and federal criminal courts, he knows the law like the back of his hand and which strategies are most likely to earn you the best possible outcome.

In the past 40+ years, Robert Fickman has defended people charged with virtually every kind of criminal offense, including:


Ultimately, Mr. Fickman knows that all of his clients want the same thing, regardless of what they are facing: their case to go away. If you are facing charges, that means getting your case dismissed. If you are being investigated, it means stopping charges from ever being filed. He wants the same thing – your goals are his goals. And even though he cannot promise a specific outcome, he can tell you that he will fight tooth and nail to help you obtain your goal, and that it is a mentality that has saved many people over his decades of work.

Over the past 40+ years, Robert Fickman has handled more 300 Federal criminal cases in the Southern District of Texas.


Over the course of his career, attorney Robert Fickman has successfully represented people from all walks of life who were facing a wide variety of criminal charges both in Texas state and federal court. Every case is different, and the defense strategies he crafted were unique for each one. The only similarity is the result.

In case after case, Mr. Fickman is known for helping his clients consistently win dismissals, get charges dropped, and mitigate serious outcomes. Thankfully, his willingness to fight – and win – has not gone unrecognized. Just some of the awards he has received over the years include:

Houston Criminal Attorney Robert J. Fickman
  • Texas “Super Lawyer” every year from 2015-2022.
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) has honored him with their President’s Award (2020 and 2018) and Member of the Year Award (2020, 2012), as well as the Torch of Liberty Award (2019), recognizing his efforts in the pursuit of liberty and justice.
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) honored him with their President’s Award (2018), Liberty Award (2016) for promoting liberty in Texas, and Justice Award (2013), for promoting justice in Texas.
  • Texas Monthly Magazine named him to their list of “Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Houston Area” (2015).
  • Houstonia Magazine named him a “Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense” (2015).
  • Has received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent – for 22 straight years, as well as being named a “Top Rated Lawyer in Texas” (2015).
  • AVVO has presented him with “Top Attorney” and “Client’s Choice“ awards, and he boasts a 10.0 Superb Rating.

However, the recognition that Fickman believes matters the most comes from his countless grateful and satisfied clients. Nothing tells you more about a criminal lawyer’s abilities and what it is like to work with them than reading what past clients have to say. Robert Fickman is proud to display many glowing testimonials.


Not only do you secure knowledge of criminal defense as a whole – but you also receive extensive experience in the areas of all serious state and federal charges.  Robert J. Fickman has tried and won serious state and federal charges. For example, in State court, he has successfully fought Murder, Manslaughter, Sexual Abuse, and Family Violence charges.

In State court, he won an alleged satanic cult killing, arguing his client was a witness, not a perpetrator. He won a sawed-off, point-blank shotgun murder case, which he referred to as “ the unfortunate incident in the park.” He won a child injury head-butting case with an insanity defense. Mimicking his client’s behavior, in the final argument, he climbed on a chair in front of the jury, raised his hands to the Heavens, and shouted, “ Come and get me, mother fucker.”  He won the high-profile “Pasadena Bus Case,” where a bus driver was wrongfully accused of murdering a child.  In the Pasadena case, he was privately congratulated by prosecutors and judges who opposed the wrongful prosecution. He has won many sex crime cases. In 2014, he successfully defended a former prison guard accused of continual Sexual Abuse. In 2022, after a four-year fight, he won an intricate indecency case involving thousands of pages of psychiatric records. He was also part of the successful Quanell X defense team.

In Federal Court, he has successfully fought Drug Conspiracy and International Kidnapping charges.  He won several high-profile federal drug conspiracy cases. His longest federal drug case lasted nine weeks, winning all counts. In 2013, he successfully defended a former CFO of a Fortune 500 Company that was involved in a billion-dollar offshore gambling operation. He successfully defended a New Yorker who was mistakenly released before serving one day of a ten-year federal sentence. He won the case by convincing the Court the accused should not do any time, as his release was the Government’s fault.

Houston Criminal Attorney Robert J. Fickman

In 2013, he successfully defended a former CFO of a Fortune 500 Company, who was accused of being involved in a billion-dollar offshore gambling operation.  Mr. Fickman successfully defended a New Yorker who was mistakenly released before serving one day of a 10-year federal sentence. He won the case by convincing the Court the accused should not do any time as his release was the Government’s fault.

In addition to his extensive experience, he is also a frequent lecturer. He has spoken at seminars on subjects including “Pre-trial Investigation,” “Trial Tactics,” and “Cross Examination of Snitches.”  In 2010, 2014, and 2022, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invited Robert Fickman to speak at their annual Drug Defense Seminar on “Cross Examining Snitches.”

Robert J. Fickman has served as President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. He is well-known for his advocacy against abusive judges and for justice. He led the defense bar in protests at City Hall, Commissioners Court, Metro, and in courts in other jurisdictions where injustices were occurring. For his volunteer work, Robert J. Fickman has received numerous awards and recognition from his fellow bar members.

Robert J. Fickman believes that hard work can achieve almost anything. Although he was raised in West Texas, where there were no mountains, he decided to start mountain climbing. He summited mountains across North America, including Mt. Rainier, Shasta, and Denali. That shows a strength of character and perseverance that you cannot find in just any attorney. He will put this same willpower and tenacity to work for you.

Case Results


Case Dismissed (M.M.)

The client, a Houston area medical assistant, was accused by her estranged husband of assaulting her in her family home. The defense showed that the complainant had a history of alcohol abuse and violence. The defense demonstrated that the police failed to conduct an adequate investigation of the initial charge, No charges should have ever been accepted.


No PPP Fraud Charges Filed.

The client believed to be facing potential  Wire Fraud  Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications.  Investigation of applications for  PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a  lawful manner.  Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.


Case Dismissed ( I.J.)

Client was charged by Federal Indictment with making a social media post that threatened Malicious Damage and Destruction of a Building by Means of Fire and Explosives in violation of Federal law. The Defense showed that Client was a law-abiding citizen. The Defense further showed that the alleged threat was not made with any criminal intent.


Grand Jury No Bill- No Charges (M.L.)

The client, a public official with a long history of public service, was accused by a former girlfriend of engaging in non-consensual sexual relations. The Defense investigation and analysis showed through a detailed timeline that the allegation made absolutely no sense. Phone records, including calls and texts, were relied on to help establish an accurate timeline. The Defense met with law enforcement and reviewed a detailed package that exonerated the accused.


Case Dismissed (A.R.)

Client, a Houston area professional who frequently travels for work, was accused by his wife of assaulting her in his  family home. Defense showed that wife’s story lacked credibility and there was no physical evidence in support of the wife’s allegation.


Case Dismissed (B.B.)

The client, a young Black male,  was driving his car when police pulled him over for no apparent reason. It looked to be a profile stop. The client was accused of possessing a controlled substance in his vehicle. The Defense showed that there was no lawful basis for the police to stop the Client’s car. The Defense also showed that there was no lawful basis for the search of the Client’s car. It was a bad search, so the seized evidence was not admissible.


Not Guilty (C.R.)

Client charged in Federal Indictment In “Operation Wrecking Ball” with 55 named co-defendants.  Client faced seven charges. Client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. Client was also charged with four counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Money laundering.

Allegations involved client’s alleged use of his home to distribute cocaine. Government’s lengthy investigation involved numerous wiretaps, surveillance, video, pole cams, search warrants, vehicle stops and use of cooperating co-defendants.

Client went to trial with four remaining defendants. After a two-week trial, Judge granted Motion for Acquittal on four of the seven charges. Jury found Client Not Guilty of remaining three charges.


Probation - No Jail Time (T.R.)

Client charged in Federal Court with two counts of Wire Fraud related to Five SBA EIDL loan applications. The Government alleged the client, a Houston professional, defrauded the Small Business Administration out of over $150,000. The Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison on each count. The Defense investigated the case and negotiated a deal that included the Government not opposing a probation. The Federal Guideline calculation was for a prison sentence and the Probation Department recommended a prison sentence. Attorney Fickman submitted a 90 page Defense Sentencing Memorandum asking for Probation.


Case Dismissed (K.L.)

Client was retired professional. Client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident in 1960 Area. Defense put together a 100 page memorandum that demonstrated complainant was actual aggressor.


Case Dismissed (P.C.)

Client was accused of touching child. Case involved thousands of pages of psychiatric and Child Protective Services records as well as investigations by multiple police departments. After three- year fight, case dismissed.


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