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Niles Illich, Ph.D.

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Meet Niles Illich

Niles attended Good Shephard before going on to graduate from Jesuit College Preparatory School. Niles found his place in academics when he left for college and earned a BA (history), MA (history), and a Ph.D. (nineteenth-century German history) before getting serious and enrolling in law school.

Niles graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in the top quarter of his law school class. Niles served as an editor on the Houston Journal of International Law and worked in the law library as an assistant to the reference librarians.

Upon graduation, Niles accepted a prestigious and much sought-after clerkship with the Honorable Evelyn V. Keyes of the First Court of Appeals. It was during this clerkship that Niles learned to be an appellate attorney.

Niles takes a very limited number of habeas cases. Generally, these involve claims that a trial or appellate attorney failed to provide constitutionally effective representation. He has also represented clients in election disputes, sales tax contests, and mandamus proceedings.

Niles represents clients in criminal and select civil appeals in all federal appeals courts, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the fourteen intermediate-appellate courts in Texas.

Memberships

  • Co-Chair Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Amicus Committee
  • Editor, Federal Bar Association, Federal Lawyer (national magazine with circulation of nearly 20,000)
  • Jesuit Legal Society

Education

J.D. 

University of Houston Law Center

  • Graduated in top quarter of class
  • Upon graduation, clerked for the Honorable Evelyn Keyes on the First Court of Appeals, Editor Houston Journal of International Law

Ph.D. 

Texas A&M University

  • German Imperialism in the Ottoman Empire: A Comparative Study

M.A. 

Clemson University

  • The Vicissitudes of Fortune: An Analysis of the Life of William Rhodes Davis

B.A. 

Texas A&M University

Licenses
  • Texas Bar All state courts in Texas including the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the fourteen intermediate appellate courts.
  • Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal District Court of Maryland
  • Fifth Circuit Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi federal appeals.
  • Seventh Circuit Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin federal appeals.
  • Ninth Circuit California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii federal appeals.
  • Tenth Circuit Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming federal appeals.
Awards
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
    First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association for Fifth Federal Circuit
    Bar Association for Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Practice Areas

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