A. Clay Graham

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Clay is a native Texan and has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro for the last fifteen years. Prior to practicing law, Clay was a Registered Nurse for twelve (12) years with an emphasis in acute care Cardiology and Oncology. During law school, Clay worked as an agency Nurse and was employed at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as a float nurse in all clinical sub-specialties. Clay decided to pursue the legal profession with the goal of expanding his skills as an advocate, and for greater professional autonomy. While in Law School, Clay also volunteered as the Exoneree Liaison for the Innocence Project of Texas. Clay’s role was to coordinate resources for individuals who had been proven wrongfully convicted after serving, on average, twenty years in prison for a crime that DNA later showed was committed by someone other than the Exoneree. This experience inspired Clay to pursue criminal trial defense, and he continues to advocate on behalf of those proven wrongfully convicted.

The majority of Clay’s health care license defense practice experience is before the Texas Board of Nursing.  Clay has developed a positive relationship with Board Investigators largely due to his knowledge and experience as a practicing Registered Nurse, and his approach to defending his Nursing clients. The firm also represents clients before the Texas Department of Assistive and Disability Services (DADS), the Texas Medical Board, and associated allied health professional boards.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, 1996.

Juris Doctor, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2007

Clay is admitted to practice in all state courts in Texas,  the United States Federal Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. He is qualified by the Tarrant County Criminal and District Court Judges to represent individuals at trial for all state criminal offenses, including Capital Murder (second chair), as well as felony and misdemeanor appeals.

Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense. Professional Health Care License Defense.

Professional Associations: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association, Texas DWI Defenders, Innocence Project-Texas, American Nurses Association, and The Texas Nurses Association

Professional Recognitions: Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Criminal Defense, 2014-present

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorney’s 10 Best in Texas for Client Satisfaction, 2016.

Texas Nurses Association Legal “Strike Force” since 2010.

Presentations: Cross-Examination of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Child Sexual Assault Trials.

Routinely demonstrates correct technique for obtaining a blood specimen at legal presentations on the topic of defending clients charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Texas.


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