Fields of Law

Here you will find an overview of the fields of law Doug Barlow practices.

Specialization Certificates Awarded by Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Criminal Law

Attaining Board Certification in Criminal Law at the young age of 36, Doug has specialized in criminal law for over 30 years.  Board Certification is reserved for those few lawyers who meet the rigorous standards set by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  It is awarded to those who exhibit a special degree of competence in a particular area.  Doug has tried some of the most complex criminal cases one could face, from death penalty cases with international attention to the local misdemeanor charge the average citizen may encounter.  With extensive trial experience under his belt, Doug has honed these abilities as a Criminal Law Specialist rising to the top of the profession.


Criminal Appellate Law

Doug was one of the first lawyers in the State of Texas to be awarded Board Certification as a specialist in Criminal Appellate Law.  The area of appellate law is comprised of research and brief-writing, and is mastered by only those who are skilled in the area of legal scholarship.  While the standards required experience in 50 appellate matters, Doug has authored the briefs in over 800 appellate cases over 40 years.  He has personally handled cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, numerous Texas Courts of Appeal, and United States Courts of Appeal from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Denver, Colorado.  He has extensive experience in direct appeals, petitions for discretionary review, petitions for writs of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, state and federal writs of habeas corpus and appellate death penalty litigation.  In research, writing, and scholarship, he brings superlative appellate experience when he appears before the numerous appellate courts.

Title IX and Student Conduct investigations

In additional to mastery of the fields of Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, Doug is one of the few trained and experienced attorneys in the field of Title IX investigations and proceedings.  Universities recently celebrated 50 years of the effectiveness of Title IX in addressing discrimination on college campuses.  The outcome of a Title IX or Student Conduct proceeding can have life-changing implications and requires knowledgeable counsel to navigate the process.  As a graduate of Texas A&M University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Doug has been a fixture on the TAMU landscape for over 40 years.  He has served as Advisor in Title IX cases and Student Conduct violation allegations for years.   Doug is available as an Advisor/Attorney in Title IX and Student Conduct allegations at Texas A&M University from the inception of an investigation, through prehearing conferences, informal resolutions, and the formal hearing process.  The academic future of parties in such investigations is served by having an experienced hand for guidance.  Doug provides that experienced counsel.

Other Legal Fields

Doug also provides consultation, advice, and representation in other areas of the law, including:

  •  Personal injury law 
  •  Medical malpractice
  •  Family law 
  •  Civil trial and appellate law

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