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Nelson Ebaugh is a native Houstonian. In 1991, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in economics. Subsequently, he worked on Capitol Hill for a committee in the United States House of Representatives. In 1998, he earned his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law. During his last year of law school, Mr. Ebaugh served as an articles editor for the Tulsa Law Journal.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Ebaugh served as a criminal prosecutor, representing the State of Texas. As a prosecutor, he cut his teeth on trial work and gained valuable experience in the courtroom.
In 2002, Mr. Ebaugh earned his Master of Laws in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center. While studying at Georgetown, he met his future wife, Grace. Like himself, Grace had grown up in Houston. Eager to be with their family and friends, they moved back to Houston upon graduating from Georgetown.
For the first several years after his return to Houston, Mr. Ebaugh exclusively practiced civil litigation. Although he still represents parties in civil litigation today, he now also represents criminal defendants on appeal.
Shortly after he started his own practice, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit appointed Mr. Ebaugh to represent an indigent criminal defendant on appeal. Within days after filing his client’s opening brief, the government conceded error. This victory led to a sentencing reduction of over ten years for Mr. Ebaugh’s client. Due to this successful representation, Mr. Ebaugh became hooked on appeals.
Over the years, Mr. Ebaugh has represented dozens of clients on appeal, typically in criminal cases, but also in a handful of civil cases. Mr. Ebaugh has found that his appellate practice makes him a better litigator and vice versa.