Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP

A Criminal Defense Law Firm

Firm Overview

The Mission

At Broden & Mickelsen, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and ethical representation to individuals and businesses charged with criminal offenses. We do this through our unique team approach to the practice of criminal defense in which both partners play an active role in the firm's cases. Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are both committed to the belief that when a person is charged with a crime, he or she deserves to be represented by attorneys that provide a vigorous defense and charge a reasonable fee. We do this by evaluating each case individually and using all the resources available to us in attempting to achieve a favorable resolution to the case. We also recognize that many individuals charged with crimes have limited resources, therefore, we endeavor to keep our overhead costs low and provide flexible fee arrangements for our clients. Both Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen have been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as specialists in criminal law.

The Emphasis
Broden & Mickelsen specializes in the practice of criminal defense at both the trial and appellate level and in both state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition, the firm represents persons targeted for prosecution prior to the filing of formal charges in an effort to prevent such charges from being occurring. Each partner has represented a significant number of business executives charged with complicated "white collar" fraud crimes as well as numerous individuals charged with violent crimes. We also believe that it is our duty, as attorneys, to take a limited number of court appointments. Consequently, we are periodically requested by courts to represent, on appeal, individuals sentenced to death. Each partner has significant trial experience and a wealth of appellate experience. While recognizing certain economic realities, Broden & Mickelsen also believes that the quality of one's defense should not be based solely upon a person's financial position. Given this belief, the firm will often undertake representation of individuals for substantially reduced fees in order to prevent a miscarriage of justice or because of the important issues involved in the case.

The Approach
Before a client retains Broden & Mickelsen one partner, and usually both partners, will meet with a client and fully discuss the facts of the case with the client. While no Criminal Defense Law Firm can ever promise a client a particular result, we will often be able to give a client our initial impression of how we would defend his or her case using our team approach.

If retained, we work with a variety of investigators to fully investigate the facts of a client's case. At Broden & Mickelsen, we firmly believe that an exhaustive investigation by a quality investigator is often indispensable. A thorough investigation is often the difference between a guilty verdict and a not-guilty verdict or a non-favorable plea agreement and a favorable plea agreement. During this time, we will also seek to obtain the evidence that will be used in any prosecution. We will diligently review a case to determine whether any issues are present that would require the suppression of evidence or the dismissal of the case for legal or procedural reasons and to determine if our client's rights were protected.

Significantly, during all stages of the representation, we stay in close contact with our clients and return phone calls promptly. We recognize that effective legal representation also includes a lawyer's role as a counselor and adviser especially when a client has had no experience with the legal system. In the end, whether it be a lengthy jury trial, the negotiation of a favorable plea agreement or a complicated appeal, the client will know that he has a dedicated team representing his interests.

The Results
Clinton Broden and Mick Mickelsen are criminal defense lawyers; period. No matter your dilemma you deserve quality representation from attorneys with a broad base of experience to draw from. Federal appeals, white collar crime, dwi/dui, appeals, and drug/firearm related cases are just a few areas of our expertise. Click here to see our results.

Main Office

Main Office
2600 State St.
Dallas, TX 75204



Criminal Defense

Defense for Federal and State Crimes

State vs. Federal Crimes
In the United States, criminal offenses are prosecuted in either state or federal court. The law firm of Broden & Mickelsen has extensive experience handling cases in state courts throughout the State of Texas and federal courts throughout the United States. In addition we are experienced at handling cases at all three stages of the criminal proceedings (trial, appeal, post-conviction) in each system.

Most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court. Broden & Mickelsen represent clients charged with state crimes in Texas.

Federal crimes on the other hand, tend to involve more complex charges and often carry significantly higher penalties. Broden & Mickelsen has extensive experience in defending federal crimes.

Some types of offenses, such as drug offenses and fraud offenses, can be charged in either federal court or state court or even in both.

Experience is Essential
Both state and federal criminal offenses can carry harsh sentences. If charged with a criminal offense, it is imperative that you retain a specialized, board-certified, and experienced criminal defense attorney. Experience is especially crucial in federal cases, as many attorneys have limited or no experience in federal court.

Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen practice only criminal defense and are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as experts in criminal law. They have years of experience, have been named "Texas Super Lawyers" every year since 2004, and have a proven track record with results in both state and federal courts. They are known not only for their skill as trial lawyers, but as attorneys who excel at appeals and post-conviction motions.

Clinton Broden

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP

Clint Broden received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution, where he graduated magna cum laude with honors in Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1990 where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class and was a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he had articles published in the Rutgers Law Review and the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Broden joined a prestigious Washington, D.C. civil litigation firm. Nevertheless, his desire to practice criminal law and assist citizens accused of crimes brought him to Dallas in 1992 and he became an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. In 1998, Mr. Broden and Mr. Mickelsen, another former Assistant Federal Public Defender, formed the firm Broden & Mickelsen.

Mr. Broden is board certified in the areas of criminal law and criminal appellate law. His practice is limited to criminal defense work. He has received an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available. He was voted by his peers as a "Super Lawyer" in criminal defense in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 20114. In 2011, 2012 and 2013D Magazine named him a "best attorney" in Dallas in the field of criminal defense. Although he handles all types of criminal cases, Mr. Broden specializes in complex, federal criminal defense law at both the trial and appellate level. He has represented defendants in federal courts throughout Texas as well as in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and Georgia. Despite the overwhelming conviction rate in federal court, Mr. Broden's clients have avoided conviction in almost seventy percent of the cases he has tried in federal court. Likewise, Mr. Broden has handled over seventy-five appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including oral argument in over thirty cases, and has obtained some type of relief for his clients in approximately one-quarter of the cases.

In addition, Mr. Broden has been an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University School of Law where he taught trial advocacy. Mr. Broden also lectures to other criminal defense lawyers in Texas and Louisiana on various topics related to federal criminal law including detention hearings, suppression motions, obscenity trials and federal sentencing guidelines. Mr. Broden also served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge in the City of Dallas from 1999-2004.

Mr. Broden is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit, the Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas County Bar Association and the Mac Taylor American Inn of Court

Mick Mickelsen

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP

Mick Mickelsen is a native of Dallas. Apart from time studying abroad and in Washington D.C., he has lived in the Dallas area all of his life.

Mr. Mickelsen pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Dallas, a small, Catholic school which emphasizes the study of philosophy and great works of literature. Upon graduation from the University of Dallas in 1987, he attended Georgetown University Law Center and graduated there in 1990.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Mickelsen was hired by Michael S. Fawer. Mr. Fawer was a prominent "white-collar" criminal defense lawyer who was known for successfully representing Edwin Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, in relation to three separate indictments, and for representing Danny Faulkner in the famous "I-30" condominium scandal. Mr. Mickelsen worked extensively with Mr. Fawer in the representation of Mr. Faulkner.

In order to get "first chair" trial experience, Mr. Mickelsen joined the Dallas Federal Public Defender's Office in 1992. In his six years at the Federal Public Defender's Office, Mr. Mickelsen acquired extensive experience in virtually every kind of federal criminal case, including numerous high profile "white-collar" cases. In 1998, Mr. Mickelsen left the public defender's office to form the partnership of Broden & Mickelsen, and since forming the partnership has also developed a practice involving not only federal cases, but also state cases in Dallas and throughout Texas. Mick Mickelsen as a Dallas Criminal Defense attorney, now represents clients charged with crimes in DWI, felonies and much more. View all crimes in our practice.

Mr. Mickelsen is board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law, a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a member of the Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the Dallas County Bar Association. Mr. Mickelsen is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, an independent evaluation which identifies a lawyer with "very high to preeminent legal ability". He was also voted by his peers as a "Super Lawyer" in criminal defense in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, D Magazine named him a "Best Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney" Mr. Mickelsen has also been a member of the adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University Law School where he taught trial advocacy.