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Houston, TX

Sam Adamo

Managing Partner | Adamo & Adamo

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Sam Adamo, Sr. is a distinguished lawyer based in Houston, Texas. With over forty-five years of experience, Mr. Adamo is a leading criminal defense attorney in his state. He currently is a managing partner with the law firm Adamo & Adamo, alongside his son Sam Adamo, Jr. where the two have achieved an unprecedented 40% dismissal or not guilty rate—eight times the national average.

As he tells it, Mr. Adamo’s decision to pursue a career in law was a natural one:

As a child of the 60’s I grew up in an era that questioned authority and fought for freedom of expression and equality under the law. Being a part of protecting those rights was always a passion of mine and the law was the best vehicle to accomplish that goal.

Since earning his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1968, Mr. Adamo has cultivated a reputation as a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney and an effective litigator in court. He began his career serving at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office trying all cases from DWI’s to Capital Murders. He was ultimately given the honor of starting up the White Collar Special Crimes Division and remained at the top of this division until he left in 1976 to start his own criminal defense practice.

An AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney for over thirty years, Adamo was one of the early attorneys recognized and board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Houston criminal lawyer. Over the course of his career, he has obtained dismissals and not guilty verdicts in every type of criminal case, from white collar crimes, to misdemeanors, robberies, and murder cases, while he has represented individuals, corporations, and even the Houston Police Union.

This eclectic experience has served Adamo well throughout his career, and has made him one of the most widely lauded criminal defense attorneys in Texas and in the United States. His success has been recognized in the form of numerous awards and honors: Among many others, U.S. News & World Report has recognized him as one of the "Best Attorneys in America", and has listed Adamo & Adamo as a "Nationally Recognized Criminal Defense Firm".

As a leader in his field, Mr. Adamo keeps a close eye on prevailing trends in criminal law. In particular, he notes a promising trend in the sentencing of drug offenders:

This field is always evolving and it's always changing. One encouraging trend that I am seeing now in Texas is that judges are leaning more towards rehabilitation programs for drug offenders and minimizing the harsher sentencing that we have in federal sentencing guidelines. We have restored the judges' discretion in sentencing, whereas in the past the guidelines were not discretionary.

After more than four decades dedicated to law, Mr. Adamo shows no signs of slowing down. A true leader in his field, he remains one of the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in Texas.


Detailed Career Information

Education & Certification
  • Board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • J.D., 1968 – South Texas College of Law
  • B.A., 1964 – Saint Louis University


The State of Texas • Southern District of Texas • Eastern District of Texas • Western District of Texas • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships & Associations

National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association • National Trial Lawyers Association • Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association • American Bar Association • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association • Texas Bar Association • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association • Adjunct Professor (Criminal Law and Procedure) – San Jacinto College

Awards & Honors

Houston Criminal Lawyer Specialist – State and Federal • Nationally Recognized Criminal Defense Firm – U.S. News & World Report • Best Attorneys in America – U.S. News & World Report • Texas Super Lawyers – Super Lawyers Magazine • Top 100 Houston Criminal Trial Lawyer – NTLA – National Trial Lawyer’s Association • Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston – Houston Chronicle • Top Houston Criminal Lawyer – Houstonia Magazine • Houston’s Premiere Criminal Lawyer – H-Texas Magazine • AV® Preeminent™ Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability – Martindale-Hubbell®, Criminal Defense Attorneys • 30th Anniversary Award Preeminent™ Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability – Martindale-Hubbell® • One of America’s Most Honored Professionals – American Registry • 10.0 Criminal Defense Rating on Avvo • Nationally Recognized Houston Criminal Lawyer Expert

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