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Richard O. Ely II

Keith HamptonI maintain an active caseload of fraud, bank robbery, drug, immigration and firearms cases. I have represented numerous defendants charged with wire and mail fraud in a wide variety of investment schemes and financial crimes. I  have handled cases involving embezzlement of clandestine funds from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as an oil and gas securities fraud case. Many of my multi-defendant drug cases have involved money laundering charges. I was the Chief of the District IT team, supervising three system administrators whose duties include forensic evaluations of computer evidence. I was a member of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts Defender Automation Working Group that develops national policy on IT and forensic issues.


Areas of Practice:

75% Criminal Defense 
25% Personal Injury

Bar Admissions:

Supreme Court of Texas; 1984
Courts Appeals, District of Columbia; 1983
Supreme Court of California; 1977

United States Supreme Court; 1988

United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Ninth, & Tenth Circuits
United States Court of Military Appeals

United States District Courts:
Southern District of California
Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Past Positions:

1995 - 2011 Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas
1994 - 1995    Krohn & Ely, L.L.P., Houston, Texas. Partner
1990 - 1994    First Assistant District Attorney, San Angelo, Texas
1984 - 1990    Civil Litigation Practice, Houston, Texas



National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member of the Texas, California, and District of Columbia Bar Association
Life Member of The NRA


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