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Charley Davidson

Hanszen Laporte
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Charley Davidson
Hanszen Laporte

Charley Davidson leads the firm’s criminal defense practice, where he offers passionate, responsive counsel to guide clients facing state and federal charges in the areas of white collar and blue collar crime. Prior to joining Hanszen Laporte, he was a partner at a large international firm specializing in white collar defense, as well as a partner at a Houston-based criminal defense law firm. Charley also spent three years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and seven years with the Office of District Attorney, Harris County. He has acted as first-chair counsel in well over 100 jury trials in state and federal court.

While willing and adept when going to trial, as an experienced litigator, Charley recognizes that it is often better for clients to seek alternative methods of resolving conflicts. He is a skilled negotiator who encourages clients to take advantage of mediation, arbitration, plea bargaining, and other forums for alternative dispute resolution, when appropriate.


J.D. — University of Texas School of Law, 1978 (Order of Barristers, Law Review, American Journal of Criminal Law)

B.A. — University of Texas, 1975 cum laude


AV Preeminent — Martindale–Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: General Practice and White Collar

Texas Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar


All Courts of the State of Texas

U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)

Eastern District of Arkansas

Western District of Oklahoma

Eastern District of Oklahoma

Eastern District of Michigan


Member, Houston Bar Association Criminal Law & Procedure Section

Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Member, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

Member, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation


President, Boykins Youth Foundation

Vice President Emeritus of Baseball Operations, Memorial High School

Member, Board of Stewards, Chapelwood United Methodist Church

Co-Chairman, Parking Lot Ministry, Chapelwood United Methodist Church

Seven Year Pack Leader, SUMMIT Mission Trip, Chapelwood United Methodist Church

Participant, Texas Appleseed Project, Texas Michael Morton Discovery Bill

Recipient, Texas Defender Service, 2013 Justice in Policy Award

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