Professional Representation,
Proven Results


David A. Nachtigall is a courtroom-tested trial lawyer
with a proven record of success for individual and business clients in criminal and civil matters.

David A. Nachtigall is a Board Certified criminal lawyer, former prosecutor, and civil litigator dedicated to helping individuals and businesses facing criminal charges, investigations, and select civil litigation. David has extensive experience in state and federal courtrooms in a wide range of criminal and civil matters. His combination of professional experience, tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients, and commitment to excellence makes him a powerful ally for those facing criminal charges, investigations, and other serious legal concerns.
David A. Nachtigall is a Board Certified criminal lawyer, former prosecutor, and civil litigator dedicated to helping individuals and businesses facing criminal charges, investigations, and select civil litigation. David has extensive experience in state and federal courtrooms in a wide range of criminal and civil matters. His combination of professional experience, tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients, and commitment to excellence makes him a powerful ally for those facing criminal charges, investigations, and other serious legal concerns.


David A. Nachtigall is a Houston criminal lawyer and civil trial attorney representing individuals and businesses in criminal and civil litigation at the state and federal levels in a variety of practice areas. Our firm focuses on the defense of criminal charges and investigations of all types, white collar matters, and in civil litigation involving theft, fraud, or the possibility of related criminal prosecution.

Criminal Defense

Being charged or investigated for a violation of state or federal criminal law is a potentially life-changing experience. David A. Nachtigall is a Board Certified Houston criminal lawyer who represents individuals and businesses facing state and federal criminal charges and investigations.

White Collar Matters

As a former white collar prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, David A. Nachtigall has extensive experience with criminal and civil white collar matters including embezzlement, employee theft, insurance and mortgage fraud, theft of trade secrets, securities fraud, and Ponzi schemes.

Civil Litigation

Our Firm assists individual and business clients in select civil matters and ‘quasi-criminal’ matters, specializing in those involving theft of money or intellectual property, fraud, and suits where there is a risk of, or desire for, future criminal prosecution. David Nachtigall’s background as a civil litigator and criminal defense lawyer provides an uncommon skill set and perspective for resolving civil disputes.
David A. Nachtigall, Attorney at Law, PLLC is a Houston-based criminal defense and litigation firm.  Our Houston criminal law attorney handles a broad spectrum of criminal matters and has represented client in cases ranging from individuals charged with simple misdemeanors to grand jury investigations of Fortune 500 companies.  Many of the Firm’s criminal law clients are individuals who have never been involved in the criminal justice system, and who will never be involved with it again.  David A. Nachtigall handles matters with discretion, personal attention, and professionalism. Our Firm endeavors to provide clients with the assurance and peace of mind that their matter is handled by an attorney who recognizes the serious impact a criminal charge or investigation has on person’s life today and in the future.

The Firm also has extensive experience in civil matters represents individuals and businesses in which there is possibility of concurrent criminal prosecution, and in traditional civil disputes.

Results Matter

Our Firm has obtained excellent results for clients in a wide variety of legal matters. Our firm’s core belief is that there is simply no substitute for hard work. Through diligence, perseverance, and focus, we construct a thorough and vigorous defense for clients. Our firm has secured numerous dismissals of cases in criminal courts for clients facing serious state and federal charges including aggravated assault, drug possession, possession of child pornography, robbery, and theft. In cases in which a client does not desire a trial and the government refuses to dismiss the case, David has effectively negotiated plea bargains for clients that have led to a substantial reduction in charges or statutory minimum prison terms. The Firm has also experienced consistent success in civil courts resulting the non-suiting or dismissal of business disputes and white collar matters.

Every case and each client’s circumstance is unique, and no honest lawyer can guarantee a particular result in any case. However, having a history of good performance is a measure of the quality of an attorney’s work that a potential client should consider. Click here to read more about specific results David Nachtigall has obtained for his clients.

Straight Talk About Searching for a Criminal Defense Lawyer on the Internet

If you are searching for criminal attorneys in Houston on the Internet, chances are that you have either never hired an attorney or have only hired an attorney once or twice in the past. When you search for a criminal attorney online, you quickly find that there is a dizzying number of options. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you are almost certainly worried about what is going to happen next. For the vast majority of people, the next concern is how much representation is going to cost.

Ultimately, you want a criminal defense attorney who is qualified and experienced, who can talk with you and explain things on a “human” level, and who you can trust to work hard to obtain the best possible result in the case. Great salesmanship does not always equal great representation. As a potential client, you need to determine who is a great salesman and who is a great attorney.

In order to get the best possible defense, you need a lawyer who has extensive experience in the criminal justice system. Lawyers who do not regularly practice criminal law are likely not going to be as well-versed in courtroom procedures and dealing with prosecutors as those lawyers who frequent the criminal courthouse.
There are a number of excellent criminal defense lawyers in Houston and the surrounding areas. With a little research and self-education, you can sort out who is the “real deal” and who is not. When you do decide to meet with an attorney, do not be afraid to ask him or her hard questions. After all, you are the client, and you should feel comfortable that you have made the right decision.


“David was the first and only person I considered calling for legal advice for a friend in an unusual and complicated situation. His advice was spot-on accurate and the best solution. David is not only one of the smartest lawyers I know but he also has a unique grasp of the nuances involved in working with different personalities and negotiating on behalf of them. He can quickly synthesize various outcomes and options into a well-defined solution. He does it all with integrity, clarity and confidence that I’d want representing myself or a loved one.”
B.S., client under Felony Investigation
“David is an intelligent, thoughtful problem solver who brings a creative approach to each issue a complex case presents. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him, and would highly recommend him for both criminal defense and business cases.”
Attorney #6
“I have known David for over 20 years and there is no one in whom I have more confidence and trust. David’s counsel and advice is one of the big reasons that I became a lawyer. I’m so glad that David has struck out on his own. I now have a go-to attorney to refer friends, family, and professional contacts when I’m approached with a criminal law issue. David does his homework and always makes sure he’s the smartest person in the room. He’s a smart, professional and an incredibly skilled attorney.”
Attorney #5
“I highly recommend David Nachtigall. Without a doubt, David will be sure to handle all of your needs with the care you deserve. David is an exceptional attorney who is dedicated to providing his clients with timely and thorough representation. David is dedicated to bringing the best results for his clients, guiding them through every step of the way.”
Attorney #4
“I have known David Nachtigall for more than sixteen years. David is hard-working, creative, and very intelligent. He maintains well-grounded perspective and offers insight and common sense. David has the ideal background as an honors graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, a seasoned prosecutor, and a board-certified criminal attorney. He is an eloquent, charismatic, and experienced trial lawyer who is smarter than his competition—both the criminal defense attorneys and the prosecutors. David should be your first consideration for a criminal matter in Texas.”
Attorney #3
“I worked with David at the Harris County District Attorney’s office here in Houston. I have personally watched David prepare for and try two murders and I have personally tried a family violence case with David. He is at his soul a phenomenal trial lawyer and a tireless preparer. He is ready when his case is called by the judge and God help you if you are the opposing counsel and you are unprepared for David. He is widely regarded in the criminal court house of Houston as a first rate advocate and is known to have a vast array of experience covering criminal matters from misdemeanor to felony.”
Attorney #2
“David is among an elite group of not only criminal defense lawyers, but lawyers at large, with the skill, experience and temperament to deliver results in matters of the highest stakes.”
Attorney #1
“David went above and beyond to help me in defense of a DWI charge. With his background as a prosecutor, he already knew the ins and outs of navigating through the process and was able to get me a better deal than I otherwise would have received. His hard work, open communication, dedication and intelligence are all very valuable for anyone in an unfortunate situation like I was. I couldn’t be more pleased with his representation and would definitely recommend him to anyone considering hiring an attorney.”
charged with Misdemeanor
“Mr. Nachtigall is an exemplary attorney. Overall, he was always responsive to the various amount of questions I had, also he kept me informed on how things were looking during my case. I have spoken to plenty of attorneys, but Mr. Nachtigall seemed to stand out for his sincerity, his willing to make your case his responsibility and maintaining a positive attitude that seem to be hard to find nowadays.”
A.R., client charged with Felony
David is one of the most polished, even tempered attorneys I’ve ever met. I was the defendant on a spurious criminal case and he carefully dissected each unsubstantiated allegation and was able to refute the basis for the charge itself (which was the intent to commit a crime). I have to say that he really made the prosecuting attorney look foolish by carefully researching and laying out the facts combined with his patient, even tempered demeanor. I also appreciated the fact that he knew the behind the scenes political motivations for why the prosecution in the D.A.’s office acted so illogically-he knows these people and their work environment, so he was able to use this to craft a winning strategy to get my case dropped.
J.B., charged with Felony
“Within my industry I consult with many lawyers and whilst on a business trip to Houston I required legal counsel and David was recommended to me. Initially David’s age surprised me; as it did not reflect his wealth of experience, local contacts and immediate control that he took of my case and me. David promptly providing sound, logical and concise legal counsel which demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the local system and the law. David has great integrity and a supreme confidence born from experience. A quiet man but with a firm, resolute character that enabled a professional court demeanour that when coupled with his succinct legal strategy provided for a most successful conclusion in court – Thank you David. I vouch for and strongly recommend David services, he is great lawyer.”
J.G., client charged with Misdemeanor
“I was recently traveling on business in Houston and was caught with a tiny amount marijuana. All it takes in Texas is half a joint and you are in a world of hurt. Dumb mistake on my part. Let me be the first to advise everyone in a similar situation, you will need strong representation. The Houston court system is beyond challenging and unbelievably confusing. What I thought was no big deal could’ve meant losing my license, probation, and possibly more jail time. Typically people hate attorneys, David saved me in a huge way. He treated me like a friend and always kept me posted on the status of my case. He was willing to work with me due to my work schedule and he came to his office, before it even opened, to meet me. Because of his experience and persistence my case was dropped. I am so thankful I found him and would highly recommend his service. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.”
J.W., client charged with Misdemeanor
“David Nachtigall was my attorney for a DWI that I received in December of 2013. He really did a great job on my case. He was always very polite, prompt, and diligent when dealing with any questions that I had and he always took the correct steps to accomplish our desired outcome. Even though my case was stacked against me, he still was able to negotiate a DWI Pre-trial Intervention plea (which was the best and most realistic outcome considering the circumstances). Just to make things clear, the deal I received is not one that is easily ascertained. In fact, it took two tries to receive it. However, thanks to Mr. Nachtigall’s hard work and persistence, the deal went through. He never kept me in the dark about anything in reference to my case, he was not difficult to contact, and he always returned my phone calls as soon as possible or as soon as he had an answer to any question I asked (all of which are increasingly rare qualities in a busy lawyer). I can’t thank him enough for his help, and I would recommend David Nachtigall to anyone in need of a great, hard-working lawyer who knows how to get things done efficiently and effectively.”
J.C., client charged with Misdemeanor
“I was recently charged with assault on a peace officer which is a felon charge. I have never been in trouble with the law in my life. I was raised in a strict catholic house I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I hired David after dealing with a bad lawyer. He picked up the slack with no problem. David did everything in his power to get the charges dropped. I left with a misdemeanor charge and 6 months probation. David answered ALL of my phone calls & emails. He showed up to every court setting and didn’t send anyone for him. I would highly recommend David to anyone.”
J.U., client charged with Felony
“David Nachtigall is a true professional. He handled my case (a second degree felony) with such expertise that the charges were dropped. His experience as a former prosecutor proved to be a tremendous asset. He kept me well informed and provided much needed personal support. I highly recommend David for any legal need you may have.”
P.S., client charged with Felony
“I highly recommend criminal defense attorney David Nachtigall. While he represented my son, David consistently displayed a calm and professional demeanor, careful attention to detail, and thoroughly researched every aspect of a very complex and challenging criminal case. His ability to deduct the truth was commendable despite the complainants who kept changing their story. I am thankful we had David on our side. His previous experience working in the DA’s office was an advantage in understanding how the courts worked. I especially appreciated his compassion to stay in touch with us and that he was easily reachable when we had questions. If you need an attorney that will truly listen and fight for you, I recommend David Nachtigall.”
P.T., parent of child charged with Felony
“David is a consummate professional. Through a normal background check I found out I had a very old warrant, I attempted to call the county and they would’t even talk to me. It could have cost me my job. I contacted David (one of the challenges is I live 500 miles away); and he secured a dismissal the next day, saving my career. He cut right through the red tape. I’d highly recommend David to anyone!”
R.B., charged with Misdemeanor


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