Sam Adamo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, TX

Adamo & Adamo
 | 3200 Travis Avenue, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77006
Phone: 713-237-8380
Fax: 713-547-4950
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

Sam Adamo is the founder of Adamo & Adamo, located in Houston, Texas. Focusing his practice exclusively on criminal defense, he represents clients throughout the area who have been charged with state or federal offenses including theft, assault, drug possession and distribution, sex crimes and murder.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in 1964 from Saint Louis University, Mr. Adamo went on to attend South Texas College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1968. After graduation, he spent five years as a prosecutor with the Office of District Attorney in Harris County, Texas. His experience helped him learn how prosecutors approach their cases and gave him a perspective on how to prepare a defense.

Mr. Adamo has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas. His tenacity and ethics have led to multiple accolades and awards from both his peers and the public alike, including the receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell for his legal skills and ethics. Mr. Adamo is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and the Houston Chronicle has hailed him as the top criminal defense attorney in Houston. 

Certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Adamo is admitted to practice in Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Adamo is an active participant in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Sam Adamo is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure in the paralegal program at San Jacinto College 


*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019

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About Sam Adamo

Admitted: 1971, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • One of America’s Most Honored Professionals, American Registry
  • 30th Anniversary Award Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, H-Texas Magazine
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, Houston Chronicle
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Best Attorneys in America, U.S. News and World Report
  • Recognized among his peers as one of Houston's Best Criminal Trial Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Criminal Law Specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member and Former Officer of the Harris County Criminal Attorney's Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Life Member, Texas and National Association of Criminal Attorney's Associations
  • Former Vice President, Harris County Criminal Attorney's Association
  • United States Supreme Court
  • The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Eastern District of Texas
  • The Western District of Texas
  • The Southern District of Texas
  • State of Texas

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor for Criminal Law and Procedure at San Jacinto Junior College
  • Lectured at Legal Seminars on a Broad Range of Legal Issues

Educational Background:

  • South Texas College of Law - Juris Doctorate, 1971
  • Saint Louis University, B.A. in Political Science, 1964
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Office Location for Sam Adamo

3200 Travis Avenue
4th Floor
Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-237-8380

Fax: 713-547-4950

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Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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