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 - 2020
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 - 2020

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    About Sam Adamo

    Admitted: 1971, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Magazine
    • 30th Anniversary Award Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyer’s Association
    • Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, Houston Chronicle
    • One of America’s Most Honored Professionals, American Registry
    • Recognized among his peers as one of Houston's Best Criminal Trial Lawyers, Lifetime Achievement Award, Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2018
    • Best Attorneys in America, U.S. News and World Report
    • Houston’s Top Lawyers, H-Texas Magazine
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law & Procedure - San Jacinto College, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • Saint Louis University, B.A. in Political Science, 1964
    • South Texas College of Law - Juris Doctorate, 1971
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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: 9/8/2020

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