John Teakell

John Teakell is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

From his legal office in Dallas, Texas criminal defense attorney John Teakell has successfully defended thousands of individuals charged with Texas Felonies and Federal Felonies.

The National Trial Lawyers Association recognizes John Teakell as a top-rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Texas, as well as a Texas Super Lawyer for many years. Teakell has also been selected for several honors including the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Top One Percent, Lawyers of Distinction, Best Attorneys of America, Global Who’s Who Top Attorney, Top 100 Lawyers, Global Law Experts, Leaders in Law, and others. He was highlighted in Forbes Magazine, Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine and chosen to be Expert Network’s Distinguished Lawyer.  John’s extensive experience working as a State Prosecutor and Federal Prosecutor helps ensure you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Choosing an experienced attorney is most important when you are facing Federal Criminal charges, you need a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney like John Teakell in your corner.

John travels to Federal Courts throughout the United States. If your rights and freedom are at risk, you have been accused of a crime, or are being investigated now is the time to seek legal counsel. Time is not on your side. You need an expert attorney, with extensive federal experience by your side to increase the likelihood of a dismissal, charge reductions, reduced sentences, or an acquittal from your charges.

After several years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas, John was recruited as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Puerto Rico to prosecute their cases, and worked there for three (3) years. Thereafter, John served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision. Contact Teakell here or below to schedule a consultation.

Firm Description:

After over fifteen years of criminal and securities prosecution work as a former state and federal prosecutor, John Teakell established the Law Office of John R. Teakell, a criminal defense law firm located in Dallas, Texas.

The Law Office of John R. Teakell is 100% dedicated to criminal defense and government investigations, and is capable of securing a great outcome for even the toughest and most high-level cases.  Most of our clients have been charged with or are being investigated for serious crimes; specifically Texas state felonies and federal crimes.  If convicted, they could spend decades in prison.

John Teakell understands the gravity of your situation and can provide detailed and specialized knowledge to your specific case. He assembles high-powered defenses including investigating the nature of your charges, securing evidence, and challenging evidence against you. As a former federal prosecutor and experienced criminal defense trial attorney, John has first-hand knowledge of the criminal justice system needed to evaluate your case, and the resources you need to mount a rigorous defense.

If you suspect you are under investigation or have already been arrested and charged, call the Law Office of John R. Teakell right now to speak with John Teakell personally.

Meredith Craven

Meredith Craven is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Meredith directly using the contact details listed above.

Texas is a state in the South Central region of the United States. At 268,596 square miles, and with more than 29.1 million residents in 2020, it is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population.

Meredith is an associate in the International Arbitration Practice Group in Houston. She represents international corporations, state entities and foreign sovereigns in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, and other commodities. She has represented clients in international arbitrations brought under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, AAA/ICDR, and HKIAC rules. Meredith has also represented private and state-owned companies in enforcement and set-aside actions in New York courts.

Meredith is active in pro bono matters and is involved in the Firm’s representation of impoverished debtors suing the City of Ferguson, Missouri.

Meredith Craven currently serves as a Regional Representative for the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum.

Firm Overview:

Supporting our clients around the globe

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Caroline Robinson Ellerbe

Caroline Ellerbe is our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Caroline directly using the contact details listed above.

Prior to joining Latham full-time, Ms. Ellerbe was a summer associate in the Houston office.

Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Centre Houston, the coastal visitor centre at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theatre District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.

While attending law school at University of Texas, Ms. Ellerbe was an editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, a Dean’s Fellow in the UT Law Society Program, and a member of the Women’s Law Caucus.

Prior to law school, Ms. Ellerbe earned her BA at Princeton University.

Firm Overview:

Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform spanning 14 countries, Latham lawyers help clients succeed.

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Steve Albert

Steve Albert is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Steve directly using the contact details listed above.

Steve Albert has more than 30 years of audit and business consulting experience, serving private and public companies. He has led audit services and other engagements for clients in a range of industries, including oilfield services, manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction industries, and investment funds. A number of his current clients operate in foreign markets.

Steve has managed teams delivering compliance services in connection with initial and secondary capital raising and is experienced in Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and accounting matters. Steve also focuses on providing transactional services to private equity and mezzanine fund clients.

Steve is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Why BDO?

We could tell you about our 60+ offices across the United States or our 1,401 offices worldwide. We could mention our comprehensive service offerings, our experience across virtually every major industry, or the wide range of clients we serve, from regional businesses to global leaders.

But what truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to exceeding expectations on every engagement, big or small, for every client, local or multinational. It’s about more than our depth of experience or technical excellence, more than our open, communicative culture.

It’s about a firm-wide dedication to delivering service to every single client that is, without exception, exceptional.