Doug Gladden is an extremely talented and experienced attorney with a track record of outstanding success and accomplishments. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from there went on to graduate cum laude with his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Doug’s first position after law school was as a Trial Prosecutor in El Paso, Texas, where in just eight months he ambitiously tried five jury cases. From there, he moved to Dallas where he served as an Appellate Prosecutor for nine years. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2018.
As an Appellate Prosecutor, Doug was lead counsel for the State of Texas in 145 direct appeals, and he presented 27 oral arguments before the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Doug was also often tapped to be a member of the trial team in high-profile cases. During his time at the Dallas District Attorney’s office, Doug became the office expert in many subjects, including officer-involved shootings, search-and-seizure law, jury charges, and legislative history.
For Doug, his role as an attorney is much more than a career. He has been a tireless supporter of criminal justice reform. In 2015, he played a lead role in establishing the annual Dallas County Expunction Expo, which has to-date cleared the arrest records of over 1,700 people. For more information on the Expo, check out this article.
Additionally, in 2021, Doug was the primary author of several new laws passed by the Texas State Legislature, including the Richard Miles Act, which requires Law Enforcement to disclose all of their evidence to prosecutors, and Bo’s Law, which requires police officers to keep their body-worn cameras activated throughout an entire investigation. To learn more about these laws, click here (Richard Miles Act) and here (Bo’s Law).
Doug’s credentials and public recognition are also stellar. In 2016, he was named Appellate Prosecutor of the Year by the Dallas DA’s Office. In 2020, he was named Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section. And in 2021, he was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) with the Prosecutor Service Award and by Dallas County as the Employee of the Month for April. Doug has recently been asked to serve on the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary in Dallas.
When he’s not serving others or the community at large, Doug enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and adorable children. He’s an avid reader – especially American History, Fiction, and True Crime (of course!). He will hop on the Peloton and crush a workout on a regular basis as well. He enjoys grilling — he is a Georgia native now living in Texas after all — and he also loves curating his enormous classical-music collection.