Sorrels, Udashen, & Anton

Robert N. Udashen

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Partner
Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
214-468-8100
Fax:
214-468-8104
Email:

Robert Udashen graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1977 where he received the Perry Jones Award as the school's most outstanding criminal law student. Following graduation, Mr. Udashen joined the Staff Counsel for Inmates at the Texas Department of Corrections. There he represented prisoners in all types of post-conviction proceedings.

In 1979 Mr. Udashen left the Staff Counsel for Inmates to become an associate and then a partner in United States Congressman and later Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox's law firm in Dallas, Crowder & Mattox. While there, Mr. Udashen partnered with Don Crowder to successfully defend Candy Montgomery, the so-called axe murderer. The axe murder defense was recreated in a book, Evidence of Love, and in an Emmy award-winning movie, A Killing in a Small Town. CourtTV profiled the case in the fall of 2007 on the show Murder by the Book.

In 2004 Mr. Udashen teamed up with another Crowder, this time Darlina, to represent Lisa Diaz on a charge of capital murder for drowning her two children. Once again the Udashen-Crowder team was successful. Ms. Diaz was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mr. Udashen is now a partner in the prominent Dallas criminal defense firm of Sorrels, Udashen & Anton where he handles state and federal criminal trials and appeals. In addition, Mr. Udashen is an adjunct professor of Texas Criminal Procedure at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Udashen is a past president of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Mr. Udashen is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in America. Texas Monthly Magazine has named Mr. Udashen a Texas Super Lawyer every year beginning in 2003. For many years, D Magazine has selected Mr. Udashen as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Dallas.  In 2007, Texas Lawyer named Mr. Udashen one of 5 Top Notch criminal defense attorneys in the State of Texas.  The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Udashen White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in Dallas for 2014.

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Federal and State Criminal Trials
  • Federal and State Criminal Appeals
  • Federal and State Post-Conviction Proceedings

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1982
  • Board Certified, Criminal Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: Perry Jones Award in Criminal Law
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • "A Primer on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel", Voice for the Defense, April, 2003
  • "Private Attorney or Public Prosecutor: When Private Attorneys Take Over the Prosecution of a Criminal Case", Voice for the Defense (Co-Author), 2002
  • "The Involuntary Not Guilty Plea", Voice for the Defense, January, 2000
  • "Crimes of Construction", Voice for the Defense, July/August , 1998
  • "Ex Parte Amendments of Charging Instruments", Voice for the Defense, September, 1997
  • "Collateral Estoppel and Administrative License Suspension Hearings", Voice for the Defense, March, 1996
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial, Trial and Appeal" (Co-Author), SMU Law Review, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1995
  • "The Spending of Dirty Money", Voice for the Defense, December, 1995
  • "Update on the Admissibility of Polygraph Results", Voice for the Defense, September, 1995
  • "The Admissibility of Polygraph Test Results", Voice for the Defense, June, 1995
  • "Rule 35(b) Motions More Than One Year After Sentencing", Voice for the Defense, October, 1994
  • "Downward Departure for Extraordinary Family Circumstances", Voice for the Defense, June, 1994
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial, Trial and Appeal" (Co-Author), SMU Law Review, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1994
  • "Criminal Procedure: Confession, Search and Seizure" (Co-Author), SMU Law Review, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1993
  • "Double Jeopardy, Single Punishment", Voice for the Defense, Spring, 1993
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial", Southwestern Law Journal, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1991
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial", Southwestern Law Journal, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1990
  • You're Under Arrest, OPEN, INC., Dallas, 1990
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial", Southwestern Law Journal, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1989
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial", Southwestern Law Journal, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1988
  • "Criminal Procedure: Pretrial", Southwestern Law Journal, Annual Survey of Texas Law, 1987
  • "Jail Time: An Important Consideration at Sentencing and Plea Negotiation", Voice for the Defense, August, 1978
  • "A Primer on Texas Parole", Voice for the Defense, November, 1978

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, "Managing Expert Witnesses", Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, August 12, 2014
  • Lecturer, "False Confessions", Innocence Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin, Texas, August 8, 2014
  • Lecturer, "Jury Selection Cas Law Update," Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors Seminar, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, April 4, 2014
  • Lecturer, "Applications for Writs of Habeas Corpus," Habeas Issues, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, August 16, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Managing Expert Witnesses", Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, August 8, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Jury Selection Case Law Update", Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors Seminar, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, April 5, 2013
  • Lecturer, "False Confessions", Innocence Clinic, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas, Texas, October 11, 2012
  • Lecturer, "Jury Selection Case Law Update", Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors Seminar, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, April 27, 2012
  • Lecturer, "Anatomy of a Texas False Confession Case", Innocence Work in the Real World for Real Lawyers, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin, Texas, August 12, 2011
  • Lecturer, "United States Supreme Court Recent Opinions,", Texas College for Judicial Studies, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Austin Texas, April 15, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Jury Selection Case Law Update", Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors Seminar, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, August 27, 2010
  • Lecturer, "Expert Witnesses", Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial law Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, August 11, 2010
  • Lecturer, "Eyewitness Identification Testimony", Current Issues in Criminal Law Seminar, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, December 14, 2009
  • Lecturer, "This Crazy Life, A Case Study of the Insanity Defense", Jolly Roger Hal Jackson Memorial Criminal Law Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Denton, Texas, December 11, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Motions to Suppress Evidence in DWI Cases", Texas Bar Association, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Dallas, Texas, July 21, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Parallel Paths of Domestic Violence: A Practitioner's Roadmap for Criminal and Family Law Professionals", Domestic Violence Training Committee, Dallas, Texas, April 24, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Where Family Law and Criminal Law Collide", University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, January 29, 2009
  • Lecturer, "The Perils of Eyewitness Identification", Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, McKinney, Texas, January 8, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Motions to Suppress", University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Houston, Texas, September 19, 2008
  • Lecturer, "Motions to Suppress", University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Dallas, Texas, September 12, 2008
  • Lecturer, "Motions to Suppress", University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Dallas, Texas, September 28, 2007
  • Lecturer, "Motions to Suppress", University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Houston, Texas, September 12, 2007
  • Lecturer, "Search Incident to Arrest and Consent Searches", Cowtown Bill of Rights Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Fort Worth, Texas, September 7, 2007
  • Lecturer, "Unforeseen Federal and State Consequences of Convictions", Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 8, 2007
  • Lecturer, "Trial of an Axe Murder Case", Criminal Law Society, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, October 27, 2005
  • Lecturer, "Motions, Evidence and Experts", Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, July 28, 2005
  • Lecturer, "The Trial of Lisa Diaz", Anatomy of the Win, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Waxahachie, Texas, October 15, 2004
  • Lecturer, "State Criminal Law Issues", State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas, October 24, 2003
  • Lecturer, "Objections", Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas, Texas, October 10, 2003
  • Lecturer, "Making the Record", Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, February 14, 2003
  • Lecturer, "Amendments to the Criminal Appellate Rules", Harris County District Courts Trying Criminal Cases, Houston, Texas, January 31, 2003
  • Lecturer, "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel", Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, May 31, 2002
  • Lecturer, "How to Win a Criminal Trial", Dallas Bar Association, Bench/Bar Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, October 16, 1998
  • Lecturer, "Construction Crimes or How Not to Pave the Way to the Jail of Your Dreams", The Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, February 19, 1998
  • Panelist, "The Bar Leaders/Media Breakfast", Discussion of Legislation Concerning Sex Offenders, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, May 30, 1996
  • Lecturer, "Preparing a Trial Notebook", Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas, Texas, October 21, 1994
  • Lecturer, "The Accountant as Co-Conspirator", Association of CPAs in the IRS, Dallas, Texas, February 11, 1993
  • Lecturer, "Federal Criminal Practice", Dallas Bar Association Criminal Law Seminar, Dallas, Texas, October 22, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Defending the Sex Abuse Case", Dallas Bar Association Criminal Law Seminar, Dallas, Texas, October 4, 1988
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Criminal Procedure, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1998 - Present
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1993 - 1996
  • Instructor, Criminal Trial Advocacy Program, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, 2004 - Present
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 1996
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 1997
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 1998
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Fort Worth, Texas, 2000
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 2001
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 2002
  • Instructor, Southern Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dallas, Texas, 2003
  • "Murder by the Book", CourtTV, Fall Season, 2008
  • "The Nancy Grace Show", CNN Headline News, November 10, 2006
  • "Hannity & Colmes", FOX News, November 10, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2009 - 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1996 - 2014
  • Who's Who in America, 1997 - 2014
  • Named One of the Top Five Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas in the "Go to Guide", Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Named Dallas Criminal Defense White Collar Lawyer of the Year for 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure Committee, 1990 - 1993
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member (President, 2007)
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Sorrels & Udashen, Dallas, Texas, Partner, 2002 - 2006
  • Milner, Goranson, Sorrels, Udashen & Wells, Dallas, Texas, Partner, 2000 - 2002
  • Milner, Lobel, Goranson, Sorrels, Udashen & Wells, Dallas, Texas, Partner, 1995 - 2000
  • Law Office of Robert N. Udashen, Dallas, Texas, 1987 - 1995
  • Udashen & Goldstucker, Dallas, Texas, Partner, 1986 - 1987
  • Crowder & Mattox, Dallas, Texas, Associate, 1979 - 1984
  • Crowder, Mattox & Udashen, Dallas, Texas, Partner, 1984 - 1986
  • Texas Department of Corrections, Staff Counsel for Inmates, Huntsville, Texas, Staff Attorney, 1977 - 1979

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board, Coalition for Safer Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 1994
  • Member, Board of Directors, OPEN, Inc., Dallas, Texas

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi

Significant Cases

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys have won not guilty verdicts from juries on a wide variety of cases including complex Federal fraud indictments, homicide and controlled substances offenses.

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys have also obtained the exoneration and release from prison of over 15 wrongfully convicted persons.

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