Brent E. Newton
- Position: Of Counsel
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (713) 426-2244
Brent Newton’s unparalleled expertise in federal criminal law and procedure magnifies the force that Cogdell Law Firm brings to bear for its clients.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brent graduated from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Kent Scholar, a Stone Scholar, and Senior Editor at the Columbia Law Review. He followed his academic achievements with a prestigious clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Brent put his scholarly and practical training to good use as a federal and state public defender for sixteen years, including time as a staff attorney for the Texas Death Penalty Resource Center. He racked up a stellar record of successes in trials, appeals, and post-conviction cases, including a number of capital cases. His career as a public defender culminated in a habeas corpus case in which Brent’s client was adjudged to be innocent, setting the stage for a substantial award of compensation from the State of Texas for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
The next ten years saw Brent as the deputy director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., where he managed a staff of nearly 100 employees and was the primary author of five influential Commission publications.
Brent’s scholarly endeavors include three books published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, multiple law-review articles, and book chapters. He has shared his expertise during adjunct professorships at American University and Georgetown University, during a visiting professorship at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson Law School, and by serving as a lecturer in law at the University of Houston Law Center, enlightening young minds in such courses as Criminal Litigation, Criminal Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Procedure, and Legal Ethics.