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1970 University of Texas, B.B.A.

1972 University of Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence


1972 Admitted: State of Texas

1977 U.S. Supreme Court

1977 U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

1981 U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuits

1977 & 2002 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

1979 Board Certified: Criminal Law: re-certified 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 & 2009 


Mike Carnahan has been practicing law for 35 years, handling Criminal Law, Family Law, and Civil cases. Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Galveston County, TX 1973-1977

Smith, Schulman, Rawitscher, Wettman & Carnahan 1978-1984

Smith, Schulman, Rawitscher, Carnahan, Hall & Parks 1984-1989

Smith, Schulman, Rawitscher & Carnahan 1990-1995

Rawitscher & Carnahan, L.L.P. 1995 to 2008

Carnahan Law Firm, P.L.L.C. 2009-Present


Member of the Texas, Houston and American Bar Associations, Criminal Law, Family Law and General Practice Sections

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association;

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

California Public Defenders Association;

Co-Author and Speaker: "The Grand Jury and Your Client," Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; 

Co-Author and Speaker: "Search & Seizure," Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas


AV rating, Martindale Hubbel [Highest for Ability, Highest for Ethical Practice]-2009

H Magazine 2005- Top Lawyers for the People

H Magazine 2005- Top Lawyers- Criminal Law

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