Up Close with former DA Nico LaHood
Nicholas “Nico” LaHood followed his father’s footsteps as a lawyer and a public service leader, but he’s done it in a way that’s truly his own.
His father, Michael LaHood, served as both a defense attorney and a judge for nearly 50 years. Nico has served as a criminal defense attorney, a magistrate judge, a special prosecutor, an attorney pro-tem and an elected District Attorney (Bexar County, 2014-2018). His professional experience, combined with a “what you see is what you get” personality and a commitment to defend the defenseless, has helped drive , the law firm Nico founded with colleague , to success.
LaHood Norton’s combined experience has represented thousands of clients on both sides of the courtroom. Its four trial lawyers know the system and have proven track records of dismissals and favorable verdicts. With more than 70 years of combined experience, LaHood Norton lawyers vigorously advocate for their clients’ rights—no gimmicks, no sugar-coating.
LaHood Norton defends both , tackling issues that range from assault and DWI, to conspiracy, theft and drugs. Whether they face serious federal charges or a violation of probation, LaHood Norton treats its clients with professionalism and honesty.
took a quick break recently to answer a few questions about his career, his company and his personal philosophy.
When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?
I knew at a very young age I wanted to do what my “pop” does. He taught me a lawyer is a legal bodyguard—someone who speaks up for people who can’t speak up for themselves. I also saw how his clients really respected him.
What sort of education did you go through?
I majored in Finance and Financial 36棋牌 at St. Mary’s University. Following college, I attended St. Mary’s School of Law for three years and earned my Juris Doctorate.
Why did you decide to go into criminal law?
I decided to ultimately focus on criminal law because I specifically trained in trial and advocacy skills during law school. The area of law that ultimately leads to the most jury trials is criminal law. My pop also had a strong influence on my career.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Having the opportunity to positively influence our client’s lives. Not just in relation to their case, but also to encourage them in bettering themselves. Further, we understand that even a misdemeanor is an important case to a client and their family, so we treat every case as the most important case for them.
How do you manage to bring a fresh, innovative approach to handling these challenges?
We bring a high level of competence and character. Our office is set up to ensure a client does not get lost in the system or the process. We know the system from experience, as both prosecutors and defense attorneys, which is not found often.
We fulfill our oath as defense attorneys with integrity and without shortcuts. There is no substitute for hard work. You can’t make someone unafraid to fight. Either you fight or you don’t.
How important are professional relationships in building a firm like LaHood Norton?
Professional relationships are very important. We are blessed to be respected as former prosecutors and as passionate advocates for our clients.
How do you stay active in the community, both in the legal community and in San Antonio?
I’ve given talks at universities, colleges, middle schools and high schools as a way to educate young adults and our youth about the justice system and the law. I’ve also led a men’s bible study group every Wednesday morning for over nine years.
And I have to give credit to our attorney , who has offered free legal assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS as well as to Safe Harbor, a program that helps parents with supervised child visitation and custody exchanges.
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