Michael J. Uhl

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A criminal investigation and of course a criminal charge can destroy a reputation. As a former high level state and federal prosecutor, Mike Uhl understands the investigative techniques and trial tactics the government will employ to obtain an indictment and conviction. As a defense attorney, Mr. Uhl has successfully represented individuals and companies, many in high profile, media intensive cases. He has success in and outside the courtroom. However, some of his greatest victories are those where criminal charges and damaging publicity are avoided.

Mike Uhl offers his clients strategic legal advice and representation based on years of experience, training, and education. His practice focuses primarily on federal and state criminal defense, including grand jury representation, trial and appellate work, post-trial motions, and reductions of sentences.

He works for clients who are charged with or being investigated for all types of crimes including white collar crime, fraud, tax evasion, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, securities fraud, Department of Defense fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud and other types of cases. Mike's extraordinary depth of experience, including more than 20 years as a federal and state prosecutor and several years as a defense attorney, criminal justice lecturer, and law professor, forms the basis for the advice and counsel he provides his clients.

Mike has represented Fortune 500 companies, corporate executives, businesses and their owners, and a variety of others who needed his experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system to help their cause. He has also conducted internal investigations for companies victimized by fraud and abuse and assisted them in presenting a fully investigated case to the authorities for prosecution.

Many of Mr. Uhl's cases received extensive media coverage including The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, and all local media outlets.

Mike is a recognized expert in White Collar Crime, Fraud and Corruption and he is a frequent lecturer on these and other criminal justice topics. He is an Adjunct Professor at Dedman SMU Law School where he teaches White Collar Crime. He completed several years of service on the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 6A which allows him to offer his clients advice and counsel on the attorney grievance process and represent lawyers accused of wrongdoing.

His colleagues have voted him a Texas "Super Lawyer" and D Magazine's Best White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer for many, many years. He is also Martindale-Hubbell® AV® PreeminentTM rated.

During his over fourteen years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Uhl investigated and prosecuted almost every type of matter. He supervised other prosecutors in all areas, particularly white-collar crime and fraud and corruption. He was a frequent lecturer on many criminal justice related topics.

For several years he's been an SMU Adjunct Professor teaching White Collar Crime. Mr. Uhl headed the Dallas Corporate Fraud investigation and prosecution group and the U.S. Attorney's White Collar Crime and Public Corruption section and is an expert on corporate compliance. Mr. Uhl has extensive experience in grand jury investigations and trials. He has also handled federal appeals and has appeared before the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Fifth Circuit of Appeals to argue cases.

Mr. Uhl has been recognized by many organizations and groups and has received numerous awards throughout his legal career.


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Western Illinois University
    • B.S. - 1981
  • SMU, Cox School of Business
    • Certificate of Finance - 1996

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, White Collar Crime, Dedman SMU Law School, Present
  • Dallas meeting of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Fort Worth meeting of the 33rd Annual Southwest Securities Enforcement Conference

Past Positions

  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Felony Chief Prosecutor, 1985 to 1990
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas, Federal Prosecutor, 1990 to 2004

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • D Magazine's Best Personal Lawyer of Dallas, White Collar Crime
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent TM