Sam Ackels is known for vigorous representation of his clients. With practical advice and strategic thinking, Sam assists his clients on a wide range of legal matters and provides specific counsel to each individual client focused on the client's unique or particular need. Sam's dedication to client service drives his practice, as he emphasizes communication, results, negotiation, and practical solutions along with his uncompromising commitment to zealous advocacy. In 2016, Sam was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters as appearing in Super Lawyers magazine; and was awarded the 2016 Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. While in Law School, Sam received many accolades including selection to the Texas Tech Law Review and winning the National Championship in Arbitration Advocacy. Sam Ackels' general practice includes a broad scope of representation and experience, including: criminal law, juvenile law, child welfare cases, civil litigation, small business law and litigation, arbitration, complex commercial litigation, wills, trusts, and estates, probate law, business law, corporate law, heath law, lender labiality, real estate law, landlord/tenant law, foreclosure defense, family law, construction law, estate planning, and contract negotiation.

Affiliations and Honors
  • Named a rising star by Thomson Reuters as appearing in Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2017
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - Board of Directors: since 2015
  • Dallas Bar Association: member since 2010
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: member since 2010
  • Treasurer, Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Section - 2017
  • DCDLA - Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dallas - "Star on the Rise," 2015 - 2017
  • Texas DWI Lawyers award for Superior Trial Achievement, 2015
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - Client Satisfaction Award, 2016
  • Order of the Barristers - inducted in 2010
  • 2010 American Bar Association National Champion in Arbitration Advocacy
  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence - Criminal Law, Advanced Evidence Seminar, Criminal Justice Clinic
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence - Constitutional Law, The First Amendment
  • Panelist - University of North Texas College of Law, "A Day in the Life of an Attorney", 2015
  • 2003 Texas Forensic Association State Cross-Examination Debate Champion
  • Texas Tech School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    • Phil Delta Phi, Warren Inn
    • Texas Tech School of Law, Law Review 2008-2010
    • Texas Tech School of Law, Board of Barristers 2009-2010
    • Finalist: 2009 Texas Tech Advanced Mock Trial Competition
  • Gonzaga University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007
    • Speaker of the Senate, Gonzaga Student Body Association 2006-2007
    • Director of Clubs/Organizations, Gonzaga Student Body Association 2005-2006
    • Student Body Association Elections Commission, 2004
  • Jesuit College Preparatory School, 2003
    • National Honor Society
  • Texas State Bar, 2010
  • Northern District of Texas, 2016