Douglas Wilder

Criminal Defense Representation: a True Passion & Calling

Even though Doug was offered the opportunity to work for the Ambassadors’ international law firm in Ecuador, his passion for criminal trials brought him back to Texas where he began prosecuting for the Denton County District Attorney’s office in 1995. Doug quickly became a Chief Prosecutor and had an excellent conviction rate. He earned a reputation for aggressively prosecuting the cases that were difficult to win, which he did with great success.

Doug also took an active role in:

  • Training police officers how to investigate, collect and preserve evidence concerning DWIs
  • How to effectively testify in Court
  • Training other prosecutors to become more effective trial lawyers

Utilizing Former Prosecutor Experience to Protect the Criminally Accused

After obtaining a conviction against a prominent defense attorney who brags of never losing, Doug was courted by him and joined his boutique firm in January 2000. Within two months, Doug’s aggressive trial style enabled him to get his first felony not guilty verdict from a jury for his client facing life in prison for the offense of a direct delivery of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in a crack house.


The Judge was so impressed that she put Doug on her Court Appointment list.


Doug is known for successfully trying cases that are very difficult to win. After many of Doug’s jury trials, his peers often ask "how did you win that case?" to which he simply replies "you just had to be there." After one specific DWI Not Guilty, the Judge, in talking to Doug’s client about the verdict, described Doug’s performance as "magic." It is also common for jurors to ask Doug for his business card, even those potential jurors who sat through the selection process but were not picked.

Current Successes and Accomplishments

Doug started his own firm in 2002, growing his practice one client at a time. He has been trained and qualified as a Practitioner and Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety testing. He knows what the police know, and then some. He has received formal Drug Recognition Expert training, and has been extensively trained on the Intoxilyzer 5000, the Breathalyzer used by the police.


He devotes himself to each client, realizing that anything less than his best efforts is unacceptable. Doug hates to lose in trial and knows how much his clients depend on him to keep their lives intact.


His excellent abilities were honored when:

  • D Magazine named him one of the Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas in 2004
  • Texas Monthly named Doug a Rising Star ℠  Super Lawyer® in 2004, 2005, and 2006
  • His continued success is attributed to his "must win" attitude and work ethic

Doug is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the National College for DUI Defense. He has a beautiful wife with whom he runs marathons, and they have two wonderful children, Bryanna and Aidan.

Early Education & Background

Douglas Wilder is a graduate of Texas A&M University (Class of 1989), where he was recognized by the College of Engineering as a Distinguished Student. Doug’s first job as he worked his way through law school was with a prominent criminal defense attorney in Houston. There he gained valuable trial, motion and brief writing experience.

During the summer after his second year of law school, Doug conducted Court hearings on a law student bar card while employed by the Denver County District Attorney’s office in Colorado. Doug spent his final year of law school working for the Harris County District Attorney’s in Houston, where he tried cases for the District Attorney.

Other extensive experience:

  • Upon graduating from South Texas College of Law, Doug worked for Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston and was assigned to a multi-billion dollar national lawsuit, which sent Doug all over the country.
  • Making contacts in Washington, D.C, he then went to work for the Ambassador of Ecuador in Washington, D.C. as his legal liaison.
  • Assisted the Ambassador in all types of legal matters and international lawsuits.

Recommendations & Client Reviews

  • Definitely the Best DWI Attorney in Dallas

    A year and a half ago, I was arrested for DWI, my first. My career does not allow a DWI. I was facing losing my career and my home. I prayed for help. I was truly blessed when God brought Douglas Wilder into my life. He gave me a sense of calm with his direct, realistic advice...

  • Doug Saved Me

    I thought the evidence against me was overwhelming. I blew a 0.12 twice. Doug convinced me to not plead guilty. Due to Doug’s persistence and skills, the case never went to trial. The charges were dismissed. I am forever grateful to Doug.

  • DFW’s Best DWI Defense Lawyer

    Doug Wilder may be one of the best DWI defense lawyers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I have never committed a serious offense until I was charged with a DWI. I had no idea what to expect or where to begin to fight it. As I was going through the process of choosing a lawyer, out of the many I met with, Doug was the most down to earth...

  • A Lawyer for the Busy Professionals

    As a very busy career oriented professional I was very concerned about the impact my 1st and ONLY DWI would have on my schedule, finances and of course public record. After interviewing 5 attorneys in DFW I met Doug. Doug was very honest and up-front about the process, cost and expectations...

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If you are currently facing criminal charges anywhere in Dallas or Plano, Texas, you must call The Wilder Firm as soon as possible. We offer FREE CASE REVIEWS and can inform you of your rights and options, no matter how complex your case may seem.

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