Donald J. DeGabrielle


  • location icon Houston, TX
    24 Greenway Plaza
    Houston, TX 77046

Donald J. DeGabrielle is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. He is an accomplished litigator who has the ability to advise clients with insight that very few lawyers possess. He is a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Texas with a practice focus on government investigations and white collar criminal defense. He has experience conducting internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies and corporations who have been victimized by IP thefts, embezzlement schemes and extortion. He has represented clients in matters concerning:

  • FCPA
  • Healthcare fraud
  • State and Federal environmental investigations
  • SEC enforcement actions
  • Criminal antitrust
  • Federal Agency Debarment

Donald’s considerable federal law enforcement experience includes serving as Special Agent with the FBI, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and the Houston area's top-ranking prosecutor as U. S. Attorney. During his service as a federal prosecutor, he managed a staff of 170 U.S. Attorneys and received special commendations for leading the Criminal Division within the district. He further completed an assignment with the Public Integrity Unit where he tried over 50 federal criminal jury trials and focused on trials related to:

  • Public corruption
  • White collar and environmental crimes
  • Bank fraud
  • Criminal and Narcotics

In 2002, Donald received the Director’s Award for superior performance in litigation due to an extensive public corruption investigation and prosecution in south Texas. As the Resident Legal Adviser to the South African National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, he served as a consultant and adviser for rule of law and criminal justice development.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Donald worked for a national law firm in Texas in their White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, where he conducted more than 150 jury trials and is a former FBI Special Agent in New York and New Orleans.

Former U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle Joins Lewis Brisbois 

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Board Chair, Crime Stoppers
  • Board of Directors, Harris County Public Defender’s Office
  • Administration of Justice Sub-committee member, Houston Bar Association
  • Board of Directors Chairman, Crime Stoppers of Houston

Professional Presentations

  • "Discovery for Foreign Criminal Investigations in 2015 LIVE Webcast," The Knowledge Group (August 2015)
  • “Ethics, Justice and Prosecution,” The Review of Litigation (August 2013)
  • “Understanding DOJ Discovery Policies: The Guidance Memo,” Inside the Minds (2011)
  • How to Keep Regulators Out of Your Energy Business,” Energy Litigation Vol.9, No.2 (Winter 2010)
  • “International Judicial Assistance,“ International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (May 27, 2010)
  • “How to Conduct an Effective and CostEfficient Internal Investigation,” National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel, Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2010)
  • “Principles of Federal Prosecution,” NBiz magazine (November 2007)




Awards & Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Named as a “Top Attorney” by Texas Monthly, 2011-2014
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal for Business Crime Defense
  • Recipient of the Director’s Award for superior performance in litigation, 2002


Louisiana State University

Juris Doctor, 1978

McNeese State University

Bachelor of Arts, 1975

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