As an associate with Sullo & Sullo, Harold's primary area of practice is Criminal Defense. He regularly defends clients accused of Misdemeanors in County, Justice and Municipal Courts and represents clients accused of Felonies in District Court as well. In addition, Harold defends client’s driver’s licenses in Administrative License Revocation Hearings, DPS Suspension Hearings and he fights for clients seeking Occupational Licenses in County Civil Court.
Harold is a tireless and tenacious advocate for his clients and never takes the easy way out. Seeking Justice can be hard work and may take time. It may mean going to trial when the client chooses that option, or crafting a plea negotiation acceptable to both the client and the State as well as the Judge; Harold is ready to do it all.
Harold has tried more than 400 criminal misdemeanor jury trials to verdict but he has picked far more juries than that. Harold enjoys the personal interaction during jury selection with the dedicated citizens who volunteer their time for jury duty.
Harold has also worked with Criminal bonding issues for more than 25 years and he was elected twice by his fellow Defense Attorneys of Harris County in 2011 & 2012, to represent their interests on the Harris County Bail Bond Board. Harold worked with representatives from every part of Harris County Government and the bonding community to help ensure State Law and local rules were followed by all bonding companies, bondsmen and attorney bondsmen.
While on the Board, Harold also voted to approve or deny renewal and/or issuance of bail bond licenses, heard complaints from the general public about bonding matters, and voted when necessary to suspend or revoke bonding licenses of those violating the rules. Harold also served on the Local Rules Committee, helping to formulate and update the local rules of the Board.
Harold is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an Honorary Society of Lawyers whose members are among the best trained attorneys in the state. He is an Eagle Scout and a trained mediator. Harold served as a volunteer Boy Scout Leader for many years and now volunteers in the Houston Area Girl and Boy Scout Programs.
Prior to beginning his law practice Harold served as the Chief Clerk of one of the biggest Justice of the Peace Courts in Harris County (and the State of Texas). In his 14-year career there he eventually supervised more than 25 clerks, submitted and maintained a budget of $1.5 mil and oversaw the adjudication of 60,000+ Civil and Criminal cases and collection of more than $3.4 mil in County funds annually.
Harold comes from a working-class family and he is no stranger to hard work. He is the first in his family to go to college, first to obtain a graduate degree and the first to become an Attorney. He is a third-generation Union Member. Both his father and grandfather were Union Plumbers, and members of Plumbers Union Local No: 68 and Harold was a member of AFSCME for 8 years when he worked for Harris County.
Harold has represented clients in the following courts and practice areas:
- U.S. Federal Administrative Courts - Houston & San Antonio, Texas; Federal Sector EEOC Age & Race Discrimination and Retaliation Claims.
- Texas County Criminal Courts at Law of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Liberty, Brazoria, & Limestone Counties; Class A& B Criminal Misdemeanor Charges (DWIs, Assault, Prostitution, Drugs, Unlawful Weapons)
- Harris County Civil Courts at Law - Houston, Texas; Civil Debtor Defense, Occupational Driver's License Hearings
- City of Houston and other Municipal Courts and various Texas Justice of the Peace Courts; Traffic Tickets, Ordinance Violations, & other Class C Criminal Misdemeanor Charges.
Activities & Affiliations: Member: State Bar of Texas Member: The College of the State Bar of Texas; Member: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers; Member: Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; Member: Houston Bar Association; Member and Volunteer: Houston Heights Association; Member (for Life): University of Houston Alumni Association; Member (for Life): Gladney Family Association
Activities & Affiliations: B.A., Political Science, the University of Houston; J.D., South Texas College of Law; Licensed to practice law State of Texas: 2005.; Texas Justice Court Training Center, volunteer faculty member: 2006-2007.; Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law, Mediation Training: 2007. read less