Paul Nugent


Paul Nugent’s extensive history of winning criminal trials in state and federal court has earned him Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer honors every year since 2003.  Since he joined with Heather Peterson to form Nugent & Peterson in 2011, the firm has become known for discreet and effective representation of companies and individuals charged with serious crimes.  Recent victories include the high profile state court dismissal of murder-for-hire charges against a prominent attorney, and the dismissal of federal charges against a Houston businessman after a seven-year battle with the U.S. Department of Justice. Among his many honors, Nugent has been named Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Lawyer of the Year in 1999.

Heather Peterson


Heather Peterson earns success through the energy, creativity and tireless attention to detail she devotes to each client.  Whether a complex corporate investigation or a white collar jury trial in federal or state court, Heather has learned during her 19 years of practice that there is no substitute for hard work and total commitment to the client.  Because of her thorough preparation and analytical skills, Heather is confident she knows more about the details of each case than anyone else in the courtroom.  Heather has experience in a broad array of white collar and corporate investigations including government contracting, energy trading, securities law, political corruption, wire fraud and conspiracy.

She has won “not guilty” verdicts in a wide range of cases in state and federal courts.  Some of her recent victories include the dismissal of federal charges against a Houston businessman after a seven-year battle with the U.S. Department of Justice, and a dismissal involving murder-for-hire charges against a prominent attorney in a high profile state court case. Since 2008, Heather has been recognized by H Magazine Top Lawyer in the field of white collar criminal defense. She was also named a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2008, an honor earned only by the top young lawyers in Texas..