Douglas Wilder

Providing DWI Defense for Collin, Dallas & Tarrant Counties

Douglas Wilder
Providing DWI Defense for Collin, Dallas & Tarrant Counties

When you face criminal charges, turn to the Wilder Law Firm for help. Even though Attorney Doug Wilder 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.


After obtaining a conviction against a prominent defense attorney who bragged 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 obtain 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.


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.

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.

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 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


Douglas Wilder is a graduate of Texas A&M University, 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

Dial (214) 855-7737 today and schedule your free consultation.

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The Wilder Firm
Plano Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Wilder Firm

7950 Legacy Dr
Suite 365

Plano TX 75024