Nationally Known Attorneys

Edward Mallett, Gus Saper, and Thomas Berg bring experience, dedication and discretion to solving serious and highly personal legal problems. We pride ourselves in being a firm which always puts the client’s interest first. Many of our clients face serious criminal matters; others are involved in business-related disputes; some cases involve both civil and criminal issues that proceed in different courts and, in some cases, different state and/or federal regulatory agencies. At Mallett, Saper, Berg, we constantly review our pending cases in order to take advantage of our collective knowledge and experience.  As a client, you can rest assured that you are being served by the three of the most well known and respected criminal defense attorneys in Houston.

Confidentiality, Discretion, Mobility

Our job includes protecting your confidential communications, rights, privacy, reputation, families, money, property, and freedom. Our experience is that most clients do not want their names in the news or their stories told by the media. We feel that the client is usually better served if our best work is never noticed by the general public. Our job is to ensure the best possible result for our client, with the least amount of negative attention. You won’t see your name or your picture on our website.

International Experience

While most cases are strictly local, some involve people and events that are far from our office located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. We have taken cases in more than half of the 244 counties in Texas. Cases have taken us to most of the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and, literally, around the world: to Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Mexico, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the Virgin Islands.


Edward Mallett is a native Houstonian. He is a graduate of Lamar High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Texas, School of Law. He has served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers and President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and, on June 17, 2016, was inducted into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Hall of Fame. Ed has served as a Special Prosecutor, appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. He has been Board Certified as a criminal lawyer for over 30 years.

Ed returned to Houston after taking the Bar Examination, and has been in private practice ever since. His career in criminal defense started with court appointments. His early successes quickly led to retained cases, including serious felonies in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice law by the State of Texas, the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Ed’s academic career also includes attending the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, ten years on the faculty of the University of Houston School of Law, fifteen years teaching at the National Criminal Defense College and more than 100 publications and presentations on criminal law to bar associations and law students throughout the United States.

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I am Gus Saper, a fifth generation Houstonian and a third generation Texas A & M “Aggie”. I have devoted my 42 year career as a trial lawyer dedicated to criminal defense work. However, over the years as the business world has become more regulated, I have found that my practice overlaps with that of a commercial trial lawyer. Often, civil litigation involving the SEC, CFTC and other government regulatory agencies is the precursor to criminal charges. Being able to handle these quasi-civil/criminal investigations is essential to a good outcome for the client. I pride myself in being able to do both. In addition, I represent those accused in both state and federal court with drug offenses, bank fraud, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, DWI/DUI, and various violent criminal offenses such as murder, robbery, and assault.

I am admitted to practice law in Texas, but I have and continue to take cases around the country. My practice has taken me to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, Washington, as far west as Alaska, as well as England, Canada and Mexico.

I encourage you to contact my office and schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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Tom Berg is a “naturalized Texan” coming from five generations of Texans but born in Washington, DC and raised in Mexico while his father worked in federal public service. After completing high school at the American School in Mexico City, Tom returned to Houston to attend Rice University where he graduated with a BA in History and Political Science. His law degree comes from the University of Houston and he recently completed a Masters in Strategic Studies at the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Following the family impulse toward public service, Tom spent twenty-seven years at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston including nineteen years as First Assistant.Tom is admitted to practice in Texas as well as federal courts for the Southern District of Texas, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, various military courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Tom is also an active reservist in the United States Army with the rank of Colonel and serves as a military judge in the United States Army Trial Judiciary. He is a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns as well as the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Colonel Berg has twice been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal among his other military awards.

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