Ms. Vivian R. King Biography

Ms. Vivian R. King graduated cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992. Vivian was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in November 1992. Vivian is Board Certified in Criminal Law. Attorney King was an Assistant District Attorney in Houston, Harris County, Texas from 1992 to 1995. Ms. King private practice was established in Houston in March of 1995, where she represents citizens accused of crimes in both state and federal courts.

Attorney King is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Texas Criminal Defense lawyers Association; the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; the Houston Lawyers Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Undergraduate Education: Ms. King graduated from the University of Houston, with a Business Administration, Accounting degree in 1980.

Attorney King has been an adjunct professor at TSU law school, teaching law students trial and appellate skills when asked from 1998 to 2005. Attorney King has been a hearing examiner for the City of Houston, where she usually heard grievances involving firemen and policemen. Ms. King was appointed by the Civil Service Commission to hear these employment grievances for the City of Houston Municipal and Classified employees from 1996 to 1999.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, from 1980 to 1989, Ms. King worked as an internal auditor and operations specialist for the former Texas Commerce Bancshares, now JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she retired as a Vice President in 1989 to attend law school.

Some of Vivian King’s most memorable clients have included:

  • Steve: Charged with Injury to a Child for allegedly using excessive force to discipline his children. A physician testified that the bruises were severe and pictures were shown to the jury. Steve was found Not Guilty in Ft. Bend County in 2010.
  • Brian: Charged with Sexual Assault of a Child. A jury found him Not Guilty in February 2009. See, Houston Press Magazine, A CHILD’S WORLD by Randall Patterson, May 27, 2009 issue.
  • Angie: Charged with a multiple counts of Medicaid Fraud totaling over $2 million, after 3 weeks of trial, a federal jury found her Not Guilty of all 6 counts on August 14, 2008.
  • Gary: Charged with Capital Murder for allegedly robbing, kidnapping, and murdering a man. Weaver gave a video taped confession. In February 2007, the jury acquitted him of Capital Murder and convicted him of the lesser-included offense of aggravated robbery. [Cause No. 1061792].
  • Elizabeth: Juvenile Certified as an Adult. Charged with Aggravated Robbery in March of 2006. In November 2006, the jury acquitted her and the charges were expunged from her record after being in jail for 8 months awaiting trial. [Cause No. 1073157].
  • Jason: Charged with murder in 2005. In September 2006, the jury trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury. The State dismissed the charges. [Cause No. 1033932]
  • R. Shaw: Charged with Sexual Assault of a Child. In 2004, the jury trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury. Case settled in plea for time served on a Class B misdemeanor. Sex Offender Registration not required. [Cause No. 978528].
  • Timothy: Alvin Police Officer charged with felony Possn of Controlled Substance (Steroids) facing 10 years in prison if convicted. In 1998, the jury trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury. The State dismissed the charges. [Cause No. 775107].
  • B. Jackson: Charged as the get-away driver in this store Robbery of $25,000 in cash. In one of legendary Judge Ted Poe’s last trials, a jury acquitted Mr. Jackson. [Cause No.932346].
  • J. Joseph: Charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, if convicted, faced 25 years to life under the habitual criminal statute. The jury hung and a mistrial was declared. Case settled for the reduced offense of Class A Misdemeanor Assault with time served. [Cause No. 993422].
  • Keith: Charged with Possession of approximately 2 kilos of cocaine and facing a federal life sentence. At conclusion of jury trial, Federal Judge granted our Motion for Acquittal.
  • Paul: Facing 25 years to life in prison under the habitual criminal statute if convicted. Charged with Possession Cocaine. Motion to Suppress illegal search of motel room granted during jury trial and charges dismissed. [Cause No.955928].
  • Calvin: Charged with 2 cases of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. After 2 jury trials and 2 mistrials due to hung juries, State dismissed both charges. [Cause Nos. 748037, 748038].
  • L. Hughes: Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Facing 25 years to life in prison under the habitual criminal statute if convicted. A jury acquitted him. [Cause No. 857745].
  • K. Preston: Charged with Capital Murder. Case settled in plea bargain reducing charge to Aggravated Robbery. [Cause No. 867965].
  • L. Givhan: Charged with Sexual Assault of a Child. Specifically, his teenaged daughter. A jury acquitted him after a week long trial. [Cause No. 794015].