Nationally Known Attorneys

Ed Mallett, Gus Saper, and Thomas Berg guarantee a legal team that brings experience, dedication and discretion to solving serious, and highly personal legal problems and which always puts the client's interest first. Most clients face serious criminal matters. Others are involved in business-related disputes. Many cases involve both civil and criminal issues that proceed in different courts and/or before state or federal regulatory or licensing agencies. At Mallett, Saper, Berg, you get the lawyer that you choose, beginning to end. Other attorneys may also participate, but only with the client's approval. Several times a week we review our pending cases to take advantage of our collective knowledge and experience.

Confidentiality, Discretion, Mobility

Our job includes protecting your confidential communications, rights, privacy, reputation, families, money, property, and your 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 assure the client the best result possible with the least amount of negative attention and in a way that gets the case behind them. You won't see your name or your picture on our Web site.

Fees and Expenses

Fees and expenses are negotiated case-by-case and confirmed by a written agreement. We accept all major credit cards.

While most cases are strictly local, some involve people and events that are far from our office located deep 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.




Meet our attorneys

Edward A. Mallett

Edward A. Mallett

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. 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.


The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, Juris Doctor
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, B.A.

Professional Leadership and Memberships

  • Foundation for Criminal Justice, President 2005 – 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2000 – 2001
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1988 – 1989
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, President, 1982 – 1983
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Fellow, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Life Member, Legal Committee
  • International Criminal Defense Bar
  • Defense Initiated Victim Outreach, Board of Directors, 2010 – 2012
  • University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work

Board Certification

Criminal Law, State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Recognition

“The Best Lawyers in America”
“Texas Monthly Super Lawyers”
“Best Lawyers in Houston”
“America’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers”


Federal Criminal Rules and Codes, Jones-McClure Publishing, 2010 – Present
(1483 pages)

Areas of Practice

State Cases
Capital Murder, Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
Controlled Substances
Driving While Intoxicated, DWI, DUI
Intoxication Assault
Intoxication Manslaughter
Sex Offenses
Organized Criminal Activity
Money Laundering

Federal Cases
Pretrial Release
Grand Jury Investigations
Controlled Substances
Internet Crimes
Securities and Exchange Commission
Anti-Trust, Price Fixing and Bid Rigging
Federal Tax Evasion
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
Defense Contracting Fraud
RICO – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
Asset Forfeiture
Money Laundering

International Investigations
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Overseas Cases – Investigations and Prosecutions in Foreign Countries

Parallel Civil and Criminal Cases
Qui Tam (False Claims Act – Whistleblower Suits)
Asset Forfeiture
Civil Suits Alleging Criminal Conduct
Criminal Charges with Civil Suit Pending

Teaching Lawyers & Law Students

Course Director, “Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law”, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010

Faculty, National Criminal Defense College, 1994 – present

Faculty, University of Houston, School of Law, 1986 – 1996

Former Course Director, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course

Faculty, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court
State Bar of Texas
Supreme Court of the State of New York
All U.S. District Courts in Texas
U.S. District Court District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Law School Fraternity

Gus Saper

Gus Saper

I am Gus Saper, a fifth generation Houstonian and a third generation Texas A & M “Aggie”. I have devoted my 37 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 civil investigations and litigation as well as the criminal case is essential to a good outcome for the client. I pride myself on being able to do both. While I have dealt with many of these types of cases I continue to represent those accused in both state and federal court with drug possession, money laundering, Medicare fraud, DWI/DUI, family violence offenses, and the like.

My life experiences have helped to prepare me for the practice of law. After two years at Texas A & M I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) often referred to as the domestic Peace Corp. I spent my time with VISTA in Greenville, South Carolina working in minority communities acting as a community organizer and as a head start aide. Following VISTA I went back to A & M where I completed my B.A. in History. In 1974 I received my law degree from South Texas College of Law and immediately started practicing criminal law. The last 19 years of practice have been with my law partner Edward Mallett and just last year we added Tom Berg to the firm.

While I am admitted to practice law here in Texas, I have and continue to take cases around the country. My practice has taken me to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the east and to California and Washington in the west and many places in between. My criminal cases have also taken me to England, Canada and Mexico.

I look forward to assisting you with whatever legal issue you are burdened with and know that if I cannot help you I will know someone who can.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Commercial Litigation
Forfeiture Proceedings

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Arizona
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court New Mexico
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Tom Berg

Tom Berg

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. 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. 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 active in the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association where he is in his second term on the board of directors. 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. His commitment to due process and fair play and his willingness to stand up to arrogant power were profiled by the PBS program Frontline during its investigation into torture issues at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Tom was an embattled Army lawyer in early 2002. See More recently Tom was the liaison between Coalition detention operations and the Iraqi judiciary in Baghdad.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law – Trial and Appellate
Military Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1978
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States of America
U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
J.D. – 1977

Rice University, Houston, Texas
B.A. – 1974

United States Army War College
MSS – 2007

Published Works

A View From The Bench: A Military Judge’s Perspective On Court-Martial Providency, Army Lawyer, Feb., 2007

Honors and Awards

Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
Life Member, Reserve Officers Association
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Professional Associations and Memberships

Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Reserve Officers Association, Life Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Board Member
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Board Member



So what are you waiting for



Phone: (713) 236-1900; Fax: (713) 228-0321

Edward Mallett:

Gus Saper:

Tom Berg:

Laura Minton:

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Campanile South
4306 Yoakum Blvd., Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77006

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