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deshonda p. charles, esq.

President and CEO

As our CEO and Managing Attorney with over 19 years of experience, Attorney Charles focuses her practice on

  • Estate Planning and Probate matters

  • Employment Discrimination Disputes,

  • Family Law matters, and

  • Civil Litigation. 


Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Attorney Charles received her law degree from Tulane University Law School in 2003. Since arriving in Houston, Texas in 2005, Attorney Charles has successfully represented her clients in matters involving unlawful discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and termination, as well as, Estate Planning matters including preparation of Wills and Trust documents, and probate litigation.  Attorney Charles also handles a host of family law matters, including divorces, child custody, visitation, modifications and enforcements, child support, spousal support.


Attorney Charles is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New York, and Connecticut, and before the U.S. District Court for both the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas, and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.



Attorney Charles is a past president of the Houston Lawyers Association and an active member of the following national, state, and local bar associations:


  • The National Bar Association

  • College of The State Bar of Texas    

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association

  • Louisiana State Bar Association

  • New York State Bar

  • Houston Lawyers Association 

              -President 2012-2013

              -President Elect 2011-2012

              -Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala Chair 2014 - 2018

              -Mentorship Committee Co-Chair 2012-2013              

              -Membership Committee Co-Chair 2011-2012


  • Houston Bar Association (2012 - 2019)

              -Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee                              -Law Week Committee, Third Ward Outreach Liaison 2012 - 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

  • Louisiana

  • New York

  • Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


D. Charles and Associates, PLLC is committed to providing the best legal representation possible to each client, with professionalism and respect.  


It can be a challenging and frustrating experience to have trouble on your job. Likewise, when you experience the loss of a family member or the destruction of a marriage, you may be confronted with an overwhelming set of unique challenges.  DCA wants to help you navigate your ship when you feel like you're drowning in legal waters. DCA will fight for your rights and help you bridge the gap to the next chapter of your life.

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