Craig Ferrell

Of Counsel
Practice Areas: Labor & Employment


Craig is a seasoned professor, law enforcement executive and attorney. He started his career in 1977 and progressed from Patrol Officer to Deputy Officer. Craig was a member of the Houston Policy Department’s Senior Executive Staff from 1992 through 2011 where he served as Deputy Director/General Counsel. During this time, he was also on the Executive Board of the Major Cities Chiefs Association as their General Counsel from 2005-2011.

In 2012, Craig was asked by Houston Baptist University (HBU) to help them start a Criminal Justice Program. He currently serves as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Law and Criminal Justice. Craig’s expertise has made him a sought-after speaker and teacher. He has taught police officers and law enforcement executives, both in Houston and throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1985. Craig has been an invited guest lecturer for the U.S. Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academy, and has addressed numerous State Bar and Law Enforcement seminars.

In 2007, he was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor. He also has numerous publications in the Texas Police Journal and The Police Chief magazine.

Craig has been Of Counsel with Daniels & Tredennick since 2011.

Representative Matters

As a trial attorney for the City of Houston Legal Department, Craig served as First Chair attorney with responsibility for an average caseload of over 100 cases in County, State District, State Appellate and Federal Courts. He specialized in cases involving police civil rights, auto accidents, premise liability, and other general tort litigation.


Federal Bureau of Investigation National Law Institute Graduate- United States Department of Justice, 1999

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1987

B.S., University of Houston, Criminal Justice, 1982

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) Certifications

TCLEOSE Instructor License

Master, Advanced, Intermediate and Basic Police Officer Certifications

Honors & Awards

Houston Police Department Lifetime Achievement Award

Houston Police Department Meritorious Service Award

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Texas CLE, Guest Lecturer

Major Cities Chiefs Association, Consultant

Dickinson Police Department, Legal Advisor

Fairfield Baptist Church, Member & Sunday School Teacher

Instructor and Consultant for various law enforcement agencies

Previous Affiliations

Houston Police Department

Deputy Director / General Counsel (1992-2011)

Sergeant / Detective / Police Officer (1977-1990)

City of Houston Legal Department, Trial Attorney & Forfeiture Abatement Support Team Director

Sam Houston State University, Adjunct Professor

Houston Community College, Adjunct Professor