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Vivian King - Chief of Staff

Vivian King, accomplished in business and law, serves as the Chief of Staff for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  In her 38 year career she has built her own law firm, received numerous legal honors and found time to become a television personality.   


She received her accounting degree in 1980 from the University of Houston, going to work at Texas Commerce Bancshares and rising through the ranks for a decade after.  Building on her business experience, she decided to pursue her legal education and attended Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate cum laude in 1992.


King is licensed to practice law before all of the state courts of Texas, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.


She spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County early in her legal career.  King started her own practice in 1995 and represented people charged with crimes until 2016, named a Super Lawyer from 2011 to 2016 during her private career. During that time she was certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has more than 150 jury trials and over 100 appeals under her belt.


Further, she has received numerous honors for her legal work.  King has won the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Lawyer of the Year and Unsung Hero awards from the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Additionally, she was an adjunct law professor at her alma mater, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. 


Vivian King works to educate the community about the intricacies of the criminal justice system with her speaking appearances and community service.  She has produced and hosted the “Truth & Justice with Vivian King” television show since 2011.  She also appeared in Season One of Sisters In Law on WEtv in 2016. 


King now uses her business acumen and legal background to help DA Ogg create an office that works to make our community safe though evidence-based prosecution and equal justice for all. King loves the law and embraces her role as a prosecutor “not to convict but to see that justice is done.”