Amber R. Spurlock

Associate since 2011

Former Air Force JAG & Special Assistant United States Attorney

Before returning to Tad Nelson & Associates as a criminal defense attorney in April 2011, Amber Spurlock served in the rank of Captain as an Active Duty Assistant Staff Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force. While on Active Duty, Ms. Spurlock prosecuted military members for felony and misdemeanor level charges in military Courts-Martial. While stationed at Eglin AFB near Destin, Florida, Ms. Spurlock also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Florida. Here, Ms. Spurlock prosecuted civilians in Federal Court for misdemeanor offenses committed on the Installation.

In 2009, Ms. Spurlock deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where she worked with military intelligence to prosecute cases against Iraqi detainees. As a Central Criminal Court of Iraq Liaison Officer, Ms. Spurlock traveled to the Red Zone, presenting cases to Iraqi judges in their courts for offenses such as beheadings, kidnappings, executions, and IED detonations. While in Iraq, Ms. Spurlock also served on the trial team in the prosecution of an Army Captain charged with ordering the execution of two Iraqi detainees.

Upon returning from her deployment in 2010, Ms. Spurlock moved to Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. Again, Ms. Spurlock was sworn in as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and continued to prosecute in Federal Court. Ms. Spurlock also served as the Chief of Operations Law, ensuring that all military members were educated in the Law of Armed Conflict as well as the laws of their deployment locations. Finally, in 2011, Ms. Spurlock was honorably discharged and returned to her home in Texas.

Since returning to Houston, Ms. Spurlock has defended numerous misdemeanor and felony cases in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Montgomery, and Ft. Bend counties. She has found her true passion in defense work and is excited to be back at Tad Nelson & Associates where she practiced before joining the military.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2010


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • Juris Doctor – 2007
  • University of Florida, Online Distance Education,
    Gainesville, Florida

    • Master of Science (current student)
    • Major: Forensic Toxicology
  • Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos,

    • Master of Arts – May, 2002
    • Major: Communications/Marketing
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches,

    • Bachelor of Arts – 1999
    • Major: Communications

Past Employment Positions

  • US Air Force, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 2008 – 2011
  • Eastern District of Virginia, Special Assistant United States
    Attorney, 2010 – 2011
  • Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Operations Law Attorney,
  • LAttorney, 2010
  • Central Criminal Court of Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, Liaison Officer,
    2009 – 2010
  • Northern District of Florida, Special Assistant United States
    Attorney, 2009 – 2010
  • Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Justice Attorney, 2008 –
  • Tad Nelson & Associates, League City, Texas, Criminal
    Defense Attorney, 2007 – 2008
  • Zimmermann, Lavine, Zimmermann & Sampson, Houston, Texas,
    Law Clerk, Criminal Defense, 2005 – 2006


  • English
  • Spanish

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