Dick DeGuerin made his reputation handling tough cases, something he does to this day. He started as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 1965, and moved to Butler Binion, a prominent civil firm, in 1968. In 1970, while Dick was still an associate at Butler Binion, federal authorities charged well known criminal-defense lawyer Bob Tarrant with illegal possession and sale of machine guns. Bob, who was colorful to say the least, had a collection of every Thompson model ever made. Dick knew and respected Bob from his time as a prosecutor and volunteered to assist Percy Foreman who was leading the defense. During the trial, Percy told Dick to “come see me when this is over.” He did. Dick sought Jack Binion’s counsel about the job Percy offered, and the advice was simple: “You’re a damn fool if you don’t take it.”
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