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Leonard C. Morales

also known as Lenny Morales

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, Military Law, Family

About Me

I am a Trial Attorney. This means that everything I do is focused on fighting and winning Jury Trials. Every lawyer is qualified to conduct a jury trial but not every lawyer does it regularly or well.  I do not turn people away because their cases might be distasteful or complex.  Some lawyers will turn cases away because of the subject matter (example sexual assaults) or because of the complexity (Federal RICO).  I have gone to TRIAL in all sorts of cases (not I have had a client whose hired me on all sorts of cases).  I will take your case if I believe that I can help you and get you the best results possible.  Potential clients will often ask their lawyer when was the last time they were in front of a jury or the last time they won a case.  I can always answer that question with a current case within in the last 2 or 3 months or sooner.  I have tried cases at all levels, State, Federal, Juvenile, Military Courts Martial.


 


I maintain a solo private practice with my primary office located in El Paso, Texas. I will to travel to other states and even internationally when called upon. I am licensed, qualified and certified to practice law by the State Bar of Texas; before all Courts in the State of Texas; the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas; Federal District Courts for the State of Colorado; the Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; the Court of Criminal Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.


 


I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, a graduate of Ysleta High School; the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Houston. I received my law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After law school I worked as an Assistant District Attorney for El Paso County where I worked in the misdemeanor and felony courts for nearly a year. I then resumed my career with the U.S. Army in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).


 


After four years, including deployments to Europe, with the 1st Armored Division and the Middle East, with the 1st Infantry Division. I left active duty to begin my private practice in El Paso.


 


While on active duty, as an Army JAG I had the opportunity to prosecute and defend soldiers in cases worldwide to include the Europe and the Middle-East. I also held the unique post as the Center Judge Advocate for William Beaumont Army Medical Center. My job there was to defend Army and DoD health care providers in medical malpractice cases. In addition to my private practice, I continue to serve our country in the U.S. Army Reserve where I currently hold the rank of Major with the 1st Legal Support Organization.


 


I practice in the following areas:


 


Criminal Defense – I represent people accused of committing all manner of criminal offense. I will not turn you away because our case is difficult, complex or distasteful. My focus is on whether I believe I can help you and get the best results possible. In the past year alone, I have tried criminal jury trials before State Courts, Federal Courts (throughout the United States) and Military Courts Martial (all services). These cases ranged from murder to sexual assaults involving children, drug trafficking, to simple assaults and DWI. I tried 10 cases to jury trial in 2012 alone.


 


Appeals of Criminal Trials - Appeals are a confusing and foreign area even to many lawyers. Errors occur in almost every trial but not every error is a good ground for a winning appeal. I have argued cases in the State Criminal Appellate Courts, Courts of Appeal for the Armed Forces and in the Federal Appellate system. I offer my services in reviewing cases to determine if there are any good grounds for appeal. And if there are, pursuing that appeal in the appropriate court.


 


Family Law – I provide services to people and families in the most trying time of their lives, the break down of the family. We provide representation in Divorce (including child custody, child support and division of all marital property); Military Divorce (including division of military retirement) establishing the Parent Child Relationship (visitation rights and support, including modifications and enforcement of prior court orders).  My JAG background and continuing ties to the military make me uniquely suited to understanding the issues facing military families. My expertise is often sought after by Judges and fellow lawyers in these areas.


 


Civil Law – I also represent individuals in medical malpractice cases under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Those are claims against the Department of Defense, U.S. Armed Services or the Veteran's Administration. I represent individuals before all manner of State or Federal administrative bodies such as the MSPB, TWC and the Social Security Administration. I have assisted physicians in the implementation of Integrity Agreements (MEDICARE B Compliance). I have represented doctors before medical licensing boards and credentials committees and MEDICARE Administrative bodies. I have represented Armed and Federal Service Members before Security Clearance Boards.


 


It is not my goal to dispose of cases as quickly as possible or to take on as many cases as possible. Each case is unique and one must consider the needs of the client, the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. My goal is to provide the best representation possible, tailored to your needs and objectives. When selecting an attorney, you must be comfortable and confident with your counsel. I hope I am the right choice for you. Please contact my office for a consultation.


 


Thank you for your interest in my firm. I hope you will consider my services for your legal needs.


 


Sincerely,
Leonard Morales

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    16 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Military Law: 20%
    16 years, 250 cases
  3. Federal Crime: 20%
    16 years, 500 cases
  4. Family: 15%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Robert Werner von Dohlen

    I endorse this lawyer. Great advocate for his clients and a credit to the profession.

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    Robert von Dohlen Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter John Marek

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr Morales's background as a former ADA, his military service and immense knowledge of the UCMJ will serve you well. If you are in or near El Paso do yourself a favor and call him for a consultation. KUDOS

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    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Leonard Morales

Wells Fargo Tower Plaza
221 North Kansas, Suite 1103
El Paso, TX, 79901

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199905/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Invitation to MembershipNational Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Outstanding LawyerEl Paso Bar Association2012
Dean's ListTemple University School of Law1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawLaw Office of Leonard Morales2006 - Present
Associate Attorney,Bramblett & Associates, P.C.2003 - 2005
Judge Advocate,United States Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps1998 - 2003
Judge Advocate, (Retired)United States Judge Advocate General's Corps1991 - 2014

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme CourtMember2010 - Present
Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesMember2009 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Court of Appeals for the 5th CircuitMember2007 - Present
Mexican American Bar Association - El PasoMember2003 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Texas)Member2003 - Present
El Paso Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1999 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. Tyson - Capital MurderAcquitted of Captial Murder - Not Guilty by Jury
United States v. Enriquez - RICO, Conspiracy, MurderAcquitted - Not Guilty of Murder by Jury
State of Texas v. Robles - Intoxicated Manslaughter, Racing on the HighwayProbation from the Jury

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1998
University of Houston, main campusHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
New Mexico Military InstituteMilitary ScienceAssociates of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Soldier's Rights PanelCivil Military Justice and the Soldier2012
Indigent Defense TrainingCollateral Consequences of Civilian Criminal Involvement for Military Members2012
Texas Lawyers for Texas VeteransMilitary Divorce and Service of Process Abroad2011
PBS FrontlineChild Deaths, Blunt Force or Shaken Baby Syndrome2011
Family Law and the MilitaryDivision of Military Retirement2008