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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1998||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Partner||Leiva & Marks, PLC||2006 - 2011|
|Associate||Leffler & Hyland, PC||1999 - 2003|
|Assistant Attorney||Office of the Public Defender||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia State Bar, Indigent Defense Task Force||Member||2010 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Diversity Conference||Board of Governors||2009 - Present|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia||Chair, Judicial Selection Committee||2006 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section||Board Member||2014 - 2017|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia||President||2007 - 2009|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Judicial Screening Committee||2007 - 2008|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia||Vice President||2006 - 2007|
|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|American University||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Protective Order Training||Defending Against Protective Orders||2008|
|Annual Public Defender Seminar||Defending Gang Cases||2005|
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Leiva handled my teenage daugher's DWI and did a truly excellent job.
I could not be more favorably impressed with Mr. Leiva's professionalism, knowledge, connections and skills in representing us and helping us through a difficult time. He expertly assessed my daughter's case, gave us a thorough analysis of our options and recommended a plea bargain approach to the prosecutor that was accepted: my daughter received probation, a one year loss of license and if she complied with all of the court's conditions (drug counseling, no further legal troubles of any kind), her conviction would be expunged. Mr. Leiva counseled my daughter in terms of how the case before the judge would play out, how she should conduct herself and answer the judge's and prosecutor's questions, and how she should comply with the probation office. It has been a year now and my daughter's record was successfully expunged, and her probation even was ended 6 months early.
Based on our experience, I recommend Mr. Leiva without hesitation -- he is calm, reasonable and savvy. He understands the Fairfax County court system, judges and prosecutors, and provides sound, practical advice. I think his experience as a public defender, and his training and work under some of the best lawyers in Fairfax County makes him uniquely qualified and highly respected in his handling of dui/dwi and criminal matters. He is my "go-to" lawyer for these kinds of matters for my family, friends and clients.
Posted by Matthew
When I first spoke on the phone with Manuel I could tell that he had my best interests at heart and he genuinely wanted to help. You can immediately tell how knowledgable he is in the field of law.
I hired him on the spot.
When I finally met him, I knew I had made the right choice. His character is second to none.
He tells you exactly what small things YOU can do to help yourself while he takes care of EVERYTHING else. Manuel is calm and consultative. His level-headed approach, charisma and confidence are what makes Manuel a winner in the judicial system, in the court-room and in plea bargains.
I was facing a level one misdemeanor which could have meant huge fines and jail time. Manuel was able to plea bargain with the prosecutor to get my 30-day sentence reduce to ZERO DAYS! My fine was also INCREDIBLY SMALL compared to what it COULD have been had I not hired Manuel.
I really can't say enough about Manuel. His wisdom is beyond his years and he uses his powers for good.
Do yourself a favor...hire Manuel Leiva! (Or at least give him a call today)
Posted by anonymous
Manuel Leiva is a talented attorney, with substantial trial experience. His performance throughout my trial was simply amazing. He's also well respected throughout the entire court system. I'm very happy with his work and I'm glad I decided to fight the charges with a 2 day trial. I highly recommend him to others.
Paul Mickelsen, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Manuel is a fearless litigator. He regularly takes on very challenging criminal and civil cases and does it with confidence. He welcomes taking his cases to trial and gets great results. I highly endorse this lawyer.