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Leonel Farias II

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

4.6   9 reviews

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Licensed for 17 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/23/2022

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The Farias Law Firm
801 Congress St Ste 400
Houston, TX, 77002-1731


4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Michelle Rodriguez | February 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I'm a grandma who intervened on a cps case regarding my grandchildren and won! Leo Farias II, has represented me in the most professional manner, his ethics are of the highest standards. Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth he will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Leo Farias II has provided legal advice and guidance during a difficult situation. I found him to be experienced, responsive, very knowledgeable and honest. While working with Leo, I felt as though my situation was in adept and trustworthy hands, and he did not steer me wrong. Never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. His friendship, courtesy, knowledge and honesty have become very important to me during the time he represented me in my case. He is well respected in the community and has earned this respect following the values of his faith and commitment to his vocation He will not run up a bill with chit chat or unnecessary communication. Very fair in what he charges for his services. I also would like to comment on his staff. Throughout my case, I have never encountered an attorney or there staff who are like Leo’s. They don’t take messages and make you wait days for answers or help and I’m so grateful to have them to answer all my questions in a very timely manner. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Leo Farias II and his staff to anyone seeking legal representation. They are fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Leo Farias II again. He is always on top of the game and never misses a deadline. Don’t hire him if you are not going to trust him and let him do his job.
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Posted by Bettye | January 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best firm for the not so ordinary custody case
Retained Leo and firm as grandparents seeking custody of an infant grandchild. CPS was involved, rehabs were involved. Needless to say from our perspective it was a mess. After our first consultation with his firm there was no going back. We were in good hands. Even when the rehab provided an attorney for the mother and I got a knot in the pit of my stomach, this firm stood their ground on what was in the best interest of the child. We may be grandparents but Leo saw that this child had his only chance of survival with us. It’s been almost 5 years now. The mother has never reached out to inquire as to the well being of her son. Leo and his very qualified team are not in this for mom, dad, grandparents..... they do this because every child deserves to be loved, nurtured, protected and to have a life of opportunity. I waited to post this as I didn’t want it to come from a place of relief in my heart. I wanted it to come from my heart at a time where all the emotions of a custody case have been far removed. If you are going through a tough time and you need a divorce or child custody attorney look no further than Leo and his team
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Posted by Juan | May 14, 2015
Divorce Case
It's unfortunate to have to secure his services, and the services of his firm, but he and his staff has made my experience pleasant. Both attorneys visited with me right away, and filed my divorce within 24 hours. Their staff have kept me up to date, and have answered all of my questions. I am still going through the process (60 days not up), and both attorneys continue to guide and advice how to best handle every unfortunate incident that continues to happen. I highly recommend their services.
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Posted by Carlos | October 10, 2013
Leo Farias II
I want to recommend Leo Farias and his teammate Karleana Lahens-Abner. The guided me trough the tough emotional journey of my divorce keeping my case attached to important facts, the only that matters at the end. Mrs Karleana Lahens-Abner was my trial lawyer. Smart, passionate, perfect Spanish, great capacity of reaction and focusing even against the oddest challenges from the opponent lawyer. Great team. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2011
Best Family Law Lawyer Ever
Thanks to Leo, I am another father in texas who has won custody over the mother. Proving that it's not impossible. Leo was awesome, he is very knowledgeable about family law and knows his way around the courtroom. I would( and have already) recommend him to anyone seeking counsel in family law. Leo was always on top of things, he never failed to get back with me, and was very thourough when it came to my case. He came highly recommended to me, and now I see why. If you are in need of some counsel, give him a call first. His rates were totally affordable too. If there were more lawyers like Leo, Lawyers would have a better stereotype. Definately a first rate professional.
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Posted by CY | October 5, 2010
Highly recommend
Leo and his staff were great and represented me and my interests at all times. He was knowledgeable about dynamics associated with child support situations and allowed me to make responsible decisions for me and my family.
Posted by KO | September 30, 2010
thank u so much Mr. LEO FARIAS
cant thank u enough for ur choise of not representing my x husband anymore, u resigned and i wish i have u as a lawyer becuz i know very well now how honest and humanitarian u are..God bless u. KO
Posted by Capt. Llansley Thelwell | May 29, 2010
Strong Recommendation
I am writing this review to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Leonel Farias and his entire legal staff. I highly recommend him as an attorney in Family Law matters. The process of dealing with issues in family court can be very arduous and frustrating. I always appreciated the fact that Leo was sensitive to my concerns as a client, and although very busy, he took the time to return calls, answer my many questions and provide reassurance and excellent advise throughout the process. I was particularly impressed with Mr. Farias' performance and professionalism during trial in the courtroom (where it really matters). As a father, I must admit, I had braced myself for an unfavorable outcome due to an expectation that strong gender-bias still exists within many family courts. Leo's skill, experience and attention to detail during the trial resulted in a very favorable outcome on all four counts that afternoon. In closing, I am very pleased with his services and the results he achieved at trial. I highly recommend Mr. Farias.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2015
Please consider my advice as this regards your children!
Mr. Farias was court appointed for my case, and looking back, I wish I'd had a lawyer to appeal this decision on time. I had never been through something so traumatic and am only posting in hopes of preventing this from happening to another mother. Read all his reviews FIRST! If you are a dad trying to get custody I believe he will be a great choice, but if you are a mother (regardless of the dad having no grounds to challenge custody) get as far away from this attorney as possible. Looking back now, i never had a chance. He showed up hours late, and in gym clothes, to our home visit and if you know how nerve wrecking it is to know someone will come judge your every move, this is inconsiderate. He took my kids to walk around the neighborhood without an another adult present and asked irrelevant Qs such as how much I like their step-mom. Whether I like her or not, doesn't affect what is best for my children. During mediation, he asked how many men I had slept with! (Their dad had tried to make me look like a woman who sleeps around - even though I had never brought them around any guy). He took what my kids' dad stated as facts, and although I kept detailed records of dates and incidents he never even considered them - I would not be surprised if he never even looked. During our home visit he also insited I bet him, hand shake and all, that my pregnant sister would have a boy - this was wierd at the time but I thought I was just nervous. I didn't want to revisit this as it was very stressful time and my case has been closed for some time but something inside tells me to at least try to warn others. It's in God's hands now, and my kids dad is not the worst dad, so I had to accept the system as I simply could not afford a trial.
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  • South Texas College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2005

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very professional and very knowledgeable family law attorney. I have been impressed with him as an opposing counsel or amicus attorney in cases we have worked on together."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leo was an excellent mediator for a case I had. I appreciated his honesty and ability to cut to the chase. I would recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leo served as an amicus attorney on a contested termination and has mediated several cases with me. He settled my last 3 cases. He did a great job on our termination case and was compassionate towards the client."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Leo is an excellent lawyer and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leo is a great Family lawyer that has helped many people."

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Leonel Farias II
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 17 years