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Christopher Francis Morales

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Mr. Morales has been in private practice since 1991 and has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of breaking the law. He practices criminal defense in all counties in California, handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile cases. Throughout his years as a criminal defense attorney Mr. Morales has been interviewed numerous times on television while defending high-profile clients and was an expert commentator for Fox News on the Scott Peterson murder trial. He also has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.

Chris is an aggressive trial attorney who tries all types of cases including: DUI's, sexual assault, child molestation, three strikes cases, possession of drugs, assault, murder cases and all types of white collar crimes. He handles the toughest cases and has won the respect of judges and prosecutors alike for his tenacious and intelligent defense of his clients.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
    25 years, 20 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    25 years, 2 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Amie Denise Miller

    Christopher Morales is a highly regarded, expert criminal defense attorney. He treats his clients with dignity and respect, and educates them so they understand and make informed decisions about their cases. I am an immigration attorney and regularly - and highly - recommend Christopher to people in any stage of the criminal process, because he is extremely diligent, knowledgable and effective.


    Amie Miller Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Albert Smith

    Mr. Morales is a real lawyer, he is not afraid to force the prosecution to prove their case. Unlike other lawyers who are "dirty letter writers" he is a trial attorney.


    Albert Smith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Morales Law Firm

1388 Sutter Street, Ste. 805
San Francisco, CA, 94109

The Morales Law Firm

605 Middllefield Road
Redwood City, CA, 94063



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Best Attorney of AmericaRue Ratings2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
2015 Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
2014 Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
2013 SuperlawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
A+Better Business Bureau2010
Triple A ratingAttorney Search Network2008
Certified Specialist in Criminal LawBoard of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California2003
Community Service AwardSanta Clara University Law School1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMorales Law Firm1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Law Section State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2000 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1996 - Present
Peninsula La Raza Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1995 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1992 - Present
Bar Associaiton of San Mateo CountyMember1991 - Present
Private Defender Panel of San Mateo CountyMember1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Moracase dismissed
People v. Rodriquezcase dismissed
People v. Luftiall counts of attemtped murder dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Daily JournalLimiting the definition of 'Insider Trading'2014
Amazon.com11 Mistakes to Avoid at the Beginning of Your Criminal Case2012
Amazon.comThe Top Ten Celebrity Crimes of 20092010
Law Firm Website11 Fatal Mistakes People Make When a Friend or Loved One Gets Arrested2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture8 Ways to Cleanup Your Criminal Record2014
Criminal Law: How to Clean Up a Criminal Record.Your Legal Rights2014
Made in California, KIQI RadioWhat to do when a friend gets arrested2009
Your Legal Rights KALW, Public RadioWhat you need to know about Identity Theft2008
Preventing Immigration consequences of criminal convictions, San Mateo County Bar AssociationImmigration consequences of criminal convictions2008
Preventig Gender Bias in the Courtroom,San Mateo County Bar AssociationGender Bias in the Courtroom2008
Lawyers Club of San FranciscoStarting your own law practice2006
Fox newsExpert Commentary on Scott Peterson Murder case, analysis of the prosecution case2004
Fox NewsExpert Commentary on Scott Peterson murder trial, Amber Fry testimony2004