Manuel E. Leiva

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fairfax, VA

The Leiva Law Firm, P.L.C.
 | 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22030-4101
Phone: 703-352-6400
Fax: 703-352-5226
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Trial experience is everything when choosing an attorney.  Mr. Leiva has significant trial experience. He practices in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.  He has an active criminal practice, representing clients charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.


He often represents clients charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Assault & Battery, Drug Offenses, Rape, and Murder. Mr. Leiva obtained "not guilty" verdicts and dismissals for clients charged with murder, rape, malicious wounding, abduction, DWI, etc.

Unlike other attorneys, Mr. Leiva posts his jury verdicts and case dispositions on his website for your review. Because of his trial experience, Mr. Leiva is not intimidated to go to trial. He will of course do his best to resolve your case short of trial, but if negotitations fail, Mr. Leiva will be ready to take your case to trial. In 2016, Mr. Leiva had a trial that lasted 7 weeks in federal court representing a young man charged with 2 murders. In 2018, he obtained a dismissal of a murder charge for a young man accused of murder.

Mr. Leiva has experience with personal injury matters involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful death. In 2016, Mr. Leiva obtained the 7th largest settlement in Virginia for 2016 for a client seriously injured in an accident.

Northern Virginia magazine named him a “top lawyer for criminal defense and personal injury” in 2017 and 2018 and Best Lawyers named him a “top lawyer for criminal defense” multiple years in a row.

An active member of the Virginia legal community, Mr. Leiva belongs to the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia, Justice Forward Virginia and the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System. He served on the boards of the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section. Governor Ralph Northam appointment Mr. Leiva to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board in 2019.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from American University, Mr. Leiva received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. He is admitted to practice in all Virginia state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, DUI/DWI


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Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020

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About Manuel Leiva

Admitted: 1998, Virginia

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section, Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section, Board Member
  • Virginia Indigent Task Force Discovery Committee, Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia, Diversity Conference, Past President
  • District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar, Board Member
  • Virginia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System
  • Justice Forward Virginia


  • Confidential settlement. Client seriously injured in automobile accident. Suffered traumatic brain injury. Settlement was 7th largest settlement in Virginia for 2016, 2016
  • Client charged with RICO murder and kidnapping in the Eastern District of VA. If found guilty, client faced either a mandatory life sentence or execution. 4 months before trial, the charges against Mr. Leiva's client were dismissed. , 2018

Educational Background:

  • American University, B.S., Major: Political Science, Major: International Relations, 1993
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Office Location for Manuel E. Leiva

3955 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22030-4101

Phone: 703-352-6400

Fax: 703-352-5226

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Last Updated: 11/11/2019

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