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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Manuel E. Leiva is the founder of The Leiva Law Firm P.L.C. in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Leiva practices in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury, serving clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He has experience with personal injury matters involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful death, and defends individuals facing criminal charges such as assault, battery, DWI and reckless driving.

Mr. Leiva has more than 20 years of experience and is a seasoned trial attorney. Northern Virginia magazine named him a “top lawyer for criminal defense and personal injury” in 2017 and a Best Lawyers publication 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 serves on the boards of the Virginia State Bar’s criminal law section and diversity conference and is a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Indigent Defense Task Force committee.

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 qualified to practice in all Virginia state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before founding his firm, he worked as an assistant public defender in Fairfax County and as an associate at a private firm.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%): Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019

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About Manuel Leiva

Admitted: 1998, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://leiva-law.com/about-us/attorney-profile/

Honors/Awards:

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

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 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
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: 2/26/2019

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