Ed is a criminal trial lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a former Harris County District Attorney where he served as chief of the Organized Crime Section, prosecuting cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Money Laundering, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Theft, Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, False Statement to Obtain Credit and other crimes. He routinely worked with a variety of federal and state law enforcement agencies including the FBI, ATF, Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, the Houston Area Fraud Task Force, the United States Secret Service, the IRS, the Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, the United States Postal Inspectors, and others. Before that he served in the Civil Rights Division, where he investigated police misconduct, and the Felony Trial Bureau where he tried a variety of felony cases, including Capital Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault, and various drug related cases. Ed also spent two years trying DWI cases.
Ed's current practice focuses on criminal defense, and he routinely defends people facing charges for DWI and intoxication offenses, white collar crimes, family violence accusations, drug offenses, sex offense accusations, murder, capital murder and many more. Ed's clients have included those from all walks of life including CEOs, government officials, doctors, lawyers, police officers, teachers and refinery workers.
Because of his extensive background in conducting fraud investigations, Ed's services have been called upon to assist and advise business entities in performing internal investigations to uncover potential criminal activities within the organizations.
Ed's vast experience in criminal law has led to interviews with several news agencies, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, the Houston Chronicle, KPRC, KTRK, KHOU and others. Although the majority of his current practice is in the greater Houston area (Harris County, Montgomery County, Ft. Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Liberty County and Chambers County), Ed has handled cases throughout Texas and in Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado.
Before starting his career in criminal law, Ed spent several years at a prestigious plaintiff's personal injury law firm where he handled cases involving industrial explosions, automotive product liability, and pharmaceutical cases.
Obtained acquittal for a police officer who was accused of shooting an unarmed individual.
Obtained acquittal in $1.2 million securities fraud trial.
Represented numerous elected officials in both state and federal investigations.
Obtained a no bill for a defendant charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting of two individuals.
Representing a retired police sergeant accused of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in a public corruption case.
Obtained no bill for multiple individuals unjustly accused of sexual assault of a child.
Obtained no bill for individual charged with injuring child.
Obtained dismissal for individual accused of Failure to Stop and Render Aid in connection with a traffic fatality.
Obtained dismissal for charges against a police officer in connection with allegations of improper use of force against an individual.
Ed received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University.
Accreditations and Memberships:
- Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Texas Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense Law, Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters service, 2020
- AVVO Listing - Perfect 10 Rating
- Recipient of 2021 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Presidential Award
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
- Houston Bar Association
McClees, Ed: A Primer on the Texas Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity Statute (EOCA), Voice for the Defense (Journal for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association) (October 2020).
McClees, Ed and Thiessen, Mark: Cold Texting: The New Wave of Barratry, Voice for the Defense (Journal for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association) (July 2020).
Trichter, J. Gary and McClees, Ed: DWI Audio/Video Recordings: Expediting Production Where Charges Have Not Yet Been Filed, Voice for the Defense (Journal for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association) Vol. 45, No. 5 (June 2016).
Recent Blog Posts
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McClees Law Firm Secures Acquittal at Trial for Man Charged in $1.2 Million Securities Fraud Allegation
McClees Law Firm Secures No Bill for Sexual Assault Case