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Ed McClees

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 Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, False Statement to Obtain Credit, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Money Laundering, Aggravated Robbery, Theft, Murder 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 spent two years trying DWI cases as a prosecutor and chief prosecutor in the Harris County misdemeanor courst.  Ed also served in the Civil Rights Division and in the Trial Bureau.

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, doctors, police officers 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 local news agencies, including 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 law firm where he handled cases involving industrial explosions, automotive product liability, and pharmaceutical cases.

Education:

Ed received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University.

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Publications:

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).

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