Edward McClees (Board Cert. Criminal Law)
Edward McClees (“Ed”) is board certified in criminal law and former Harris County District Attorney, in which office he most recently served as chief of the Organized Crime Section, prosecuting cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including engaging in organized criminal activity, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, false statement to obtain credit, money laundering, aggravated robbery, theft, murder, and other crimes. His duties included supervising prosecutors, investigators, and other staff who investigated complex financial crimes and violent criminal rings.
Edward McClees routinely advised state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security; the United States State Department; the United States Department of Treasury; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Internal Revenue Service; the United States Postal Inspector’s Office; the Texas Rangers; the Joint Counterterrorism Task Force; the Houston Area Fraud Task Force; the Houston Police Department; and the Harris County Sherriff’s Office. He also routinely worked in conjunction with federal prosecutors on various investigations and cases.
As part of his duties, Edward McClees regularly conducted Grand Jury investigations into a variety of criminal activity. He has also assisted officers and agents from various law enforcement agencies in drafting hundreds of warrants. Ed spent two years trying DWI cases in the Misdemeanor Division and trained prosecutors on how to effectively try these often technically complex cases. Ed regularly conducted investigations that involved tracking IP addresses, working with members of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Digital Forensics Team in investigating computer-related crimes.
He has trained police officers and prosecutors on various aspects of criminal law, including search and seizure, DWI case presentation, DWI expert cross-examination, identity theft, and engaging in organized criminal activity. His expertise in various areas of criminal law has led to interviews with various local news organizations, including the Houston Chronicle, KPRC, KHOU, KTRK, Telemundo, and Univision.
Ed currently represents individuals charged with various DWI-related crimes. In addition to this, Ed also represents or has represented people charged with murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and other crimes.
Ed has also used his extensive background in conducting criminal investigations to assist entities in conducting internal investigations when these entities have been victims of fraud. Judges, police officers, prosecutors, and other lawyers routinely refer their family and friends to Ed because of his well-earned reputation for preparation and excellence in the courtroom.
Prior to entering the field of criminal law, Ed had experience working at several prestigious law firms that handled civil litigation. Through this, Ed developed experience navigating the often complicated legal issues that can arise in any case. Ed received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and graduated cum laude with a B.S. from Texas A&M University.
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)