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Trichter & Murphy PC Attorneys Named to 2015 Annual Super Lawyers List

HOUSTON — Oct. 13, 2015 — Three attorneys with Trichter & Murphy PC were selected to appear on the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyers as leading criminal defense attorneys in Texas. Of all the attorneys in Texas, only 5 percent are chosen for the annual list.

“It is an honor that more than half of our firm has been named to the annual Super Lawyers list,” said J. Gary Trichter, founder and partner, Trichter & Murphy. “This accolade speaks volumes of the types of criminal defense attorneys we have working to protect the rights of our clients. We take the representation of our clients seriously and consider it the most important part in our American judicial system.”

The Trichter & Murphy attorneys who were listed this year include:

Gary Trichter is one of only four DWI specialist criminal defense attorneys in Texas, having been board-certified DWI/DUI by the National College for DUI Defense. Besides being listed in the annual Super Lawyers list 12 years straight since 2004, Gary has also been listed seven times in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most-respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. He is known as the most successful DWI trial and appellate lawyer in the United States, and is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. Gary has argued groundbreaking DWI cases and co-authored the DWI textbook “Texas Drunk Driving Law.” He has also spoken at more than 260 legal seminars in 30 states, where he has taught lawyers, judges and prosecutors about various aspects of the law — particularly DWI.

Doug Murphy, partner and principal of Trichter & Murphy PC, has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list seven years straight since 2009. He is recognized as one of the foremost DWI lawyers in the country and is one of only four DWI specialists in Texas who have been board-certified DWI/DUI by the National College for DUI Defense. He was appointed regent of the NCDD in 2009 and has served as co-chair of the DWI Committee and on the board of directors with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Doug is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and currently serves on the board of directors for the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.

Leslie LeGrand has been a recognized Rising Star of DWI Defense Attorneys by Super Lawyers since 2011 and is enjoying his first listing as a bona fide Super Lawyer. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has lectured at numerous DWI seminars. Leslie is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas DWI Lawyer and the Houston Criminal Lawyers Association. Before joining Trichter & Murphy PC as a Houston DWI lawyer, Leslie was assistant district attorney, felony prosecutor, Harris County.

Super Lawyers evaluates lawyers across the country for its annual list of top attorneys. Each candidate is measured against 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Nominees from more than 70 practice areas are considered. The selection process is rigorous and methodical.


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HOUSTON — Aug. 3, 2015 — Trichter & Murphy P.C. announced today that former Harris County District Attorney and Chief of the Organized Crime Section, Ed McClees has joined the leading Houston DWI law firm as its newest criminal defense attorney.

“Ed McClees has been a very talented and effective prosecutor with the Harris County Office of District Attorney for several years,” said J. Gary Trichter, principal and founder, Trichter & Murphy P.C. “His aggressive and thorough nature, which made him a leader with the DA’s office, as well as his reputation for seeking fairness and justice for Harris County citizens will give our clients their best opportunity for a favorable outcome in their criminal cases.”

McClees, the newest Houston, Texas, DWI lawyers with Trichter & Murphy, gained notoriety for trying DWI cases for two years as a prosecutor and chief prosecutor for Harris County misdemeanor court. As chief of the Organized Crime Section, he prosecuted 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 also supervised prosecutors, investigators and support staff. He also served in the civil rights division.

“Trichter & Murphy is one of the most respected criminal defense law firms in Houston. Their reputation for providing strong criminal defense while showing tremendous compassion to their clients is one of the many reasons I joined the firm. I take my role of upholding the United States Constitution seriously and hold that defending the rights of our clients is the most important judicial role in our country,” McClees said.

Prior to joining the Harris County Office of District Attorney, McClees worked for the Callahan Law Firm PC and the Watts Law Firm LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and graduated cum laude with a B.S. from Texas A&M University.