Manuel Leiva – President

manuel-leiva-hispanic-bar-presidentManuel Leiva was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Arlington and Fairfax County. Mr. Leiva attended American University where he received a dual degree in International Relations and Political Science. He then attended American University’s Washington College of Law where he graduated in 1998. While at the Washington College of Law, Mr. Leiva was a member of his law school’s moot court team and represented his law school at several national moot court competitions. Mr. Leiva also served as President of the Hispanic Law Student Association. Mr. Leiva, while in law school, clerked for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section where he assisted federal prosecutor’s in the prosecution of hate crimes. He also clerked for a well known plaintiff’s firm where he assisted attorneys who represented clients who suffered catastrophic injuries.

Upon graduating from the Washington College of Law, Mr. Leiva served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fairfax County where he gained valuable trial experience. As an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Leiva represented clients in Fairfax County charged with misdemeanors and felonies ranging from larcenies to murder. Thereafter, Mr. Leiva left the Public Defenders office and worked as an associate with the law firm of Leffler & Hyland. In that capacity, Mr. Leiva was involved in numerous high-profile cases in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and represented individuals ranging from professional athletes, military officers, physicians, lawyers and law enforcement officers.

Mr. Leiva previously served two-terms as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia. He has also served on the Virginia Bar Association’s commission on Professionalism and currently serves on a committee to reform the discovery rules in criminal cases and is on the Board of the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference.