Edward M. Chernoff
Phone (713) 489-2358
Fax (713) 236-1886
Born in 1962, Ed Chernoff is the patriarch of Chernoff Law and continues to be the firm's leading attorney. After receiving an accounting degree in 1984 from the University of Florida, Mr. Chernoff attended the University of Houston Law Center after being awarded a scholarship. Mr. Chernoff was recruited after law school and joined the Harris County District Attorney's office, where he tried 70 jury trials.
During his time at the D.A.'s office, Mr. Chernoff only lost one felony trial. This impressive statistic illustrates his ability to understand both criminal law and courtroom procedures. Mr. Chernoff was the lead Assistant DA for cases tried and won until the time when he left to begin his private practice.
In 1991, Mr. Chernoff left the D.A.'s office to start Chernoff Law. Just a few years later in 1995, he was recommended and received the Board Certification in Criminal Law. Mr. Chernoff is known throughout the country for the high profile cases that he has tried and won. Colleagues and others throughout the country have recognized Mr. Chernoff's ability to win these challenging cases, and he was recertified in 2000, 2005 and 2010.
As a result of his legal success and experience, Mr. Chernoff handles most of the complex cases in the firm, such as those involving Federal fraud indictments and elaborate State cases. Mr. Chernoff has the unique ability to break down the most complex financial accusations into their basic form, allowing him to debunk and discredit the evidence brought against his clients.
He currently holds the record for the quickest acquittal in the Southern District of the United State Courts, as a jury acquitted his client after 15 minutes of deliberations. Those who are familiar with criminal cases understand how difficult this accomplishment is, and Mr. Chernoff is passionate about providing this quality of defense for every client.
In one case in Montgomery County, a prominent local woman who was accused of felony theft was acquitted because of Mr. Chernoff's work, and the foreman penned a letter on the back of the jury instructions blaming the District Attorney for taking the case to court in the first place. Mr. Chernoff also represents clients throughout the United States, and recently represented the Medical Doctor who was accused of negligently causing the death of pop icon Michael Jackson in California.
The passion of Mr. Chernoff's legal practice is to build strong relationships with his clients. He believes this is the cornerstone of his practice, and many former clients consider Mr. Chernoff to be a savior and a friend. Mr. Chernoff is happily married with two children.
Areas of Practice:
- 100% Criminal Offense - State and Federal
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Criminal Law, Texas Board Legal Specialization, 1995
- Texas, 1987
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1992
- Licensed in California
- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1987
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1984
Past Employment Positions:
- Harris County District Attorney, Assistant D.A., 1987 - 1991