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Ed Chernoff

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Born in 1962, Ed Chernoff is the patriarch of Chernoff Law and continues to be our  law firm’s leading criminal attorney. After receiving an accounting degree in 1984 from the University of Florida,  Chernoff attended the University of Houston Law Center after being awarded a scholarship. 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 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization the first time in 1995. 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 has been board certified in criminal law for over 25 years, and earned re-certification four times.

Mr. Chernoff is dedicated to saving the lives and careers of his varied clients. In his many years of practice, he has obtained acquittals and dismissals for clients accused of Family Assault, Sexual Assault, DWI, Indecency of a Child, Capital Murder, Motions to Revoke Probation, Theft and Drug Offenses, among other crimes. He has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, TruTV, ABC News, The Houston Chronicle and The New York Times for cases he has handled.
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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:
Practice Areas
Criminal and Family Law – State and Federal
Litigation Percentage:
Litigation Percentage
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Past Employment Positions:
Company Name
Assistant D.A. Harris County District Attorney 1987 – 1991
Languages Known
English, Spanish
Bar Admissions:
Licensed in California 2011
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas 1992
Texas 1987
Certificate Name
Date Granted
Criminal Law Texas Board Legal Specialization 1995
University Name
Doctor of Law (JD) University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas 1987
Bachelor of Science (BS) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1984