In 2014, Chris was named one of Super Lawyers Magazine’s ® Rising Stars in the area of Criminal Defense. Chris’s practice places an emphasis on trial practice and Criminal Defense. He has handled numerous DWI and other criminal cases with great success. His practice also prioritizes Personal Injury, including car accidents and slip and fall injuries.
Since establishing Lucero and Howard in 2012, Chris has accomplished tremendous victories for those of his clients who have been accused of crimes. Prior to starting Lucero and Howard, Chris handled all manners of criminal matters at the Mark Keller Law Firm. Before that, he handled Employment and Personal Injury matters at the Narvaez Law Firm. Chris brings experience and passion to each case. He understands how important it is to bring a personalized focus to each client’s needs.
In law school, Chris and his law partner, Leon Howard, were the first ever co-recipients of the UNM School of Law Faculty Award for dedication and service to the law school community. Chris brings that same dedication and service to each of his cases in order to provide New Mexicans the representation they deserve.
Chris practices in each court in the state, from the Magistrate, Municipal and Metro courts to State District and Federal courts.
2014 Super Lawyers Magazine ® Rising Star – Only ABQ lawyer to be recognized in the area of Criminal Defense for the Southwest region.
Raised in Southeast Albuquerque, Leon graduated as the co-faculty award recipient with his law partner, Chris Lucero, for their leadership and service to the community while attending the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Upon graduation Leon worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a trial attorney where he learned the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Next, Leon worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU), one of the nation’s largest civil rights organizations, as a staff attorney. While at the ACLU, he successfully represented clients whose constitutional rights were violated. These cases included Illegal Search and Seizures, Freedom of Speech, Religious Freedom, Racial Profiling, Parental Rights, and Student’s Rights.
Before creating the Law Office of Lucero and Howard, Leon worked at the Dan Cron Law Firm, a high-end criminal defense law firm, and cultivated his skills as a trial and appellate attorney. Through his work at the ACLU and the Dan Cron Law Firm, Leon has experience in cases that garner media attention.
Leon litigates cases in Magistrate Court, Municipal Court, Metropolitan Court, State District Court, Federal District Court, Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Leon started a law firm with his friend, classmate and colleague, Chris P. Lucero, because he shares his passion for justice and providing personalized legal representation to New Mexicans.
2014 Super Lawyers Magazine ® Rising Star – One of only four lawyers to be recognized in the area of Civil Rights for the Southwest region.
Vice-President, New Mexico Black Lawyers Association
Board Member, New Mexico Innocence Injustice Project
Member, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, New Mexico Bar Association
Volunteer, Basketball Coach
Presenter at Continuing Legal Education Conferences
Frequent Presenter at University of New Mexico School of Law Events
“Social Media and the Law.” 6th Annual Paralegal Institute: Lets Go Electronic 9 December 2011.
“Revocation Of ‘Obscene’ License Plate Spurs Suit”. Albuquerque Journal 28 August 2012.