United States

Christopher Francis Morales

Firm Name
The Morales Law Firm
1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Primary Practice Area
Criminal Defense
Secondary Practice Area
Criminal Defense – White Collar
Professional Biographical Information

If you had a serious illness, wouldn’t you want to be treated by a doctor who specialized in that area? Criminal law is serious. Mr. Morales is a certified specialist in criminal law. The State Bar of California questioned judges and lawyers who know Mr. Morales’s work in court and found that he is the best of the best.

Furthermore, Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most respected firm that evaluates and rates lawyers found, after questioning judges and lawyers who know Mr. Morales that he has an exemplary reputation and the highest ethical standards.

Mr. Morales has been in private practice since 1991 and has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of breaking the law. He practices criminal defense in all counties in California, handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile cases. Throughout his years as a criminal defense attorney Mr. Morales has been interviewed numerous times on television while defending high-profile clients and was an expert commentator for Fox News on the Scott Peterson murder trial. He also has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.

Chris is an aggressive trial attorney who tries all types of cases including: DUI’s, sexual assault, child molestation, three strikes cases, possession of drugs, assault, murder cases and all types of white collar crimes. He handles the toughest cases and has won the respect of judges and prosecutors alike for his tenacious and intelligent defense of his clients.

Chris is a native San Franciscan and graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Santa Clara University Law School before starting his private law practice. While in law school Chris realized that he had a passion and talent for battling the police and prosecutors in criminal cases. This is the reason why he only handles criminal cases.

We are dedicated to aggressively and intelligently defending our clients in State and Federal Court. When taking on a new case, we first make an all out effort to get the case dismissed. If we are unable to do this then we work extremely hard to get the best possible resolution for our client.

The Morales Law Firm opened its doors in 1991 with offices in San Francisco and San Mateo County.

Legal Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Admitted to the State Bar of California on 06/23/1991.

Undergraduate School:
Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
Law School:
Santa Clara Univ SOL; Santa Clara CA
Honors & Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation’s Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Best Attorney of AmericaRue Ratings2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
2015 Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
2014 Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
2013 SuperlawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
A+Better Business Bureau2010
Triple A ratingAttorney Search Network2008
Certified Specialist in Criminal LawBoard of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California2003
Community Service AwardSanta Clara University Law School1990
Professional Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Law Section State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 – Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 – Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2000 – Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1996 – Present
Peninsula La Raza Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1995 – Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1992 – Present
Bar Associaiton of San Mateo CountyMember1991 – Present
Private Defender Panel of San Mateo CountyMember1991 – Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 – Present
Speaking Engagements


Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture8 Ways to Cleanup Your Criminal Record2014
Criminal Law: How to Clean Up a Criminal Record.Your Legal Rights2014
Made in California, KIQI RadioWhat to do when a friend gets arrested2009
Your Legal Rights KALW, Public RadioWhat you need to know about Identity Theft

Preventing Immigration consequences of criminal convictions, San Mateo County Bar AssociationImmigration consequences of criminal convictions2008
Preventig Gender Bias in the Courtroom,San Mateo County Bar AssociationGender Bias in the Courtroom2008
Lawyers Club of San FranciscoStarting your own law practice2006
Fox newsExpert Commentary on Scott Peterson Murder case, analysis of the prosecution case2004
Fox NewsExpert Commentary on Scott Peterson murder trial, Amber Fry testimony2004

Daily Journal – Limiting the definition of ‘Insider Trading  -2014 – 11 Mistakes to Avoid at the Beginning of Your Criminal Case – 2012 – The Top Ten Celebrity Crimes of  2009 – 2009

Law Firm Website 11 Fatal Mistakes People Make When a Friend or Loved One Gets Arrested – 2009