Elena Morgan is a dedicated and accomplished advocate with a strong track record in criminal defense and appeals. Her career began in Chicago, where she honed her skills at the Cook County Public Defender's Office and the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. Even while still in law school, Ms. Morgan showcased her legal acumen by successfully arguing before the Illinois Appellate Court, resulting in a reversal and new trial for her client. This early success demonstrated her commitment to her clients' causes.
Since joining Maas & Russo in 2020, Ms. Morgan has continued to excel, taking on a wide range of cases, from misdemeanors to felonies and post-conviction litigation. Her recent achievements highlight her ability to navigate complex legal matters effectively:
- Felony Fraud Case Dismissal (Napa County): Ms. Morgan secured the dismissal of a felony fraud case by collaborating with her client's worker's compensation attorney to uncover crucial exculpatory evidence. This demonstrates her dedication to thorough case analysis and her willingness to go the extra mile to protect her clients.
- Felony Possession for Sale Case Dismissal (Solano County): By establishing an affirmative defense as a victim of human trafficking, Ms. Morgan achieved a full dismissal and sealing of her client's felony possession for sale of a controlled substance case. This result showcases her innovative approach to crafting defenses tailored to her clients' unique situations.
- Misdemeanor Resolution for Multiple Felony Charges (Napa County): For the same client mentioned above, Ms. Morgan successfully negotiated a single-count misdemeanor resolution on a daunting 29-count felony information, demonstrating her negotiation skills and ability to secure favorable outcomes for her clients.
- Felony Case Resolution (Contra Costa County): In a challenging felony case involving possession for sale of multiple controlled substances and firearms, Ms. Morgan negotiated an offer for probation and residential treatment. This outcome highlights her ability to advocate effectively in the interest of her clients.
- DMV Administrative Hearings: Ms. Morgan has also shown her expertise by successfully representing clients in multiple administrative hearings with the DMV, helping them avoid license suspensions following DUI arrests. This demonstrates her commitment to addressing not only criminal charges but also the collateral consequences that can affect her clients' lives.
Ms. Morgan's approach to legal representation is comprehensive and client-focused. She believes in providing holistic services, guiding clients through every stage of the criminal defense process, addressing collateral consequences, and offering post-conviction relief services when applicable. Her empathetic nature and strong advocacy skills make her a valuable asset both inside and outside the courtroom.
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