- Practice Areas: New York Criminal Defense, Employment Law, Divorce Attorney
- Firm: De Leon and Associates PLLC
- Web Site: www.deleonlawyers.com
Edgar De Leon is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law (J.D.) and Hunter College (M.S. & B.A.). He has worked as a Detective-Sergeant and an attorney for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). His investigative assignments included investigating bias motivated incidents for the Chief of Department and allegations of corruption and serious misconduct for the Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs and the Chief of Detectives. While assigned to the NYPD Legal Bureau, Mr. De Leon litigated both criminal and civil matters on behalf of the Police Department. He conducted legal research on matters concerning police litigation and initiatives and advised members of the department on matters relating to the performance of their official duties. Mr. De Leon has counseled NYPD executives and law enforcement and community based organizations domestically and internationally, concerning policy and procedure development in police related subjects including cultural diversity. In 2005, Mr. De Leon was part of an international team composed of active and retired law enforcement personnel that traveled to Spain and Hungary . Working under the auspices of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), a subdivision of the Organization for Cooperation and Strategy in Europe (OCSE), the team drafted a curriculum and implemented the first ever training program for police officers in the European Union concerning the handling and investigation of bias motivated incidents.
In January of 1999, Mr. De Leon retired from the NYPD with the rank of Sergeant S.A. (Special Assignment) and began his private law practice. In 2003, he was one of the founding partners of De Leon & Martin, PLLC , now known as De Leon & Associates, PLLC. The firm practices in the areas of criminal defense, matrimonial/family law, real estate transactions and Bankruptcy. It also represents small businesses involved in commercial litigation and in other matters. De Leon & Associates, PLLC works on a per-diem basis representing members of the NYPD Patrolman's Benevolent Association, serves as Impartial Hearing Officers for the New York State Department of Education and is a sub-contractor with the City of New York for the purpose of conducting hearings under Section 50-H of the General Municipal Law.
Mr. De Leon has served as a member of the advisory board of the Advanced Systems Technology Corporation (AST) located in Lawton , Oklahoma and Instructional Systems Incorporated (ISI) located in Hackensack , New Jersey . He counseled both companies in legal and related issues regarding computer-based training in the area of cultural diversity for the law enforcement community and private security industry nationwide. Mr. De Leon also served on the Board of Directors of Loisaida, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1979, to address the problem of social and economic disenfranchisement of poor and low-income residents in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He remains of service to the organization as a Friend of Loisaida. In September of 2003, Mr. De Leon was appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York , Michael R. Bloomberg, to serve a one year term on the Mayor's Committee on City Marshals. Mr. De Leon also served as the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) from June 1, 2004 to June 1, 2005. All PRBA Presidents serve a one year term. He is a legal analyst and frequent guest on Court TV and the WWRL Radio show Legally Speaking.
Mr. De Leon is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association (Criminal and Family Law Section Member), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York County Lawyers Association (Civil Rights and Small Firm Committee Member), the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Dominican Bar Association. He is a recipient of the Network for Woman's Services Commitment to Justice Award in 2000, the Borough of Manhattan Community College's Latino Honor Society Award for 2001 and the Fordham University School of Law LALSA Alumni Award for 2004. Mr. De Leon is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey .