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Meet Leo Herrera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leo Herrera.

Leo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Koreatown, near downtown Los Angeles. My mom immigrated to this country from El Salvador so that I could have the opportunity to live the American Dream. She always stressed the value of education and encouraged me to do something with my life to help others, especially fellow immigrants living in this country.

My mom encouraged me to enroll in a magnet high school program and I chose to attend James Monroe High School’s Law and Government Magnet Program. After James Monroe, I attended California State University, Northridge where I graduated with a B.A. in History. After college, I attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where I graduated Magna Cum Laude, in the top 6% of my class.

While I attended Thomas Jefferson School of law, I focused on criminal law. I interned at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division, representing minors in juvenile court. After my internship at the PD’s Office, I completed a judicial externship at the California Court of Appeal where I helped draft unpublished opinions on criminal cases. After graduating from law school, I clerked for a private criminal defense attorney representing clients in state and federal court.

After receiving my license to practice law in the State of California, I worked at a personal injury law firm helping clients recover the compensation they deserved for their injuries. During my tenure at this law firm, I learned how to help clients battle against the big insurance companies that deny legitimate claims and leave clients with nothing after they have been injured. Most importantly, I learned the value of entrepreneurship and the pride that comes from owning your business.

I opened up my own office in downtown Los Angeles in April of 2015. My office focuses on personal injury.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been relatively smooth. I have been blessed with a mother and step father that were very supportive of my education.

With respect to my professional life, being Latinx and a fluent Spanish speaker has allowed me to tap into a large client base.

One challenge that does stick out is learning how to run a business. Law school does not prepare you for the actual practice of law and definitely does not teach you how to run a business. I’ve been blessed to have found friends and mentors that have provided resources, likes books and seminars, for me to learn.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Herrera Law – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I founded Herrera Law, P.C., a personal injury law firm serving southern California. I am passionate about my legal practice and finding the best possible options for my clients. I serve clients in a variety of personal injury matters including various types of auto accidents, food poisoning, contaminated food, dog bites, and premises liability.

No matter what sort of personal injury case you have, or how complex it may seem, clients trust me to be honest, aggressive and provide individualized legal guidance. I understand the importance of honesty and integrity. I am not afraid to take on insurance companies or corporations, and my reputation for winning at trial shows I am a formidable opponent.

I am a member of the plaintiff’s trial bar in Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the plaintiff’s trial bar in California, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Mexican American Bar Association (the largest Latinx bar association in the U.S.). I am proud to represent clients from all walks of life.

One of the things that I’m most proud of is that I’ve recovered over $1 million for my clients since the start of my business. In that time, I have taken several cases to trial.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

My personal plans for the future are to marry my fiancé and start a family.  I would also like to make enough money to retire my parents.

With respect to my work, I plan on building my law practice to a point where I have one or two attorneys working for me and about five staff members. After that, I’d like to use whatever wealth I have accumulated to invest. I want to focus less time on my law practice and more time on building an investment portfolio, focusing primarily in residential and commercial properties.

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