Maricé Morales- Attorney

Maricé Morales is a personal injury and criminal defense attorney with Pérez Halpern. Ms. Morales has experience both at the District and Circuit Court levels in fifteen of Maryland’s twenty four jurisdictions. Her dedication to her clients has been described by others as a palpable commitment to reaching the best possible outcome for her clients.

Ms. Morales not only has vast experience in Maryland’s court system, but has authored legislation that we apply in our courts today. Ms. Morales was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates as the first Latina representing District 19 in Montgomery County in 2014. She was the youngest Latina to serve at the state level in the country. Ms. Morales served as founding member and Vice-Chair of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus.

During her time in Annapolis, Ms. Morales sponsored legislation to reform our criminal justice system, protect our immigrant communities, protect workers’ rights, and combat the rape culture in our country. Ms. Morales sat on the Judiciary Committee for her first two sessions where she worked on major criminal justice reform, including Justice Reinvestment, the elimination of mandatory minimums, bail reform, and police accountability. Ms. Morales was later assigned to the Health and Government Operations Committee, where she focused on insurance coverage and mental health issues.

Ms. Morales was recently recognized by several organizations for her leadership on women’s and immigrant issues for her work as lead Sponsor of the Maryland Trust Act which would have protected immigrant Marylanders from the hateful anti-immigrant orders from the current administration. She was awarded the Governor’s Award for her work combating Human Trafficking; and was the recipient of the Outstanding Public Service Award in recognition of her work and contributions to the welfare of the Latino community through public service from several local organizations.

Before becoming elected, Ms. Morales’s legal work extends from the Public Defender’s Office in New Orleans, LA to San Jose, Costa Rica at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She was also a judicial extern in the Arlington County Circuit Court in the criminal and family law dockets. Fighting systemic racism and discrimination has been at the forefront of Ms. Morales’ work. She has done pro bono immigration-related work at World Relief, where she represented people pursuing U-Visas and naturalization applications. Recently, she has done workers compensation pre-litigation work at a Montgomery County law firm.

From canvassing neighborhoods to encourage jury participation in Louisiana, to contributing to the international legal framework around discrimination and excessive force against afro-Latinos, Ms. Morales is constantly fighting to reinforce the basic human and constitutional right to equality under the law.

Ms. Morales is very much invested in her community and serves on three different boards. Recently appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, she will transition into that role in June of 2019. She also is a board member with the Jewish Council on Aging and Emerge Maryland. Finally, she is a contributing writer with Maryland Matters, a well followed political blog in the State of Maryland.

Ms. Morales has a J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law, where she served as a member of the International Law Moot Court Team. She also has a Master’s in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Global Affairs and French from George Mason University. Ms. Morales is fluent in Spanish, French and English.