County Counsel Profiles
Leslie Murad, II
Deputy County Counsel
Leslie E. Murad, II joined the office in 2013, and is currently assigned to litigation. Mr.
Murad has been representing local Inland Empire municipalities since 1982. His litigation
experience includes municipal defense, excessive use of force/police civil rights defense, product
liability defense, premises liability, construction defect, automobile accidents, medical
malpractice defense and criminal prosecution. He also assisted in the representation of defendants
in major toxic tort cases, such as the MGM Hotel Fire case in Las Vegas, as well as the Newman vs.
Stringfellow case representing the County of Riverside with his firm as outside retained counsel.
While practicing law as a limited partner for a private firm in Riverside, Mr. Murad tried to a
jury a law enforcement misconduct case for the County of Riverside which established new law and is
cited as Amylou R. vs. County of Riverside (1994) 28 Cal App 4th 1205.
He grew up in the Inland Empire and was educated in local schools. He earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree in History with Honors from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a
member of Phi Alpha Theta, a National Honor Society in History. Mr. Murad received his Juris
Doctorate from the University of San Diego.
Mr. Murad also held positions as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Bernardino
(1997-1999) and as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Redlands (1999-2005). His
assignments included litigation, misdemeanor criminal prosecutions for the city, attending board
and council meetings and advising various city departments. While with the City of Redlands, he
also advised and attended meetings of the Planning Commission, and in the absence of the City
Attorney, the City Council. He also prepared ordinances and contracts and other transactional
matters assigned to him.
Mr. Murad is a past board member and past president (2005-2007) and a current member of The
Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has been a mock trial judge
for the County High School Mock Trial competition and the liaison from the Inn Board for
scholarships issued by the Inn for deserving senior mock trial students. He is a member of both the
Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations, and has been a board member and
Secretary/Treasurer of the San Bernardino County Bar Association (2005).
Just prior to joining our office, Mr. Murad was a Superior Court Commissioner for the Superior
Court of San Bernardino County (2005-2013). He presided over thousands of bench trials and handled
a diverse, high volume calendar of both criminal and limited civil matters. He received a
Recognition Award for his Efforts in Keeping Children in School in his Education Code calendar from
the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Bernardino County (October 14,
2009). He also was recognized for this achievement by many local congressmen, assemblypersons,
state senators and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Fontana, California.
He has additional education from Judges College in Berkeley, California, as well as completing
a course on Mediating the Litigated Case conducted by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution,
Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California.
Mr. Murad is admitted to practice in all California courts, the United States District Court
for the Central District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
and the United States Supreme Court.