The purpose of a lawyer should first and foremost be to serve the community, and few lawyers exhibit this quality more than Leah Wise. Based in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Wise is committed to serving her clients and fellow entrepreneurs in the community — both through her law firm and her other ventures — with a particular focus on empowering female entrepreneurs.
Wise has always had a passion for empowering her fellow Latinas, and her commitment to bettering herself through education prepared her to pursue this passion. Wise grew up in Harlingen, Texas, and graduated from Harlingen High School in 2008 before heading to the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a BS in Political Communication in 2012 with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.
After graduating from the St. Mary’s University School of Law with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2016, Wise founded her own practice. She also owns a real estate investment company, a clothing line, and recently founded a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in the community. She is a true multi-hyphenate entrepreneur who inspires fellow Latina entrepreneurs hoping to navigate this complex and competitive landscape.
Serving the community through personal injury law
At the Leah Wise Law Firm, their slogan is “Relentless Representation,” which represents exactly what they provide to each of their clients. Wise and her team advocate for their clients in their time of need, ensuring they receive the treatment they deserve. After all, the time after an injury is difficult for anyone — fraught with pain, discomfort, and medical bills. Navigating a lawsuit should not be another headache among all these challenges, and Leah Wise Law Firm’s top-tier service ensures this is never the case.
As the first Latina-owned law firm dedicated 100% to personal injury law in the state, Leah Wise Law Firm has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for injured clients. They represent clients with all types of injuries, from car accidents to 18-wheeler accidents, personal injury, premises liability, work injuries, wrongful death, and more.
“Here, you’re not just a case,” Wise asserts on the firm’s website. “Our firm has helped our clients pay their bills and provide for themselves while their case was waiting to resolve, which isn’t the sort of treatment people get at large corporate firms. The people of the Rio Grande Valley are our friends, our neighbors, and our loved ones. Providing for them in their time of need is the right thing to do, so we do it.”
The excellence Wise has shown in her practice — as well as her commitment to serving the community — have gained her and the firm immense recognition and accolades. In 2021, Wise was named one of the best lawyers in the nation after working to secure the largest settlement in the state of Texas. Prior to this, in both 2017 and 2018, she was voted “Best Attorney” by the Valley Morning Star Readers’ Choice Awards. Receiving these honors shows that the Rio Grande Valley community values her contributions.
Empowering Latina entrepreneurs
However, Wise does not stop giving back with her law firm. Through her many businesses and social media presence, Wise has created several initiatives dedicated to empowering women — especially Latinas — in the Rio Grande Valley area.
One of the most prominent initiatives Wise has started is “Latina Feature Friday,” which she uses as social media segment on her various platforms to highlight other Latina-owned businesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Through her ventures — including her law firm — Wise has gained thousands of followers, using this following to elevate the voices of other Latina entrepreneurs who are going through the same challenges she went through in trying to find success.
Wise founded the CrashGal Mentorship Group to provide fellow Latina entrepreneurs with the mentorship and guidance they need to empower themselves to pursue entrepreneurship. A great example of Wise’s commitment to empowering women can be seen in her recent purchase of a former strip club building, which she is reclaiming to turn into her headquarters, making it a space dedicated to the empowerment of women.
Wise also founded the Leah Wise Latina Student Hardship Fund at St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2022. As part of this fund, she has pledged $50,000 to the law school to help Latina law students experiencing financial hardship. This scholarship fund will provide young Latinas with a valuable opportunity to further their education and pursue a career in law, inspiring them to turn around and give back to their community when they achieve success themselves.
Leah Wise’s contributions to empowering Latinas in the Rio Grande Valley community cannot be ignored. From advocating for her clients in injury law cases to starting several initiatives dedicated to empowering women from the area, Wise has shown time and time again that she is committed to supporting those in need.