Monica Lepe-Negrete, Esq. is an experienced and respected civil and criminal trial attorney in the Imperial County. In 2012, Negrete established the law firm of Lepe-Negrete & Barreto in El Centro with a practice focused on family law and criminal defense. The firm handles private and county criminal defense matters including serious felonies as well as divorces, adoptions, child custody and child support matters.
Negrete exemplifies experience and leadership with over 14 years of service in the legal community. Her prior legal experience includes serving as a Deputy District Attorney with the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting serious and violent felonies. She also served as Deputy Public Defender handling hundreds of misdemeanor cases and represented juveniles and wards of the State. Additionally, she served as a Deputy County Counsel representing the County of Imperial and its various departments in civil matters.
Negrete earned a Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent School of Law and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Planning from the University of California, San Diego.
Negrete is an active member of the community serving on numerous nonprofit organizations and community service boards. Negrete is a Kiwanis member and also sits on the Board for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA-Imperial County) and the El Centro Library & Community Service Board. Negrete is the MANA de Imperial Valley Board President, CUHS Band Boosters President, and Citizen’s Oversight Committee – Measure K Chairperson. She is a member of Kiwanis in El Centro. Negrete is a former attorney coach for the Vincent Memorial High School Mock Trial Team and served as a volunteer judge for the ICOE Annual Migrant Speech and Debate Competition.
Monica Negrete and her husband Dr. Alfredo Negrete, a pediatrician, and their two children reside in El Centro.
Negrete is currently endorsed by the Imperial County Sheriff and Imperial County Superior Court Judges Altamirano and Montenegro.