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Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Criminal Defense

DUI? Drug possession? Murder? If you're facing criminal charges, hire one of these top defense lawyers.
Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Criminal Defense
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Bruce MarcusBruce Marcus has served as counsel in criminal and civil litigation matters ranging from the most complex to routine cases for major corporations, local businesses, and individuals. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, he regularly appears in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Read more. Greenbelt 301-441-3000

Thomas C. MooneyThomas C. Mooney was honored with the 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Maryland Association for Justice. Attorney Mooney continues to be recognized as a force in the criminal courtroom. The firm handles only jailable criminal and traffic offenses. Read more. Marlboro 301-574-0800

Stuart A. SearsStuart Sears is an experienced and accomplished trial attorney whose practice focuses on criminal and white collar defense. Stuart’s broad experience includes representation of individuals and companies in civil and criminal government investigations including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, antitrust violations, and health care fraud. Read more. Washington, D.C. 202-628-4199

Jonathan SheldonPardons and clemency require experience. Jon Sheldon, council member of the criminal law section of the Virgina State Bar and chair of the bar’s annual Capital Defense Workshop, is an expert in the clemency process. The political environment is better than it has ever been for an applicant seeking a pardon, a grant of clemency. Read more. Fairfax 703-691-8410

Steven McCool Steven McCool is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal has named him as one of 50 lawyers in the United States who has made his mark in white collar litigation. In Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, his peers describe him as an “exceptionally gifted” trial lawyer and a “tenacious” advocate for his clients.  Read more. Washington, D.C., Baltimore 202-393-7088, 410-727-7887

Jonathan L. PhillipsJonathan L. Phillips is a recognized attorney and former Fairfax County prosecutor serving the Northern Virginia region in all forms of criminal, traffic, civil, and I.T. law matters. Mr. Phillips strives to provide personal attention to clients and guide them with a clear strategy to reaching a favorable resolution of their legal matters. Read more. Fairfax 703-293-9300

Robert C. BonsibWashingtonian’s Top 30 “Stars of the Bar” (2011 and 2009), “Bonsib has proven he is one of the best criminal lawyers in Maryland.” Recognized in the “Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of white collar and non-white collar criminal defense. Read more. Greenbelt 301-441-3000

Rene SandlerRene Sandler is proud to be named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Top 30 Superstar Lawyers. Rene Sandler is an experienced, skilled litigator known for her cutting edge, creative representation of clients in all criminal and serious traffic cases. Sandler works closely with Firm clients to form a winning strategy in all cases. Read more. Rockville 301-610-9797

FEATURED Peter GreenspunNo matter how high the stakes, Peter is devoted to his criminal, civil, and personal injury clients. This is evident from representation in routine and complex matters, such as the accused “Beltway Sniper” John Muhammad. Read more. Fairfax 703-352-0100

FEATURED Joseph KingJoe King is a criminal defense attorney who has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia’s appellate courts, and trial courts throughout Northern Virginia. From teaching DUI defense to litigating complex Constitutional issues, he has a genuine interest in defendants’ rights and achieving just outcomes. Read more. Alexandria 703-683-7070

FEATURED Robert C. WhitestoneWith over 40 years of experience, Robert C. Whitestone is the firm’s president. He concentrates his practice in all areas of criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury work and has broad experience in both state and federal courts. Read more. Fairfax 703-591-0200

FEATURED David SchertlerSchertler, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., founded Schertler & Onorato in 1996. He has tried a wide variety of criminal and civil cases with impressive results. Read more. Washington, DC 202-628-4199

FEATURED Dickson J. YoungDickson Young, a senior partner, has more than 35 years of experience as a litigator. He is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and known statewide for his expertise in complex criminal, personal injury, DUI, and traffic litigation. Read more. Fairfax 703-591-0200

FEATURED Mike ChickI love helping people. I believe in second chances. As a lawyer I’ve come to appreciate the humanity of my clients, and to truly care about them as people, no matter what their circumstances might be. Read more. Fairfax 571-276-8279

FEATURED David B. Albo For over two decades, David Albo has tried cases in all Northern Virginia courts. He has served as a District Court Prosecutor, a Guardian for abused children, and for the past 19 years, as a member of the Virginia legislature. Read more. Springfield 703-867-8756

FEATURED Danny Onorato Onorato is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial attorney. As a defense attorney, Onorato has successfully represented individuals in a wide variety of complex criminal and civil matters, including many high profile white collar criminal offenses. Read more. Washington, DC 202-628-4199

FEATURED David A. Oblon A nationally known lawyer, David Oblon has appeared on television news programs such as FOX News and CNN almost 100 times. He has been called one of the area’s “Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine, “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine, and was named 2014 “Power Player of the Year” by Smart CEO Magazine in their Criminal and Civil Litigation category. Read more. Arlington 703-312-0410

FEATURED John Kenneth Zwerling Schertler, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., founded Schertler & Onorato in 1996. He has tried a wide variety of criminal and civil cases with impressive results. Read more. Alexandria 703-684-8000

FEATURED James N. Papirmeister Handling Md. and D.C. criminal cases for 28 years. Rated for last 18 straight years as “A-V”, highest rating obtainable, by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating system. Selected, 1996-2014 in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read more. Silver Spring 301-589-2100

FEATURED Chris LeibigChris attended Georgetown University and William and Mary Law School, and began his career at the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office in 1996. In 2002 he and his law partner Andrea Moseley joined the nationally known Law Office of John Kenneth Zwerling to form Zwerling, Leibig, and Moseley. He started his own firm in 2012. Read more. Alexandria 703-683-4310

FEATURED Andrew Jezic Andrew Jezic is a co-author of Maryland Law of Confessions. The 1500-page treatise, now in its 12th edition by West, has been cited by both of Maryland’s appellate courts. In a recent sex offense case, Jezic successfully vacated a client’s guilty plea and then obtained a jury acquittal on all charges, despite the client’s full confession on video. Read more. Silver Spring 240-292-7200

FEATURED Tim Maloney Maryland Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2001, Member American College of Trial Lawyers. 25 years major litigation experience. Read more. Greenbelt, MD 301-220-2200

Philip Armstrong. Armstrong & Cheris; Rockville
Pleasant Brodnax III
William Brennan Jr. Brennan McKenna Manzi Shay; Greenbelt
Barry Coburn. Coburn & Greenbaum
Nina Ginsberg. DiMuroGinsberg; Alexandria
Christopher Griffiths. Roberts & Wood; Riverdale
Bernie Grimm. The Law Office of Bernie Grimm
Barry Helfand. Helfand & Martella, Rockville
John Keats Esq. Keats & Meleen, PLC; Fairfax
Paul Kemp. Ethridge Quinn Kemp McAuliffe Rowan & Hartinger; Rockville
David Martella. Helfand & Martella, Rockville
Marvin Miller. Alexandria
Andrea Moseley. DiMuroGinsberg; Alexandria
Jon Norris
Terrell Roberts III. Roberts & Wood; Riverdale
Pamela Satterfield. Schertler & Oronato; Washington, DC
Jonathan Shapiro. Greenspun Shapiro; Fairfax
David Simpson. Greenbelt
J. Frederick Sinclair. Alexandria
Paul Stein. Stein Sperling, Rockville
Douglas Wood. Roberts & Wood; Riverdale