We are experienced:
Our criminal defense team is comprised of six former state and federal prosecutors and two former felony Assistant Public Defenders. Our ranks also include a former Maryland Court of Appeals Judge (our highest court) and a constitutional law expert who served as the Dean of two law schools. We have over one hundred and fifty years of combined criminal trial and appellate experience.
We are recognized:
Hiring a lawyer can be a daunting task. According to the American Bar Association, there are 22,477 lawyers licensed to practice in Maryland. Throw in another 51,271 in neighboring Washington D. C. and the numbers become overwhelming. Although independent accolades should not be the end-all in hiring a law firm or criminal defense attorney, they certainly provide some degree of separation worthy of consideration. Here are some recognitions that may help you distinguish us from the masses when making a decision:
- Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland 2014: Super Lawyers
- Top 50 Lawyers in Maryland
- Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland 2014, Super Lawyers
- Avvo rating: “Perfect 10: Superb”
- Top 10 Criminal Lawyers in the Northeast United States
- Top 100 Lawyers in Northeast United States
- Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland, 2014
- Avvo rating “Perfect 10: Superb”
- Maryland Super Lawyer: Criminal Defense
We wrote the book:
We author several leading treatises including:
- Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Examining Recent Trends in Juvenile Law and Building a Successful Defense
We are convinced that in order to be successful for our criminal clients our attorneys need to be engaged in the judicial system above and beyond appearing in court everyday. As a result we take on several important roles to increase our presence in the legal community. Brian Thompson, for example, was appointed by Governor O’Malley and currently serves on the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission
Steve Silverman was appointed by Governors of both parties and served on the Commission on Judicial Disabilities for the maximum two terms and now actively represents Maryland Judges facing disciplinary charges.
Andy White was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court to serve on the United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel.
Meet some of our defenders:
Andrew White, nationally known for his achievements as a former Assistant United States Attorney and as Special Assistant to the Whitewater Independent Counsel, is regularly retained to represent individuals and corporations throughout the United States. He also is sought after to conduct internal investigations. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. White received awards including “Federal Prosecutor from the Year” from the U.S. Secret Service, Treasury Department, FBI and International Association of Federal Crimes Investigators.
Brian G. Thompson, former Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney, manages the firm's state court criminal practice, which is one of the most qualified and accomplished in Maryland. Mr. Thompson is a perennial Maryland Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense and appears in criminal court on a daily basis.
Steve Silverman is often the first choice of high-profile defendants to handle their cases due to his extraordinary trial record and experience with the media. Ranked as a top 10 criminal defense attorney in the Northeast United States, Mr. Silverman’s cases have been profiled on 60 Minutes, CNN, ESPN, BBC and countless other news organizations. He has not lost a criminal jury trial in nearly two decades.
Honorable Joseph F. Murphy Jr., is a retired judge of Maryland’s highest Court. He has served as a trial and appellate court judge for nearly 30 years. He authors the Maryland Evidence Handbook, teaches evidence and Trial Advocacy at two law Schools and is widely viewed as Maryland’s foremost expert in appellate advocacy and evidence.
Creston Smith, a former felony trial lawyer with the Public Defender’s Office for Baltimore City is widely viewed as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable trial lawyers in Baltimore. He has a distinguished trial record including a string of acquittals on the most serious of charges including Murder in the First Degree.
Erin Murphy, is an appellate advocate and exceptional brief writer. She is responsible for writing the firm’s criminal briefs for both trial and appellate courts. She has over 15 years experience researching and briefing constitutional criminal issues including challenging the seizure of evidence, warrants and confessions.
Together our experienced and talented team work to ensure the firm's clients receive the best possible result. STSW also devotes a full time criminal appeals lawyer and law school professor who review all cases prior to trial to expose and brief any legal and procedural errors made by law enforcement or the prosecutor.
We will aggressively attack the government's case from every possible angle. As one of Baltimore, Maryland’s largest criminal defense firms, our attorneys are experienced in all felonies, misdemeanors, white-collar offenses, serious traffic/DUI, appeals, forfeitures, post convictions, violations of probation and more.
All initial consultations are complimentary. Contact us by email or call our office at (410) 385-2225 or 1-800-385-2243 for a free case evaluation.
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