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Justin Brown and Chris Nieto first considered joining their law practices after they represented co-defendants in a complex federal indictment. Both of their clients walked out of the courtroom without jail time — while every other defendant was sent to prison. From that moment on, a vision was born. Today, Brown & Nieto provides aggressive, top-shelf legal representation for important legal matters at all levels.

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“Mr. Brown saved my life. I owe him everything.”

B.P. (former client),

“We owe C. Justin Brown such a debt of gratitude and there is nothing I can write… that will do justice to how my family and I feel about him and the job he did in representing my brother in a recent criminal defense case.”

J.N. (former client),

“Christopher Nieto is extremely good at what he does and offers an excellent professional relationship with his clients by making them feel at ease even in the most dire situations. He rose high above my expectations…”

B.P. (former client),

“I highly recommend Mr. Nieto . He put in the hard work it takes to win. He really see you as a person not just another client… He keeps you well informed and explains everything clearly and listens.

P.W. (former client),

Recent blog posts

Firm Fights to Clear Name of Wrongly Convicted

September 15, 2017
Brown & Nieto this week filed a federal habeas petition on behalf of Christopher Jones, who was falsely convicted in 2015 by allegedly corrupt Baltimore City Police officer Daniel Hersl. Jones has maintained his innocence since he was first arrested in Baltimore City and charged with drugs and a gun. According to Jones, Officer Hersl planted the evidence against him, and other officers wrote up a false police report. Rather than risk a very long federal prison sentence, Jones did what most people would do under the circumstances: he cut his losses and took a plea deal. As a result, he spent more than three years in prison. Despite the plea, Jones maintained his innocence from the time when he was first arrested. He told multiple lawyers he was innocent, and he even proclaimed his innocence in a letter to the Federal Judge presiding over his case. As is often the case in situations like this, his lawyers were powerless to help because they had no way of proving the evidence had been planted and the officers were lying. All of that changed earlier this year when federal Grand Jury issued a massive indictment against several Baltimore City police officers, accusing them of widespread corruption, extortion, robbery and racketeering. One of the officers charged in the indictment: Daniel Hersl. With the knowledge that the federal government is prosecuting Hersl for corruption, Jones is attempting to get back into court to prove his innocence. His filing is a motion to vacate pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The Government has not yet responded to the filing. The full filing can be read HERE.

Syed’s Final Appellate Filing

May 18, 2017
Adnan Syed today filed his final written brief leading up to the oral arguments scheduled for June 8 before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Read the filing here: REPLY BRIEF The oral arguments are open to the public, although seating may be limited.

Syed Files Appellate Brief

March 29, 2017
Adnan Syed today filed his “Brief of Appellee/Cross-Appellant” with the Court of Special Appeals. To recap, on June 30, 2016, the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Syed’s conviction and granted him a new trial. The Baltimore City Circuit Court found that Syed’s trial counsel had been constitutionally ineffective, in violation of the Sixth Amendment, at Syed’s original trial in 2000. The State is appealing the Circuit Court’s ruling to the Court of Special Appeals. The State filed its opening brief Feb. 27, 2017. This is Syed’s response. The brief was a collaborative effort between Brown & Nieto and Hogan Lovells. You can read the brief HERE

Message to Non-Citizens with Prior Convictions

January 25, 2017
The election of Donald Trump will have sweeping consequences for everyone, but perhaps no group should be more concerned than non-citizens who have criminal records. Trump has already stated that he will target this group, and, as president, he now has the means to follow through on his promise. Many of these non-citizens are legal permanent residents who have been here for a long time. In many cases they are productive members of the community, and have put their pasts behind them. They are part of the fabric of this country. But if they have an old criminal conviction, they should be concerned. It is very possible that a conviction for a relatively minor offense would qualify as a deportable offense, and that conviction could potentially lead to permanent removal from the U.S. Although this danger is not new – it existed under previous administrations – we have every reason to believe that the Trump administration will pursue removal with more aggression than we have ever seen before. One of the ways to safeguard against removal is to proactively seek to have old convictions vacated and removed from one’s criminal record. In the state of Maryland, the way to do this is through a “writ of error coram nobis.” This is an obscure legal proceeding that allows someone to vacate an old conviction that is causing adverse collateral consequences (such as removal). In order to prevail, the petitioner must, among other things, prove that the conviction was unconstitutional. It is never easy to win a coram nobis proceeding, and sometimes the litigation can be lengthy. A good lawyer will scour the record to find an error in the old proceeding, and craft an argument that could lead to relief. Our firm has won a number of these proceedings in the past year, and we are also aware of other recent successes by other attorneys. It is an uphill battle to prevail on a coram nobis petition, but it is not impossible. While the precise contours of coram nobis litigation vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, most states have some type of relief similar to what we have in Maryland. If you are reading this and feel like this may apply to you, do yourself a favor and contact an attorney.