231 E. Baltimore Street
Suite 1102
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-244-5444
FAX: 410-934-3208

C. Justin Brown, Esq.

C. Justin Brown is an attorney based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for the past three years, and in 2016 the Daily Record named him as an “Influential Marylander.” He handles a wide variety of complex cases, from federal criminal defense to civil matters to white collar defense. He has successfully defended white collar and criminal defense clients, and litigated civil rights claims on behalf of plaintiffs. He currently represents Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast “Serial.” He takes a creative approach to problem solving, and believes in the importance of effective communication with his clients.

Some of Mr. Brown’s recent successes include: the suppression of a federal wire tap, several post-conviction victories in U.S. District Court that resulted in vacated sentences, not-guilty trial verdicts, the granting of coram nobis petitions resulting in vacated convictions, and the negotiation of a deal in a money structuring case allowing the client to avoid prosecution. He has also handled numerous matters in which he was able to convince prosecutors to either not seek criminal charges or drop already existing charges. In one such case, United States v. Brian Parker, federal prosecutors dismissed all charges against Mr. Brown’s client.

Mr. Brown brings a unique background to his law practice. Prior to entering the legal profession, he was an award-winning print journalist who wrote for several national publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor. He covered a full range of major news stories, including the war in Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Please click here for more about Mr. Brown’s background.

Education

Mr. Brown went to Gilman high school in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Cornell University in 1992, and went on to Maryland School of Law, where he graduated with honors. While at Maryland Law School, he was an editor on the Maryland Law Review.

Legal Profession

After graduating from law school, Mr. Brown served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Andre M. Davis. In 2010, President Obama nominated Judge Davis to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Davis later that year.

Before starting his own firm, Mr. Brown worked at Nathans & Biddle, a respected white-collar criminal defense firm in Baltimore. At Nathans & Biddle, Mr. Brown’s practice focused on white-collar defense and post-conviction work.

Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Success

Mr. Brown has been successful litigating in Federal and State court. His recent victories include: a 360-month reduction in federal court in United States v. Trejo Ruiz; the suppression of a federal wiretap in United States v. Dinkins, et al.; the suppression of illegally obtained evidence in United States v. Glod; and the granting of 2255 post-conviction Motions in United States v. Wallace White, United States v. Gerome Young, United States v. Roger Ramirez-Ramirez, United States v. Randolph Wells, and United States v. Cedric Age.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Editorial Advisory Board of The Champion magazine
  • Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., Legal Committee
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Felony Panel, Member