I was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1989. I attended Brandeis University where I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics in 1993. I received my juris doctor from the American University Washington College of Law in 1996. While in law school, I was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Executive Board. In my third year, I participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, and had the opportunity to represent clients in criminal matters in the Montgomery County District and Circuit Courts. I also spent a semester prosecuting criminal matters as a Rule 16 student in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County.
Prior to opening my law office in April, 2010, I enjoyed a diverse career litigating in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) for over 11 years. I began my OAG career as a prosecutor in the Criminal Section where I conducted numerous bench and jury trials in traffic and criminal misdemeanor matters. Later in my OAG career, I served as Chief of the Criminal Section where I supervised the prosecution of DUI offenses in the District, and directed a staff of over 20 attorneys. I was responsible for formulating office policy for the prosecution of DUIs, as well as all traffic and criminal offenses under OAG’s jurisdiction.
I have successfully completed a variety of intensive trainings that has him uniquely prepared to attack the prosecution of every type of DUI case. I am trained to administer field sobriety tests according to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) standards, and also trained as a NHTSA field sobriety test Instructor. I’ve completed trainings in Forensic Chromatography, which is the process used to analyze blood and urine samples in DUI and drug cases. I have been trained in the use of and weaknesses of the Intoximeter EC/IR II, which is the breath testing machine used in the District of Columbia and Maryland. I have been trained in Drug Recognition, which is the same training officers have taken for purposes of prosecuting DUI-drug cases. I am one of a small number of DUI lawyers in America to be named a Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer Specialist by the American Chemical Society.
I also spent several years practicing in OAG’s Civil Division where I represented the District of Columbia in all phases of litigation in a variety of subjects, including employment discrimination, failure to accommodate disabilities, police misconduct, and personal injury. I gained additional experience in the Personnel, Labor & Employment Division where I represented the District’s interests in all employment-related matters, including workers’ compensation, disciplinary actions, and discrimination complaints. During my tenure at OAG, I also served as the Attorney/Advisor in the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights. I reviewed hundreds of cases alleging disparate treatment, hostile work environment, retaliation, failure to accommodate disabilities, and violations of the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act.
I am a trained mediator and arbitrator, and I have successfully mediated several employment discrimination claims. I am an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program at the American University Washington College of Law. Since 2008, I have taught courses in Evidentiary Foundations and Objections, Evidence, and Pre-Trial Civil Litigation. I served as an Adjunct Faculty Coach for the American University Mock Trial Honor Society where I coached teams of law students in trial advocacy competitions.
I have several publications to my credit. I have written a book entitled "Facing a DUI Charge in DC." I also have contributed chapters for two publications from Aspatore Publishing: Trends in DUI Discovery and Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings. I also edited the Criminal Traffic Offenses chapter in the 2014 Edition of the District of Columbia Practice Manual.
I am admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland. I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense where I am serving as the District of Columbia Delegate. I am a Founding Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. I also am a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and being with my family.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer Specialist||American Chemical Society||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Top Attorneys in Washington, DC||Newsweek Magazine||2013|
|Attorney/Owner||Law Office of Michael Bruckheim, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|National College for DUI Defense||Delegate-District of Columbia||2010 - Present|
|National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2010 - Present|
|District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Quick Prep||Understanding Changes to DC DUI Laws||2015|
|District of Columbia Practice Manual-2014 Edition||Criminal Traffic Offenses||2014|
|Aspatore Book Publication||Facing a DUI Charge in DC||2013|
|Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Inside the Minds)||Dealing with Witnesses During a DUI Case||2012|
|Trends in DUI Discovery||DUI Discovery: Keeping Pace With the Other Side||2012|
|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Continuing Legal Education for DC||Defending Breath Tests in DC DUI Cases||2014|
|Meeting for DC Superior Court Judges||Discussion of DC's New DUI Law||2013|
|Continuing Legal Education||Cross Exam in DUI Cases||2013|
|CLE Course||Field Sobriety Testing||2013|