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Michael Paul Bruckheim

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

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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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    2 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    2 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Sweta Bhikhu Patel

    Michael is the lawyer other lawyers go to for mentorship on DUI cases. He is quite frankly the best around. Judges respect his opinion on important decisions throughout the case, lawyers value his advise, and clients are lucky to be represented by him. I endorse this attorney.

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Contact Info

Bruckheim & Patel

One Church Street
Suite 910
Rockville, MD, 20850

Bruckheim & Patel

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
South Building, Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20004

Bruckheim & Patel

1629 K Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 199705/24/2015
MDActive199607/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer SpecialistAmerican Chemical Society2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top Attorneys in Washington, DCNewsweek Magazine2013

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/OwnerLaw Office of Michael Bruckheim, LLC2010 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseDelegate-District of Columbia2010 - Present
National Association for Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2010 - Present
District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationN/A2010 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Quick PrepUnderstanding Changes to DC DUI Laws2015
District of Columbia Practice Manual-2014 EditionCriminal Traffic Offenses2014
Aspatore Book PublicationFacing a DUI Charge in DC2013
Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Inside the Minds)Dealing with Witnesses During a DUI Case2012
Trends in DUI DiscoveryDUI Discovery: Keeping Pace With the Other Side2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education for DCDefending Breath Tests in DC DUI Cases2014
Meeting for DC Superior Court JudgesDiscussion of DC's New DUI Law2013
Continuing Legal EducationCross Exam in DUI Cases2013
CLE CourseField Sobriety Testing2013