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Joshua Treem appears frequently in state and federal courts across Maryland and neighboring jurisdictions in cases involving every facet of criminal investigations and prosecutions. He is particularly well known for his aggressive representation of individuals, including public officials, lobbyists, and high-level state administrators, as well as businesses, in state and federal criminal investigations and grand jury proceedings.


Josh has extensive experience representing clients accused by the government of fraud involving the Small Business Administration, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, and Medicare and Medicaid. He has also handled numerous cases involving controlled substances and related issues, including forfeitures.


Josh also devotes substantial time to pro bono matters relating to important criminal and constitutional law issues, including successfully representing a woman charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly using illegal drugs while pregnant and a client charged with various crimes for sending “harassing” emails.


Josh was selected the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar in the Baltimore area by The Best Lawyers in America. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same community and the same practice area for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.


Josh has garnered extensive media notice for the following cases:


  • Obtained an acquittal of a corporate executive accused of bribing a sitting state senator;

  • Represented a former Montgomery County Councilman and high-ranking official in the Obama Administration in a constitutional challenge concerning his eligibility for the office of Attorney General of Maryland;

  • Successfully defended a city councilperson against allegations of state campaign finance violations and bribery;

  • Represented the former director of the Parks and Recreation Division of Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission against theft and misappropriation charges, obtaining an acquittal and dismissal of all charges;

  • Obtained a multi-million jury verdict in a tort case in Baltimore City Circuit Court;

  • Successfully defended the Indianapolis Colts in eminent domain litigation filed by the City of Baltimore to prevent the team’s relocation to Indianapolis;

  • Successfully obtained dismissal of federal indictment concerning alleged violations of Iranian trade embargo;

  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court to represent the first person tried in a federal death penalty case in the Southern Division in Maryland, resulting in a life sentence rather than a death sentence;

  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court to represent John Lee Malvo, one of the two accused D.C. snipers, against federal criminal charges in Maryland; and

  • Represented one of five men charged with arson of a residential subdivision in Southern Maryland, the most costly arson in Maryland history.


Before entering private practice, Josh began his legal career by participating in the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, then serving as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore from 1973 to 1978.


Josh has also served as lecturer at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the National Business Institute, and he serves on the CJA-Felony Panel, a federal court committee that administers the Criminal Justice Act in Maryland, appointing counsel to indigent defendants.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 32%
    35 years
  2. Civil Rights: 32%
    35 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 31%
    35 years
  4. Sex Crime: 5%

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Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

120 E. Baltimore Street
Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD, 21202


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense - Non-White-CollarBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer - Civil Rights LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer Criminal Defense - White CollarBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer - Criminal Defense White CollarBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer - Criminal Defense Non-White CollarBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2015
Best Lawyer - White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer - Non White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2012
Top Attorneys in MarylandBaltimore Magazine2011
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers - Criminal DefenseCorporate Counsel2011
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Baltimore & Washington D.C.’s Top AttorneysWashington Post2011
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar categoryBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Lee A. Caplan AwardMaryland State Bar Association2007
John Adams AwardU.S. District Court of Maryland2001
Honor ProgramU.S. Attorney General1972
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP2012 - Present
PartnerSchulman, Treem & Gilden, P.A.1980 - 2012
AssociateWeiberg & Green1978 - 1980
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office For The District Of Maryland1973 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2001 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationBoard Member1995 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationMaryland Chapter President1989 - 1990
Federal Bar AssociationPresident1988 - 1989
Federal Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1982 - 1989
Bar Association of Baltimore CityMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
President of a major retail food chain accused of bribing a sitting Maryland state senatorObtained an acquittal
Baltimore County councilman accused of violations of Maryland's campaign fiduciary lawsObtained an acquittal
Charges of bribery filed by the Maryland State Prosecutor against a Baltimore City councilpersonObtained dismissal' confirmed on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
XXIV Maryland Bar Journal No. 1Disclosure to the IRS1991
Maryland Bar JournalAttorney Subpoenas: A Need for Association Intervention1987
Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)Discovery Under the Maryland Rules – PrivilegesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Johns Hopkins UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969