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Kenneth Wendell Ravenell

Kenneth Wendell Ravenell

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals, Wrongful Death

Kenneth Ravenell

About Me

Kenneth W. Ravenell is a senior partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, where he oversees all criminal defense cases presented to the firm. He has defended numerous clients on charges ranging from securities fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, murder, and narcotics.


 


Noted for his dogged determination, incredible work ethic, and legal brilliance, he has earned an enviable track record in the courtroom, winning more than 250 jury trials throughout the country. Mr. Ravenell’s acquittal rate of close to 70% dwarfs the national average.


 


In 2005 Mr. Ravenell successfully defended Leeander Blake before the United States Supreme Court where Mr. Blake contended a statement of confession was taken from him in violation of his Miranda rights.


 


In United States v. Morrison (2009), Mr. Ravenell and his partner, Judge Billy Murphy, successfully represented Rodney Morrison, a multi-millionaire cigarette magnate, in a six-month trial where he was charged with RICO, RICO conspiracy, murder, arson, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Morrison was ultimately convicted only on a charge of handgun possession and faced a maximum sentence of ten years as opposed to life without parole. Mr. Ravenell attributes the incredible success of the case to the impressive team of attorneys he worked with throughout the trial and stresses the importance of teamwork in complex matters.


 


Mr. Ravenell also represented well-known Baltimore-area priest, Maurice Blackwell, in State of Maryland v. Maurice Blackwell, a 2003 case that charged the priest in a sexual abuse scandal after he was shot by the man whom he allegedly molested years earlier. After a high-profile trial, all charges against Mr. Blackwell were dismissed.


 


In 2009, Mr. Ravenell was selected to join the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization that seeks to improve the standards of trial law. This is a distinguished honor achieved by less than 1% of the nation’s attorneys. Mr. Ravenell was also selected over all other Maryland attorneys to appear on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Maryland Super Lawyers.


 


After graduating cum laude from South Carolina State University in 1981, Mr. Ravenell pursued his J.D. at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1984.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Wrongful Death: 33%
  3. Appeals: 33%

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Contact Info

Murphy, Falcon & Murphy

One South Street, 23rd Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21202

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive198505/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Cover AttorneyMaryland Super Lawyers2012
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersMember2009 - Present
Fourth Circuit Judicial ConferenceMember2009 - 2009
Judicial Nominating Committee for Baltimore CityMember2007 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2004 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense AttorneysBoard of DirectorsN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Assets Returned Upon Dismissal of Arizona Forfeiture CaseN/A
Miranda Rights Upheld During Landmark Criminal Defense TrialN/A
Cigarette Magnate Accused of RICO Conspiracy and Other Unlawful ActivityN/A

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
South Carolina State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981