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Jonathan L Katz

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Jon Katz spends nearly his entire time defending criminal defense and DWI clients, fighting for the best possible results for his clients, and repeatedly going to trial when needed. He has defended over 3000 clients in criminal court since 1991, and has taken hundreds of cases to trial. Many of Jon's trial highlights are at http://katzjustice.com/underdog/categories/10-Jon-Katzs-victories . 


Criminal defense is war, requiring being armed to the teeth, and escalating the proverbial fighting from checking before hurting, hurting before maiming, and maiming before destroying. Criminal defense is also about martial arts, using fearless cunning and strategy over brute force, and drawing from my daily martial arts practice. The stakes are often high, and the battle should be treated as a one-chance-only affair. 


My staff and I will be delighted to arrange a time for you to meet with me if you seek a criminal defense or DWI lawyer. 


More about my law practice  and experience is at http://katzjustice.com and at my blog at http://katzjustice.com/underdog.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, French, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    24 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    24 years, 2 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

29 total 

  • Michael Paul Bruckheim

    Do not hire Jon Katz unless you want a lawyer who is prepared to fight for you to the very end and to always look for ways to weaken the prosecutor's case and strengthen your own. Jon and i have consulted on many cases and I have always been impressed with his "warrior" mentality, which is exactly what you need when you are charged with a crime. Highly recommend.

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    Michael Bruckheim DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jay S Marks

    I was fortunate enough to be Jon's law partner for ten years. During that time, I saw Jon's tenaciousness, legal mastery, and love of justice time and time again. It was his very special combination of doggedness, legal expertise, and commitment to his clients that I have always admired in Jon, and that invariably won the day. He is forthright, honest, and fully embraces his clients in their moment of greatest need. We - lawyers and laypeople alike - can learn so much from Jon's personal and professional commitment to fight for justice and the Constitution. If you are considering retaining an attorney for a criminal or DUI/DWI matter, look no further. You've found the best.

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    Jay Marks Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Fairfax Main Office- One block from the courthouse.

10509 Judicial Drive
Suite 101
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Arlington, Virginia, meeting location.

2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700
Five blocks from the Arlington courthouse.
Arlington, VA, 22201

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law199703/11/2014
DCActive 199005/25/2015
MDActive198906/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV-ratedMartindale Hubbell2013
Super Lawyers for Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2013
Top 800 LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2007
Appreciation awardPhilippine American Bar Association - D.C. area2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner / Criminal Defense LawyerJon Katz, P.C.2008 - Present
Criminal Defense partnerMarks & Katz, LLC1998 - 2008
Trial lawyerChaikin & Sherman, P.C.1996 - 1998
Assistant Public Defender - Trial attorneyMaryland Public Defender's Office1991 - 1996
Associate attorneyWeiner, McCaffrey, Brodsky & Kaplan1989 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Flex Your RightsBoard of Advisors2008 - Present
Helping Individual Prostitutes SurviveTreasurer2002 - 2005
Free Speech Coalition of DC, MD and VAFounding President2001 - 2003
DMOZEditor- Constitutional Law Firm Page2001 - Present
Philippine American Bar Association - DC AreaVice President1997 - 2001
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersChampion Magazine Advisory Board1995 - 2011
American Civil Liberties Union - National Capital AreaBoard Member1992 - 1995

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Maryland v. Taylor, et. al., 371 Md. 617 (2002)Double jeopardy dismissal.
Dring v. SullivanLibel lawsuit dismissed.
Winning a DWI trial by challenging the opposing toxicologist.Acquittal.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Underdog BlogVarious daily articles2013
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association NewsletterPersuading Through Storytelling2008
Maryland Crim. Def. Atty. Assoc. NewsletterImmigration Law and Criminal Court: Fertile ground for fatal collisions.2007
Maryland Crim. Def. Atty. Assoc. newsletterPresenting the Medical Marijuana Defense2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial LawFour-week intensive program.1995
Trial Practice Institute - National Criminal Defense CollegeCriminal LawIntensive two-week program1994
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Tufts UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Speaking on the benefit of mindfulness for criminal defense practiceFinding True Refuge2013
Justice With Judge Jeanine ShowFox News2013
GW Human Sexuality classSex crime defense and psychology.2013
Know Your RightsKnow Your Rights With the Police2010
Criminal Suspects' RightsAsserting your rights with the police.2007
Your rights and 420Standing up the police searching for marijuana.2006
Successful Strategies for Circuit Court Criminal CasesTrial techniques2006
Virginia Court-Appointed Lawyer TrainingPRETRIAL PREPARATION IN VIRGINIA MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY CASES2005
National Lawyers Guild- Student OrientationKeeping your values while in law school.2004
National Lawyers Guild Mid-Atlantic MeetingAnimal Rights2003
Burton Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court CompetitionMoot Court Judge2002
East Coast Video ShowEverything You Wanted To Know About The First Amendment ... But Were Afraid To Ask2001
Annual MeetingFirst Amendment Rights with Adult Entertainment2001
Annual MeetingFirst Amendment Rights2001
National Academies panel on children's online access to erotic material.Federal obscenity laws.2000
Legally SpeakingWeekly legal radio call-in show1999
Moot Court - George Washington University Law SchoolMoot Court Judge1998
Moot Court- University of Maryland Law SchoolMoot Court Judge1996
News interviews.Interviews on criminal and Constitutional defense.N/A
GW Human Sexuality ClassSex crime defense and human sexuality.N/A