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Cheryl D Stein

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1978
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Cheryl

Learn Cheryl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I represent defendants in state and federal court on every charge from drunk driving and shoplifting to murder. I handle cases at both the trial and appeal level.

    41 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    I have extensive experience with negotiating and drafting contracts. I take particular pride in writing contracts in plain English so that the parties understand exactly what they are agreeing to. I also handle contract litigation.

    43 years, 50 cases

   I think that one of the most important functions of any lawyer is to keep clients informed and aware of all developments in their cases.  I pride myself on being able to explain the most complicated legal concepts in a way that anyone can understand.  I return calls promptly and keep my clients informed of all developments in their cases.

   I fight hard for all my clients.  Not all cases can be won, however, and not every defendant wants to fight the charges.  In those cases I believe that it is most important to get to know each client as an individual and to convey that understanding to the judge.  No one is defined by their worst acts.  I make sure to present a complete and well-rounded picture of the client so that the judge sees a complete human being and not just someone that made a bad choice.

    I teach Evidence at American University Law School and am an instructor at the Harvard Law School trial advocacy workshop. 

   Outside of work I have a lot of cultural interests.  I am an avid theater-goer,  attend the ballet and concerts, watch sports, and spend a lot of time with my dog.


Cheryl D. Stein, Attorney at Law
1201 4th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001

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Posted by Alijauan Epps | July 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, Caring, Passionate Lawyer & Indiviual
Ms. Stein was my hired counsel involving a criminal case. Ms. Stein showed exceptional knowledge of the law and her passion for law and me as her client. she communicated effectively, respectfully and clear on the laws, circumstances and the outcome surrounding my case, she showed passion for me as if I was her own. furthermore, she left everything on the table and work around the clock with phone conversations, home visits, witness testimonies and, gathering evidence to win my case. in closing, I will like to say that anyone looking for a Passionate Knowledgeable, Exceptional, Driven, Caring lawyer Ms. Cherly Stein is the best lawyer in Washington D.C.
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Posted by Romeo | January 11, 2015
A Master in her Craft!
Cheryl Stein is in my opinion one of the best lawyers in DC. Not only does she have a great deal of knowledge in regards to the Law, but her court room presence is amazing. Ms. Stein was extremely helpful and was always professional while handling my case. I was definitely impressed by her preparation and her command of the court room. She adapted as things changed in the case and put up a great defense. I would highly recommend Cheryl Stein to anybody in need of a lawyer. You honestly couldn't pick a better lawyer.
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Posted by Gary | January 9, 2015
Helps a legal novice.
Cheryl Stein has been my legal professor of sorts for close to a decade. As a journalist I am always in search of someone who knows the law, case law and the real world implications of a ruling. Cheryl is that and more. One of her most important attributes is an ability to take complicated legal doctrine and explain it in such a way that I get it, no small feat. She also is fantastic at looking at both sides of an issue and offering me points and counterpoints so I have a well-rounded view of whatever subject we are talking about. On the rare occasion when she doesn't know something immediately Cheryl can research legal cases quickly. She is a must in my Rolodex. I can only imagine the level of professionalism and effort she puts forth for her clients.
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Posted by Ralph | January 26, 2011
One of the finest criminal defense lawyers in Washington, DC
I highly recommend attorney Cheryl Stein. Ms. Stein is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. She is smart, thorough, and is very knowledgeable about the intricacies of the District of Columbia Superior court system. I was extremely satisfied with the way in which she handled my case and represented me during court proceedings. Attorney Stein was always available for me. She answered every question I asked, and explained complicated legal jargon in a way that I could fully understand. I certainly hope that I am never in a situation where I need criminal defense representation, but if I ever am, attorney Stein will be the first person that I call.
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Posted by Jos | January 19, 2011
A Must-See Defense Lawyer in Washington,D.C. for Criminal Lawsuits!
To Whom it may concern: Cheryl D. Stein, Esq. of Washington, D.C.has been representing me with my criminal and civil law suits since 2009. My ongoing experience with Cheryl is one of high professionalism. With Cheryl's extensive and expert knowledge of U.S. Federal laws, she is the definitive person to hire with sensitive criminal matters. Her recall of federal case law, and particularly the US Constitution and Amendments is superb. From her vast courtroom experience, she knows how to read the prosecution and is an expert in dealing with courtroom judges. I highly recommend Cheryl for anyone who has suffered with a criminal indictment. Thank you so much Cheryl for all your hard work and diligence with respect to my cases!
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2014
poor communication, rude and disrespectful
Very rude and disrespectful, undermined the attorney client relationship the entire time. Additionally made very amateur mistakes so much so I had to hire a new attorney. Thousands of dollars later I found that another lawyer for half the cost was much better.
Response from Cheryl Stein August 3, 2022
There is nothing in this comment that is true. Unfortunately, due to lawyer-client privilege, it is not possible to provide any details about the representation. Unscrupulous clients know this and take advantage of the situation to spread defamatory comments. It is one of the hazards of the profession. I will just say this: Ex-client refers to another lawyer who was "much better". The truth is that the client accepted a resolution that I had negotiated. The next lawyer just came in and piggy-backed on my work.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • American University School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Harvard Law School
  • 2008 - Present


  • Yale Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Yale College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Committee on Rules of Procedure
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French


  • Strip Search Case Reveals the Need for Another Female Justice
  • 2011
  • Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense
  • Selective Prosecution
  • 2010
  • "Careers in Criminal Law" , published by American Bar Assn.
  • Flying Solo and Fighting the Good Fight
  • 2010
  • The Champion magazine
  • Don't Do That!
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Aggressive, knowledgeable, tenacious, able advocate with excellent judgment as to how to evaluate and present a criminal trial; great mastery of rules of evidence - knows how to tailor & present a defense, has superb writing skills and insight regarding appellate advocacy - especially with respect to evaluation and presentation of federal criminal appeals - briefs and arguments and superb insight and candor re the merits of ineffective assistance claims and skillful dogged pursuit of relief. Extensive trial experience both in federal courts in the Baltimore/Washington DC and nearby Virginia & local District of Colombia courts. Clearly in demand from nationwide clientele through renown for effective appellate advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheryl is a good writer, an excellent trial attorney – and a quick study. Last year I referred her a prisoner who had filed a 2255 motion without the assistance of an attorney. The motion, which alleged that his previous attorney had been ineffective, was scheduled for a hearing within a few weeks. Cheryl was not only able to prepare for the hearing on short notice – but was able to win the 2255 motion. A testament to her skill as a trial advocate. Cheryl’s legal memorandums are well written, clear, and convincing"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Cheryl Stein as a capable and caring advocate, and a top-shelf lawyer. I have benefited from Cheryl's many thoughtful interactions with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and she has often shared her vast trial knowledge and experience with me whenever I needed it. I'm lucky to know Cheryl, and clients will be too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Amazing attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Other
"Cheryl Stein is a regular and active voice on the listserv of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with advice and suggestions to other criminal defense lawyers. Those who've worked with her have expressed high praise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cheryl is a dedicated and hard-working criminal defense lawyer. She is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and contributes often and regularly to the organization. She has assisted me in several cases, and I always welcome her input. I have referred client s to her, and will do so at every opportunity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl is highly intelligent, a devoted advocate and an excellent writer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl is a dedicated and hard-working defense attorney. She is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and contributes often and regularly to the organization. I would not hesitate to refer someone to her, especially given the broad range of legal issues that she has handled in her career."
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