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   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.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    33 years
  2. Contracts: 5%
    35 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($250-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    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.


    David Carr General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James H. Feldman Jr.

    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


    James Feldman Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Cheryl D. Stein, Attorney at Law

1201 4th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorAmerican University School Of Law2013 - Present
Instructor, Trial Advocacy WorkshopHarvard Law School2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Committee on Rules and ProceduresMember2011 - Present
National Assn of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1992 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
law.comStrip Search Case Reveals the Need for Another Female Justice2011
USA TodayIn MLK's Honor, Let's Drop Race Labels2011
"Careers in Criminal Law" , published by American Bar Assn.Flying Solo and Fighting the Good Fight2010
Cultural Issues in Criminal DefenseSelective Prosecution2010
The Washington TimesThe Exclusionary Rule's Crucial Role2008
The Champion magazineDon't Do That!2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Yale UniversityFrench literature -- with departmental honorsOther - Bachelors1974