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Jason M Kalafat

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   48 reviews

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About Jason

Learn Jason’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Jason Kalafat has practiced as a criminal defense attorney since 2002, first as a Deputy Public Defender in Maricopa County, Arizona, where Mr. Kalafat’s practice concentrated on felony cases at the trial level. Mr. Kalafat then joined the prestigious firm of Kimerer & Derrick where his practice broadened at the state and federal levels, including appellate and post-conviction cases as well as representing clients before various regulatory and administrative agencies.

    22 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

    21 years, 400 cases

  3. White collar crime
    10%

    18 years, 50 cases

  4. Federal crime
    5%

    19 years, 45 cases

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Licensed for 21 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2009
Updated 06/08/2022
State AZ
Status Inactive
Acquired 2001
Updated 12/21/2022

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

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Jason Kalafat, Attorney at Law
400 5th Street NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC, 20001

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Attorney - The Best of the Best
Jason was amazing both as our attorney and counselor in every sense of the word. He not only brought our case to the best resolution possible, but he was a pillar of support and calm throughout. He was responsive, attentive, patient, extremely knowledgeable and the only person you want in your legal corner when you have no idea what to do or where to turn. He explained everything simply and to the point, he followed up on everything he had to do and with us on everything we had to do, he counseled us flawlessly and was so amazingly personally involved that he gave us great comfort at every step. But, again, most importantly he led us to the best possible resolution and for that we are forever grateful. Anyone would be more than fortunate to have him be their attorney and most especially in their corner!
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Posted by Ivory | February 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Jason was a god send, we got the best possible outcome. I would recommend him to anyone who needs representation in DC. Great lawyer and Great guy. I wish I could give him 10 stars!
Posted by Charles | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer/ Great Outcome
I used Mr. Kalafat's services about a year ago. I am very appreciative to Mr. Kalafat. He was very supportive, understanding, and patient throughout the entire process. He answered my many questions with patience. I felt confident going into the matter with Kalafat's expertise. 100% happy with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful, knowledgeable, and experienced
Jason is highly experienced and knowledgeable, and maintains the utmost commitment to customer service.
Posted by Patrick | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great
He helped me out a lot. He was timely and had everything figured out close and shut without a single hiccup.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence
Retaining Jason was one of the best decision I have made. He took the time explain the various complexities of my case. He was on top of my case from the time we initially spoke until the end. Excellent experience, I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot go wrong!
I called in Sunday night and was given a consolation appointment the next day. Being the first time I needed such assistance Jason made the experience very easy and virtually stress free. He was able to prioritize my situation and thoroughly present my options. Communication and responsiveness to questions was amazing. Jason was a true partner in assisting me work through a tough time while providing a rather happy ending. A+!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney.
Jason helped me get through a DUI charge, he was extremely informative and helpful throughout the process, he was also always available to answer any questions I had along the way. He was able to get me a Deferred Sentencing Agreement which is the best I could have hoped for in the situation. He did his part and I did mine and the case was dismissed. I am a satisfied client and would recommend Jason to anyone.
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Posted by Steve | February 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job on a DUI
After being arrested for DUI in DC, I searched Avvo to find the best attorney and Jason Kalafat was at the top of the list. After working through the case, I understand why he has a top rating. He remained extremely professional throughout the process while reassuring us that he would fight for the best outcome possible. He negotiated with the prosecutor and worked out a Deferred Sentencing Agreement that is not easy but certainly fair. I would recommend Jason Kalafat without hesitation for anyone who needs a great attorney in Washington, DC.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation and support
Jason listened well to our case and worked with the DA and judge to get a great outcome to a case that didn't initially look good for us. When probation went awry, he was there with us again to reach an outcome that was best for everyone. He was excellent dealing with us as stressed and anxious clients.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Possible Positive Outcome
I contacted Mr. Kalafat to ask for expert advise and representation on my behalf in a casa with a high chance of a negative outcome. Mr. Kalafat's experiencied and professional advise helped restore my confidence in the process, gave me piece of mind during the process and led the case to a very positive outcome avoiding a lot time spent in endless litigation.
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Posted by Doug | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jason M Kalafat
Having worked with Jason Kalafat for almost two years in representing me on a criminal charge, I have found him to be the consummate legal defense attorney. From the beginning Jason's representation demonstrated his professional abilities. From understanding and explaining the legal landscape to me concerning the charges brought against me, to providing me with the detailed legal defense he would provide, Jason did same with compassion and focus. Jason was, indeed, the very best legal representative I could have selected to assure a strong legal defense that leads to the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Jason to anyone with a criminal justice question/matter.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The best there is
I had a case at the Criminal court of DC and did not know what to do as the case was a very serious one. Thanks to Jason the results were unbelievable. It is very clear that Jason know what he is doing and he is very knowledgeable. At the end of the case I got the best outcome possible and I am very happy about it. If you are looking for a very intelligent and responsible attorney Jason is your guy!
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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I could not have asked for better representation
DC is not a friendly or fair jurisdiction when it comes to out of state, lawful gun owners who find themselves visiting, passing through, or doing business in the District. Something as simple a single spent shell case can have the entire weight of the DC/Fed. Government come crashing down on you without mercy. For someone without any prior record, I suddenly found myself facing heavy charges that were potentially life-changing in the worst way imaginable. My back was against the wall and my ability to retain employment in my field would be affected decades after this case was settled. Understandably feeling overwhelmed by the totality of circumstances I found Jason Kalafat through an internet search. Fast Forward from the initial phone consultation to 6 weeks later I'm walking out of the court still a free-person with the best possible outcome for my record, my career, and my principles was the silver lining to the whole ordeal. >Simply put: I would not have gotten that outcome without Jason's hard work, knowledge of the law and the inner-workings of the DC court. >Jason was able to lobby the court for quick-turnaround hearings on my behalf due to my job-related and time-sensitive considerations. >He was open and accessible during the entire process (and after) and never over-promised >His office set up a reasonable payment plan since "no one plans on this type of thing happening to them"
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Jason was great. He took care of a serious issue for me and was always extremely clear about the process. He knows his way around the courthouse and his knowledge and experience was instrumental to a positive outcome.
Posted by Chris | June 11, 2015
Great attorney
Plainly stated, Jason was a great attorney for me. He's very friendly, but didn't pretend to be my lifelong friend. He's very professional, but he isn't stodgy or clinical. I can't imagine that any attorney could be more knowledgable about the process and possible outcomes. The only promise Jason ever made me was that he'd work as hard as possible to get me the best possible result - and I'm confident that's what he did. I ended up resolving my case with an outcome that was well beyond my wildest hopes, and there is no possible way I could have done that without a lawyer like Jason. There were times in between my court dates that I had to ask Jason for information or updates because I hadn't heard anything for a few weeks. In retrospect, that's because there was nothing new on my case. I would have appreciated hearing that from time to time, but a lawyer as good as Jason is probably pretty busy most of the time. Now that my case is resolved, he is still answering my questions and providing me with advice on my resolution. Perhaps the best endorsement I can give is this: if I ever find myself in trouble with the law again, my first phone call will be to Jason.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2015
Simply the Best..........
Simply the most comforting and thoughtful person you can have working on your behalf. A true expert with all the knowledge to make you get the best results. I met with several attorneys at the time and Jason stood out as an extremely organized professional who new the system well. He will go the extra mile and worth every dollar. He is well respected in DC and to have him on your side counts for a lot.
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Posted by DUI Client | June 2, 2015
I highly recommend Jason Kalafat
Jason worked extremely hard and was proactive in getting my charges dismissed during a pretrial hearing. My case involved many different factors and witnesses that aren't typical in DUI cases, but he helped me every step of the way. The combination of his knowledge, experience, relationships with the prosecution, and resources from his law firm provides every advantage you need to fight your case. As I stated in the title for this review, I highly recommend Jason Kalafat.
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Posted by Tarryn | May 24, 2015
Very Helpful and Intelligent
Jason was just a god send. I found him online and am so glad I chose to call him. He helped me through the process and went through all the steps with me. I doubt I would have such a positive outcome if it were not for his help.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Use if you want a good outcome.
Jason helped me to get several hefty felony charges down to 1 year probation cannot explain throughly enough how excellent a lawyer he was
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Farrelly Kalafat PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Price Benowitz, LLP
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Private Contract Attorney
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Member
  • Kimerer & Derrick
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • 2000 - 2002
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Education

  • Vanderbilt Univesity School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000
  • West Virginia University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • United States v. TB
  • Not guilty all counts
  • United States v. JP
  • Not guilty
  • United States v. AR
  • Not guilty all charges
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Avvo's 2010 Top 50 Northeast Lawyers - Top 10 DUI Attorney
  • Acela Arrive Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Graduate of the Year
  • West Virginia University - College of Arts & Sciences
  • 1997
  • Purinton Philosophy Scholar
  • West Virginia University
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Phoenix School of Law Career Symposium
  • Private Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2007
  • Arizona Public Defender's Association Annual Conference
  • Keeping Out Rule 404(c) "Bad Acts" Evidence
  • 2005
  • Arizona State University Career Symposium
  • Career Development and Public Interest Law
  • 2004
  • Annual Philosophy Conference
  • The Philosphy of Leibniz
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (38)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Kalafat. In addition to being an excellent attorney and a wealth of knowledge, he is among the most dedicated advocates I have had the pleasure to work with. Anyone would be well served to have Mr. Kalafat in their corner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Kalafat is a great lawyer. He does fantastic work for his clients. I endorse him whole-heartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although it is not often that I feel compelled to recommend a potential competitor, Mr. Kalafat is a first-rate criminal defense lawyer. With a J.D. from Vanderbilt and many years of trial experience, Mr. Kalafat is highly respected among judges and other lawyers at D.C. Superior Court. He is also an approachable and classy guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a top-rate criminal defense lawyer. He spends the time to learn the facts better than the State and uses his deep knowledge of the law to out-maneuver his opponents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a great criminal lawyer. He understands how to defend his clients and fights really hard in court. If you want someone who will protect your interests, Jason is the attorney for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Best DC-area DUI and criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a criminal defense lawyer myself, I have often been able to observe Jason work. In my opinion, he is an outstanding lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"Jason is a brillant, empathetic, funny man. He's an exceptional lawyer with an attention to detail uncharacteristic of most criminal defense lawyers. I would hire him if I were in a pinch."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Kalafat is an excellent attorney who diligently represents his clients in a very professional manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a very intelligent, talented, and personable lawyer. He does outstanding work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason has made a reputation for himself as one of Washington's finest criminal defense lawyers. His reputation comes from his untiring devotion to representing clients in a manner that demonstrates excellence. I recommend him to anyone needing serious criminal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is an excellent attorney who has been practicing in the area of criminal law for several years. He is intelligent, hard-working, and very well respected within the legal community. His clients can rely on his expert legal advice and his ability to provide excellent legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is an extremely intelligent and overwhelmingly charming attorney, both of which serve his clients in the courtroom exceedingly well. Jason left a big firm environment in order to delve more deeply into the courtroom, and has pulled off some surprisingly big wins for defense cases (which, as we all know, frequently have the chips piled against them). Jason is very well connected within the west coast legal community, and is extremely sociable and pleasant. As a prosecutor I am frequently approached with requests for defense attorneys that I would recommend based upon my personal experiences, and Jason Kalafat is - hands down - on the top of my list. He manages to combine highly sought after elements in this profession - both charisma and intellect. He wins cases by smart legal maneuvering, never by underhanded sneaky techniques - which solidifies his reputation in this community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jason M. Kalafat is an extremely competent, skillful attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"If I were ever accused of a crime, Jason would be the first person I called. He is intelligent and diligent. He knows what he is doing and he doesn't play games. You can rest assured that if Jason is on your case, you are getting first rate representation, and will receive the best possible outcome available."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Friend
"Jason is both a friend and former colleague of mine at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix. He is not only smart, but also effective and practical in his approach to pursuing his clients' interests. And he has a personality that you just can't top."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"i have worked closely with Jason and he is a master of his craft."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jason and I worked together as lawyers at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix. Jason is a hardworking, honest and very skilled attorney. I highly recommend Jason."
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Washington Criminal defense Lawyer Jason M Kalafat
Jason M Kalafat
Criminal defense Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 21 years
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