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I am an attorney who focuses almost entirely in Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeals.  I practice regularly in D.C. Superior Court and in U.S. District Court for noth the District of Columbia and Virginia.  I have also argued before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit.  I am also a member of the United States Supreme Court.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    20 years, 1.4 thousand cases
  2. Unspecified: 10%
  3. Appeals: 10%
    20 years



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Todd Stewart Baldwin

    I have known Mr. Machado for many years and he has always impressed with his fine, upstanding character and his knowledge of the law. He is highly respected by the judges and the legal community as a whole. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Todd Baldwin Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Miguel Serrano

    Mr. Macho is a smart lawyer and is highly experienced. His work-ethic is well-known in the legal community because of his strong devotion to his many clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Miguel Serrano Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of John Machado
503 D St NW Ste 310
Washington, DC, 200012728

John L. Machado

503 D Street Northwest Suite 310
Washington, DC, 20001

Law Office of John Machado

503 D Street, NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC, 20001



DCActive 199607/05/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199303/31/2016
FLMembership Lapsed199206/19/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonition
    issued in DC, 2001


    An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hispanic Heritage Legal Community AwardCommunity Outreach Recognition and Opportunity (CORO)2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of John L. Machado1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2003 - Present
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Valdez v. United States, 906 A.2d 284 (D.C. 2006)Reversal (in our favor)
Lopez v. United States, 30 A.3d 190 (2011)Affirmed (established new D.C. precedent)
Ramirez v. United States, 49 A.3d 1246 (D.C. 2012)Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)"Necisita su Cliente un Interprete?: Does Your Client Need and Interpreter?"2000
"Shark Tales"Contributing Author2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Miami School of LawPolitical Science and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SCTLA Afternoon CLE SeriesJury or Non-jury Trial and Immigration Issues2015
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampTrial Process and Procedures2015
DC Superior Court Criminal DivisionDC Superior Court Spanish Duty Day Attorney Program2015
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampTrial Procedures and Objections2014
SCTLA Afternoon CLE SeriesArraignment and Pretrial Detention2013
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampTrial Process and Procedures2013
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampOpening and Closing Statements2012
Grace Presbyterian Church Financial SeriesWills and Living Wills2012
D.C. Superior Court Judicial ConferenceContempt in Criminal Protection Orders2012
Legal and Financial Series for AdultsCo-Instructor2011
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampOpening and Closing Statements2011
HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law CampDirect and Cross Examination2010
HBA-DC How to Start Your Own Law PracticeModerator2010
D.C. Superior Court Judicial ConferenceRepresentation of Domestic Violence Defendants2010
"Metro Talk with Jerry Phillips"Panelist2005
CJA Investigator Training ProgramDefense Theories2002
SCTLA Afternoon CLE SeriesImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2001
Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia Continuing Legal EducationEthics and the Immigrant Client2001
District of Columbia Central Detention FacilityCivil and Criminal Rights for Hispanic Inmates2000
D.C. Correctional Dept. FacilityDistrict of Columbia Criminal Legal System1998
American Legal Institutions LL.M. CourseAmerican Criminal Trial Practice1997
Basic FOIA TrainingFreedom of Information Act1992