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S. Jamison Koehler

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   46 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Mr. Koehler has represented hundreds of clients in cases involving DUI/DWI, robbery, assault, burglary/unlawful possession, drug distribution/possession, hit-and-run, and other offenses.

    16 years, 800 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%

    16 years, 200 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Mr. Koehler has represented many people defending themselves against domestic violence charges. He has also represented people on both sides of a civil protection order: petitioners as well as respondents.

    16 years, 100 cases

  4. Expungement
    5%

    13 years, 100 cases

Jamison Koehler has devoted his entire legal career to defending people charged with criminal and driving offenses.  He promises to provide quality legal representation at reasonable rates.  He also promises to be accessible to clients by phone cell at almost all hours of the day.  

 

A long-time resident of the District of Columbia and Virginia, Mr. Koehler graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College and earned a Master's Degree from Georgetown University.  He received his law degree from Temple University where he served as an editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.  He also represented indigent criminal defendants at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

 

Mr. Koehler is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Koehler is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.   His license is currently inactive in Pennsylvania.

Licensed for 16 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 07/12/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/29/2012
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2009
Updated 06/08/2022
State PA
Status Retired
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Koehler Law
803 D Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20001

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Posted by Karen | May 4, 2021
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If I could give 10 stars I would
Mr. Koehler represented me as the petitioner in a DC CPO case, a horrific affair, 9 months of stalking, harassment, threats of violence and extortion. If I could give 10 stars I would. Mr. Koehler is that unique combination of highly knowledgeable and competent, while being incredibly personable. He handled the horrendous twists and turns of my case with such humanity, care and genuine concern for me (and the law), all the while navigating the DC legal system and the process for me with the utmost professionalism. After winning my case yesterday, I had the best night's sleep I've had in months. I slept so peacefully and soundly -- like I haven't in a very long time. And, I feel safe and secure, and intensely happy that I don't have to face the prospect of another day wondering what awful thing the stalker might do to attempt some form of contact/show his "affection"....It's been the most horrendous nightmare. My family, friends and loved ones -- and most importantly I can't thank Mr. Koehler enough for restoring to me a feeling of safety and freedom. I owe him an immense debt of gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, one Hoya to another.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2019
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Really Knowledgeable and Great Demeanor
As many people often do, I realized (too late) that I may have made a mistake in handling a situation and could have potentially opened myself up to liability. I called Jamison to get a quick take on my situation. To my surprise, he picked up the phone immediately and made time to discuss. He had immediate and detailed knowledge of the ins-and-outs of my situation. He asked pointed questions and gave me some quick, understandable feedback (off the top of his head). This really put my frantic mind at ease for the moment.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
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Genuinely Caring
What else can I say that hasn't been said already? He is a kind, sensitive, intelligent lawyer that genuinely cared about my unfortunate situation. He was very patient and answered all my numerous and excessive questions. He even promptly replied to my email at 4 AM! Who does that? And of course, he got me the very desirable Deferred Prosecution Agreement. There are many lawyers in DC, and one may not know how/whom to choose. Well, I can tell you that within first minute of talking to him, I knew that I made the right choice. Most highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2019
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Highly recommended: Mr. Koehler is quick, clear and extremely proficient.
My brother, who I support, found himself in the unfortunate situation of having to clear his name from a misdemeanor charge. This was an incredibly stressful time for our family, and since he is about to go to school, his future could have been seriously thwarted. We spoke to multiple attorneys and from the get go, Mr. Koehler was the only one who took the time to answer all of our questions, provided additional relevant information and genuinely seemed to care. Once we retained Mr. Koehler, we realized we had made the right choice: he continued to answer our questions in record time, he prepared the paperwork in a few days, offered excellent legal counsel, and more importantly, helped me understand and handle such a stressful situation more effectively. He did all this with a newly minted government prosecutor, which shows how superior his performance was. My brother got a deferred prosecution agreement, which was the best case scenario for him. We are incredibly thankful to Mr. Koehler. He is one of those attorneys who I think genuinely believes in helping people and who probably still has the same do-good motivation from when he started a career in law.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2019
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Formidable
Mr. Koehler successfully represented myself in a misdemeanor charge. Since the first time we got in touch, he was clear, accurate and extremely honest. His job was outstanding during my representation. I obtained a deferred prosecution agreement, that was the best scenario for my case. I completely recommend Mr. Koehler for his professionalism and excellent service. I’m very satisfied for having hired him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
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First Rate Attorney and First Class Guy
I was concerned that I might be charged with a misdemeanor. I have been a nervous wreck for weeks. I put myself in the wrong place at the wrong time and did something that was ill-advised. I called Jameson to discuss the specifics. Jameson was incredibly knowledgeable about all the issues dealing with this type of case. His legal and practical knowledge really helped put my mind at ease. He listened intently to my concerns without interrupting even once. Pretty tall task considering worried state. If something does come of this case, I am in a much better state of mind to deal with whatever happens. After discussing all the possible scenarios with Jameson, my mind is fully at ease. Should I be charged, there is not a DC attorney I would consider hiring over Jameson. Should any of my concerns materialize, Jameson will be my first call. He is an extremely kind, patient, and very intelligent attorney. As a side note, my wife is a corporate attorney. I know a lot of attorneys. Jameson may very well be the nicest attorney I have ever spoken to. That is not an exaggeration. I would recommend Jameson without hesitation to anyone requiring legal services in DC. And I am a hard guy to please. Thank you Jameson for your help. I am so appreciative.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2018
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Top rated attorney
I contacted Mr. Koehler seeking legal representation in my simple assault case. There’s a reason he’s rated a top attorney in the DMV area. His efforts on my behalf were incredible, ultimately leading to a very positive outcome, which was way beyond anything I expected. Based on my experience, I highly recommend Jamison Koehler. A top attorney really can make a huge difference. I deem myself lucky to have had him handle my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
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Great Lawyer
I was accused of miscellaneous damage to property. I hired Jameson to represent me at trial - he came prepared with relevant case law for my defense and was able to read the court room dynamics well from a strategy perspective. As a result of his preparation and thoughtfully constructed arguments, I was acquitted of the charges.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A brilliant attorney
I hired Mr. Koehlor to represent me for a simple assault case. After thoroughly going over my case with care, he decided that the best course of action was going to trial. In trial Mr. Koehlor was very calm and fast acting. I felt like I was in a movie. There were times when some of Mr. Koehler's main arguments didn't seem to be effective. However, this did not budge him. Mr. Koehler kept me and my witnesses very secured at all times knowing we were extremely nervous. He took every course of actions that he saw fit. And in the end I was found not guilty. Mr. Koehler is an amazing lawyer. I see why he has so many great reviews. Consult with him, it will be worth while.
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2017
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A Knowledgeable, Responsive Winner!
I was extremely pleased with Jamison Koehler's work on my car accident case. He personally responded to my voicemail within a couple hours - (I didn't have to leave a message with a secretary) and he provided an initial phone consultation that was far superior to the other lawyers I spoke to that day. It was clear that he had a solid, familiarity with my type of case and the law enforcement players involved. He was able to provide valuable insight as to how these cases work on the law enforcement side and as a result, I felt most comfortable to go forward with his recommendations. His flat fee was close to what the other lawyers were charging - there were a couple that were a little cheaper but nowhere near as knowledgeable or responsive. Within a couple days, his efforts led to my case being closed at the police department with no charges filed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone involved in a traffic dispute.
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Posted by M. | May 18, 2017
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One of the good guys!
Mr. Koehler represented me in a very serious case because of my lapse in good judgement. The spectre of going to jail is a terrifying thought. Mr. Koehler responded to me quickly, took swift action, guided me through the legal process, and expertly represented me so that I only got probation, and for a shorter time than was even the norm. Mr. Koehler is an excellent attorney, and also a truly nice guy who actually cares about his clients. I would recommend him to anyone struggling with legal issues, as he has a sharp legal mind and is very capable.
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Posted by M. | March 13, 2017
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Excellent defense attorney!!
I contacted Mr. Koehler to help in a critically important emergency legal situation. He responded quickly, was direct and concise (which I respected and appreciated), spent adequate time to understand the circumstances, took appropriate and timely action filing documents with the court, consulted/responded when I had concerns prior to the court date (was ALWAYS responsive and engaged), and helped my family through a scary and emotionally draining situation. Mr. Koelher was always respectful in responding to my many questions and concerns, and my family and I could not be more grateful for the patient and expert assistance provided. I am familiar with several attorneys, and I highly recommend Mr. Koehler to those who want an attorney who doesn't beat around the bush, gets the problem solved, and lets a person go back to normal life as quickly as is possible.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2017
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Best I Ever Had
Mr. Jamison was my lawyer for my second DUI in less than a year and I was facing some real time behind bars. The trial expanded for a few months He filed about five to six motions on my behalf. He was phenomenal doing the cross examination. He made the prosecution's Witnesses look foolish they end up dropping all charges against me I could not have asked for a better attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
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Best attorney in DC!
Having to hire your first attorney is a terrifying experience. I had heard stories before of attorneys taking your money and never hearing from them again. Mr. Koehler was the exact opposite of this. He answers phone calls and emails within seconds anytime of the day and he really cares about your future and wants the best for you! Mr. Koehler provides excellent, quality legal services, at affordable rates, and is a man of his word. He is well known in DC for being an excellent attorney and my experience with him is proof of it. Mr. Koehler not only helped dismiss a potential CPO against me, but he saved me from making a mistake on what could have affected the rest of my life. What started off as a simple cross-petition CPO case turned into a 4 month long emotional rollercoaster that Mr. Koehler was along with me for the entire way. CPO cases involving ex-romantic partners are never pretty, but mine in particular was incredibly emotional and stressful (for both parties). Mr. Koehler provided excellent guidance and support, and many times I forgot I was talking to my attorney and not a friend giving advice – that’s how much he cares about his clients. He helped me see through the emotions clouding my judgment and after every phone call with him I always felt much better (he’s like a lawyer and a therapist in one!). Through his superb negotiation and legal skills, Mr. Koehler helped both parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution, so that neither party needed to face a potential CPO against them. He took care of all the court motions for me, and I didn’t even have to show up to court for any of the continuance motions or even for the cross-petition case dismissal. If it were not for Mr. Koehler, I could have let my emotions get the best of me and made a mistake that would have had lasting effects on career. Because of Mr. Koehler, I can now go onto graduate schools, pursue my dreams, and leave this all behind me. Thank you, Mr. Koehler!
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
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Excellent Defense Attorney!
Mr. Koehler did an excellent job in defending me and also to seal my record of the arrest and charge afterwards. He is understanding and honest. He sets forth clear and accurate expectations and charges fair rates that are worth every penny for the work he provides. I highly recommend Mr. Koehler if you need defense representation or anything related to a criminal charge or dealing with an old criminal record.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2016
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The "S" stands for Superb
While the title may be a bit cheesy, the truth behind it is very real. After the conclusion of a criminal case (in which all charges against me were dropped due to my innocence), I immediately searched for an attorney to file a motion to seal my criminal record. Ironically, the Avvo reviews I read led me to Jamison Koehler, and I can say from experience that every good thing written here is true. From our very first in-person meeting, Mr. Koehler was remarkably professional, informative, and attentive. In fact, before I'd even *signed* a retainer agreement, he gave me valuable insight, and, more importantly, a sense that he had compassion and truly cared *over the phone*. The latter is what sold me on Mr. Koehler: I've come across numerous attorneys in my life, and many of them seem to leave emotion and empathy at the door. Mr. Koehler's apparent emotional investment is unmatched. Without losing objectivity, he shows humanity. Beyond all of this, I was genuinely impressed by his actual legal work. The Motion he wrote was compelling: well-written and perfectly detailed, but not overwhelming. His submissions were timely, and he kept me updated whenever he got information. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer for criminal services--but only if they're looking for the best.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2016
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Superb Attorney
Mr. Jamison Koehler provided excellent consultation when I received a Leaving After Colliding (LAC) charge last year. He provided professional representation throughout all of the court appearances and guided me at every decision point. In the end, he was able to negotiate a Deferred Sentencing Agreement for me, which resulted in the charges being fully dismissed. Much more, the incident did not end up on my DMV driving record at all. I fully recommend Mr. Koehler to anyone seeking legal representation for a traffic case.
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Posted by EJ | September 13, 2015
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Excellent Expertise and Ultimate Professional
Jamison was particularly impressive in knowing how to move around the judicial system providing amazing advice. Knowing the law and the other key people, Jamison advised me perfectly along the way. As it turned out, he was 100% correct (case dismissed), and his advice was the difference between me getting off vs paying a fine and being convicted. Note, this was a hit and run where I was hit but pulled over in a different location than the other party.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Trustworthy and Competent Lawyer
Mr. Koehler represented me in a recent matter. I found him to be extremely attentive and reliable throughout our dealings. He spoke with both the complainant and the prosecutor in the case, and the charges were eventually dismissed. He was helpful and responsive from when I hired him to after dismissal, and I would certainly recommend him as an attorney of merit.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Amazing and Trustworthy Lawyer
Jamison Koehler is the type of lawyer you want on your side. Earlier this earlier, I was charged with my first misdemeanor. I was wrongfully accused and was worried of how this could potentially impact my professional and personal life. Jamison immediately took my phone call and put my mind at ease. It was a four-month process that would've otherwise been nerve-wrecking had Jamison not been my lawyer. During this time, he checked in regularly to see how I was doing and took the time to answer my many questions. The charges were ultimately dismissed, thanks to the great work of Jamison. The court system can be confusing but Jamison really helped clarify everything from the start to the end. He was thorough, punctual, and professional throughout the entire process. He is a stand-up guy who you can tell is a family man who wants to do whatever he can to help people. He is worth EVERY penny and I am so happy I found him!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Koehler Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Assistant Defender
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Chief of Staff to Assistant Administrator
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Director, Office of Technology Cooperation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Director, International Issues Division
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1994 - 1997
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Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Georgetown University
  • M.S.F.S.
  • 1983
  • Hamilton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Associations

  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Founding Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • D.C. Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • D.C. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2015 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attormeys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • ABA Blawg 100 for 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • 2014
  • ABA Blawg 100 for 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Top Criminal Justice Blog
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012
  • ABA Blawg 100 for 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Top Criminal Justice Blog
  • American Bar Association
  • 2011
  • ABA Blawg 100 for 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Citation for Excellence in Protecting the Ozone Layer
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • 1992
  • Gold Medal For Work on Climate Convention
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1992
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Publications

  • Policy Focus
  • Restructuring the Global Environment Facility
  • 1993
  • Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment
  • The Montreal Protocol: A Dynamic Agreement for Protecting the Ozone Layer
  • 1990
  • Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy
  • Advent of a New Era for EPA's International Activities
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Post-Commitment Juvenile Representation
  • The Challenges of Working With Juveniles After They Have Been Committed
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Koehler is a very knowledgeable attorney and always prepared. He zealously advocates for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Koehler is first rate as a legal scholar and practioner . He’s hard working professional and diligent in his practice . You will not find a more competent or committed advocate for your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamison is a dedicated and effective lawyer for his clients. I have trusted him to refer clients to when I have had a date conflict. I continue recommending Jamison."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Jamison Koehler. I have referred cases clients to Mr. Koehler and his service and dedication to each and every one of them was admirable and outstanding. He is a gifted and talented lawyer and uses innovative and intense strategies to obtain the best possible outcomes for his clients. He is also a genuinely kind and caring person and places his clients above everything and everyone during the course of the representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jamison is a skilled litigator who shows exceptional dedication to his clients. His criminal law blog is a must-read. Jamison knows how to win cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Koehler for anyone looking for a quality defense attorney. Jameson Koehler is a well known and very able attorney who practices in the Superior Court in Washington D.C. I have personally witnessed Mr. Koehler's advocacy and his ability to obtain great results for his clients. I recommend Mr. Koehler."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamison is the best kind of thoughtful and diligent lawyer, who acts under the premise that preparation leads to a successful defense for clients, and one from whom I learn much. I highly endorse Jamison."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie is a criminal defense lawyer doing it right. He has built his practice on high quality representation of individuals, and a commitment to justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Really understands the issue of how to best protect his clients from immigration consequences that could come up as a result of a criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamison Koehler is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer who has a nuanced understanding of the law and who cares deeply for his clients. I suggest that you take a look at Mr. Koehler's website as evidence of this. It is one of the most informative sites around on matters of criminal defense in Washington, D.C. and Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamison is a great lawyer who fights for his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the law and the criminal justice system. I would trust Jamison to handle to a case for me or a member of my family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie Koehler is a great lawyer and a great person. He cares deeply for his clients and is fearless in his work to fight for them. If a member of my family was in serious trouble and needed a criminal defense lawyer, I would have no doubt that Jamie Koehler would fight for his or her freedom with all he had."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Koehler and I had numerous cases against eachother when I was an Assistant District Attorney. I can say that he was tough as nails and always honest. I can remember a particular DUI case where we butted heads repeatedly, and as heated as it got, he was professional and on point. He never lost focus. On that same case he was also able to have the evidence supressed, and the District Attorney's Office was forced to withdraw the case. It was a fantastic win for him."
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