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David B. Benowitz

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   65 reviews

also known as David Benowitz

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 7 years
    Maryland - MD 14 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 27 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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David Benowitz has 22 years of experience handling criminal defense, white collar, and DUI matters in federal and local courts in Washington, DC and around the country. He began his career as a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), recognized as one of the top indigent defense organizations in the nation, from 1995-2001. While at PDS he represented clients in serious criminal cases, including first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse, armed robbery, and then founded Price Benowitz LLP with the goal of assembling a team of aggressive, committed defense attorneys who do everything in their power to help their clients achieve the best possible result in their matter.

At Price Benowitz, David has represented clients and companies in a variety of high-profile white collar and criminal matters, including the “Africa Sting” FCPA prosecution dismissed by the Department of Justice, the former President of an African nation charged with bulk cash smuggling that resulted in a small fine, and a high-ranking naval officer in a wide-ranging government corruption probe. He represents CEOs, federal government contractors, financial services executives, and employees in a variety of investigations and criminal prosecutions.

David received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2006. He graduated from the George Washington Law School in 1995 near the top of his class, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and participated in the DC Law Students in Court Program. David obtained his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.

David is a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s renowned Trial Advocacy Workshop and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Building Trial Skills Program. He is the only Washington, DC criminal defense attorney to be certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and he is an Executive Committee member of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers. David has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent rating, is rated a perfect 10/10 by AVVO, and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2013. He was Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section of the DC Bar from 2013-2014.

 

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David Benowitz
409 7th St NW
#222
Washington, DC, 20004

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  65 customer reviews
Posted by Daniel | December 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dave’s Fantastic
I got into a little legal trouble a few years back and I contacted Mr. Benowitz. He relaxed me and handled my case with professionalism and experience. He saved me.
Posted by Calvin | March 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true expert in criminal reform
David Benowitz is an experienced attorney who takes initiative in the relentless pursuit of justice. I was falsely accused of a crime I didn't commit and over the course of a 13-year span, Mr. Benowitz and I partnered to earn my freedom back. I may never get the 26 years I spent wrongly incarcerated back, but from this moment forward, my mission is to do as much as I can to make sure what I experienced doesn't happen to the next person. I can say this with certainty from my experience in working with Mr. Benowitz: justice is his passion and his pleasure.
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Posted by Carla | December 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Justice Fighter Lawyer in DC Metro Area
My review is long, but well worth the info you will receive. David is a justice fighter. I can assure you that if you are considering hiring an attorney...look no further! David Benowitz will fight for you 100%. David saved my son's life!  I had to get an attorney quickly for my son who had a false allegation placed on him. My son NEVER had a criminal history. Everything happened suddenly, so time was not on my side as I was out of state. I jumped on a plane within a few hours to travel several hours to find an outstanding attorney in the DC metro area. My son was immediately assigned to a Public Defender. My experience with this particular Public Defender( actually a public pretender) was horrible. It is a zoo in the DC courts. You do not want your loved one handled by a person who would present a poor case and have your loved one locked up for years. Believe me when I say this. I sat in the courtroom and observed the judge just assigning people to anyone that was a Public Defender. These Public Defender's did not even know their immediate assigned clients names or their cases. It was like tossing your beloved dogs to Coyote's to be attacked. Would you want that for your loved one? I researched and found the best Dc metro area lawyer and that is David Benowitz. I can smile today because David Benowitz saved my son. David Benowitz is knowledgeable, intelligent and a fighter for your rights. You cannot find a better Dc metro area Lawyer. David is part of our family now. I will always be grateful. In my experience, David is a Gold Star and Top Rated Super Lawyer. I did the research. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call him. I guarantee you will thank me. My son is doing very well these days and I owe it to David Benowitz.
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Posted by Bryant | July 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business Owner-
David is a consummate, straight forward individual, and I have no reservations in recommending him highly as a solid Attorney!
Posted by Luis | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in DC and aggressive in the court room
David Benowitz went above and beyond to help out my family. We spoke to many attorneys, but none of which knew about cases and scenarios. David made us feel tranquil and we felt as if he had our best interest at hand. All charges were dropped and my family can't thank him enough. If you ever need a criminal attorney you definitely need to hire David Benowitz he is not only the partner but the best attorney in criminal law!
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense Case
I don't want to be specific in our case, but I will say...David Benowitz was referred by a friend. He was helpful and played a large part in the outcome we received. I would call David B. if I ever needed a criminal attorney again. He was able to turn a 20 year bid into 30 months without corporation.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Mr. Benowitz is an extremely knowledgeable, and experienced lawyer. His approach with me was realistic combined with optimism. From the 1st day I sat with Mr. Benowitz I was given the entire bigger picture, before narrowing in on the specifics of my case. I appreciate Price Benowitz LLP office for being extremely professional. Personally, I do not feel that I could have been in better hands. I can't thank Mr. Benowitz enough. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
***AMAZING WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT***
I was up against a serious (Felony) firearms possession and a couple of misdemeanor charges in which if convicted, would’ve been detrimental to my family and military career, along with hindering any other possibilities of any career intentions I had post military. Prior to David, I consulted with many attorneys in the surrounding area, and on paper as well as in person he stood out amongst them all. His courtroom situational awareness along with exceptional demeanor, and etiquette were unparalleled. I do admit I was scared beyond anything you could ever fathom, due to the seriousness of the charges against me, but David remained CALM, CONFIDENT, and available for me 24/7, through the whole ordeal, which demonstrated his dedication to being a TRUE PROFESSIONAL! ***In the end, ALL charges against me were dismissed!***
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Posted by Olga | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best
David has represented me on several occasions and I was thrilled with the outcome. I would highly recommend Mr. Benowitz and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved me from the chair.
I consulted with Mr Benowitz after I was charged with possession of a controlled substance and feared the worst. He explained options and I hired him to represent me in court. After a quick hearing, he managed to get me diversion. So after 32 hours of community service the Judge dropped the charge and I still have a clean record.
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Posted by Nicole | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Price Benowitz
I was pleasantly surprised at how instantly comfortable Mr. Benowitz made me feel upon our first meeting. He always kept me in the know and, most importantly, gave me a sense of security.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five Star Review for David Benowitz
Mr Benowitz was very professional and always was available when I needed him. He also seem concern for my wellbeing during my difficult time and spoke with a very pleasant demeanor. It was very confronting to work with him.
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Advice
I have consulted David Benowitz and his firm numerous times for a variety of legal matters. His advice has always been clear, thorough and of the highest standard. I would highly recommend David Benowitz and his firm.
Posted by William | December 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best defense attorney in Washington DC
I hired David Benowitz and his associates to help me with a DUI charge. David was available to me after hours to consult via phone from the police station, he picked me up from lock up and proceeded quickly to resolve my charge with little to no inconvenience to myself and family. Using his skill and long established relationships with the prosecuting attorney, David and his team were able to plea and reduce my charge to reckless driving and have the entire incident quickly expunged from my record. The end result was no record of the charge, a small fine and no points on my license. David and his team are simply the best.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
David was very helpful after I got into trouble in DC. I never thought I would be involved in the criminal justice system, and all of a sudden I was facing multiple felony charges. David came highly recommended from multiple sources. I was extremely anxious about the entire thing, and David talked me through the whole process, answering my questions and keeping me calm through multiple panicked phone calls. I am very happy with the result, and it was clear to me that David is a fighter who cares about his clients. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI case - Amazing attorney
David did an amazing job for me and was able to negotiate community service and driving school in exchange for getting the case dismissed. He communicated with me every step of the way and made sure i stayed on track to complete my hours and other obligations. I would recommend him very highly.
Posted by Mbutambe | September 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. David Benowitz is a great lawyer. I am very grateful the way he represented my junior brother Kingsly. Mr.David is a very experienced and intelligent lawyer. He is one of the best Lawyers in the country.I thank you very much and I am happy for your services.I thank price benowitz law firm.
Posted by Arrey | August 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
From Arrey
David Benowitz is the best lawyer in our region. He is calm. Intelligent, very experienced, accomplished lawyer. He approaches my case with lots of experience ,objectivity, negotiates on your behalf with rigorous strength . I will happily recommend him to any person wishing to get a partner on his or her site during a difficult case.I am happy using Price benowitz law firm to represents me in my case. Mr. David Benowitz did an awesome job .You are a great lawyer and the best in DC,MD and VA.May God Almighty continue to give you wisdom and understanding. Stay bless.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Helpful -- HIGHLY Recommended
Dealing with any type of legal matter can consume and stress you out beyond normal daily life. Mr. Benowitz was able to alleviate as much of that as possible by guiding me through the process with an encouraging hand. My case, while straightforward carried some severe penalties and Mr. Benowitz worked aggressively to eliminate the most severe penalties I was facing which was truly a lifesaver for me. Mr. Benowitz clearly understood my situation and worked hard to accomplish my number one stated goal and I couldn't be happier with his counsel, encouragement and experienced guidance during this stressful situation. Mr. Benowitz looked at the case not only from the legal perspective from the human side as well, which can comfort anyone dealing with a legal issue. Mr. Benowitz stood in my stead on a number of occasions and helped explain possible outcomes and next steps as things unfolded all while keeping my goals and needs in mind and never losing sight of my main goal. While I hope my path never crosses with Mr. Benowitz because I find myself in this kind of situation again, I would highly recommend Mr. Benowitz and his practice for all your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I was arrested for misdemeanor theft while visiting DC earlier this year. I found David Benowitz through a google search and called his 24 hour office number on a Sunday afternoon. Within 20 minutes David Benowitz called me to start discussing my case. Since i lived in another state, Mr Benowitz took great care in making sure i had all the way to get in touch with him and that i felt comfortable with my defense. While David could not get all my charges dropped before my arraignment he assured me that he would continue to talk with the State Attorney's office to either drop the charges or to get a deferred prosecution agreement. David went out of his way to guide me around the courthouse to do all the requirements after my hearing. I asked David why he was doing this since he was a Partner in his law firm and he told it was his pleasure to help. David called me six days before my court hearing and told me that all my charges had been dropped. I would recommend David to anyone who needs a great lawyer in the DC area. Since i live out of state and don't know anyone in the DC area, David helped put my mind at ease throughout this extremely stressful situation. He also made me feel as if I was his only client while talking with me through out this entire process.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Price Benowitz LLP
  • 2001 - Present
  • Faculty Member
  • Harvard Law School - Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Professorial Lecturer in Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Public Defender/Staff Attorney
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • 1995 - 2001
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Education

  • NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2011 - Spring Seminar
  • 2011
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2010 - Summer Seminar
  • 2010
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator's Course
  • Certificate of Completion & Competency
  • 2009
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Certificate of Training
  • 2009
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • NITA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2007
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • LLM
  • 2006
  • NACDL
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2000
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA
  • 1991
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • D.C. v. B
  • Not guilty
  • State of Maryland v. J
  • Dismissal
  • U.S. v. H
  • Not guilty
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Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • D.C. Law Students In Court
  • Alumni Board
  • 2009 - Present
  • D.C. Bar
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Rating-Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Highest Grade - Labor Law
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • 1993
  • Highest Grade - Criminal Law
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • 1992
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Publications

  • The George Washington Law Review
  • Member of Law Review
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Training Conference
  • Trial Practice
  • 2001
  • DCLSIC Weekly Lecture
  • Motions Practice
  • 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Criminal Justice
  • 1999
  • DCLSIC Trial Practice
  • Judge/Evaluation - Trial
  • 1998
  • Criminal Practice Institute
  • Investigations
  • 1998
  • DCLSIC Orientation
  • Trial Practice
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (39)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can endorse and recommend David as a top criminal defense attorney in the DC area. From my own standpoint as an Immigration attorney I have referred individuals to David for assistance with their criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave has tons of experience in both federal and state courts. Sound legal advice plus solid courtroom skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Benowitz has a well-earned reputation as a fierce litigator in DC. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It has been an amazing experience to work with Dave on serious criminal matters. I look forward to continued joint projects in the future."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for the AVVO "personal Injury" practice area, because David is recognized in the Washington legal community and having experience, knowledge and skill that is superior at all levels. Plus he is a survivor and hard charger. The kind of guy we all need when it is time to go to battle in court. A true warrior."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Amazing attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney David Benowitz to potential clients charged with criminal allegations in Washingtin, D.C. David Benowitz is the go-to person for criminal defense in D.C."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a smart, thoughtful and highly skilled advocate both in and out of the courtroom. He is a teacher to other lawyers, and is a frequent and popular speaker. David also received the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell meaning other lawyers and judges have found him to be among the most knowledgeable and ethical in his community. I highly recommend David as the top choice for your defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David is one of the hardest working DC area DUI lawyers. He is a zealous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. You will be well served if you hire this gentleman. Excellent Lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David does an outsanding job and is a true fighter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is our firm's go-to-guy in DC. He fights hard for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse David's work as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dave is a highly intelligent lawyer who workjs very hard for his clients, knows the system very well, and is highly skilled in the courtroom. Perhaps most importantly, he consistently earns and deserves the trust of his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Very smart lawyer with a high-level of integrity. I highly recommend him."
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Washington Criminal defense Lawyer David B. Benowitz
David B. Benowitz
Criminal defense Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 27 years
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