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Shawn S Sukumar

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   64 reviews

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I'm Shawn Sukumar, a skilled criminal defense attorney in the District of Columbia.  I focus my practice on a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in addition to some traffic cases. 

I have focused my entire legal career on criminal defense. I followed law school with a clerkship at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the trial division, where I worked on a range of cases that included sexual assault, drugs, and gun charges.  Prior to taking up practice in DC in 2010, I worked at the Clark County Public Defender in Las Vegas, Nevada in the murder division.  I also bring experience working for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Licensed for 13 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 06/08/2022
State NV
Status Inactive
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/10/2022

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Shawn Sukumar Attorney at Law
407 7th St NW
Suite 268
Washington, DC, 20004

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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2019
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Highly Recommend!
Sukumar is the best lawyer! I hired him for my criminal case that he fought so hard for me for in my defense that the case was dismissed. I don't have enough words to describe how amazing the experience with him and the firm was. He works very hard to make sure you have winning results. He communicates with you by phone or email. He follow ups with you about your cases. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. He was awsome! From the moment I first hired him to represent me until my case was over, I was at ease and comfortable with him handling my case. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, I highly recommend Shawn Sukumar! Thank you Shawn!
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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Shawn is a great attorney!
Shawn was honest, fair , smart and reliable. I referred him for a friend and he put them at ease with the situation. Great job Shawn ! Thank you
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2018
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Would recommend to anyone
I retained Shawn when a false accusation threatened to destroy my career and potentially more. Shawn was calm, knowledgeable, and reassuring. He walked me through the entire process and explained how it would work. Ultimately the accusation was dropped but Shawns presence and knowledge helped guide me through this terrible period. As a lawyer myself, I can apperciate a top tier lawyer when I see him. Shawn is one of those lawyers.
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Posted by Evan | August 16, 2018
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DUI Charge Dismissed
I just want to think you so much for all the help! I can’t thank you enough. I applied for a government position that I needed to get a Security Clarance for a couple months back and thanks to you I was able to get that job since my DUI case has been dismissed. If I would have had a conviction on my record I wouldn’t have had a opportunity. So thanks again! I am going to keep your information for the future for anyone that may need your services. For anyone out there looking for an experienced attorney, Shawn is the guy to call!
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Posted by Feisal | June 14, 2018
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Shawn sukumar helped me over come a tough period in my life, he was their for me as lawyer and a friend. He most importantly kept me out of prison so that I could be able to continue to focus on my education and learn from my pervious mistake. He is a fantastic lawyer and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney, this man had my best interest at heart and I can say with a huge amount of confidence that he will do everything in his power to protect and fight for you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
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With this being my first time for any of this type of matter Shawn was very helpful throughout the process. I could not have been more happier with the process. Highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Bangaly | October 12, 2017
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Gratitude !
I would've rated 100 of 5 stars if I was given that option to rate Mr Sukumar, but unfortunately it's just 5/5 lol. Mr sukumar was very professional and calmed, he reassured me from the day I contacted him that everything will go in my favor and that's exactly how it went. He was very knowledgeable of the laws and also the courtroom. The strategy he laid out made it impossible for the prosecutor to have a case against me. He made me feel confident and optimistic about my case. Told me what the judge decision would be based on, and that's exactly how it turned out despite all the evidence the prosecution team had against me. Forever Thankful for Mr Sukumar.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2017
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Best Lawyer Ever
I was involved in an incident I was wrongly accused of. I searched around looking for Lawyers to represent me. I called several Lawyers but was not satisfied with what they were saying. I felt most of them were just money driven. I had a sitdown with Shawn Sukumar and the way he explained everything and how we were going to address the situation was extraordinary. I signed up that same day. And got the best results ever. I thank God for Blessing with Shawn Sukumar and pray that he blesses him abundantly in all areas of Life. Thank you Shawn Sukumar. God Bless
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2017
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Words can't describe how fortunate I feel...
Humans make mistakes and lets just say I made one. I felt as though everything I had worked for during the past decade, was going to be for nothing. Feeling hopeless doesn't begin to describe how I felt, until I met with Mr. Sukumar. I did some online research and it was clear that he was someone who would fight for his clients and remain honest, diligent, kind and thoughtful throughout the entire experience. This last year has been one exceeded expectation after the other. Every time I emailed Mr. Sukumar or called him, he'd respond, even if it was late at night or on a weekend. His vast knowledge of the law, honest communication and kindness has been more than I could have ever asked for. One of the things that meant the most to me is that he always informed me about what would or could happen, before it happened, so there were no real surprises. He always prepared you for the worst but hoped for the best. His optimism and due diligence are some of the reasons why I can say that my case was dismissed. You know that when you enter a courtroom and everyone acknowledges your lawyer with the utmost respect, that you made the right decision. So, if you find yourself in a situation where you need help but are unsure of who to call, trust me, call Mr. Sukumar. You won't be disappointed. He has forever changed my life and I will be indebted to him for forever.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
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Recommended Washington, DC Criminal Defense Counsel
I found Mr. Sukumar to be solidly competent and equally aggressive and client-focused, with a good client manner, all good traits for a criminal defense lawyer – and what a client should be looking for when looking for defense counsel, as I was. Moreover, I found him to be knowledgeable, non-judgmental and completely centered on protecting client rights – someone I would recommend without reservation or hesitation, based on my firsthand experience. My case concerned a potential Federal criminal investigation I'd become emeshed in, which Mr. Sukumar quickly and aggressively got in front of. Those charged with a crime (or who are being investigated or may otherwise put into a tough situation) tend to believe they can talk their way out or explain a situation, even if nothing really is there, so it goes away. That’s naïve, especially facing a trained investigator who can legally say anything to the interviewee, true or false, act friendly and/or minimize potential consequences (e.g., “You have the chance to help yourself . . “) to make their case, which is their goal. Investigators count on your not wanting to be disrespectful, or hang up or say you don't want to talk, which appears suspicious. That same investigator is required to be truthful to an attorney, so, also in my firsthand experience, you want a Shawn Sukumar or someone similarly competent and experienced to be that attorney. I’m fortunate to have gone with Mr. Sukumar. Yes, his hourly rate is high but fully justified in terms of his obvious client dedication and focus, and his aggressively acting to obtain the desired client result. Whether the same positive result would have happened (they backed off) with other counsel is speculation. After our initial meeting, I do know I was able to relax for the first time in several days, confident I was in good legal hands. That confidence turned out to be fully justified.
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Posted by PAUL | February 22, 2017
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EXCELLENT SERVICE AND RESULTS!
Shawn glows with congeniality, exudes professionalism, and projects absolute integrity, WALKING THE WALK. On trial day we didn't even have to enter the courtroom, Shawn already had the case dismissed! Now that's results! And then we were blown further away when Shawn informed us the there would be a partial refund since he got the charges dropped? Wow!! Too many others would never have even mentioned let alone offered such a bonus/windfall. Shawn didn't make promises or excuses, he just executed. This edifying experience has imparted upon me a new faith and appreciation in the law/legal representation profession. SO WHEN YOU NEED HELP HIRE SHAWN SUKUMAR!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2017
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Great lawyer!
Shawn helped me out with my case and exceeded every expectation! I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Charles | November 30, 2016
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Very helpful
Mr. Sukumar helped resolve my anxiety about my case. He always responded to my questions quickly with honest answers.
Posted by Marco | November 29, 2016
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Excellent!
Shawn worked with me in detail and never left me with doubts about my case. He responds quickly and thoroughly. Not only is he a diligent attorney but he is a people person.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2016
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Outstanding!
Shawn gets results! I had the great fortune to have been represented by Mr. Sukumar. His relentless actions on my case coupled with his legal acumen were decisive in getting my case dismissed! In addition, Mr. Sukumar understands the needs and circumstances service members face and strongly supports and advocates on our behalf. Should you ever find yourself in need of an attorney that will get the best possible end result for your case, I give my strongest possible endorsement and recommendation of Mr. Sukumar.
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Posted by Gustavo | September 28, 2016
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Forever greatful !
Its important to have a good legal support when needed, specially if it is the first time that you have to defend yourself. Shawn was my the trustworthy attourney who I knew I could count on. His calm demeanor in our first meeting was exactly what I needed and his knowledge on the topic and positive but realistic actitud towards the case gave me the assurance that everything will workout in my favor. The deal he negociated with the court was excellent and now I am able to go back to my normal life almost as if the episode never happened. Forever grateful !
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Posted by Ma. | September 8, 2016
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Excellent
I 110% recommend Shawn this was my fist time with an inconvenience of this matter so I had a lot of questions he took the time to explain everything i asked and make sure I understand all the proces he always keep in contact very strong communication never missed an email or a call always had time to answer any question I had , he will do all he can to make your issue solved in the best way and look for what's convenient for you , he cares about your needs , he makes you feel comfy do not hesitate Shawn is what you need , I'm so happy that I found him , and the office team wow on point they are nice and on top , my issue was solved successfully !
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
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Puts his clients' needs first
From the beginning, Shawn was always available to answer calls, emails, and meet in person. Shawn explained how the case would unfold, and was true to his word. Shawn's professionalism, knowledge, and care all come to the forefront in his work. I cannot thank Shawn enough for his dedication and assistance to me and my case. He is definitely the individual you need to hire in a time of need.
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Posted by Mohamed | March 23, 2016
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The best Lawyers in DC
I hired Mr. Shawn Sukumar to defend me from 2 separate charges with 3 counts. my experience with Shawn was beyond awesome. His due diligence was impeccable, If you want a lawyer that will be there for you come hell or high water; Mr. Sukumar is the way to go, Based on my experience you cannot go wrong with Mr. sukumar. Just based on his paying attention to detail and investigation alone he made the prosecutor drop one of the charges and of course he beat the other one in court. Mr. Sukuma go way above and beyond to acquit me of all charges, I hired a lawyer from Virginia for the same case before I hired Mr. Shawn Sukumar The difference between Mr. sukumar and the previous lawyer I hired was like night and day. Mr. Sukumar display a high level of professionalism and In-depth knowledge of DC law and he is respectful. He truly care about what happened to his every client as if they were like his own family member and When you are in a sticky situation like I was, you truly need someone like Mr. Shawm Sukumar Who will truly fight for you with everything he got and he gives hundred and ten percent, someone Who'll go above and beyond to protect you! that's what you need when your career and your future is at stake.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2016
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DC DUI Case Dismissed - Thank you Shawn!
I am a young professional so potentially being charged with a DUI was very nerve wrecking. I spoke with several attorneys but Shawn by far was the most professional and attentive. He made the process from the beginning to the actual court date as simple as possible. In the end, my case was DISMISSED. Shawn is the best! I highly recommend him and would work with him in the future.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Price Benowitz, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Clark County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • Emory University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (29)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a skilled and effective trial attorney. He is also a tireless advocate of the rights guaranteed to those facing criminal prosecution. I fully endorse Shawn."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a very eloquent and charismatic attorney. His dedication and know how make him a excellent criminal defense attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn Sukumar is a knowledgable, hard working and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn Sukumar is a fantastic DUI/DWI defense lawyer. He has an excellent courtroom presence and he is well versed in the specific issues related to DUI/DWI defense. I highly recommend Shawn to anyone in need of a DUI/DWI defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is one of the most knowledgable attorneys I ever had the pleasure of working with. His passion for his practice and dedication to his clients is second to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn Sukumar is a very skilled defense attorney. He has a magnificent courtroom presence and really knows his area of practice. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a hard working and dedicated lawyer who does everything he can for his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a young rising. I have worked with Shawn for several years and find him to be a star."
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Washington Criminal defense Lawyer Shawn S Sukumar
Shawn S Sukumar
Criminal defense Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 13 years