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Pleasant Brodnax III

White collar crime Attorney at Washington, DC

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Virginia - VA 37 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Pleasant

Learn Pleasant’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    50%
    Federal court criminal practice includes representation of death penalty defendants, including an eight-month trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    33 years

  2. White collar crime
    50%
    Cases tried in Virginia and D.C. federal and state courts. The charges include the following frauds: bank; patent; tax; wire; mail:, government contract: labor certification; mortgage; health care; and money laundering and public corruption. Clients include a Member of Congress, a witness in the Starr independent counsel investigation, and 2 members of the Washington Wizards basketball team.

    37 years

A seasoned courtroom advocate and negotiator, Pleasant Brodnax specializes in federal white collar criminal litigation. Mr. Brodnax began his legal career as a Virginia Assistant Attorney General and has over 30 years of courtroom experience.

Mr. Brodnax understands the importance of early preparation as the government’s investigation is directed at his client’s activities. Whether the grand jury is led by an independent counsel or an assistant U.S. attorney, his defense starts from the initial client contact.

Mr. Brodnax represents companies, officers, directors, executives and other individuals in criminal matters, including grand jury investigations. He has litigated a variety of cases involving export control violations, tax evasion, money laundering, bribery and gratuities law, mail and wire fraud, labor certification and mortgage fraud, federal procurement regulations, health care fraud, environmental crimes, false statements and perjury, as well as federal narcotics offenses.

Former clients include a former Member of Congress, a witness in the Kenneth Starr Independent Counsel Investigation, members of the Washington Wizards basketball team and local political officials. He has also been qualified as federal death penalty counsel in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Since 2009, the Washingtonian Magazine has named him one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” and he has been rated as a Top Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2010 to 2019.

Mr. Brodnax is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as a member of the D.C. State Committee. Fellowship in the College is extended only by invitation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state.

Mr. Brodnax derives a great deal of satisfaction from volunteering for court and bar activities. He served for eight years, including one year as Chair, of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board and for six years, including one year as vice chair, of the Attorney Grievance Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He continues to serve on court committees in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia and as a member of the Rules Committee of the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline.

Honors/Awards:

• Recognized as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers", 2009 through 2018, Washingtonian Magazine

• Top Rated White-Collar Crimes Attorney in Washington, DC for 2010 through 2019, Super Lawyers Magazine

• Superb Rating, Avvo

• Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Representative Clients:

• In 2001, Mr. Brodnax completed the first federal death penalty trial in the District of Columbia since 1972. A federal judge appointed Mr. Brodnax to represent a client charged with leading a racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise that was alleged to have been responsible for 13 murders. The government sought the death penalty. Following a seven-month trial, Mr. Brodnax and his co-counsel obtained acquittals on 47 of the 66 counts (including 7 of the 13 murder counts) and convinced jurors not to impose a death sentence for his client. United States v. Edelin, Criminal Case No. 98-CR-264.

• In 2009, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia brought a highly publicized 26 page, six count indictment, including conspiracy and bribery charges against the chief of staff for a D.C. Councilman. After fourteen months of pretrial litigation, the U.S. Attorney settled the case for lesser charges of receiving gratuities and making false statements. United States v. Loza, Criminal Case No. 09-CR-226.

• In 2010, Mr. Brodnax obtain an acquittal for a D.C. pharmacist charged with health care fraud. District of Columbia v. Ukwu, Criminal Case No. 2009-CDC-010480.

• In 2015, Mr. Brodnax was appointed by a federal judge as counsel for a client charged with 13 counts, including Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine, Unlawful Possession of Body Armor, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number in United States v. Boston, Criminal Case No. 13-CR-00203. On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Mr. Brodnax’s client on all charges, except Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine.

Cases Referenced in Articles in:

The Washington Post

The Washington Times

The City Paper

The New York Times

Honors:

Washingtonian Top Lawyers

D.C. Super Lawyers

American College of Trial Lawyers





Awards

Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

PLEASANT S. BRODNAX, III
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20006-5813

Reviews

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Posted by Uuche | August 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb lawyer
Great legal representation and counsel. An easy going fellow with a great personality. Pleasant Brodnax is the right and best choice for anyone seeking assistance on white collar issues. You will not be disappointed as satisfaction from his legal services is guaranteed.

Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Private practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office of the Virginia Attorney General
  • 1986 - 1988

Education

  • William & Mary Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1986
  • Hampton Institute
  • B.S. (magna cum laude)
  • 1983

Associations

  • DC State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2020 - Present
  • Virginia Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline
  • Vice Chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • DC Circuit Representative
  • 2019 - Present
  • Judicial Independence Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section
  • Former Chair
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  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board
  • Former Chair
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  • Committee on Grievances, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Former Vice Chair
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Honors and Awards

  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Washington's Best Lawyers
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2018
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Selected
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI)
  • Anti-Boycott Provisions of the Export Administration Act
  • 1990
  • International Business Law for the Virginia Lawyer
  • Export Controls Affecting Technology
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Pleasant
Federal crime Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"His reputation precedes him! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Brodnax is well known in the community for his stellar reputation as a defense attorney. He is a skilled litigator and asset to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have tried several very complex & extended federal criminal cases with Mr. Brodnax. He is a tenacious advocate, utilizing his charm and graceful presence to obtain the best possible result for his clients."
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Washington White collar crime Lawyer Pleasant Brodnax III
Pleasant Brodnax III
White collar crime Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 37 years
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