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Erica J Suter

Criminal defense Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 16 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 18 years
    Illinois - IL 20 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2006
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

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I am a post conviction and appellate criminal defense attorney.  My office is located in Greenbelt, but I practice throughout the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  I've been a licensed attorney for fourteen years.  Of course I believe in advocating zealously for my clients in the courtroom, but I also believe part of my job is to keep you well informed about what is going on in your case.  Being involved in a criminal case can be initimidating, dealing with your lawyer shouldn't be.  I won't always tell you what you want to hear.  I will be direct and honest.  I accept collect calls and consultations are free.


The Law Offices of Erica J. Suter, LLC
6305 Ivy Lane
Suite 700
Greenbelt, MD, 20770

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Posted by Ricky | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Erica has positively changed the outcome of my life
Words can not describe how amazing Erica is! Erica has been working with my family for a couple years now and I am always the first to know when something about my case happens. In the court room, there is no one I would rather have representing me other than Erica. Just like her overview says, she fights for her clients and that is an absolute fact. I can't thank Erica enough for all the dedication and help she has given my family and I the past couple of years.
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Posted by Brian | October 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
If you need to put your freedom, family, and your future in someone's hands, pray that they are as skilled an attorney and as decent a human being as Erica is. She provided me with expert advice on my options for reducing my sentence, coordinated an intensive investigation to include managing multiple outside experts, and finally got my 12 years reduced to 18 months. In short, she gave me a new lease on life and gave hope and compassion to my family.
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Posted by Carolyn | April 15, 2018
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Erica Suter is AWESOME!!! My husband is on his way home!!!
My husband was serving a 45 year sentence with 5 years mandatory. He was looking at a mandatory release date of 2039 but with good time, etc he was looking at being out by 2029. I hired Erica for the sole purpose of the Health General for my husband. Upon Erica first looking at the case, she realized that my husband did not get credit for 475 days. After which she also noticed it was said that he was to serve his sentence consecutive (by DOC commitment) but orders by the court were given concurrent as was stated in the documents. Erica was able to get 15 years knocked off of my husbands sentence and he will be released as early as next week or as soon as commitment is able to recalculate his time! Erica Suter is an awesome, diligent and thorough attorney who will have your best interest at heart. Anyone looking for an "awesome" attorney please don't hesitate to call her.
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Posted by Michael | September 25, 2017
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I'm a free man because of Erica Suter
Prior to hiring Erica J. Suter, I had multiple bad experiences with lawyers. With Ms.Suter there was a comfort level and genuine interest in my case that I never expected from an attorney. Over the last eight years I utilized Ms.Suter's services four different times, and every one of those times I felt she did an excellent job writing and filing the petitions and then expertly arguing the points once in court. Ms.Suter always went above and beyond and was always willing to talk to my family and I whenever we had questions and concerns. Even after we had received a favorable decision in court that we knew would result in my eventual release she made daily attempts to expedite the process. From contacting the Courthouse, Committment and the institution I was housed in she never stopped fighting to secure my freedom as quickly as possible. Six years ago I had a Life Sentence and was facing a bleak future. Today I'm able to write this testimonial as a free man living with my wife because of the relentless, passionate hard work and commitment of Ms. Erica J. Suter.
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Posted by Lance | March 30, 2016
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My Name is Lance. I was sentenced to 53 years in prison for a crime I did not commit. I was told by a fellow inmate about Erica Suter. She came to see me free of charge. When she went over my transcripts she said their are flaws in this case. Well the rest is history, read the April 14th 2014 issue of the Daily Record. My case made the front page. The Court Of Special Appeals over turned, my case less than two weeks. I was re trialed by the state hired another attorney and was found NOT GUILTY. The real truth came out in the second trial. Suter is Awesome, a fighter, and she's not corrupt. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Thank You Erica Suter.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2015
Brillant and superb Attorney
Ms. Suter a brilliant Attorney, our family feels very fortunate to have her representing our family member. She demonstrated excellent skills and knowledge in preparation of the case to be presented to the Court, and the defense she put forward. Our family and friends who observed her during the Court Proceedings congratulated her for her performance. She listens to her client and is compassionate. She is a wonderful person and a superb Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2015
New Parole Hearing Date (RARE)
We wanted another parole Hearing Date; our situation was pretty rare However The fact that we're so young Suter was straight forward with my spouse's case she dealt with both of quite well being tactful was surprising do to most lawyers, Suter also made sure she had a clear understanding of what was being heard/said so she can make sure to take measures needed in a timely manner preparing for the worse hoping for the best. She met every guideline needed. I am highly thankful for her service; Just awaiting one last Step and that would definitely put the icing on the Cake!
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2014
Miss Suter was the best lawyer I've ever had. Previous to this case, my family and I hired a very well known lawyer in our area who was known to be the best at the profession, unfortunately, the experience was not half as equivalent as with Miss Suter. She not only knew what she was doing to a tremendous extent, but she also cared about me not only as a client, but as a person in distress. I would recommend her services to anyone regardless of the circumstances and I would undoubtedly have her as a legal representative if need be in the future. THANK YOU ERICA!
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Posted by Nick | July 27, 2012
best of the best.
the best lawyer i have had and i have had about 5-6she by far is the beat. If I ever need another lawyer it will be her.
Posted by Antoinette | December 6, 2011
Life Suspended all but 30 yrs
Ms. Suter helped a loved one of mine, have something that he thought he would never have (an expiration date). She gave him hope and helped breathe life into a situation we were told that was no hope for him to ever become a productive citizen and move on with his life. Ms. Suter is BRILLIANT, VERY EFFECIENT & Attentive to your questions,comments, and needs. Some lawyers never have time to speak with you, if you leave her a message or email her she will ALWAYS get back to you if she is in court or busy with another client. Ms. Suter never made me feel as if our legal concerns or questions were bothersome to her. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY SHE KEPT ME INFORMED OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AND DIDNOT SPEAK TO ME IN A LOT OF LEGAL JARGON THAT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. I would recommend her anyday to anyone I know that has a criminal issue that needs an attorney. This lady is intelligent and has ferocious legal skills in the court room. She has a lot knowledge of the law, and she treats you like a person not a case number or a docket number. She is so professional she will even contact you after the court proceedings and see if there is anything else she can do for you. I have never met an attorney like Ms. Suter. We are retaining her again to make for sure his credits were added correctly, and to see if she can get him transferred into a program. If you want an attorney, whose work represents professionalism, trustworthiness, and who cares about your outcome and your feelings hire Ms. Erica J Suter, Esq. Best wishes to you, Ms. Suter in your new practice
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2011
Saved my Life
Attorney Erica Suter found a solution that saved my life. I was returned to prison after 20 yrs on parole due to a failed urine test. I was facing a life sentence and the institution revoked my parole. In my 20 yrs on parole, I had obtained a bachelors degree, had a successful job, a beautiful home, wife & family. Prior to Ms. Suter, I had hired 3 high profile attorneys and spent thousands of dollars with no relief. I spent 2 more years in jail. Ms. Suter was successful by getting me into an alcohol & drug treatment program, something I really needed. After I successfully completed the treatment program, she was able to get my life sentence suspended. Ms. Suter will do all she can to find a solution for you. She is extremely knowledgeable of CURRENT law and "thinks outside of the box" for workable solutions. She has an excellent reputation with the court, was always on time and even eased the concerns of my family during the entire process. I can not say enough about what she did for me and my family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Erica J. Suter
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Bennett & Bair, LLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Special Project Attorney
  • Williams & Connolly
  • 2005 - 2008
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD
  • 2003
  • University of Chicago
  • MA
  • 2000
  • Bates Collge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lance Williams Hayes v. State of Maryland
  • Convictions reversed on appeal.


  • Georgetown University Law Center Small Firm Advisory Counsel
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Asian Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Cochair Judicial Nominations Committee
  • 2009 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Maryland
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer Under 40
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2014
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  • MCDAA Quarterly Newsletter
  • Unger v. State: Court of Appeals Decision Vacates Defendant's 1976 Conviction and Life Sentence
  • 2013
  • Accountability for Atrocities
  • Accountability for Terrorism
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Post Convictions and Other Types of Collateral Review
  • Post Conviction Law
  • 2013
  • MCDAA Fall 2012 CLE
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal
  • 2012
  • Lifer's Seminar
  • Defendants' Rights
  • 2011
  • Lifer's Seminar
  • Defendants' Rights
  • 2010
  • Legal Awareness Seminar
  • Defendants' Rights
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Erica. Not only is she a brilliant post-conviction and appellate attorney, but she is a caring and dedicated advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whether it issues with a case on appeal, fighting for clients in a courtroom, or knowledge of the law, Erica is a strong advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse and recommend Erica Suter. Whenever I refer a post conviction or appellate matter, I know I can trust Erica to handle it diligently and professionally. She is extremely knowledgeable on the law and works hard for her clients. I would trust her with even the toughest matters. You can't have a better advocate."
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Greenbelt Criminal defense Lawyer Erica J Suter
Erica J Suter
Criminal defense Attorney
Greenbelt, MD
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation