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About me

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 twelve 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.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    5 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Thomas J. Maronick Jr

    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.


    Thomas Maronick Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Debra A Saltz

    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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Contact info

The Law Offices of Erica J. Suter, LLC

6305 Ivy Lane
Suite 608
Greenbelt, MD, 20770


DCActive 200607/10/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive200305/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarWashington, D.C. Super Lawyer2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys in MarylandNational Trial Lawyers2014
Best Lawyer Under 40National Asian Pacific American Bar Association2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Offices of Erica J. Suter2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law2011 - 2012
AssociateBennett & Bair, LLC2008 - 2011
Special Project AttorneyWilliams & Connolly2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgetown University Law Center Small Firm Advisory CounselN/A2012 - Present
APABA-DCJudicial Nominations Committee2009 - Present
National Asian Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lance Williams Hayes v. State of MarylandConvictions reversed on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
MCDAA Quarterly NewsletterUnger v. State: Court of Appeals Decision Vacates Defendant's 1976 Conviction and Life Sentence2013
The Daily Record (Maryland)Ruling Frees Man Convicted of Road-Rage Murder2012
Accountability for AtrocitiesAccountability for Terrorism2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of ChicagoN/AMA - Masters2000
Bates CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Post Convictions and Other Types of Collateral ReviewPost Conviction Law2013
MCDAA Fall 2012 CLEPreserving the Record for Appeal2012
Lifer's SeminarDefendants' Rights2011
Lifer's SeminarDefendants' Rights2010
Legal Awareness SeminarDefendants' Rights2009