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About me

     I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland and practice Criminal Defense law in the Federal and State Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. I am a very proud graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law School. I have been honored in 2009 to serve as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Council and to previously have served as President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association. I am also serving my second 4 year term as the Criminal Defense representative on the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy appointed by Governor O'Malley. ( In nearly 25 years of practice now, I have handled a wide range of different types of cases including approximately 50 homicides cases, complex Federal drug and white collar type cases, and nearly every other type of criminal and traffic case. I am also widely known as an expert in asset forfeiture matters.

     In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children, and competing in many different sports.  I play soccer in men's outdoors and indoors leagues, softball, golf and 10K road races.  I also enjoy attending University of Maryland football and basketball games.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kurt William Wolfgang

    Rick is one of the premier attorneys in Maryland. I have known him since law school. He was an overachiever then, as well. I am proud to know him and to have worked with him.


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  • Peter Stuart Fayne

    Rick is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest, most tenacious practitioners in the Washington Metro area. Whether in State or Federal court - Rick has a vast knowledge of the law and a command of the courtroom. He is well respected by both his peers as well as the bench.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein, & Skok, LLC

Suite 160
7850 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD, 20770

7850 Walker Drive
Suite 160
Greenbelt, MD, 20770-3241

11 N. Washington St.
Suite 230
Rockville, MD, 20850



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Past President's AwardMaryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHoulon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Skok, LLC1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing PolicySentencing Guidelines Sub-committee2011 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Criminal Law & Practice Section CouncilChair2005 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationCriminal Law Section-Member and Past Chair2005 - Present
Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing PolicyCommissioner, Appointed by Governor2004 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Christopher AndersonSuppression of Evidence affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
MICPELThe Defense of Forfeiture Cases in Maryland State Courts2000
MICPELNew Perspectives on Sentencing and Forfeiture 19941994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of MarylandU. S. HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Baltimore Law School Panel SymposiumWitness Intimidation Crimes2008
Maryland State Bar Association Annual ConventionMaryland Ciminal Discovery Rules2007