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Robert Charles Bonsib

Criminal defense Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

4.7   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Maryland - MD 49 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1974
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Ranked #3 in Top 10 Md Lawyers by Super Lawyers; Washingtonian Mag Top Lawyer; 45 years trial experience with over 300 jury trials. (CLICK HERE FOR ALL CLIENT REVIEWS -  )  As a criminal defense attorney, I offer legal representation to individuals and organizations under criminal investigation or facing criminal charges in the federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia and in the criminal trial and appellate courts in Maryland. I have been in private practice and have been a partner at MarcusBonsib, LLC since 1990. Prior to entering private practice I served for 15 years as both a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Maryland and as an Assistant States Attorney and then as the Deputy States Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland. I am active in federal and local bar activities and serve on a number of court committee, including the Maryland Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. I have been appointed by the United States District Court on numerous occasions to serve on its United States Magistrate Selection Committee. I am a member the Judicial Conference for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. For 20 years I have served on the Prince George's County Trial Court Nominating Commission, a Commission that must review and approve all candidates for State Circuit and District Court judicial positions prior to the candidates being considered for appointment by the Governor. In 2011 I was awarded the Robert Heeney Award by the Maryland State Bar Association recognizing a career in criminal law. I have been recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine since 2002 edition and by Super Lawyers as one of Maryland's Top 10 Lawyers and as one of the top 100 lawyers in the District of Columbia. I am a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and I am listed in "Best Lawyers in America" in the practice areas of white-collar and non-white collar criminal defense.

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Robert C. Bonsib Esq.
MarcusBonsib, LLC
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 116
Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1405

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Cornelius | September 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I had the opportunity to retain Mr Bonsib and I must say I was very impressed and satisfied with how he handled my case truly amazing and would recommend him again if needed take care and God Bless.
Posted by RC | June 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
We retained Mr. Bonsib to assist us with our matter. Mr. Bonsib, who came highly recommended by a friend and co-worker, was aware and very knowledgeable about our matter at the time of our first meeting. He was calming, reassuring and offered us great legal advice and support during a very stressful time for us. He kept an open line of communication and put us at ease during our most troubled time. We could never thank him enough. In my opinion, he is one of the best attorneys in the State of Maryland! Thank you very, very much, Mr. Bonsib!
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Posted by Lisa | March 25, 2021
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The Best Defense Attorney EVER!!!
Mr. Bonsib is, hands down, the best defense attorney I've ever had - & I've had quite a few. From being initially charged with multiple felony offenses (some with mandatory minimums) to the miracle he performed at my sentencing hearing, Mr. Bonsib was professional, sincere, knowledgeable, compassionate, honest and hardworking. He doesn't miss a beat. Along with his awesome support staff, Mr. Bonsib got me through one of the most devastating occurrences in my life - facing prison time. He did so by doing the work necessary to allow the judge to see me, as a human, & not just a criminal. He got me minimal months of incarceration where it very well could have been decades. My family & I are so very grateful to him for sparing us a, very possible, grim future filled with loss & heartache. Let me say, he is, most definitely, the best defense attorney EVER!!
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Posted by Bassim K. | June 11, 2020
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SUPER LAWYER & A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR!
Mr. Bonsib Has Represented Me On Several Occasions Including Both Criminal And Traffic Matters. I Am So Grateful For His Services, Because The Outcome Of Those Proceedings Were In My Favor. Anytime I Called Mr. Bonsib Whether On His Personal Cell Phone Number Or His Office Number, I Was Always Able To Speak To Him Directly. When I Was Quoted The Price By Mr. Bonsib To Obtain Him As My Attorney, I Was Caught Off Guard Because His Prices Were The Same That I Was Quoted By Other Attorneys And Law Firms In The Area, But None Of Them Had The Level Of Experience And/Or The Reputation That He Had. Mr. Bonsib Should Be The Only Attorney You Call If You Ever Need A Lawyer, Because He Deserves It And Earned It! Thanks Again, Mr. Bonsib For All Your Hard Work!
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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Best Lawyer
Robert Bonsib was hired during a scary time in my life in which he was a cornerstone of confidence and knowledge. I was very lucky to have him help me. From the day of my questioning through hearings to court appearances he represented me with accuracy, sensitivity and skill. If he did not represent me I do not believe my family or I could have made it through this legal issue. When in the court house from the security guards to the staff and other prosecutors Robert Bonsib treated others with respect and received it back twice over. The attention and demeanor of Robert Bonsib kept me at ease, answering any and all questions I had. -Satisfied Client
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2019
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Super Lawyer!!!
Dear Bob, I want to thank you from the bottom of our heart It was really a long journey and thank God my husband and I made it. I was so lucky to have you as our lawyer. It was a miracle because you joined in the last minute. From the first minute I felt that we are in good hands. You set a face time call with me and I told you the story. you listen with so much patient that at some point I did not know if you are still on the line. From the first moment you were honest with me and you did not promise any results. But I knew you are going to do your best so we can have the best results. When I told you that we had more people on my team you said that you have no problem with that and all the way you spoke to them and worked with them so all of you were on the same page. Your paralegal, Amy worked days and nights to make sure we got everything done . Amy supported me in such a delectate way on a few days. On the most important day she set next to me and made sure I will make it. Bob, the time came and I needed to give my speech and to fight for my life. I was shaking but you hold my hands and I was able to deliver my speech. it was not easy to find a lawyer that his so knowledgeable and honest. you have it all!!! We were blessed to have you and Amy on our team and can’t wait to share good news with you in the future.
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Posted by michele | October 18, 2017
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Excellent
I would just like to say a very belated thank you on behalf of my son and our family for all of your help and support and cannot express our gratitude enough. I have attached some photos to show you how well it is all going and this would not have been possible if it were not for your representation. Again, thank you so much as I'm sure if it were not for you we would have been looking at a very different outcome right now! would not have been possible if it were not for your representation and support > >Thank you
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Posted by Herb | September 6, 2017
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Excellent
I highly recommend Bob as a legal counselor and advisor. The legal motion Bob prepared along with evidence gathered resulted in my case being dismissed by the State's Attorney Office prior to my trial date.
Posted by Adam | September 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hire him and watch him work. Need I say more!!
I was charged with 1st degree attempt murder in Calvert County, MD. I fired my old lawyer and hired Bob ( Mr. Bonsib ) with only 2 months untill trial. The victim testified against me, and my co-defendent turned on me as well. Bob saved my life, what more can I say not guilty on all counts making all the witnesses look like fools. If I get locced up for anything big or small I only trust Bonsib or anyone under his guidance with my life. Worth every penny.
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Posted by Christian | June 3, 2014
Best attorney I've had and I've had plenty
Mr.Bonsib is a very smart understanding and very respected in the courtroom.Mr Bonsib represented me and a few people I referred to him in EACH case I thought Mr.bonsib did an exceptional job in each case everyone was satisfied defendants that defendants family me being one of them can tell you first hand u can make another decision pick whomever u want to represent you me I'm calling mr Bonsib I love this guy he's special he's not going to tell you what you wanna hear either he's not gonna guarantee you anything other than his BEST effort which make him better than the rest in character he's a winner
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2013
Highly Recommended
Last year I was falsely charged with a crime by the States Attorneys Office for Prince Georges County Maryland. There is no way to even describe how this devastated mine and my families lives. I immediately started searching for the best criminal defense attorney in the Maryland and Washington DC area. After speaking with a lot of people and doing a lot of research on the internet, I found that Mr. Bonsib's name was continuously being recommended. I scheduled a consultation with Mr. Bonsib and explained my case to him. He took the time to listen to me and was very professional and sincere. Mr. Bonsib believed in my innocents and agreed to represent me. My trial ended up being about a year later but prior to the trial, Mr. Bonsib kept in touch and met with me countless times to prepare for the trial. He also sought out numerous expert witnesses to testify one my behalf. He left no stone unturned while preparing my defense. When my three day trial finally came Mr, Bonsib showed up each morning very well prepared and ready to fight for me. Each day he alone faced a team of three states attorneys and did an amazing job defending me and presenting the true facts of the case. Thanks to Mr. Bonsib's superior knowledge and skills he was able to explain my case to the judge and make it simple for the judge to see my innocents. I was found not guilty on all charges and was able to start putting my life back together. My family and I will always remember what Mr. Bonsib did for me and I will always consider him a true friend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2013
GREAT GREAT LAWYER
I sought the counsel of M. Robert Bonsib in July 2012 to represent me against 4 felonies criminal charges in the US federal court of Maryland. Three federal agencies and an international institution were after me . I was desperate because five attorneys denied my requests. Another one billed me 100K for his services. I did not have that money, so I did my homework on www.superlawyers.com. Mr. Bonsib was one of the few who was constantly praised year after year by his clients and by his peers. I selected him after watching him on foxnews on a high profile case involving the superintendent of Maryland. I was thrilled when he agreed to defend me despite being overly busy. His fees were reasonable. He even work out a payment plan with my family. He fought very hard for us. His representation exceeded my expectations. There is no word to describe my gratitude. My children may have a bright future because of him. I’m free today, reunite again with my family because of him. Not in my wildest dreams was I expecting to be free so soon. I may write a book one day to tell the whole story. I’m sure that M. Bonsib will be the main character. He did what he like to do. He defended and saved another soul. Only God will reward him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
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This attorney doesn't always know best
You would expect a man such Mr. Bonsib, would be a man to place your faith. I trusted him and my family trusted him to help me proceed with my criminal trial. He was wrong, bet those cases just get swept under the rug when it comes to his "accomplishments". I would never recommend this man. He was nice and came with high recommendations from a family member who was a retired sheriff. A luxury suv worth of fees were paid by my family and still spent 2 years in prison for a crime I didn't commit because he said to go with a judge trial. Said he knew the judge and thought he would be easier, biggest mistake of my life. The courts weren't even supposed to try me first, but they needed to set a precedent and make an example of me. He was too cocky and I wasn't prepared. I trusted him and I lost a huge part of my life, because even though it was only 2 years + 10 years probation (nevermind, the restitution I was to spend years paying)... it took me nearly 15 years to rebuild. And he never looked back. I mean the man still has a binder full of character reference letters and my actual high school diploma - he called once about returning 5 years ago and I still have yet to see it. Sure I grew a lot closer to God and learned to really appreciate the family and friends who stuck by me, a couple blessings from this whole mess, but I still have to feel the embarrassment I put my loved ones through. Even considered writing a book, still have every letter I sent home to my mom, letters I nearly wrote every day. I hope this helps at least one person in the future.
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Response from Robert Bonsib January 22, 2023
This person writes a review every 3 or 4 years repeating the same statements. Lawyers are limited by ethical considerations with respect to what information can be publicly posted in response to comments such as this one. I was retained to assist this client. I added an associate attorney to the case at no additional cost to the client. The fee she was charged would not have covered the cost of a used SUV. We aggressively defended her in federal court in a difficult trial against strong government evidence. I did not recommend a judge trial. In fact, she had a jury trial so it is hard to understand why she is complaining about a judge trial. It was a jury that convicted her, not a judge. She retained another attorney for sentencing. Her complaints regarding restitution issues were also sentencing issues for which our firm was not responsible. After her sentencing, this client returned to our firm asking that we assist her with her appeal. Because of comments such as those in this review we declined to further represent her. This review was posted for a case that occurred in 2012. I encourage others to review other comments from my other clients and visit my website at [email protected] for a more accurate view of the difficult cases I have handled and continue to handle and the reviews and recognitions from individuals and organizations that have known me over the years. I have always worked hard and, when necessary, aggressively defended clients in trials. I care about my clients but obviously cannot please everyone. The reviews from my many clients attest to the professional and caring manner in which I represent my clients. This review just proves that you can please everyone, no matter how hard you try.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • MarcusBonsib LLC
  • 1990 - Present
  • Deputy State's Attorney
  • Prince George's County State's Attorney Office
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1974 - 1983
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v A.P.
  • 60 months imprisonment
  • U.S. v R.N.
  • Probation
  • U.S. v. B.R.
  • Probation
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Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2002 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Pattern Jury Intructions Committee
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Bar
  • 1990 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Criminal Law & Practice Section
  • Past Chair
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Assocation
  • Board of Directors
  • 1990 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 1988 - Present
  • United States District Court of Maryland
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit
  • Permanent Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Search Warrant Project
  • Past Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers White Collar-Non-White Collar Defense (2006-20)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer (2007 to present)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine-Top 10 Lawyers - Maryland & Top 100 Lawyers - DC
  • 2020
  • AV Rating for Ethics & Professional Competence
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Criminal Lawyers (2002-present)
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2019
  • Prince Georges County Bar Association
  • President's Award
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • President's Award
  • Prince George's County Bar Assocation
  • 2015
  • Robert Heeney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Criminal Law
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Prince George's County Bar Newsletter
  • The Right of Confrontation after "Crawford"
  • 2004
  • Prince George's County Bar Newsletter
  • Representing a Client in a Criminal Investigation
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Prince George's County Police Department Basic Investigators School
  • Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2016
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Proffer Agreements - Pitfalls and Practice Pointers
  • 2015
  • Basic Criminal Investigators School
  • Role of A Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2015
  • MCDAA Fall CLE
  • Fee Issues and Illegal Funds
  • 2013
  • Criminal Law Section Seminar
  • 4th Amendment Law - Traffic Stops and Street Accostings
  • 2013
  • Training for Maryland Circuit & District Court Judges
  • Handling the Criminal Trial
  • 2011
  • Prosecutors' Training Program
  • Effective Closing Arguments
  • 2011
  • Prosecutor's Training Program
  • Proffer Agreements
  • 2011
  • Alan Goldstein Criminal Law Seminar
  • Police Testimony - "Testi-lying" At Motions Hearings
  • 2011
  • FPD Training Program
  • Effective Sentencing Arguments
  • 2010
  • Medical Examiner-Pathologists Training Program
  • Expert Witness Testimony - Tips
  • 2009
  • J Franklin Bourne CLE
  • Criminal Motions Practice
  • 2009
  • FBA Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • 2009
  • Maryland Judicial Institute
  • Handling the Criminal Trial
  • 2007
  • CLE for Maryland Judges
  • Issues in a Criminal Trial
  • 2006
  • Basic Criminal Investigators School
  • Role of the Defense Attorney
  • 2002
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My father was a Prince George's County Police Officer. When I decided to go to law school and practice criminal law, he told me to look no further than Bob Bonsib for guidance. My father had the pleasure of seeing Bob practice on both sides of the aisle as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, and to this day still tells stories of Bob's brilliance in the courtroom. Bob is a friend, mentor, pillar of the legal community, and most importantly, an excellent trial lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of having a case against Mr. Bonsib when I was a prosecutor. He is second to none. Level of professionalism and knowledge of the law goes unmatched."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
White collar crime Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bonsib is as good as it gets in the field of White Collar Crime. Well respected and has decades of experience."
Credit repair Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rob and I attended the same law school, though at different times. I know his excellent legal knowledge stems from the sound educational foundation forged at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is the go-to guy for federal court in Greenbelt Maryland. Experienced and professional. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ask most Federal or State Judges in Maryland or the District of Columbia, who is the number one criminal defense attorney? Who would you choose to represent you, your wife, your son or your daughter? The answer is usually Robert Bonsib. I have seen this gentleman in the courtrooms of Maryand for 25 years. I have seen him lecture to large rooms of the most esteemed Judges and Lawyers in this State. I have seen him receive awards from these same professionals. For over 37 years, he is among the very finest lawyers in Maryland and the District of Columbia."
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