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Dawinder Singh Sidhu

Criminal defense Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Dave

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dawinder

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I am a lawyer and law professor with over 15 years of experience in the legal profession.  I primarily operate a pro bono practice, assisting individuals in the areas of employment discrimination, civil rights, criminal law, sentencing, and addiction.    

With respect to work experience, I have held positions at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  I have taught at the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland School of Law, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and the University of New Mexico School of Law, where I was tenured.  I am an elected member in the Council on Foreign Relations and was elected into the Order of the Coif. 

I am an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association ("MSBA"), where I sit on several committees, including the Strategic Vision Committee and the editorial board of the MSBA's publications.  I serve on the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council in Montgomery County, volunteer with my local fire department in Montgomery County, am a member of the C&O Canal Trust's William O. Douglas Society, and serve on the Board of Trustees of a Sikh temple in Silver Spring that my late father helped establish. 

I received my degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, and I received certificates in mediation from Northwestern University and in leadership development from the U.S. Army War College.  I was born and raised in Maryland, attended public schools in Maryland, and am proud to call Maryland my home. 

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Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu, Attorney at law
9636 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD, 20850

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Posted by Frank | May 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Our son, a two tour combat medic was involved in a serious federal case. This process continued for almost 5 years in the courts. Several psychologist and other experts testified that the traumas that our son experienced in Iraq were contributing factors in his decisions that led to his being charged by the government. At the end of the 5 years, the federal judge did not sentence our son to any prison time. The government appealed and his judgement was overturned at the appeals level. He was scheduled to be sentenced but Mr. Sidhu found out about the case and offered to take our son's case to the Supreme Court, a long shot. Mr. Sidhu has spent hours on this case and we have been notified that the case has passed a big hurdle. Even though the odds are not in our favor, passing the first major hurdle has given us hope. We are so grateful for all of his work and the professionalism that he has shown throughout this process. He is an amazing person and we are thankful for his gifts.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
A Saint in Disguise of a Lawyer
Dave is a saint in disguise of a Lawyer. A man, who genuinely cares and has a tremendous passion for what he does whether it is teaching law to University students or fighting for his client’s interests in an Appellate court. He is an academic, a scholar of constitutional and criminal law, and a champion of civil rights. I consulted Dave on an EEOC discrimination case. Despite his very busy schedule, Dave stepped up to help me guide through the appeal process on a pro bono basis. His commitment to helping expand access to justice for those who may not be able to afford is remarkable and quite touching.
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Work Experience

  • Professor
  • University of Maryland
  • 2019 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Office Of The Maryland Attorney General
  • 2018 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Professor
  • University Of Baltimore School Of Law
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Special Assistant to the Chair
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Professor
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Professor
  • University Of New Mexico School Of Law
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • U.S. Department Of Education Office For Civil Rights
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Fellow
  • Supreme Court Of The United States
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Commission On Civil Rights
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • George Washington University
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A.
  • 2003
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A.
  • 2000


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
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Languages Spoken

  • Punjabi

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission
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  • Member
  • Order of the Coif
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  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Albuquerque Business First
  • N/A
  • Leadership Academy Fellow
  • Maryland State Bar Association
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Rockville Criminal defense Lawyer Dawinder Singh Sidhu
Dawinder Singh Sidhu
Criminal defense Attorney
Rockville, MD
Licensed for 19 years