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Michael S. Rothman

Criminal defense Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Mike Rothman, Law Office of Mike Rothman

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 23 years
    Maryland - MD 24 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    55%
    The Law Firm represents clients charged with most criminal offenses in Maryland and Washington, DC. Representations range from violent offenses to financial crimes, drug offenses, and sex offenses. No matter is too small or too complicated.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    The Law firm represents clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, or both drugs and alcohol. (DWI). Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    25 years

  3. Internet
    15%
    The Law Firm represents clients charged with criminal offenses relating to Internet use, as well as civil matters relating to hacking and cyberstalking, electronic thefts, and intrusions. Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    17 years

  4. Federal crime
    10%
    The Law Firm represents clients charged with all manner of criminal offenses in federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Financial crimes, sex offenses, and computer crimes.

    25 years

CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY LOCATED IN ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND. WE PROVIDE THE DEFENSE YOU DESERVE. MD&DC

I am a trial attorney located in Rockville, Maryland.  My law firm is dedicated to the individual, and we take our commitment to our clients very personally.  I am licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, both in state and federal courts.  As you can see from my listed areas of practice below, I spend a majority of my time in matters involving criminal defense (such as crimes involving drugs), incarcerable traffic offenses (such as a DUI or DWI),  violent crimes. and white collar crimes (which can include matters such as cybercrime, internet related crime, computer related crime, or financial crimes involving connectivity devices).  No matter is too difficult for a proper defense.  We have a particular expertise with the defense of drug crimes, inclluding Cannabis products such as Marijuana, Hemp, and concentrates.

Q:    I have just been charged with a crime, and I am looking for a criminal defense attorney to help me.  It is a sensitive matter, I have never had to hire an attorney before.  What is the difference amongst the attorneys I see profiled here?

Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is not hard.  There are many good ones to choose from in the area.  But I encourage you to look at your attorney not just as a legal practitioner, but also as someone who will be working closely with you during very difficult times.  This is where you can truly appreciate the intangible difference between law firms and the attorneys who work there.

I enjoy helping people work through very difficult times.  I enjoy the puzzle of preparing a defense for trial, and I enjoy meeting new and potential clients with problems to solve.  I have a wide range of legal skills I hope to put to good use on your behalf.  As a boutique criminal defense firm, I take pride in my relationships with my clients, as well as my larger role in helping to make the law accessible to those clients who want to learn more.

 

 

 

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Location

Michael S. Rothman
226 North Adams Street
Rockville, MD, 20850

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by ANGELA | January 27, 2014
Wonderful and highly recommended!
All I can say is he's great! Mr. Rothman is both considerate and knowledgeable about the law and the judicial system here in Montgomery County. He is very informative and listens to and addresses your concerns. I was recently in a predicament that really took a toll on my life and made me very unsettled. Mike was attentive from the beginning, taking the time to make me feel as comfortable and de-stressed as possible. I just really cannot say more wonderful things about him!!! On top of it all he gave me sound advice and actually helped me to get my case dismissed!!! I would highly recommend Mr. Rothman for legal assistance to anyone who is new or unsure about how things work. Both Mike and Lauren, I cannot thank you both more! You're excellent and God forbid if I ever need assistance in the future, you'll be the first call and my only choice!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want experience and dedication - goes the extra mile - Choose Mike Rothman!
Just won our case and thanks are endless for Mike Rothman - his experience , dedication and attention to detail . He works fast and is very bright . He made us feel immediately at ease and knows the system well . He told us what to expect each step of the way and yet did not treat us like a number but recognized how tough and emotional these cases can be . Mike Rothman has a huge heart but also knows how to present reality and work in your best interests at all times. He is worth every penny and more if you want peace of mind after your case ends . Mike works with clients of all backgrounds and careers including our military and their families . We recommend Mike Rothman with enthusiasm for his integrity,firm knowledge of the law and talent in advocating for his clients . Thanks again for an excellent resolution to a very painful case .
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Posted by Alejandro | January 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mike Rothman is an incredible lawyer! Highly Recommend! His knowledge that he possesses can guide you through the courts whether it is your first or multiple time in the system at ease. There is no doubt that Mike Rothman will help you get the best fair deal that you can possibly have.
Posted by Samuel | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
I was in a situation where I went through multiple lawyers because they did not completely understand my case. It involved medical cannabis and all of the changing laws that have been happening in the recent years. I was frustrated and started to lose hope. Then I came across an ad and an article Mr.Rothman had written in the Maryland Leaf Cannabis magazine. When I contacted him not only did Mike understand me he did not hesitate to get right to work. He put in the time it took to thoroughly explain every step and went above and beyond to represent me and my case. He was right in each decision which he consulted me to take. I have learned by watching a lawyer of his caliber how important it is to have someone who knows the laws in detail because there were things in my case that Mike was able to have thrown out that the other lawyers I previously hired had no clue about. I know how hard it can be to find and pay for a good lawyer and I can honestly say that Mike Rothman was worth the wait and was worth every penny. I would give him 100 stars if I could. He is no doubt top shelf quality!
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Posted by Hal | November 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most Helpful
Mike was persistent in getting back to me. On the phone, he was thoughtful & considerate and directed me where I needed to go to do what I need to do. He made sure to tell me to get back to him if I had any questions. Found his attitude rare among people in his profession.
Posted by James | June 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Where to begin!?!? The two people that deserve my thanks, appreciation and gratitude are God and Mike Rothman. I found myself in quite a mess, as this was my first ever offense, gun-related felony charge in DC. Of all the criminal lawyers I found on my Google search, Mike, was the only one who stepped up, with a solid game plan to get the felony charge bumped down to a misdemeanor. His calm, cool demeanor mixed with his patience in answering my endless questions and concerns put my stress, worries and anxiety aside. I trusted Mike Rothman with my life and would most certainly do it again! I highly recommend him to EVERYONE! Huge shoutout to the Law Office of Mike Rothman and those who worked behind the scenes answering my emails and phone calls, though we never met, I want to personally thank each of you for your hard work and professionalism. Reviewer, I leave you with this... Mike Rothman is God-sent. He’s knowledgeable, patient, kind, hardworking and will do what it takes to ensure overall success, no matter what charge or situation you’re facing. The air is crisper today thanks to the Law Office of Mike Rothman!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A brilliant expert!
When I decided to deal with a painful almost 3 decade old issue, I did my research, and called a number of law firms with the purpose of finding out what I could do. My first call was to Attorney Michael Rothman and knowing what I know now, I should have hired him directly after speaking to him. He heard me, straightforwardly stated what could be done, and told me exactly how much he would charge for his services. The other firms I contacted were either slow to get back to me or gave me the runaround, attempting to capitalize on a very painful issue. Attorney Rothman and his team filed all of required paperwork, and earlier this week, he represented me in court brilliantly. Attorney Rothman and his team have forever changed my life for the better. Moreover, after my positive outcome, Attorney Rothman followed with me and provided invaluable insight on next steps, an action beyond the scope of our contract. Hire Attorney Rothman and his team! Mike, his paralegal is pretty great too! I should have the first time I spoke to Attorney Rothman. He was direct and clearly articulated his expertise in complicated legal matters. He saved my life. Today, because of him, I am free in body and spirit.
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Posted by Erica | January 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient and knowledgeable, cares about his clients
Mike is very responsive and always answered all of my questions. His calm demeanor instantly set me at ease. He was knowledgeable and went over everything step by step in terms I could easily understand. I feel like he really listened to me and let me make my own decisions while explaining every possible outcome. Mike has his clients' best interests at heart and does everything he can to provide the best possible outcome for them.
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Posted by Leslie | November 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We found an angel
It was Thanksgiving weekend, and we needed a lawyer first thing Monday morning to guide a contract signing. Mr. Rothman returned my call and was reassuring, patient, and knowledgeable. It was comforting to have his presence at the meeting. He quietly provided boundaries and asked thoughtful questions that I wouldn’t have known to ask.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mike was fast at responsiveness, listened and executed perfectly. He continues to be there for small questions. A really unfortunate situation turned positive due to Mike’s knowledge and ethics. We would refer him to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Mike Rothman is an excellent attorney. He really listened and discussed my case in great detail even before I had agreed to use him. He was genuinely concerned, and offered very helpful suggestions on how to deal with my situation that were beyond the scope of the legal aspects of the case. However, it was his legal skills that really impressed me. Throughout the process he made sure that he knew every detail of the case, which helped him to create an excellent defense strategy. He made several important decisions along the way, that ultimately resulted in the best possible outcome. I am convinced that not every lawyer would have made the same decisions or gave the same advice, including the advice to go to trial rather than accept a guilty plea. Of course, every case is unique and a trial may not always be the best strategy, but it's nice to know that he is not afraid to get up there and fight if necessary. I am truly grateful to have found Mr. Rothman and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a similarly unfortunate situation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Attorney
I worked with Mr. Rothman a few years ago and recently reached out to him again. I cannot tell you how down to earth of a human being he is, caring, amazing and professional. He literally saved my life and I will forever be grateful. I would recommend him in a heartbeat
Posted by Joe | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Representation
I hired Michael because of his down to earth personality and get interaction on phone and in person. What makes this an exceptional quality is that he is also able to navigate the court system with his excellent knowledge of the law. He gave me informed and trust worthy advice and was able to understand the details of the case in a way to present a strong argument. Trusted lawyer who I would recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2017
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Trusted Attorney
I hired Michael to represent me in a very crucial case. To be concise, Mike is an attorney you can trust to get the job done. He is available, understanding, and determined!! Can't go wrong by seeking his advice and legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
calm, knowledgeable and kind
I was charged with DWI and lesser charges. Mr. Rothman knew exactly how to handle the case in court and the hearing in front of the Administrative Judge at the DMV hearing. He was very calm, eased my concerns and kept me informed about what could happen and what options I had.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable, kind and helpful
Mr. Rothman had a plan and he fought for my best interest. I was very new to the world of criminal charges so he walked me through a long journey and I came out better than I could have ever hoped! He was able to explain everything as we went along and I was able to ask for help when I needed it.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2015
Goes above and beyond
Mike has helped me tremedously during my time as his client. He has helped guide me into making the best decision possible given the circumstances i was in. During that time he helped provide me with a firm understanding of my situation, and was always responsive whenever i came up with random questions. Years after my case, i was working towards obtaining a license related to my job. It took me over a year to get the people issuing my license to understand the nature of my prior situation and approve. Mike resolved this for me in a matter of 2 days, and i was granted my license immediately. His knowladge and approach to legal matters have aided in turning my "bad" situation into one that seems to have never existed. He was always very understanding and open to helping me, even long after his services with me ended. I would recomend Mike to anyone i know, and certainly be the first to go to his firm again, if i ever needed his help.
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Posted by Laura | December 15, 2014
Grateful for Mike Rothman
I am so grateful for finding Mike Rothman. Because of his patience, understanding and compassionate he got me through a very overwhelming time. After receiving a DUI, I was scare and did not know where to turn. He was straightforward and honest putting me at ease explaining the details of my case.
Posted by Maureen | May 10, 2013
Tom's mom
Michael was such a tremendous help to us. He was very honest and sincere. When he argued for my son's charges to be dropped, he was very impressive with the handling of the case. We would highly recommend him!
Posted by Tom | April 22, 2013
Great work
This guys got me out of a sticky situation without even breaking a swet. He's a great guy and a solid attorney. I would recommend him to anyone. He handle my case flawlessly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Mike Rothman
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, Washington, Dc
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Litigation
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office, Maryland
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Public Affairs Analyst
  • General Services Administration
  • 1993 - 1996
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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • George Washington University School of Business and Public Management
  • Masters of Public Administration
  • 1996
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Howard v. State of Maryland
  • Affirmed
  • Counter Intelligence, Inc. v. Calypso Waterjet Systems, Inc.
  • Reversed and case dismissed
  • MaryCle, LLC et al. v. First Choice Internet, 166 Md. App. 481; 890 A.2d 818 (Md. App. 2006)
  • MaryCle won appeal; MTD reversed

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Legal Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Washington, DC
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer Maryland
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer Washington, DC
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Maryland
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Washington, DC
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Maryland
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer Washington, DC
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer Maryland
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer, Washington, DC
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer Maryland
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers Magazine MD 2012
  • Superlawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer DC 2012
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers Magazine DC 2011
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers Magazine MD 2011
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Joseph Bernstein Prize for Outstanding Legal Writing
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1999
  • Bryce Harlow Scholarship
  • Bryce Harlow Foundation
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade
  • "It's a Small World After All" : Personal Jurisdiction, the Internet and the Global Marketplace.
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery County Bar Law Day
  • Social Media for Lawyers: Sword or Shield
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (15)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Michael Rothman at a criminal defense seminar. I was immediately impressed by his drive and determination. This guy really knows what he is doing. I look forward to my next opportunity to refer a client to him."
Internet Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike has been a great resource for me on several cases. I highly recommend him for litigation, and while I have never needed his criminal defense assistance, I'm confident he's good at that too!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Great guy. Smart and hardworking."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for many years and he has an excellent reputation in the legal community. He knows the law and criminal procedure as well as anyone. He works tirelessly for his clients and provides top-notch legal representation. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Other
"As a fellow member of the NORML Legal Committee I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Other
"As a fellow member of the NORML Legal Committee I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Other
"As a fellow member of the NORML Legal Committee I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Michael as an excellent lawyer and tremendous advocate for the rights of his clients. Michael knows the law and is effective in court. Gary Gerstenfield"
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Rockville Criminal defense Lawyer Michael S. Rothman
Michael S. Rothman
Criminal defense Attorney
Rockville, MD
Licensed for 24 years
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