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Thomas W. Rafter

Criminal defense Attorney at Baltimore, MD

5.0   9 reviews

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Tom Rafter is a veteran trial attorney with well over twenty years of experience in handling a wide range of both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Rafter has handled and tried criminal cases ranging from DUI/Drunk Driving cases to Homicide and complex white collar fraud cases. He has also handled and tried a wide array personal injury cases including an extensive number of car accidents, slip and falls, and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Rafter graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1993. He then joined the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. For the better part of a decade, he prosecuted hundreds of DUI cases as well as having numerous felony jury trials involving narcotics cases and violent crimes including homicide.

Following his stint in the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rafter accepted a position in the Homicide Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. In his seven years as a homicide prosecutor, Mr. Rafter litigated a wide range of complex and high profile homicide cases.

In 2007 Mr. Rafter was offered a position in the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in the in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). In the MFCU, Mr. Rafter directed investigations and successfully prosecuted numerous complex white-collar felony healthcare fraud cases. Mr. Rafter not only prosecuted criminal white-collar fraud cases but also negotiated and successfully] settled multiple large civil cases on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office. In addition to litigating cases in the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland, Mr. Rafter has also successfully argued cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

In private practice, Mr. Rafter has brought his considerable trial skills and experience to assist individuals who have been seriously injured as the result of the negligence of others as well as those who have been charged with a crime ranging from DUI to white collar crimes and serious felonies.

Mr. Rafter’s skill as a trial attorney have been recognized on both a State and even national levels. Mr. Rafter has served as an instructor for the National College of District Attorneys teaching Trial Advocacy to prosecutors throughout the county. He has also been a lecturer for the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association. Mr. Rafter has also instructed police officers on search and seizure laws as well as the rules of evidence.

Licensed for 29 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/29/2022

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

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Law Office of Thomas W. Rafter
8 East Mulberry Street
Baltimore, MD, 21202


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Posted by Ashley | September 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very responsive
Tom was great to work with. He always returned phone calls promptly made sure to keep me in the loop every step of the way.
Posted by Osman | May 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
MR Thomas is a great lawyer. He really helped my family with our case. He knows how to work with people who’s English is there second language, and keep them updated with their case. We were very satisfied and happy to have him as our lawyer.
Posted by Andre | February 14, 2019
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Excellent service!
I am very satisfied with the service provided by mr. Rafter. My case was handled and resolved in no time, with satisfaction. Communication was excellent. Mr. Rafter called and gave me an update every step of the way. When it was time to resolve the case, Mr. Rafter made sure l was more than ok with the decision being presented.
Posted by Randi | March 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A thankful mom
I feel extremely lucky to have found Thomas Rafter when we were in need of legal assistance in regard to a situation which would have had very negative ramifications on a bright young girl, my daughter. Mr. Rafter's professional advise, along with his compassion and understanding, helped navigate us through the complicated legal system. He went above and beyond in order to resolve issues and we are very grateful to him for his expertise and guidance. The silver lining in a potentially detrimental situation!
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Posted by Michael | October 25, 2017
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Extraordinarily helpful
Mr. Rafter was incredibly helpful with my case. Prior to the court date, he had informed me of his plans for the trial and had made himself open to contact for further information or questions. He was very cordial and professional and was very easy to work with. At the courthouse, he came prepared and ready for all possible outcomes and did a fantastic job during the trial.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2017
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The best lawyer in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr Rafter went above and beyond for my case. I have never worked with any other Lawyer with such passion and eagerness to WIN a case on your behalf. God bless you for taking up my case as though it was your own!
Posted by Sarah | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Tom got the best possible results for my case. He is an extremely experienced and competent attorney. He spent a large amount of time meeting me, listening to me, getting to know me as a human being, and strategizing, in order to get this positive result. I am very grateful to him, and very respectful of his abilities as an attorney.
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Posted by Frederick | August 1, 2016
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Personal Injury Law
Mr. Rafter is very effective, energetic and responsive with his legal counsel. He fights for your causes, he recovered 100% of my compensation for my accident. If you seek an aggressive law representative, choose Thomas Rafter.
Posted by Dean | May 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thomas W Rafter
Mr. Thomas W. Rafter understood and address all legal aspects of my civil case in a very professional manner. I was truly amazed to have an experienced and knowlegable attorney representing my case. (Highly recommend this attorney)
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Counsel
  • Robinson & Associates
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office Of The Attorney General Of Maryland
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Assistant State's Attorney - Homicide Unit
  • Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Howard County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender Maryland
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • William Paterson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National College of District Attorneys
  • Instructor
  • 2017 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association
  • Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Chairman of Health and Wellbeing Committee
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • BABC's Unplugging
  • Health and Wellness for Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Maryland State's Attorneys' Association Summer Conference
  • The Law of Post Convition
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rafter is an extremely hard working and intelligent lawyer. With decades of experience in criminal law, he works tirelessly for his clients to get them the best results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Rafter is the first attorney I call if one of my clients is either under investigation by the government or charged with a crime. Tom excels at all aspects of criminal law. He has spent decades handling criminal investigations, grand jury investigations, criminal discovery, motions practice, and, most importantly, defending his clients in front of judges and juries across the State of Maryland and in Federal Court. Tom succeeds for three reasons, he has incredible knowledge of criminal procedure, he leaves no stone unturned in a case, and his work ethic is unmatched by his peers. Hiring Tom Rafter is the smartest decision you can make because he’ll work your case as if it was his own – constantly thinking about how to achieve a successful result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I worked with Tom Rafter when i was a law clerk in the Homicide Division of the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. You will be hard pressed to find a lawyer who has handled a more serious case load than this lawyer. Tom brings massive experience to the table as your lawyer in a criminal case. When you Tom you will without a doubt be represented by a fantastic lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Tom. I have watched him practice as both a colleague and as a friend for many years. He brings a passion for each and every case to the courtroom and it shows. He is respected throughout the area by fellow attorneys and the bench. Quite simply, I would go to Tom if I needed a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rafter and I tried a murder case when he was a State's Attorney for Baltimore City and he is an amazing trial attorney. He is very smart, keeps current on case law, is poised and polished in a courtroom, and knows the value of a case and how to try a case. I would let him represent me if I needed a lawyer."
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Baltimore Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas W. Rafter
Thomas W. Rafter
Criminal defense Attorney
Baltimore, MD
Licensed for 29 years
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