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Ian Thomas Valkenet

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In 2014, Ian was honored by The National Trial Lawyers Association, and named to its “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for his accomplishments in the courtroom.  He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and criminal defense.  He is admitted to practice by the:

  • Maryland Court of Appeals

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


Recently, Ian was featured in an article on regarding his victory over the IRS in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ian's success secured his client's $1,000,000 lien, and changed the legal landscape of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Ian was born and raised in Baltimore.  He attended Calvert Hall, and is a graduate of Boston College, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Before he joined Young & Valkenet, Ian worked at the Office of the Public Defender for Baltimore City, in both the felony trial division, and at the district court for the Northwestern precinct.  He also clerked for Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., in Maryland’s highest court.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • George Charles Pleasant-Jones

    I endorse Ian Valkenet at every level, especially criminal, contract, and real estate matters. Ian embodies the ideals of this profession with his unwavering integrity, confident humility, knowledge of the law and its nuances, and genuine empathy for his clients. I would recommend him to friends and family alike without hesitation.


    George Pleasant-Jones
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  • Thomas K. Mallon

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    Thomas Mallon Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Young & Valkenet
600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Suite 230
Baltimore, MD, 21210


DCActive 201407/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAvvo2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Client's ChoiceAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Certification for Advanced Legal ResearchWestLaw2010
Intramural Soccer ChampionBoston College2009
Sr. Thea Bowman Honor RollBoston College2007
Varsity Baseball "A" Conference ChampionMaryland Interscholastic Athletic Association2005
McMullen ScholarCalvert Hall College High School2005
Varsity Soccer "A" Conference ChampionMaryland Interscholastic Athletic Association2004
Merit Academic ScholarshipCalvert Hall College High School2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerYoung & Valkenet2015 - Present
Associate AttorneyYoung & Valkenet2012 - 2015
Law ClerkThe Law Office of Matthew E. Bennett2011 - 2012
Rule 16 AttorneyMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2011 - 2011
Law Clerk to Hon. Clayton Green, Jr.Court Of Appeals Of Maryland2010 - 2011
Law Clerk, Felony Trial DivisionMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2010 - 2010
Law ClerkYoung & Valkenet2009 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland Land Title AssociationAttorney Member2015 - Present
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of ColumbiaBar Member2015 - Present
U.S. District Court for the District of ColumbiaBar Member2015 - Present
Wranglers Law ClubMember2015 - Present
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaAttorney Member2014 - Present
St. Gerard's Young Men's Association of HighlandtownMember2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of AppealsBar Member2014 - Present
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of MarylandBar Member2013 - Present
U.S. District Court for the District of MarylandBar Member2013 - Present
Baltimore County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers ServiceVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
Bar Association of Baltimore CityAttorney Member2012 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Maryland Association for JusticeAttorney Member2012 - 2014
University of Baltimore Criminal Law AssociationMember2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. v. SongObtained $75,000 judgment against defendant who committed real estate fraud.
Balbier v. SwartoutNegotiated $40,000 settlement in favor of client injured in car accident
State v. AscencioObtained a dismissal of all charges for client accused of driving without a license (maximum penalty 60 days in jail).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Fourth Circuit Court of AppealsSusquehanna Bank v. IRS2014
Portfolio Media (Law360)Susquehanna Bank Beats IRS In Fourth Circuit Lien Ruling2014
Young & Valkenet legal blogMaryland v. King: Your DNA on trial.2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogShould I refuse a breathalyzer or field sobriety test?2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogHandguns, self-defense, and Maryland's interpretation of the Second Amendment2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogExpungement in Maryland2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogMaryland's New Distracted Driving Laws2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogWhere's Waldo? Nevermind, we found him.2013
Young & Valkenet legal blogTale of the Tape: filming the police2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Boston College Law SchoolPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
Calvert Hall College High SchoolN/AN/A2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
First American Title Insurance CompanySpeaker: Title claim litigation in Maryland2015
MCDAA Handling Complex DUI Defense from A to ZParticipant- Advanced DUI Defense2014
Litigating a Traffic Stop in the District CourtParticipant- Advanced Evidence Issues2014
University of Baltimore School of Law Practice Area Fair and ReceptionSpeaker: Real Estate Litigation2013
MCDAA Advanced DUI SeminarParticipant- Advanced DUI Defense2013