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Mandeep S. Chhabra is the managing member of Cochran and Chhabra, LLC.  He practices DUI/DWI defense, criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury law in the State of Maryland. Mr. Chhabra’s interest in law dates to his freshman year in high school. He decided then that practicing as a civil litigator and criminal defense attorney would be his future. He believes growing up as a minority in Maryland and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology allow him to better understand many of the underlying issues his clients endure. The sincere empathy Mr. Chhabra feels for his clients fosters a strong attorney-client relationship, which he finds to be a very rewarding and enriching experience.


Mr. Chhabra volunteers his time for charitable legal work, which includes helping those with little or no means to pay for a private attorney; being actively involved in community activities promoting justice for citizens through various non-profit organizations; and by working closely with younger clients in adverse situations.


He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers since 2013 and prior to that was selected as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a widely used guide of the nation’s top legal talent.  Mr. Chhabra also received the awards for Leading Lawyer from What’s Up Magazine; the Readers Choice Award from the Capital Newspaper; and the Top 40 Under 40 award from the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has been recognized by the nations top lawyer search forum, AVVO, as a Client’s Choice Award recipient having a score of 10 out of 10 for best client and peer reviews.  He has been deemed as a “Top Attorney” in the fields of DUI, Traffic, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Litigation. 


Mr. Chhabra’s writings include, “Nuts & Bolts: The DUI/DWI Case,” Trial Reporter – Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice, Trial Lawyers Organization, 2011, which is a basic summary of issues that can occur in a Maryland DUI/DWI case.  The article includes trial tactics and tips, as well.  He collaborated with his business partner and long time mentor, Gill Cochran, on this matter. He is active in the legal community and regularly speaks at and attends national conferences to further his legal education. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice; the Anne Arundel Bar Association; the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the American Bar Association; National College for DUI Defense; and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


Mr. Chhabra received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. He graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland. In addition to his native language English, he speaks Punjabi, Hindi and is proficient in Spanish. Mr. Chhabra is married to Dr. Hanita Sawhney Chhabra, a renowned Psychiatrist, and they live in Annapolis, Maryland with their two daughters and two dogs. He enjoys running and spends his spare time training for a variety of races and running events.


Languages spoken: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish

Contact info

Cochran and Chhabra, LLC

116 B Cathedral Street
Annapolis, MD, 21401-2765

Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 15%



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 40 under 40The National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2011
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2010
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2009
Best AttorneyThe Capital Reader's Choice Awards2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCochran and Chhabra, LLC1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2013 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2003 - Present
National Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMember2001 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMember2001 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
South Asian Bar Association of MarylandMember1998 - Present
Maryland Association for Justice, Criminal Law SectionChair2010 - 2012
Maryland Association for JusticeBoard Member2008 - 2012
American Association for JusticeMember2000 - 2003
Maryland Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., Trial Lawyer: Criminal LawNuts & Bolts: The DUI/DWI Cas2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Boston UniversityPsychologyMA - Masters1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Workshop 2013 DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner CourseDUI/DWI2013
2010 Criminal Law SeminarCriminal Defense2010