Firm News

Ferbruary 2014
Martha Jo Wagner will be a speaker on a panel entitled, "What's Next After Windsor?" at the Midwinter Meeting of the Employee Benefits Commiteee of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment in New Orleans.

August 2013
Martha Jo Wagner named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 for ERISA law and litigation.

July 2013
Judith Wheat presenter at Lorman Audio Conference Seminar on "Guidelines for Using GPS Tracking in Criminal Investigations."

May 2013
Martha Jo Wagner selected as Pennsylvania Top Lawyer, 2013

College student found not guilty of assault in DC Superior Court.

April 2013
Judith Wheat and Marlon Griffith selected as 2013 Washington D.C. Super Lawyer for Criminal Defense

Judith Wheat and Marlon Griffith receives top AV Peer Review Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbbell®

February 2013
Nationally recognized Employee Benefits attorney, Matha Jo Wagner, joins Griffth & Wheat as Of Counsel

July 2012
Client found not guilty of DUI charges in DC Superior Court.

April 2012
Judith Wheat and Marlon Griffith selected as 2012 Washington D.C. Super Lawyer List.

Marlon Griffith recognized in the American Lawyer magazine as a Top Rated AV Lawyer for Employment Law

December 2011

Marlon Griffith recognized as one of the region's top business litigation attorneys in the December issue of Washington, D.C.'s SmartCEO Magazine ... Read more.

November 2011

Clients, judges and bar colleagues give Marlon Griffith a Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell® ... Read more.

September 2011
Judith Wheat and Marlon Griffith selected as Fellows of The LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA ... Read more.

June 2011
D.C. jury acquits lobbyist of DUI . . . Read more.

May 2011
D.C. jury awards client $120K in breach of contract claim . . . Read more.

Marlon Griffith presents to Human Resource Professionals on how to avoid claims of wrongful discharge. . . Read more.

Marlon Griffith serves on faculty at the Defenders Academy Trial Skills program presented by the Office of the Bronx Defenders . . . Read more.

March 2011
Judith Wheat selected as 2011 Washington D.C. Super Lawyer.


"Thank you for your skillful and professional handling of my case and I am most impressed with your mastery of the courtroom"  Former Client

As one of Washington’s premiere criminal defense and business litigation boutiques, the law firm of Griffith & Wheat is:

PROVEN track record of delivering significant results inside and outside the courtroom for individuals and businesses throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia;

TRUSTED  by businesses, individuals, plan sponsors, and plan fiduciaries to provide knowledgeable counseling and tailor-made legal representation that meets each client's personal and business objectives; and

RESPECTED both locally and nationally by peers, judges, and clients for its effectiveness, professionalism, and ethical practices.


Griffith & Wheat, PLLC is a minority- and female-owned defense boutique that combines extensive litigation and trial experience to skillfully represent individuals and businesses in complex civil and criminal matters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Our principals have over 35 years of high-stakes trial experience and have a proven track record of obtaining victories at trial in local and federal courts throughout the country. Our principals are Fellows in the highly selective national trial lawyer honorary society, Litigation Counsel of America™, and are listed as Washington, DC Super Lawyers. They are also recognized Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5 out of 5 and Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Rated Preeminent 5 out of 5 attorneys.

Located in downtown DC, our attorneys routinely appear in trial, grand jury proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and other proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and state courts in Northern Virginia; the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the state courts of Maryland; and administrative agencies throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The firm’s practices include:

· White collar and general criminal defense

· Business litigation and counseling

· Management-side employment litigation and counseling

· Representation of federal employees
·  Employee benefits litigation and counseling

Office Location:

1050 17th Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 496-4963