Trusted lawyer in Washington, DC

Attorney Marlon Griffith — Trusted Attorney in Washington, DC
Marlon C. Griffith
Managing Member
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Marlon Griffith is a founding and managing member of Griffith & Wheat, PLLC. Mr. Griffith is a proven trial litigator who has been consistently recognized as one top trial attorneys in Washington, D.C. Mr. Griffith has represented a diverse group of clients in criminal and business matters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and throughout the country. Prior to private practice, Mr. Griffith served as the Chief of the Trial Division for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (“PDS”) – widely recognized as the premier public defender office in the country – where he managed and supervised a division of over 60 trial attorneys litigating the most serious criminal and juvenile delinquency cases against federal prosecutors and assistant attorney generals in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Mr. Griffith also serves as outside counsel to government contractors, small businesses, non-profits and sole proprietors providing advice and guidance on various employment and contract issues.
Some of Mr. Griffith's successes include:
  • FBI Agent acquitted of felony assault and gun charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court. [Click to see story]
  • Business man avoids lengthy prison sentence in tax evasion case in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. [Click to see story]
  • Not guilty verdict in DC Superior Court for Senior Government Official charged with threatening a subordinate.
  • Not guilty verdict in Prince George's County for Corporate Executive charged with sexually assaulting a subordinate.
  • Not guilty verdict in Baltimore Circuit Court for Education Administrator charged with DWI.
  • Not guilty verdict in DC Superior Court for law school graduate charged with assault.
  • Not guilty verdict in DC Superior Court for college student charged with assault.
  • Not guilty verdict in DC Superior Court for attorney charged with hate crime involving his secretary.
  • A Pediatrician facing 57-71 months in United States District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced to 18 months for possession of Child Pornography. [Click to see story]
  • Son of Government Contractor acquitted of greater charge of First-degree murder in Fairfax County Circuit Court avoiding a possible life sentence.
  • Dismissal after indictment in Baltimore County Circuit Court for Senior Executive Service member charged with fraud and embezzlement.
What Mr. Griffith's clients have said about his representation:
Thank you for your skillful and professional handling of my case and I am most impressed with your mastery of the courtroom.
— Company Vice-President
I could not be happier that you represented me in such a masterful way.
— Government Official
His sound legal advice and his level of expertise is superior and has been instrumental in the growth and success of my firm
— Business Owner
Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Counsel

  • Faculty member, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, (2004-present)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyer (2011- 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rated (2012-2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Client Review Rated (2011-2016)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America™
  • Washington SmartCEO Magazine Region's Legal Elite 2011

  • "Protecting Your Business from the Departing Employee," Washington SmartCEO Magazine December 2012
  • "Let's Open Up Criminal Discovery," National Law Journal f/k/a Legal Times, March 2004

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Denison University, B.A. (Economics & Political Science)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Co-Chair District of Columbia Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Steering Committee, (2005 – 2007)
  • Member, American Bar Association Employment Law section
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Labor and Employment Law Section