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Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA)

About the MCDAA


  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Executive Director: Tim McKenna
  • Location: Forest Hill, Maryland
  • Website: mcdaa.org
  • President: Robin K. Henley

Mission and History

The Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA) was formed to promote the study and research of criminal defense law, advance the knowledge of the law, promote the fair administration of criminal justice, maintain the independence of criminal defense attorneys, and to provide a forum for the administration of criminal justice. 

The MCDAA is a professional organization for criminal defense lawyers in the State of Maryland whose top concern is the protection of individual rights and the improvement of criminal law and its practice and procedures. The MCDAA consists of practicing attorneys and associated professionals in the public and private practice throughout the state. The MCDAA is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 

Members in the MCDAA get access to membership resources such as seminars, CLEs, and networking events. Members also get to use the association's platform to speak on legislation regarding criminal defense and its practice. 



Board of Directors

Robin Koster Henley
Annapolis, MD
Pauline Chinenye Onyemaechi
President Elect
Towson, MD
Natalie A McKeown Finegar
First Vice President
Baltimore, MD

Past Presidents

Andrew Vladimir Jezic
Wheaton, MD
James Arthur Johnston
Baltimore, MD
Eugene M Whissel II
Annapolis, MD

Fred Bennett Zealous Advocacy Award Recipients

The Fred Bennett Zealous Advocacy Award is an award that is handed out annually to a member of MCDAA and is based on Fred Bennett's dedication to the criminal defense practice. 

Louis Brendan Curran
Baltimore, MD
Leonard Russell Stamm
Greenbelt, MD

MCDAA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

David E. Kindermann
Potomac Legal, LLC
Lancaster, PA
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Lynndolyn Tippins Mitchell
Law Offices of Lynndolyn T. Mitchell PC
Rockville, MD
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Thomas A Pavlinic
Premier Defense Group
Annapolis, MD
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Beau August Noonan
Noonan & Noonan, LLC
Cumberland, MD
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Michael A Noonan
Noonan & Noonan, LLC
Cumberland, MD
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Mirriam Seddiq
Seddiq Law
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Contact the MCDAA

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA)
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Office: (443) 966-3890
Fax: (443) 640-1031

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Benefits of Membership

The benefits of membership in the MCDAA include:

  • networking opportunities with other criminal defense attorneys in Maryland, expert witnesses and investigators;
  • discounted rates to attend various continuing legal education (CLE) courses and seminars sponsored by MCDAA;
  • access to a job bank with information on current positions available;
  • access to the email listserver to discuss matters relevant to the organization and to criminal defense;
  • inclusion on the membership directory to encourage referrals to other MCDAA members; and
  • access to the members only section of the MCDAA website which has briefs, defense outlines, and other information useful to criminal defense.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Maryland

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Maryland which includes both MCDAA  members and non-members amongst a broad directory of Maryland attorneys. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the MCDAA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for MCDAA Past Presidents and MCDAA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the MCDAA.

Use this directory to find a Maryland criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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