Law Office of Michael S. Rothman

Firm Overview

At the Law Office of Mike Rothman, our focus is on the client and his or her goals for the representation. Our goal is to fully involve the client in his or her defense. Trial can be a confusing and disorienting process for an individual who finds himself or herself charged with a crime. We strive to put the client in the driver's seat by informing him or her of the charges they face, the potential outcomes, and then making the best decisions based on the best available information. No case is too difficult, no situation is too hopeless. The key is to be an informed legal consumer.

I opened my doors for business as a sole-practitioner in 2002. I had previously been an associate in the litigation department of a large Washington, DC law firm. However, this job gave me no real experience helping people. I loved the courtroom and I loved solving problems for clients. Now, I handle the cases I love, and I can see the benefits of my work first hand. We have had great success this past year in defending our clients. As always, the firm's success depends upon a client's active participation in his or her defense. We take the time to listen to our clients. That is why our firm has a reputation for delivering high-quality service to satisfied clients.

Example cases

State of Maryland vs. T: Jury trial; Not guilty on all seven counts of perjury. Jury rejected State's claim that Defendant lied on his affidavits of service of process.

State vs. T: State of Maryland dismisses theft over $500 and theft scheme case after mediation. State's witness recanted.

State vs. B: Jury trial; Jury rejects theories of robbery and theft. Not guilty on all counts.

Main Office
401 East Jefferson Street
Suite 201
Rockville  MD  20850
  • (301) 251-9660
  • (301) 251-9660


Free Initial Consultation?
Free consultation for criminal cases; $100 consultation fee for civil cases.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We offer fixed fees for criminal cases and a discount for mentioning Nolo.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Amanda Ornitz
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I find criminal defense to be fascinating. The constitution provides so much freedom to individuals from governmental intrusion. Using the law, the constitution, and the judicial system to serve the people and the interests of justice challenges me every day. I know people's rights are always at stake in court, so taking my job for granted is never an option.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I expect clients to educate themselves on the charges they face and to ask me questions about their representation. Clients need to take an active role in their representation in order to achieve the best results. A client cannot expect a great result if he or she does not provide some guidelines for the representation. My law office welcomes input from the client. The more you know, the better your defense.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I frequently ask clients to prepare chronologies or summarize long, but valuable documents. I do not review legal documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Not much. I prefer to be responsible for my own work.

Mike Rothman

Previously, I worked at a large Washington, DC law firm in the litigation division and the white collar crime division. Prior to working at the firm, I worked as a clerk at the United States Department of Justice's Office of Consumer Litigation and as a clerk at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, Northern Division (Baltimore). Prior to my work in law, I worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman from California, worked at the General Services Administration ("GSA") as a public affairs and congressional liaison, and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration (in addition to my law degree).

I worked as a campaign manager for a candidate running for United States Congress in the State of Georgia in 1992. I went door-to-door attempting to convince people that my candidate was the best for the job. While we lost in the runoff election, I never forgot the importance of connecting with people. Hope is a powerful thing. To be able to deliver on a promise was something I never forgot.

My strengths are my ability to think on my feet and prevail in court. I am a very creative thinker who listens to my clients. My strength is my ability to listen to a client and devise a strategy to meet the client's goals, given the confines of the situation.

Personal interests:

I love hiking, camping, and most outdoor sports.

  • Bar Number: 14568
    Maryland , 1999
  • Bar Number: 467479
    District of Columbia , 2000
  • University of Maryland School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1999
    Baltimore, MD
    Maryland International Journal of Law and Trade.
  • Emory University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1992
    Atlanta, GA
    Political Science.
  • George Washington University School of Business and Public Management
    Masters Degree in Public Administration , 1996
    Washington, DC

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