Jonathan L Katz

Jonathan L Katz spends nearly his entire time defending criminal defense and DWI clients, fighting for the best possible results for his clients, and repeatedly going to trial when needed. He has defended over 3000 clients in criminal court since 1991, and has taken hundreds of cases to trial. Many of Jon’s trial highlights are at .

Criminal defense is war, requiring being armed to the teeth, and escalating the proverbial fighting from checking before hurting, hurting before maiming, and maiming before destroying. Criminal defense is also about martial arts, using fearless cunning and strategy over brute force, and drawing from my daily martial arts practice. The stakes are often high, and the battle should be treated as a one-chance-only affair.

My staff and I will be delighted to arrange a time for you to meet with me if you seek a criminal defense or DWI lawyer.

More about my law practice  and experience is at and at my blog at

Languages spoken: Spanish, French, English

Fees: Fixed (always)

Payment types: Cash, Credit card

Contact info
Arlington, Virginia, meeting location.2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700
Five blocks from the Arlington courthouse.
Arlington, VA 22201, VA, 22201

Office (703) 383-1100

State Status Acquired Updated
VA Authorized to practice law 1997 03/31/2016
DC Active 1990 07/10/2016
MD Active 1989 09/20/2015

Award name Grantor Date granted
AV-rated Martindale Hubbell 2016
Super Lawyers-listed Super Lawyers 2014
Top 800 Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2007
Appreciation award Philippine American Bar Association – D.C. area 2000

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Owner / Criminal Defense Lawyer Jon Katz, P.C. 2008 – Present
Criminal Defense partner Marks & Katz, LLC 1998 – 2008
Trial lawyer Chaikin & Sherman, P.C. 1996 – 1998
Assistant Public Defender – Trial attorney Maryland Public Defender’s Office 1991 – 1996
Associate attorney Weiner, McCaffrey, Brodsky & Kaplan 1989 – 1991

School name Major Degree Graduated
Trial Lawyers College Trial Law Four-week intensive program. 1995
Trial Practice Institute – National Criminal Defense College Criminal Law Intensive two-week program 1994
George Washington University National Law Center Law JD – Juris Doctor 1989
Tufts University Political Science BA – Bachelor of Arts 1985

Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Voice of America television Voice of America interview about the FIFA prosecution. 2015
George Washington U. Human Sexuality graduate school class Talk at GWU Human Sexuality class 2015
Fox 45 Baltimore Interviewed on criminalizing upskirting videos 2015
RT Television RT television interview on searching cellphones. 2014
Speaking on the benefit of mindfulness for criminal defense practice Finding True Refuge 2013
Justice With Judge Jeanine Show Fox News 2013
GW Human Sexuality class Sex crime defense and psychology. 2013
NBC Nightly News NBC Interview on overkill suspension of public school student for her writing on the Newtown massacre. 2012
Know Your Rights Know Your Rights With the Police 2010
Criminal Suspects’ Rights Asserting your rights with the police. 2007
Your rights and 420 Standing up the police searching for marijuana. 2006
Successful Strategies for Circuit Court Criminal Cases Trial techniques 2006
National Lawyers Guild- Student Orientation Keeping your values while in law school. 2004
National Lawyers Guild Mid-Atlantic Meeting Animal Rights 2003
Burton Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition Moot Court Judge 2002
East Coast Video Show Everything You Wanted To Know About The First Amendment … But Were Afraid To Ask 2001
Annual Meeting First Amendment Rights with Adult Entertainment 2001
Annual Meeting First Amendment Rights 2001
National Academies panel on children’s online access to erotic material. Federal obscenity laws. 2000
Legally Speaking Weekly legal radio call-in show 1999
Moot Court – George Washington University Law School Moot Court Judge 1998
Moot Court- University of Maryland Law School Moot Court Judge 1996
News interviews. Interviews on criminal and Constitutional defense. N/A
GW Human Sexuality Class Sex crime defense and human sexuality. N/A
Fox 45 Baltimore Interviewed on criminalizing upskirting videos N/A

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