Joshua Treem - Brown Goldstein Levy LLP

Joshua Treem

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Joshua Treem represents individual and corporate clients in a broad spectrum of legal matters. He appears frequently in state and federal courts across Maryland and neighboring jurisdictions in cases involving every facet of criminal investigations and prosecutions. He is particularly well known for his aggressive representation of individuals, including public officials, lobbyists, and high-level state administrators, as well as businesses, in state and federal criminal investigations and grand jury proceedings.

Josh has extensive experience representing clients accused by the government of fraud involving the Small Business Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and Medicare and Medicaid. He has also handled numerous cases involving controlled substances and related issues, including forfeitures.

Josh has successfully represented college students in campus disciplinary proceedings over charges of sexual misconduct. Results have included dismissal of sanctions and clients being cleared of any wrongdoing.

Josh also devotes substantial time to pro bono matters relating to important criminal and constitutional law issues, including successfully representing a woman charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly using illegal drugs while pregnant and a client charged with various crimes for sending “harassing” emails.

Since 2008 Josh has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense and White-Collar Criminal Defense. From 2007-2015, Josh has been chosen annually by his peers to the Maryland Super Lawyers. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are chosen for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers.

 Josh has garnered extensive media notice for the following cases:

  • Obtained an acquittal of charges and violations of Maryland’s campaign fiduciary laws by a Baltimore County councilman;
  • Obtained an acquittal of the president of a major retail food chain accused of bribing a sitting Maryland state senator;
  • Represented a former Montgomery County Councilman and now high-ranking official in the Obama Administration in a constitutional challenge concerning his eligibility for the office of Attorney General of Maryland;
  • Obtained the dismissal on state constitutional and privilege grounds, of bribery charges filed by the Maryland State Prosecutor against a Baltimore City councilperson. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal;
  • Represented the former director of the Parks and Recreation Division of Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission against theft and misappropriation charges, obtaining an acquittal, dismissal of all charges, and reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and expenses;
  • Obtained a multi-million jury verdict in a tort case in Baltimore City Circuit Court;
  • Successfully defended the Indianapolis Colts in eminent domain litigation filed by the City of Baltimore to prevent the team’s relocation to Indianapolis;
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of federal indictment concerning alleged violations of Iranian trade embargo;
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court to represent the first person tried in a federal death penalty case in the Southern Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, resulting in a life sentence rather than a death sentence;
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court to represent John Lee Malvo, one of the two accused D.C. snipers, against federal criminal charges in Maryland; and
  • Represented one of five men charged with arson of a residential subdivision in Southern Maryland, the most costly arson in Maryland history.

Before entering private practice, Josh began his legal career by participating in the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, then serving as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore from 1973 to 1978.

Josh has also served as lecturer at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the National Business Institute, and he serves on the CJA-Felony Panel, a federal court committee that administers the Criminal Justice Act in Maryland, appointing counsel to indigent defendants.

Additional Information

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Appeals, Civil Rights

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense category, 2014-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© White-Collar Criminal Defense category, 2008-2015
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2015
  • Baltimore & Washington D.C.’s Top Attorneys, Washington Post, 2011
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland, Baltimore Magazine, 2011
  • Martindale AV peer-review rated, peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence
  • Criminal Justice Act John Adams Award, presented each year by the U.S. District Court of Maryland to the one attorney on the CJA Panel who over the past year has best exemplified the qualities exhibited by the patriot and former President John Adams in representing those members of our society who cannot afford representation
  • Maryland State Bar Association’s Lee A. Caplan Award for 20 years of providing pro bono representation of the highest caliber to ACLU clients facing criminal charges, 2007
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1982-1989; President, 1988-1989
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Board Member, 1995 – Present; Maryland Chapter President, 1989-1990
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • “Attorney Subpoenas: A Need for Association Intervention,” 4 the Barrister No. 3, 1987
  • “Disclosure to the IRS,” XXIV Maryland Bar Journal No. 1, 1991
  • “Discovery Under the Maryland Rules – Privileges,” MICPEL
The Johns Hopkins UniversityBA 1969Duke UniversityJ.D. 1972
American College of Trial LawyersAmerican Bar AssociationNational Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMaryland Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationHoward County Bar AssociationColorado Bar AssociationFederal Bar Association

Case History

Abrams v. Lamone — Constitutional law.
Friedler v. Cole — Commercial litigation.
United States v. Doe — Criminal law-juvenile rights.
Hale Trucks of Maryland, LLC v. Volvo Trucks North America, Inc. — Criminal law.
United States v. Hammond — Criminal law-admissibility of telephone recordings.

Office Location

120 East Baltimore Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Baltimore Metro Area
Joshua Treem has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law
Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Other Information

Gender: Male