Larry A. Nathans - Nathans & Biddle LLP

Larry A. Nathans

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 410-783-0272

Mr. Nathans is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Maryland. In his 30 year legal career, he has successfully represented white collar clients in grand jury investigations, trials and appeals, and has litigated cases in federal courts throughout the country and in almost all Maryland state courts. He is a recognized authority on federal sentencing and is frequently engaged to represent individuals, co-counsel, and serve as a consultant to law firms in criminal proceedings. Mr. Nathans has also won numerous cases on behalf of clients accused of public corruption, attorneys before grievance panels, federal and state narcotics defendants, state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus clients, and individuals being investigated and/or charged with a variety of other federal and state felonies and misdemeanors. Mr. Nathans is a former Chief Assistant Federal Defender for Maryland and a former adjunct Trial Practice professor at the Catholic University School of Law.


Recipient of the 2002 Leadership in Law Award presented by the Daily Record, Maryland's legal publication. The award honors efforts to better the legal system, the community, and mentoring efforts which promote a strong generation of future professional and community leaders.

Elected in 2003 to become a Fellow of the Maryland Bar, an honor reserved for only 1% of the members of the state bar.

Selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (White Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense). Mr. Nathans was selected as the 2015 Maryland Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense.

Selected by his colleagues for inclusion in the Maryland Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

Chosen by his peers for inclusion in U.S. News 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 listing of Tier 1 Criminal Defense firms in Maryland.

Martindale-Hubbell has continually given Mr. Nathans its highest "AV" rating for more than 15 years in a row.


Mr. Nathans was Chairperson of the American Bar Association's (ABA) White Collar Crime Subcommittee on Federal Sentencing from 1999 through 2006. He is a past President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA) and a past Vice-Chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's (NACDL) Post-Conviction and Sentencing Committee. Mr. Nathans is a former member of the Practitioner's Advisory Group to the Federal Sentencing Commission and is a current member of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Nathans is a regular lecturer at national and Maryland criminal defense programs, including serving as a panel moderator at the American Bar Association (ABA) White Collar annual seminar and as the only criminal defense attorney presenter at a seminar for newly appointed Federal District Court Judges. His publication, Federal Sentencing Downward Departures, was the preeminent text on federal sentencing mitigation.

Mr. Nathans lectures include the following topics: Defending White Collar cases; Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Criminal Law; federal and state criminal trials; representing clients charged with various fraud offenses; cross-examining informants and cooperating witnesses; opening statements; sentencing mitigation; investigating federal criminal cases; dealing with the press in high profile cases; filing pretrial motions in federal court; effective use of federal 17(c) subpoenas; representing cooperating witnesses; attacking search and seizure warrants; detention and pretrial release issues; forging new paths in demonstrative evidence; Bureau of Prisons classification policies; how to impeach the government's witnesses; plea bargaining under the federal sentencing guidelines; and freeing the wrongfully convicted.

Mr. Nathans has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, Fox National News, Court Television, Black Entertainment Television, National Public Radio and all of the local Baltimore and District of Columbia area television stations.


Mr. Nathans is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 after having only spent 6 1/2 years in College and High School. He received his law degree from Northeastern Law School in 1982.

Mr. Nathans is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Florida, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Mr. Nathans has two children. One a recent college graduate and the other a middle schooler. Mr. Nathans is very active in their lives and has served as an Assistant Football Coach for the LTRC Blue Knights and as an Assistant Coach at Towsontowne Basketball, Mount Washington Soccer and Roland Park Baseball over the last several years.

University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa)BA 1978Northeastern UniversityJ.D. 1982
Maryland Federal Bar AssociationPractitioner''s Advisory Group to the Federal Sentencing CommissionMaryland Criminal Defense Attorney''s AssociationNACDL Subcommittee on Post Conviction and SentencingABA White Collar Subcommittee on Federal Sentencing

Office Location

120 East Baltimore Street, Suite 1800
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Baltimore Metro Area
Larry A. Nathans has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice (Appellate, Criminal Investigations, Grand Jury, State and Federal, Violent and Nonviolent Crimes)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Appellate, Civil and Criminal, Environmental Crimes, Federal, Fraud, Government Investigations, Litigation, State)

Other Information

Gender: Male