David Benowitz has 22 years of experience handling criminal defense and white collar matters in federal and local courts in Washington, DC and around the country. He began his career as a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), recognized as one of the top indigent defense organizations in the nation, from 1995-2001. While at PDS he represented clients in serious criminal cases, including first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse, armed robbery, and carjacking.
David then founded Price Benowitz LLP with the goal of assembling a team of aggressive, committed defense attorneys who do everything in their power to help their clients achieve the best possible result in their matter.
At Price Benowitz, David has represented clients and companies in a variety of high-profile white collar and criminal matters, including the “Africa Sting” FCPA prosecution dismissed by the Department of Justice, the former President of an African nation charged with bulk cash smuggling that resulted in a small fine, and a high-ranking naval officer in a wide-ranging government corruption probe. He represents CEOs, federal government contractors, financial services executives, and employees in a variety of investigations and criminal prosecutions.
David received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2006. He graduated from the George Washington Law School in 1995 near the top of his class, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and participated in the DC Law Students in Court Program. David obtained his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.
David is a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s renowned Trial Advocacy Workshop and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Building Trial Skills Program. He is the only Washington, DC criminal defense attorney to be certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and he is an Executive Committee member of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers. David has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent rating, is rated a perfect 10/10 by AVVO, and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2013. He was Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section of the DC Bar from 2013-2014.
David is licensed to practice law in:
- District of Columbia
David is admitted to practice before the following courts:
- Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
- Court of Appeals, Maryland
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (pro hac vice)
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California (pro hac vice)
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (pro hac vice)