Stephen L. Braga has been recognized as:
-one of the "Best Lawyers In America" in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense White Collar, Criminal Defense Non-White Collar, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation, Securities Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law and Professional Responsibility Law by U.S. News/American Lawyer Media; -one of the "Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States" by U.S. Lawyer Rankings; -one of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C." by Super Lawyers; and -receiving "the highest possible recommendation" from legal market commentators by Chambers and Partners.
Steve has also received numerous awards for successful high-profile pro bono representations:
- helping to achieve exoneration for Marty Tankleff after spending nearly two decades in prison for crimes he did not commit (2008 New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Gideon" Award; 2009 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project "Defender of Innocence" Award);
- helping to "Free The West Memphis Three," including securing the release of Damien Echols from Death Row, after spending eighteen years in prison for crimes they did not commit (2012 Death Penalty Focus "Abolition" Award; 2012 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project "Defender of Innocence" Award; 2012 National Law Journal "Pro Bono Hot List" Award)
Steve has appeared on CBS' "48 Hours" and "The Morning Show," as well as being featured in the movies "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" and "West of Memphis." He has spoken on panels at the Sundance Film Festival regarding the latter. Steve has been profiled in the National Law Journal and The American Lawyer, and he regularly provides legal commentary for those and other legal industry periodicals.
Since 1993, Steve has also been teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Georgetown University and the University of Virginia. He has taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Civil Litigation, Evidence, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Innocence Cases and Trial Practice. His qualifications for the last of these courses include being selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers organization.
After thirty-one years of practicing law in DC law firms large and small, Steve decided to found his own firm to focus his experience and skills toward the representation of individuals in trouble: to help real people in the myriad settings where their personal interests might collide with the power of an investigating or prosecuting governmental entity, or some other litigious adversary. In addition, he wanted to do so under more flexible fee arrangements than similarly qualified lawyers charge in large law firms: to charge fees that individuals could more easily afford in their times of need. Those two goals are our firm's mission statement. Or, as an old friend once put it: we aim to provide "a reasonable doubt at a reasonable price."