Practice Areas

White Collar Defense

General Civil Litigation

Student Disciplinary Matters


1215 19th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Tel:  (202) 467-4114
Fax: (202) 467-1625

Steve Grafman

Steve has wide-ranging civil and criminal trial experience.  He was for many years a partner in a large international law firm engaged with both corporate and individual representation.   He has served both as an investigator and as counsel in connection with respect to complex internal investigations. In addition, Steve provides representation for high school and college students facing educational disciplinary proceedings.

He has authored articles dealing with criminal law matters published in the National Law Journal. He co-authored the American Bar Association sponsored Securities Manual chapter on criminal law enforcement as respects federal criminal securities issues.  Steve has also written articles for the Washington Legal Foundation and appeared on the attached Legally Brief video series addressing the use and misuse of the Perp Walk. He was featured as a “prominent attorney” in the District of Columbia Bar Washington Lawyer article “Defense Lawyers and Federal Sentencing Guidelines” where he provided commentary with respect to that legislation.

Steve served previously as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia representing the government in numerous criminal and civil prosecutions.  For his sustained superior performance he was awarded the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. Prior to his AUSA service, Steve was a Navy Judge Advocate General were he prosecuted and defended courts-martial, trying several under combat conditions.

He has served as a member of the District of Columbia Bar Board of Professional Responsibility from 2009-2011 and has for a number of years has been a Board member of the Counsel for Court Excellence which has also included service on its Executive Committee.  He is a Master of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court.

Steve has undertaken various pro bono representations over the years and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the District of Columbia Public Library for his representation of the library in litigation pertaining to the library funding.  In December 2015 Steve was honored by the Council for Court Excellence with the Charles Horsky Award for his sustained work in support of the administration of justice in the District of Columbia.