Practice Areas

White Collar Defense

Government Relations

Securities Litigation

General Civil Litigation

Professional Sports Law

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 litigation experience. For many years he was a partner in a large international law firm where his expertise was focused on major corporate and criminal law issues. The criminal law representation has included grand jury representation and related trial proceedings. He has extensive experience with internal investigations both as an investigator and as counsel for individuals being investigated.

Steve served in the Navy JAG Corps where he tried various courts-martial, some in a combat environment. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Steve was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia representing the government in numerous trial and appellate proceedings, ranging from common law first degree murder to sophisticated federal white collar matters. He received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for outstanding federal government representation.

Acknowledging his experience with the federal sentencing practice, Steve was featured as a “prominent attorney” in the DC Bar Washington Lawyer article “Defense Lawyers and Federal Sentencing Guidelines” where he provided commentary with respect to this legislation.

He has authored articles dealing with federal criminal law including various articles published in the National Law Journal and in various criminal law publications. He was a co-author of the American Bar Association sponsored book Securities Manual for the chapter on criminal law enforcement relating to federal securities law. Steve has also written articles for the Washington Legal Foundation and appeared on its Legally Brief video series addressing the issue of the Perp Walk.  He also represents students facing school disciplinary action.

Steve served as a member of the District of Columbia Bar Board on Professional Responsibility from 2009-2011. He is active in various other law-related organizations including the Council for Court Excellence (a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee). He is a Master of the William B. Bryant American Inns of Court, and a member of the Counsellors.

Steve has undertaken various pro bono representation. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the District of Columbia Public Library for his representation of the library in litigation pertaining to library funding. Most recently in December 2015 he 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.