Law Offices of John N. Sharifi, LLC

Maryland Criminal Defense
Trials and Appeals

About Mr. Sharifi

Mr. Sharifi has a wide range of experience representing individuals in trial and appellate courts. His courtroom advocacy has led to complete acquittals for clients facing life sentences in highly publicized trials. He famously engineered and argued State v. Jones, the landmark homicide case in which he persuaded Maryland’s highest court to remove a theory of murder from Maryland law. Mr. Sharifi writes extensively on issues related to criminal law and procedure, and is published in Georgetown Law's American Criminal Law Review, Akron Law Review, and The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Sharifi began his career as an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender before starting his own practice in 2005. Aside from his work at the firm, Mr. Sharifi is also an adjunct professor of law. He teaches Evidence, Advanced Trial Practice, and co-directs the Moot Court National Trial Program at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He has twice been honored by the student body as the Adjunct Professor of the Year.

Mr. Sharifi received his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, and an LL.M from The George Washington University Law Center. He is licensed in Maryland’s state and federal courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.