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David Benowitz
Residence Template:Country data US Washington, D.C., , USA
Born 1969-05-04
Jersey City, New Jersey
Known for I'm known for preserving my clients' rights.
Occupation Defense attorney (NAICS code 541110)
Contact 123.456.7890
Reference Latitude: 40° 37′ 57.4″ N
Longitude: 74° 55′ 24.2″ W

David Benowitz (born May 4, 1969) is a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. who has defended clients in a number of high-profile cases dealing with violent crimes. He was one of the first lawyers to successfully get charges dismissed during a breathalyzer scandal that embroiled the District of Columbia police in early 2010.[1] Benowitz has also provided legal commentary to national media about the Chandra Levy case.[2]

Early life

Benowitz graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Juris Doctor from George Washington Law School in 1995.[3] He has received a perfect ten rating from Avvo.[4]

Early cases

Early in his career he acted as defense counsel in a number of cases which received media attention. In 1997 he represented Robert Charles Gordon, whose son died when Gordon slapped the boy in the chest. The blow caused an extremely rare condition called commotio cordis, which results in heart arrhythmia, to ensue.[5] Later that same year, Benowitz defended the unnamed woman who accused sportscaster Marv Albert of biting her, when she herself was accused of threatening an ex-boyfriend.[6] In 1998 Benowitz represented Michael Renardo Thomas, a teen who took part in a carjacking that involved stabbing a victim multiple times and then locking her in the trunk of her burning car.[7]


In 2009, when Salvadoran national Ingmar Guandique was implicated as the possible murderer of intern Chandra Levy in 2001, Benowitz analyzed the quality of the evidence against the suspect.[2]

In 2010, the District of Columbia police revealed that eight of its Intoxilyzer breathalyzer machines had calibration errors, which the District Attorney Peter Nicholson advised affected some 300 cases.[8] Benowitz was one of the first attorneys to get charges dropped for a client due to the faulty equipment, and the first to speak out publicly about the problem.[9][1] Later that year he provided analysis and commentary about the high-profile Wone Robert Wone murder].[10]

External links

DC Criminal Defense Lawyers

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  1. ^ a b <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Some DUI Cases in Danger of Being Thrown Out". MyFoxDC. Fox News. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Gaymair, Gillian. "Lawyers question evidence in Levy case". WIBW. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Attorney profiles". Law Office of David Benowitz. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  4. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Lawyer David Benowitz". Atty profiles. AVVO. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
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  8. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Collins, Pat. "Drunken Driving Cases Jeopardized by Defective Equipment". News 4 Washington. NBC. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  9. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Some DUI Cases in Danger of Being Thrown Out". MyFoxDC. Fox News. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  10. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Babay, Emily. "Wone conspiracy trial could wrap up this week". Washington Examiner. Washington Examiner. Retrieved 21 June 2010.