Mallon & McCool - Creative, Driven, Accomplished
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State & Local Criminal Defense

Mallon & McCool remains dedicated to defending individuals charged with offenses ranging from driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor charges of theft, assault, and narcotics possession to felony charges of narcotics distribution, firearms possession, felony assaults, abuse, and homicide. We also routinely defend these types of cases when charges are brought in federal courts. One of the firm’s partners, Steven McCool, began his legal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting cases in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. McCool was in involved in some of the Office’s most high-profile cases, including the murder of Metropolitan Police Officer Jason E. White in 1994. Mr. McCool was also lead and only prosecutor in the 1996 prosecution of three gang members who were responsible for nine murders during a one-month spree of violence in the District of Columbia. After a six-month trial -- still one of the longest trials in the history of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia -- the jury returned guilty verdicts against all three defendants, who were all sentenced to life imprisonment. Mr. McCool received Special Achievement Awards for his work from the United States Department of Justice in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

In 2003, after founding Mallon & McCool, Mr. McCool completed the longest federal criminal trial in the history of the District of Columbia. A federal judge appointed Mr. McCool to represent a client charged with leading a racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise that was responsible for 31 murders. The government vehemently sought the death penalty. Following a 12-month trial, Mr. McCool obtained acquittals on a number of murder charges, and he convinced jurors not to impose a death sentence.

Selected Representations:

  • Dismissal of a murder charge brought against the owner of a well-known, District of Columbia nightclub, after the Metropolitan Police Chief announced to the television media that his client and others beat a man to death.
  • Dismissal of all charges against a former Blackwater security guard charged with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and firearms offenses in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • 9-month Booker sentence in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a client who faced a 10-year mandatory sentence for distributing crack cocaine.
  • Acquittal following trial of a Georgetown University student charged with multiple counts of assault in D.C. Superior Court.
  • Dismissal for U.S. Naval officer charged with aggravated assault. Following a preliminary hearing, a D.C. Superior Court magistrate judge agreed there was no probable cause to arrest the firm’s client.
  • Sentence significantly below the mandatory-minimum term of imprisonment for client charged with possession of prohibited images in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Sentence of probation for a client facing a mandatory-minimum term of imprisonment for driving while intoxicated in D.C. Superior Court.
  • Dismissal for Towson State University student charged with burglary and other felonies in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County Maryland.
  • Sentence significantly below the recommended guideline range for a former KPMG attorney charged with enticement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Reduction of sentence for client in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, following successful appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • Sentence of probation for University of Maryland student charged with possession with the intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana and LSD in the Circuit Court for Prince Georges County Maryland.
  • Dismissal of credit card fraud charges in Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland.
  • Arrest records sealed following acquittal at trial on assault charges in the D.C. Superior Court.
  • Return of client’s firearms on Second Amendment grounds in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland.
  • Acquittal at trial for George Washington University student charged with assault in D.C. Superior Court.
  • Set aside of conviction in Duke University Lacrosse case in D.C. Superior Court.