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Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense:
Non-White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defense, Personal Injury
Litigation), 2010-201

"Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense" by
Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007-201
9 &
Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007-201

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2001-201

Million Dollar Advocates Forum and
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2009-201
The Law Office of Thomas L. Heeney, Chartered is a full service law
firm conveniently located in the heart of Rockville, Maryland within
walking distance of Montgomery County's District and Circuit Courts
and the Metro Red Line.  
Thomas L. Heeney practices throughout

Thomas L. Heeney is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in
criminal and civil matters
that include over 150 jury trials over a career
spanning five decades.  He is one of the few lawyers who does not
limit his practice to one area of the law. Mr.Heeney is equally
experienced, knowledgeable, comfortable, and skillful in a wide range
of litigation challenges to include
Criminal matters , Civil matters,
ersonal Injury, DUI,and Traffic. Mr. Heeney has been selected and
published in "Best Lawyers in America" in the areas of Criminal
Defense: Non-White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defense, Personal Injury
Litigation).  His caseload is known for its rich diversity, complexity, and
successful outcomes.

Since 1986, Mr. Heeney has received from Martindale Hubbell an AV
Peer Review rating, which is an objective indicator that a lawyer has
demonstrated the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

In 2009, Mr. Heeney was chosen by the Brain Injury Association of
Maryland to receive its Advocacy Award for his work litigating on
behalf of traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients.

He has been an active leader in the Bar Association of Montgomery
County. He was elected to two separate terms on the association's
Executive Committee.

As a service to the bar and to stay current with the rapidly advancing
state of the law, Mr. Heeney has written and lectured frequently in the
areas of civil and criminal litigation since he began his legal career.
Illustrative of his creative defense for D
UI clients is his practical and
well-received publication, "Report from the M.V.A. Battlefield One Year
Later-- What's Working and What's Not!"

Additional Biographical Information:

 1973, Maryland; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland;
1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals,
District of Columbia Circuit; 1981, U.S. Supreme Court.

Law School:   Emory University, J.D., 1973.

College:  University of Dayton, B.A., 1970.


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable David L. Cahoon, Associate Judge of
    the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, 1973-1974.
  • Assistant State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland,
  • Heeney, McAuliffe, Rowan, and Abell, Associate, 1977-1978.
  • Heeney, Armstrong, and Heeney, Partner, 1978- 2001.
  • Heeney & Arii, Chartered, 2001- June, 2011, Partner.
  • The Law Office of Thomas L. Heeney, Chartered, June, 2011-
    Present, President.

Professional Memberships:

  • Elected by Bar Membership, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating
    Commission, Montgomery County Circuit, 1987-2003.
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County (Chairman: Criminal Law
    Section, 1981- 1982; Executive Committee, 1987-1988; 1990-
    1992, Bar Leaders, 1988 to present; Montgomery County Bar
    Foundation Fellow, 1990 to present).
  • Maryland State Bar Association  (Member of Council, Criminal Law
    Section, 1981; Chair, 1993; Ex officio to present; Life Fellow
    Maryland Bar Foundation, 1990 to present).
  • Maryland Association for Justice (Board of Governors, 1984-
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law.
  • Trustee, Montgomery-Prince George's Continuing Legal Institute,
    Inc. (C.L.E.I.), 1984-1995.
  • Master of the Bench, Inn of Court of Montgomery County, 1987
    to 2012 (President, 1993).

Awards: 2009 Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of
Maryland, "Partnership for Independence Program".

Author:  "Coping With the Abuse of Child Abuse Prosecutions." The
Champion, August, 1985; "Child Abuse Prosecutions - The Criminal
Defense Lawyer's Viewpoint," Maryland Bar Journal, March, 1985;
"Report From the M.V.A. Battlefield - One Year Later - What's Working
and What's Not!," C.L.E.I. Publication, 1991.

Appointments: 2010 Order of United States District Court for
Maryland appointing Thomas L. Heeney, Esq. to conduct an
investigation of a member of its bar.

The Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory ranks The Law Office
of Thomas L. Heeney, Chartered, "
AV® Rating", which is its highest
rating. The "A" signifies the highest levels of legal ability, while the "V"
denotes very high adherence to professional standards of conduct,
ethics, reliability and diligence.

The firm is also included in the
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,
which lists only the most distinguished law practices and the firms
which earned the highest rating and "have been designated by their
colleagues as preeminent in their field."

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Icon is a service mark of Reed Elsevier
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  • Automobile Accident
  • Traumatic Brain Injury ("T.B.I.")
  • Wrongful Death, Including
    Death Caused by Automobiles
  • Slip and Fall & Premises Liability


  • Legal Malpractice
  • Attorney Grievance
    Commission Representation of

  • DUI, Traffic & Motor Vehicle
    Administration (MVA)
  • Assault and Battery, including
    Domestic Violence & Sexual
  • Other Serious Felonies &
  • Drug Distribution &
  • Theft & Misappropriation
  • Alcohol Citations Involving
  • Coram Nobis with
    Deportation Consequences
  • Juvenile Delinquency