Joshua R. Treem, a founding member of Schulman, Treem & Gilden, P.A., represents a wide range of individual and corporate clients in a broad spectrum of legal matters. He appears frequently in state and federal courts across Maryland and neighboring jurisdiction in cases involving every face of criminal investigations and prosecutions, on charges ranging from arson and environmental crimes to racketeering, bribery, financial and health care fraud, as well as in civil cases relating to business law, commercial litigation, civil rights issues and complex administrative law matters, including attorney grievance committee proceedings and serious tort cases, in which he has obtained a multi-million dollar verdict.
He is especially well-known for his aggressive representation of individuals, including politicians, lobbyists and high-level state administrators, as well as businesses, in state and federal criminal investigations and grand jury proceedings. He also devotes substantial time to pro bono matters relating to important criminal and constitutional law issues, including recently successfully representing a woman charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly using illegal drugs while pregnant, and a client charged with various crimes for sending "harassing" emails.
In addition, in the past few years, he has garnered extensive media notice for the following cases:
Represented a former Montgomery County Councilman and high-ranking official in the Clinton Administration in a constitutional challenge concerning his eligibility for the office of Attorney General of Maryland;
Successfully defended a second county councilman against allegations of states campaign financing violations;
Represented the former director of the Parks and Recreation Division of Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, against theft and misappropriation charges, obtaining an acquittal and dismissal of all charges;
Obtained a multi-million jury verdict in a tort case in Baltimore City Circuit Court;
Successfully defended the Indianapolis Colts in eminent domain litigation filed by the City of Baltimore to prevent the team’s relocation Indianapolis;
Represented Willis M. Haynes in the first federal death penalty case tried in the Southern Division in Maryland, obtaining a life sentence rather than a death sentence;
Successfully obtained dismissal of federal indictment concerning alleged violations of Iranian trade embargo;
Represented John Lee Malvo, one of the two accused D.C. snipers, against federal criminal charges in Maryland; and
Represented one of five men charged with arson of a residential subdivision in Southern Maryland, the most costly arson in Maryland history.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Treem began his legal career by participating in the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, and then serving as an Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice. He serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore from 1973 to 1978, and then worked in private practice at Weinberg & Green until 1980, when he formed his current law firm.
Mr. Treem has also served as lecturer at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) and the National Business Institute, and he serves on the CJA-Felony Panel, a federal court committee that administers the Criminal Justice Act in Maryland, appointing counsel to indigent defendants.
United States v. Hammond, 286 F.3d 189 (4th Cir. 2002) (criminal law-admissibility of telephone recordings); United States v. Haynes, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 24822 (4th Cir. 2001) (criminal law-admissibility of pre-and post-Miranda statements); United States v. Under Seal, 204 F.3d 516 94th Cir. 2000) (criminal law-applicability of attorney-client privilege in grand jury); Richardson v. Shein, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 457 (4th Cir. 2000) (breach of contract/legal malpractice); United States v. Johnson, 1999 U.S. App LEXIS 5214 (4th Cir. 2000) (criminal law-sentencing guidelines); United States v. Ehsan, 163 F.3d 855 (4th Cir. 2000) (criminal law-violation of ban on exports to Iran); In re Grand Jury Proceedings, 33 F.3d 342 (4th Cir. 2000) (criminal law-applicability of work product and attorney privilege); United States c. Berman, 21 F.3d 753 (7th Cir. 1994) (criminal law); United States v. Coleman, 1993 U.S App. LEXIS 26774 (4th Cir. 1993) (criminal law); United States v. Bagheri, 999 F.2d 80 (4th Cir. 1993) (criminal law); Menasco v. Wasserman, 886 F.2d 681 (4th Cir. 1989) (RICO, business torts and breach of contract); Lendo v. Garrett County Board of Education, 820 F2.d 1365 (4th Cir. 1987) (civil rights); In re Grand Jury Proceeding, 754 F2.d 154 (4th Cir. 1985) (criminal law-applicability of attorney-client privilege); Bradbie v. EEOC, 705 F.2d 1331 (4th Cir. 1983) (employment law); Friedler v. Cole, 2005 U.S Dist. LEXIS 2994 (D. Md. 2005) (commercial litigation); United States v. Doe, 230 F. Supp.2d 1010 (D. Md. 2002) (criminal law-juvenile rights); Hale Trucks of Maryland, LLC v. Volvo Trucks North America, Inc., 224 F. Supp.2d 398 (D. Md 2002) (criminal law); United States v. Gugnani, 178 F.Supp.2d 538 (D. Md. 2002) (criminal law-reimbursement of attorney’s fees); Rudoplh v. Hechinger Co. 884 F. Supp. 184 (D. Md. 1995) (employment law); Jackson v. Bostick, 760 F. Supp. 524 (D. Md. 1991) (civil rights); Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Baltimore Football Club/Indianapolis Colts, 624 F. Supp. 278 (D. Md. 1985) (condemnation action against football team); Abrams v. Lamone, 905 A.2d 840(2006) (constitutional law); Converge Services Group, LLC v. Curran, 383 Md. 462 (2004) (administrative law).
United State District Court for the District of Maryland, 1973
Fourth Circuit, 1974
The Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1969)
Duke University School of Law (J.D. 1972)
Affiliations, Achievements & Honors
Baltimore & Washington D.C.'s Top Attorneys, Washington Post, 2011;
Top Attorneys in Maryland, Baltimore Magazine, 2011;
AV peer-review rated;
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001;
Maryland's Top Criminal Defense Attorneys;
Baltimore Magazine, 1995;
Criminal Justice Act John Adams Award;
United States District Court for Maryland, 2001;
Member of the Maryland State Bar Association;
Bar Association of Baltimore City;
Federal Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1982-1989; President, 1988-1989);
American Bar Association; and
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Maryland
Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (Board Member, 1995 - Present; President, 1980-1990).
"Attorney Subpoenas: A Need for Association Intervention," 4 the Barrister No. 3 (1987);
"Disclosure to the IRS," XXIV Maryland Bar Journal No. 1 (1991); and
"Discovery Under the Maryland Rules - Privileges," MICPEL.