Michael Bruckheim

Michael Bruckheim

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Rockville, MD

Bruckheim & Patel, LLC
 | One Church Street, Suite 910
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-753-8222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%)
Attorney Profile

I was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1989. I attended Brandeis University where I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics in 1993. I received my juris doctor from the American University Washington College of Law in 1996. While in law school, I was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Executive Board. In my third year, I participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, and had the opportunity to represent clients in criminal matters in the Montgomery County District and Circuit Courts. I also spent a semester prosecuting criminal matters as a Rule 16 student in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County.

Prior to opening my law office in April, 2010, I enjoyed a diverse career litigating in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) for over 11 years. I began my OAG career as a prosecutor in the Criminal Section where I conducted numerous bench and jury trials in traffic and criminal misdemeanor matters. Later in my OAG career, I served as Chief of the Criminal Section where I supervised the prosecution of DUI offenses in the District, and directed a staff of over 20 attorneys. I was responsible for formulating office policy for the prosecution of DUIs, as well as all traffic and criminal offenses under OAG’s jurisdiction.

I have successfully completed a variety of intensive trainings that has him uniquely prepared to attack the prosecution of every type of DUI case. I am trained to administer field sobriety tests according to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) standards, and also trained as a NHTSA field sobriety test Instructor. I’ve completed trainings in Forensic Chromatography, which is the process used to analyze blood and urine samples in DUI and drug cases. I have been trained in the use of and weaknesses of the Intoximeter EC/IR II, which is the breath testing machine used in the District of Columbia and Maryland. I have been trained in Drug Recognition, which is the same training officers have taken for purposes of prosecuting DUI-drug cases.

I have published chapters in Aspatore Publishing’s Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings and Inside the Minds: Trends in DUI Discovery.  In December, 2013, also through Aspatore Publishing, I published a Quick-Prep book entitled Facing a DUI Charge in DC: What You Need to Know.

I am admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland. I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense where I am serving as the District of Columbia Delegate. I also am a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

About Michael Bruckheim

Admitted 1996, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.brucklaw.com/biography

Honors and Awards:

  • Top Attorneys in Washington, DC, Newsweek Magazine, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers , 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, 2010
  • DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course, 2013
  • Forensic Drug Analysis, 2013
  • Forensic Chromatography: Theory and Practice, 2011

Educational Background:

  • Brandeis University, BA in Economics, cum laude, 1993
Office Location for Michael Bruckheim

One Church Street
Suite 910
Rockville, MD 20850


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Last Updated: 3/15/2017

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