Steven McCool, a former Federal prosecutor, has served as lead counsel in more than 75 criminal and civil jury and bench trials. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal has named him as one of 50 lawyers in the United States who has made his mark in white-collar litigation. In Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, his peers describe him as an “exceptionally gifted” trial lawyer and a “tenacious” advocate for his clients. Mr. McCool is identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News & World Report (Tier 1 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation). He is also recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine, and in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. McCool was voted as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, DC” by Super Lawyers®.
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 alleged to have been 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 convinced jurors not to impose a death sentence for his client.
This year, Mr. McCool was lead counsel for a former telephone company executive charged with defrauding the Federal Lifeline telephone program out of more than $32 million in United States v. Leonard I. Solt, 14-CR-2014 (M.D. Fla.). On the eve of what was expected to be an eight-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against Mr. Solt.
In 2012, Mr. Mr. McCool was Lead counsel for a former Allied Defense Group executive charged alongside 21 other individuals in the first large-scale, FCPA-related FBI sting case. After an 18-week jury trial, in what was called the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Flagship FCPA prosecution,” the presiding Federal judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss all charges after the jury deadlocked in overwhelming favor for acquittal of Mr. McCool’s client. United States v. Marc Frederick Morales, 09-CR-349 (D.D.C.).
Last year, Mr. McCool was appointed by a Federal Judge as lead counsel for indigent client charged with Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Armed Extortion, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary While Armed, Obstruction of Justice, Cruelty to Children, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm in United States v. Dawayne Brown, Criminal Case No. 13-CR-00203. On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Mr. McCool’s client on all charges, except a lesser burglary offense and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.
Recently, Mr. McCool was lead counsel for NSA Station Chief for Korea who pled guilty to child abuse resulting in death in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prosecutor sought a 40-year term of imprisonment. Mr. O’Callaghan was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, and he will be eligible for release in four years. State of Maryland v. Brian O’Callaghan, Case No. 124572C (Mont. Co. Cir. Ct.).
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Last Updated: 3/23/2017