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Brian G. Thompson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Baltimore, MD

Silverman Thompson Slutkin White LLC
400 E Pratt St, Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-385-2225
Fax: 410-547-2432
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2023
Licensed in Maryland Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

Brian Thompson is one of the founding partners of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White and is currently the partner in charge of the State Criminal Trial Division. His practice is devoted to the litigation of criminal cases and related administrative actions. Mr. Thompson is former Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County where he was employed for five years. As an Assistant State’s Attorney Mr. Thompson successfully prosecuted thousands of criminal cases in the District and Circuit Courts. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Thompson developed a particular expertise in alcohol related traffic cases, sexual offenses, white collar crimes and cases involving violations of the state’s narcotics laws. Mr. Thompson also prosecuted many high profile cases including being selected to prosecute the sitting Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Upon entering private practice in 1998, Mr. Thompson quickly built upon the reputation he developed as a prosecutor and is currently considered one of the most aggressive and talented criminal practitioners and legal commentators in Maryland. Mr. Thompson writes a Criminal Blog and DUI Blog on his web site and is frequently quoted as a legal expert in both print and television medial sources. Mr. Thompson practices exclusively criminal defense appearing daily in both the Circuit and District Courts throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area. He handles a wide variety of criminal and serious traffic offenses ranging from complicated white collar and narcotics cases in the Circuit Court to garden variety misdemeanors and DUI’s in the District Court.

Mr. Thompson has also handled many cases that were widely reported in the news, including receiving international media attention for successfully defending a Baltimore man who was wrongfully suspected of plotting a domestic terrorist attack on The World Trade Center Building in the Inner Harbor. Mr. Thompson received prominent coverage by the Washington Post as well as Fox News and other television news stations for his representation of a Catholic University Freshman who was raped on campus. Because of Mr. Thompson's aggressive advocacy in that case, significant changes were made in the way in which the University handles rape investigations. Mr. Thompson has been featured many times regarding his work by television, radio and print news media outlets in the state. He has also appeared multiple times on WBAL radio to discuss his work and offer legal analysis.Most recently Mr. Thompson received prominent news coverage for successfully defending a woman who was wrongfully charged with operating a dogfighting organization.Because of Mr. Thompson's aggressive advocacy in that case, the State dismissed all charges related to dogfighting and acknowledged on the record that the charges were untrue.


Mr. Thompson is also regularly quoted in the news as a legal commentator and expert criminal attorney for prominent cases in which he is not involved.In 2011, Mr. Thompson’s expertise was utilized in multiple Baltimore Sun Articles for analysis of a tragic case in which a recidivist drunken driver struck and killed a Johns Hopkins College Student before leaving the scene.Mr. Thompson also recently provided expert analysis in the Daily Record in a story regarding an elite Baltimore boxer who was retaliated against by the Baltimore City Police costing him his chance to compete in the Olympics. The Dailey Record also prominently featured Mr. Thompson’s expertise analysis in a front page story regarding how bail is set in Baltimore City in comparison with other jurisdictions.Mr. Thompson has written extensively on his blog about this issue and is widely regarded as one of if not the pre-eminent experts on bail issues.


In 2006 Mr. Thompson was honored to be appointed by Governor O’Malley to the Maryland Trial Court’s Judicial Nominating Committee for Baltimore County. During his first 4 year term, Mr. Thompson played an integral role in the selection of 7 current Baltimore County Judges. Because of his excellent work on that Committee, Governor O’Malley recently appointed Mr. Thompson to a second 4 year term. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Baltimore City and County Bar Associations as well as the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.

About Brian G. Thompson

First Admitted: 1996, Maryland

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Committee for Baltimore County

Industry Groups

  • Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
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Office Location for Brian G. Thompson

400 E Pratt St
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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