Brian Thompson is one of the founding partners of Silverman Thompson and chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense Practice Group. A Baltimore criminal attorney with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Thompson devotes his time to litigating criminal cases, DUIs, and other serious traffic matters. Mr. Thompson is a former prosecutor who has practiced exclusively criminal defense since leaving the Sate’s Attorney’s Office in 1998. He has since successfully defended thousands of clients in criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including murder. 

Silverman Thompson is the largest law firm in the state of Maryland that practices criminal defense, allowing Mr. Thompson to assemble a team of experienced attorneys for every case. As an aggressive criminal defense attorney, Brian Thompson has spent years developing deep relationships with judges, prosecutors, and the legal community at large.  

Widely considered one of the best criminal defense lawyers and best DUI attorneys throughout Baltimore and Maryland, Brian Thompson has been recognized by SuperLawyers for over a decade and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. Additionally, Mr. Thompson has dozens of 5-star Google reviews and a 5.0 (highest) rating from AVVO, proving he has the highest regard and recommendation from both his peers and clients. 


Sheila Englehart

  • University of Baltimore - J.D. - 1996
  • Towson University - B.A. - 1992
Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense-White Collar
  • Internet Crimes
  • DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving
Significant Cases
  • State v. Chris Spivey: a Baltimore County police officer accused of first degree assault.
  • State v. Dominic Faulkner: a first degree murder case where the defendant was wrongfully accused but confessed to the crime.
  • State v. Dan Galloway: a Baltimore County police officer accused of conspiracy where a motion for judgment of acquittal was granted on all charges after the State’s case.
  • State v. Carloo Watson: auto manslaughter, Harford County.
Government Service
  • Chosen by Governor O’Malley to sit on the Baltimore County Judicial Nominating Committee, 2007-2015
  • Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1994-1998
  • United States Army Reserve, 1986-1990
  • United States Army, 1984-1986
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2023
  • Best Lawyers, 2023
  • Maryland Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense, by Law and Politics, 2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2021
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2015
  • Appointed by Governor O’Malley to Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Baltimore County (four-year term), 2007
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association for Baltimore County
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association

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