Patrick Seidel is a criminal litigator at Silverman Thompson with more than fifteen years of complex trial experience, some of which are in the most challenging jurisdictions in the country. His principal areas of practice include criminal defense (in both State and Federal Court), general civil litigation, and victims’ rights advocacy. 

As a formal federal prosecutor, Mr. Seidel has excellent trial experience, representing clients in court weekly. Known for his confidence and preparedness in the courtroom, Mr. Seidel is considered one of the best trial lawyers and criminal lawyers in Baltimore. 

As both a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, Mr. Seidel’s results speak for themselves, from acquittals of wrongfully accused crimes to seven-figure settles for victims of a mass shooting.  

Prior to joining Silverman Thompson, Mr. Seidel served as Chief of the Major Investigations Unit for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, where he supervised a team of attorneys and law enforcement personnel, as they investigated and prosecuted organized crime, public corruption, human/labor trafficking cases, and matters involving violent, repeat offenders. As both a veteran homicide and S.V.U. prosecutor, Mr. Seidel has been called upon time and again to handle some of the highest profile cases in the State. 

Serving a prosecutor in two separate jurisdictions for more than a decade, Mr. Seidel personally handled virtually every criminal scenario from simple traffic cases up to homicide. His move to private practice symbolized a new challenge for him professionally, as Silverman Thompson has some of the best trial attorneys in Maryland and Washington D.C. 

Mr. Seidel has gained recognition for his time as a federal prosecutor, and since joining Silverman Thompson in 2021, consistently receives 5-stars on Google with personal reviews praising his personal, client-focused approach and exceptional trial results.  

Education
  • Ave Maria School of Law - J.D. - 2008
  • University of Michigan - B.A. - 2003
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Defense
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Victim's Rights
Significant Cases
  • Baltimore City small business owner charged with attempted murder granted probation before judgment after a negotiated plea to second degree assault.
  • Montgomery County college student employed as a security guard for a local restaurant charged with first degree assault ultimately granted probation before judgement after a negotiated plea to second degree assault.
  • Baltimore County Police Officer acquitted of all charges by a jury in less than an hour.
  • Supervisor with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service granted expungement of traffic offenses previously documented by Clerk’s office incorrectly.
  • Successfully reached confidential settlement for the surviving families of two of the victims in the Capital Gazette newspaper mass shooting.
  • False allegations of sexual assault against University of Maryland student dismissed.
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy restored to full working status following six-month criminal investigation in which the State declined to prosecute any of the allegations.
  • Pennsylvania small business owner charged with multiple counts of attempted murder acquitted after jury trial of all but misdemeanors / minor traffic offenses.
  • Daycare owner, falsely accused of child abuse, cleared of all charges after opening statements in jury trial.
  • All charges dismissed against Towson University student accused of assault.
  • Howard County physician granted probation before judgment following lengthy bench trial.
  • Case dismissed by judge against Annapolis Police Officer after lengthy Kastigar
  • Harford County small business owner acquitted of domestic violence allegations after bench trial.
Government Service
  • Assistant State’s Attorney Baltimore City, Maryland, 2014-2021
  • Assistant District Attorney Bronx, New York, 2008-2014
Honors/Awards/Appointments
Mark P. Cohen Award, 2019
Community Service
Mr. Seidel is heavily involved in several local youth sports leagues, as a volunteer coach for both boys’ and girls' sports, including lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and basketball.
Teaching Experience
  • Presenter for the 2021 Baltimore City State’s Attorney trial training program; “Closing Arguments.”
  • Guest lecturer at the 2018 Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association conference; “Evidence 101.”
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association for Baltimore City
  • Bar Association for Baltimore County

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