Arnold M. Weiner
Attorneys at Law Email: aweiner@wwlawoffice.com


Arnold M. Weiner is an experienced and highly regarded trial attorney and civil litigator. Mr. Weiner has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1995, has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for the past twenty years and was listed in the Top Ten of Maryland Super Lawyers for five consecutive years.

He has been both an Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland. He was lead defense attorney in the high profile prosecutions of Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, Congressman Edward Garmatz, and Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon, as well as many other notable criminal trials. Mr. Weiner has participated in lengthy civil trials both as plaintiff's attorney and as defendant's attorney, in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Review of Law following his service on the Editorial Board of the American Criminal Law Review in the 1980's. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Maryland.

Principal - Law Offices of Arnold M. Weiner, Baltimore, 2007 - Present
Principal - Weiner & Weltchek, Baltimore, 2001 - 2006
Partner - Snyder, Weiner, Weltchek, et al., Baltimore, 1997 - 2001
Principal/President - Weiner, Astrachan, Gunst, Hillman & Allen, P.C., Baltimore, 1994 - 1997
Principal - Hazel & Thomas, P.C., 1989 - 1994
Principal/President - Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner & Smouse, P.A., 1962 - 1989
   
Member - Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1977 - 1984
Chairman - Advisory Board, Department of Correction, Parole and Probation, State of Maryland, 1970 - 1974
Special Assistant Attorney General - State of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1966 - 1969
Special Assistant United States Attorney - District of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1962 - 1963
Assistant United States Attorney - District of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1958 - 1961
Assistant United States Attorney - District of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1958 - 1961
Law Clerk, Simon E. Sobeloff, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Baltimore, Maryland 1957-1958
   
Faculty, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1977-1989. Taught courses in civil procedure, criminal procedure and trial practice and procedure, at least one semester during each school year.
   
U.S. State Department – Program for Visiting African Diplomats – "The Defense of the Dixon Case – Special Issues Presented by High Profile Prosecutions of Public Officials."
Inns of Court - "Prosecution of Prince Hamlet for the Murder of Polonius - Was Hamlet Criminally Insane?" Presentation - Baltimore, Maryland
Howard County Bar Association - "On Suing for $4 Billion or More" - Speech - Columbia, Maryland
Georgetown University Law Center - "Sponsorship Theory - A New Approach to Litigation" - Speaker/Panelist - Washington, D.C.
Chesapeake Tax Conference - "Tax Aspects of Certain Litigation" - Speaker - Baltimore, Maryland
Inns of Court - "Cross-examination of Principal Witness for Opposition" - Annapolis, Maryland
Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers - Trial Advocacy Program - "Civil RICO" - Faculty/Demonstration - Baltimore, Maryland
American College of Trial Lawyers - "Jury Selection and Final Argument" - Presentation and Demonstration - Williamsburg, Va.
Practicing Law Institute - Deposition Skills Training Program - Faculty - Washington, D.C.
Trial Advocacy Training Program - Attorney General's Office, State of Maryland - "Examination of Technical Experts in Environmental Litigation" - Presentation and Demonstration - Baltimore, Maryland
Anne Arundel County Bar Association - "Law and Justice in Colonial Maryland" - Law Day Speech - Annapolis, Maryland
American Bar Association - Negotiation Competition National Finals - Judge - Baltimore, Maryland
Chesapeake Tax Conference - "Tax Aspects of Divorce - A Bird's Eye View" - Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland State Bar Association - "High Tech Crime" - Speech - Ocean City, Maryland
Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers - Program on The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 - Chairman - Baltimore, Maryland
Practicing Law Institute - The Jury: Techniques for the Trial Lawyer - "Judge Conducted Voir Dire" - Speaker/Panelist - Washington, D.C.
Maryland State Bar Association - "Taking and Defending Depositions" - Lecture and Presentation - Towson, Maryland
International Association for Financial Planning - "Divorce and Ante-Nuptial Planning" - Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Judicial Conference - The New Maryland Criminal Rules - Speaker/Panelist - Hunt Valley, Maryland
Georgetown University Law Center, Continuing Legal Education Division - Economic Crime: Defending Businessmen, Corporations and Their Officers - "Negotiations with the Prosecutor"- Speaker/Panelist - Washington, D.C.
Baltimore County Government - "The Criminal Justice System Responds" - Presentation - Towson, Maryland
ALI/ABA - Tax Shelter Program - "Civil Liability Under the Securities Laws" - Speaker/Panelist - Los Angeles, California
Washington, D.C. Bar Association and Public Defenders Service - Criminal Practice Institute - "Defense of Fraud Prosecutions" -Speaker/Panelist - Washington, D.C.
Atlanta Bar Association - Super Star of Seminars in Criminal Defense Litigation "Admissibility of 'Other Crimes' as Evidence" Presentation - Atlanta, Georgia
ALI/ABA - Tax Shelters Under Attack - "Tax Sheltered Investments - Prosecutions and Defenses - Non-Tax Aspects" - Speaker Panelist - New York City
Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers - Trial Advocacy Program - "Impeachment" - Faculty/Demonstration - Baltimore, Maryland
University of Baltimore - "Trial Practice - The Mandel and Garmatz Cases" - Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Loyola College Law Day Program - "Exclusionary Rule of Evidence" - Speaker/Panelist - Baltimore, Maryland
19th Annual Criminal Practice Institute - Georgetown Law Center - "White Collar Crime (Trial Preparation and Tactics)" - Speaker Panelist - Washington, D.C.
Baltimore City Bar Association Spring Seminar "Rule 404(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence: Defense Strategies to Limit Similar Acts' Evidence in Federal White-Collar Criminal Cases" - Speaker/Panelist - Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Seminar - "Trial Tactics - Use of Cross-Examination, Character Witnesses, and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases" - Speaker/Panelist - Baltimore
Howard County Bar Association - "Due Process and the Salem Witch Trials" - Speech - Columbia, Maryland
Baltimore City Bar Association - Lawyers Discussion Group - "Fundamentals of Criminal Trial Advocacy" - Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Loyola College - Law Day Program - "Crime: A Product of Mental Illness?" - Speaker/Panelist - Baltimore, Maryland
National College of District Attorneys - Organized Crime Seminar - "Defense Perspectives" - Speaker/Panelist - New Orleans, Louisiana
Prince George's County Bar Association - "Wild and Crazy Results under the Federal Criminal Rules of Evidence" - Speech - Camp Springs, Maryland
Maryland-Delaware-D.C., Press Association - Annual Conference - "The Legal Process and the Press" - Speech - Ocean City, Maryland
Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers Intensive Trial Advocacy Course - Faculty - Baltimore, Maryland
National Association of Credit Management - "White Collar Crime" - Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland State Bar Association - First Annual Bar/Media Conference - "Getting the Story with Justice" - Keynote Speech - Baltimore, Maryland
Bar Association of the District of Columbia - Criminal Practice Institute - "White Collar Crime" - Speaker/Panelist - Washington, D.C.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - "Defending Political Figures: What to Do When the Congressman Calls" - Speech - San Francisco, California
Federal Judicial Center - Training Seminar for Federal Defenders - "Cross Examination, Impeachment and 3500 Statements" - Speaker/Panelist - Baltimore, Maryland
American Bar Association National Institute - Defending Corporations and Their Executives - "The Attorney-Client Privilege" - Speaker/Panelist - Phoenix, Arizona
   
State of Maryland v. Sheila A. Dixon - Chief Counsel for Mayor of Baltimore accused of perjury and theft. Case resolved without criminal conviction. (2009).
United States v. Marvin Mandel - Chief trial counsel for Maryland Governor prosecuted for mail fraud and racketeering. Case tried twice, in 1976 and 1977, with conviction after second trial. Conviction reversed in 1979 by a divided appellate panel, but conviction reinstated by 3 to 3 and 4 to 4 votes of Court of Appeals on hearing en banc and on reconsideration. Conviction vacated in 1987 upon issuance of writ of error coram nobis. Opinions in case reported at: 408 F. Supp. 673 (D. Md. 1975); 408 F. Supp. 679 (D. Md. 1976); 415 F.Supp. 997 (D. Md. 1976); 415 F.Supp. 1033 (D. Md. 1976); 415 F. Supp. 1079 (4th Cir. 1976); 415 F. Supp. 1025 (4th Cir. 1976); 431 F.Supp. 90 (D. Md. 1977); 437 F. Supp. 258 (4th Cir. 1977); 437 F.Supp. 262 (D. Md. 1977); 537 F.2d 1196 (4th Cir. 1976); 550 F.2d 1001 (4th Cir. 1977); 591 F.2d 1347 (4th Cir. 1979); 602 F.2d 653 (4th Cir. 1979); 609 F.2d 1076 (4th Cir. 1979); 445 U.S. 959 (1980).
United States v. Edward Garmatz - Chief Counsel for Maryland Congressman, who was Chairman of House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, accused of accepting bribes from shipping industry executives. Case dismissed on opening of trial when investigation by defense revealed that prosecution case was based on forged documentary evidence.
United States v. Campbell - Counsel for president of construction company accused of bribing a sitting Judge of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. After acquittal by jury on all but one count, trial judge entered judgment of acquittal on remaining count. Court of Appeals affirmed en banc, setting standard for review of Government appeals from judgments of acquittal entered after jury verdicts. Opinion of Court of Appeals reported at 702 F.2d 262 (D.C. Cir. 1983).
   
Deborah H. Devan, Chapter 7 Trustee for Merry-Go-Round Enterprises v. Ernst & Young LLP. Action by bankrupt national retailer against financial advisor for failed Chapter 11 reorganization. Case settled for $185 million.
Gray & Associates LLC v. McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and Gray & Associates LLC v. Speltz & Weiss LLC United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Supreme Court of New York (2009, 2010).  Actions by litigation trust created in bankruptcy of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York against management company, financial advisors and bankruptcy counsel for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and conflict of interest.  Confidential Settlements.
Ernst & Young LLP v. Swidler & Berlin, Chartered. Action by auditing and consulting firm for failed Chapter 11 reorganization against law firm for debtor. Confidential resolution.
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, L.P., v. Baltimore Orioles, L.P., et al. Defense of Baltimore Orioles baseball organization and sports network created by Baltimore Orioles. Case settled after victory in trial court.
B. Lewis Productions, Inc. v. Maya Angelou. Defense of author and poet in action by alleged former agent. Summary judgment entered for client. Opinions dismissing some claims and granting summary judgment on others appear at 2007 WL 2295971 (S.D.N.Y.) and 2008 WL 1826486 (S.D.N.Y.).
Joseph C. Schultz v. Christopher Braga, et al. Action by innocent citizen shot in face by FBI agent during arrest based on mistaken identity. Opinions of District Court and Court of Appeals, denying governmental immunity, reported at 290 F.Supp. 2d 637 (D. Md. 2003) and 455 F.3d 470 (4th Cir. 2006). Confidential settlement.
William Lowe, et al. v. Continental Insurance Co., et al. Action by approximately 8,000 asbestos claimants who alleged that they were defrauded in settlement with insurers based on false statements as to extent of coverage. Case pending.
Prosys Inc. v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Inc., et al. Action by software developer against Johns Hopkins Health System for misappropriation of software secrets. Confidential settlement.
DDJ Management, LLC, et al. v. Rhone Group LLC, et all. Action by lenders against borrower's management companies and directors for alleged fraud. Opinions of New York Court of Appeals and Appellate Division of Supreme Court of New York, denying dismissal, reported at 15 N.Y. 3d 147, 931 N.E. 2d 87 (2010) and 78 A.D. 3d 442, 911 N.Y.S. 2d (2010). Confidential settlement after New York’s highest court upheld lenders’ right to sue.
Madeline Wenz, as Personal Representative of the Estate of James F. Wenz, Sr., M.D., et al. v. AM General, LLC f/k/a AM General, Inc., et al. Products liability case against manufacturer of Hummer automobile on behalf of estate of physician killed in collision between Hummer and tractor-trailer. Confidential settlement.
Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc. v. Publishers Clearing House. Action by publishing company against Publishers Clearing House. Confidential settlement.
Charles A. Stanziale, Jr., in his capacity as Litigation Trustee and as Assignee of Claims v. Ernst & Young LLP. Action on behalf of creditors of bankrupt airline against airline's former accounting firm. Confidential settlement.
Lerner v. Lerner Corporation. Shareholder derivative litigation, for accounting and liquidation, in connection with largest real estate development operation in Baltimore-Washington area. Enjoined attempt by majority shareholder to squeeze out minority by means of reverse stock split. Injunction affirmed on appeal. Opinion of Maryland Court of Appeals, affirming injunction, reported at 306 Md. 771, 511 A.2d 501.
Klupt v. Krongard, et al. Defense of action based on alleged license agreement. Case dismissed for plaintiff's destruction of evidence. Opinion affirming dismissal reported at 728 A.2d 727.
Potomac Electric Power Co. v. California Ins. Co. Action by public utility against insurers for failure to acknowledge coverage for pollution losses. Rulings reported at 136 F.R.D. 1 (D.D.C.), 777 F.Supp. 968 (D.D.C. 1991), 777 F.Supp. 980 (D.D.C.). Confidential Settlement.
Rosenberg v. Rosenberg. Divorce action involving heir to oil and gas fortune. Case involved unusual applications of State's newly adopted statutes providing for equitable distribution of marital property and reform of alimony laws. Opinion of Maryland Court of Special Appeals reported at 64 Md.App. 487, 497 A.2d 485.
Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Smulyan. Eminent domain case, involving condemnation by City of land for federal court house. Case established the Maryland rule for admissibility of so-called re-use appraisals. Opinion of Maryland Court of Special Appeals, affirming award in favor of property owner, reported at 41 Md.App. 202, 397 A.2d 198
   
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