Byron L. Warnken
Byron L. Warnken, Esq.
Byron L. Warnken, Esq. has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. He is the founding member of Warnken, LLC, Attorneys-at-Law. Also a law professor with more than three decades of experience, Warnken’s career has been diverse and filled with accolades.
Warnken’s cases consist of criminal post-verdict matters, appellate litigation, law enforcement representation, and ethics issues. He is also an expert witness in police misconduct cases, other law enforcement and LEOBOR matters, and in criminal post conviction cases.
As an appellate litigator, Professor Byron L. Warnken has been involved in 200 appeals, including six cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. He is routinely in both state and federal courts including the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit in Richmond.
Warnken has extensive experience in both criminal and civil appeals. He is the author of How to Choose an Appellate Lawyer, discussing the vast differences between good trial and good appellate counsel. His criminal appeal successes have included numerous overturned convictions and numerous new trials. His civil appeal successes have included sustained judgments, as well reversed judgments. He is brought in by both plaintiff’s counsel, as well as defense counsel. He is often called a lawyer’s lawyer and is known for his expertise in appellate courts.
The appellate and litigation support practices are handled by Warnken and James Nichols, Esq.
Law Enforcement Representation
Professor Warnken formerly taught Issues in Law Enforcement at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He also authored one of the most cited law review articles on LEOBOR in history. Warnken, LLC has represented the Maryland Troopers Association for nearly 15 years. Warnken and the Firm have represented law enforcement officers in more than 30 different local, state, and national agencies. While still extensively advised by Warnken, the law enforcement practice is now run by Rebecca Smith, Esq.
The criminal post verdict practice – which now handles cases from trial all the way through parole – is known for its successes. The practice has had over 175 successes in criminal post verdict matters – a simply unheard of number. Inmates throughout Maryland know if you want to get out of jail, you call Warnken.
Honors and Awards
University System of Maryland Board of Regents “Excellence in Mentoring” Award (2000)
Leadership in Law Award (2008) – Selected as “Top Winner”
Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
Bar Association of Baltimore City Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor of the Year Award (2000)
Nancy Moran Award (2009)
Governor’s Victim Assistance Award (2008)
Maryland Champion for Crime Victims Award (2006)
Senate of Maryland Citation (2005) (presented in recognition of 24 years as Reporter for the Maryland Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions)
Pete Lawer Memorial Award (1996)
Law School Full-Time “Teacher of the Year” Award (2010)
Women’s Bar Association Appreciation Award (2010)
Black Law Students Association Faculty Service & Appreciation Award (2012, 2011, 2010, 2004, 1991, 1988, 1985)
University of Baltimore School of Law Alumnus of the Year (2006)
University of Baltimore Students in Public Interest “Striking for Justice” Award (2005)
University of Baltimore Alumni Association H. Mebane Turner Service Award
Warnken is very selective about the matters he personally handles. To request representation by Byron L. Warnken, please call 443-921-1100.