Richard (Rick) Finci brings to Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler, LLC extensive experience in criminal and traffic law in the Federal and state courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. When clients in Maryland and DC need the best criminal defense lawyer for their case, they turn time and time again to the experience of Richard A. Finci.
Rick also assists clients with asset forfeiture matters, complex civil and personal injury cases, and attorney grievances. He has significant experience in the Maryland appellate courts.
Rick is very active in professional and educational activities related to criminal and traffic law. He is currently serving his third consecutive term on the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, an advisory body, appointed by the governor, that is responsible for the Maryland sentencing guidelines.
In 2007, Rick chaired and presented at the Criminal Law Section Council Seminar at the Maryland State Bar Convention, and in 2008, he led a seminar on criminal defense at the University of Baltimore Law School, and served as the Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal law Section Council. In 2013, Rick presented a continuing legal education seminar on the Defense of Forfeiture Cases in Maryland State Courts and in 2015, testified before the Maryland Legislature in support of forfeiture reform legislation to limit the broad seizure and forfeiture laws that had been in effect since the 1980’s.
Rick is a past President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association. He also served on a panel addressing witness intimidation (alongside Professor Byron Warnken, United States Attorney Rod Rosenstein, Montgomery County State Attorney John McCarthy and State Public Defender Nancy Forster) and co-presented a seminar on plea bargaining and case screening at the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s Office with the Honorable Steven Platt.
In recognition of his accomplishments as a best criminal defense lawyer in Maryland, Rick was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list for both Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2007 – 2016.
Rick earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the University of Maryland and his law degree, cum laude, in 1984 from the University of Baltimore Law School, where he served on the law review. When not practicing law, he enjoys running and biking, golf, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchild.