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APPELLATE LITIGATION &

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

A boutique law firm focusing primarily on appellate litigation (civil and criminal), sentencing mitigation, post-conviction relief, First Step Act relief, and clemency. 

We possess an unparalleled combination of

lived experience and professional expertise, with a proven track record of achieving

pathmarking, life-changing results.

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LIVED EXPERIENCE

Our team has an intimate understanding of the criminal justice system, both at the state and federal levels. Shon Hopwood, for example, spent 11 years in federal prison before earning a Gates Scholarship and becoming a law professor at Georgetown University, a journey profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post60 Minutes, and NPRamong many others. 

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LEGAL EXPERTISE

We bring to the table unique professional experience, having worked at the Supreme Court of the United States, for federal appeals court judges, and at the U.S. Sentencing Commission; testified and presented before Congress, the Commission, and federal judges; served as tenured and tenure-track law professors; presented to judges; and published scholarship in leading journals.

MEANINGFUL RESULTS

Our work has changed lives and changed the law.  For example, the firm secured the compassionate release of Adam Clausen, obtaining a substantial reduction of his federal sentence from 213 years to time served.  We have prevailed in federal appellate and district courts throughout the country in constitutional, civil, and criminal matters. 

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Representative Cases

Below is a list of the firm's

recent cases, and relevant opinions or filings.  Please note that past successes are no guarantee of any future outcomes. 

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  • United States v. Clausen (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania): successfully represented the Defendant, an incarcerated individual, in obtaining compassionate release, reducing a 213-year sentence to 20 years 4 months (time served), where the Defendant had been convicted of possessing a firearm in connection with multiple robberies [opinion]
     

  • Butler v. Pennington (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit): successfully represented the Appellee, a former public defender who was terminated after raising concerns about prosecutorial misconduct, in First Amendment and retaliation case [opinion]
     

  • United States v. Maxwell (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully obtained reversal for the Appellant, an incarcerated individual, whom the district court deemed ineligible for relief under First Step Act [opinion]
     

  • United States v. Tagliaferri (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York): successfully obtained reconsideration for the Defendant, an incarcerated individual who was denied compassionate release [motion]
     

  • United States v. Hazelwood (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully represented an Appellant, a company president, in obtaining reversal of convictions and 150-month sentence in federal wire fraud case [opinion]; and successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Appellant to remain at home rather than spending any time in prison [order]
     

  • United States v. Mitsakos (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York): successfully represented the Defendant in obtaining modification of terms of supervised release [order]
     

  • United States v. Bryant (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit): currently representing the Defendant, a former police officer serving a 49-year sentence, seeking compassionate release [brief; case is pending] 
     

  • United States v. Lundergan (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky): successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Defendant to remain at home rather than spending any time in prison [order] 
     

  • United States v. Omar (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): currently representing the Defendant, a physician, in wire-fraud and healthcare-fraud case [case is pending]
     

  • United States v. Dunham (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit): currently representing the Defendant in challenge of the validity of a Rule 11 proffer waiver [brief; case is pending]
     

  • Green Island Heaven & Hell, Inc. v. D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board (District of Columbia Court of Appeals): currently representing the Petitioner, an immigrant owner of a bar and restaurant, in due process and substantial-evidence challenge to administrative agency's imposition of fine [brief; case is pending]

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1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 769-4080

email: contact@hopwoodsinghal.com