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DC Criminal Law & DUI Attorney Joseph A. Scrofano | Scrofano Law


Attorney Joseph A. Scrofano is a passionate trial lawyer who will aggressively fight for your rights in a DC criminal case. Mr. Scrofano has litigated more than 1,000 cases in the District of Columbia courts and administrative agencies. He routinely practices in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Superior Court, and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Referred to affectionately by his colleagues as “Scruff Justice,” he has a reputation as a forceful advocate who fights harder than other more conventional criminal defense lawyers. 
Former clients have described Mr. Scrofano as “tireless in helping me with my DUI case,” “nothing short of amazing,” “kind, considerate, very trustworthy” who “keeps you in the loop every single step of the way,” and a “bulldog that’s not afraid to get into a fight.”

Mr. Scrofano’s relentless advocacy can make the difference between jail and probation, conviction and dismissal, or guilty and not guilty.

He is dedicated to his clients and continuously strives to sharpen his trial skills. Indicative of this drive, he has attended some of the nation’s top advocacy institutes. For example, in 2013, Mr. Scrofano graduated from the Trial Lawyer’s College, a selective trial advocacy college founded by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence. At the Trial Lawyer’s College, he spent three intensive weeks living on the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming with top criminal defense and plaintiff lawyers from across the country. At the Trial Lawyer’s College, he learned the importance of telling his client’s story and how to connect with and convince juries to give clients justice. He returned to the Trial Lawyer’s College in 2014 and 2017 to complete week-long advanced training programs. He remains active in the organization helping lawyers across the country prepare for trials in civil, criminal, and military justice cases.

Mr. Scrofano has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyer’s Magazine—a prestigious, patented attorney rating service through Thomson Reuters from 2015 to 2022 and selected as a Super Lawyer from 2023 to the present. He has achieved the highest peer review rating with Martindale Hubbell as “AV-Preeminent”–scoring a perfect score of 5.0/5.0.

As a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, he is on the cutting edge of challenging DC DUI’s with aggressive tactics, smart instincts, and sound judgment. In addition, Mr. Scrofano obtained certification through the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests–the same training officers receive to make DUI arrests in 2016.

Mr. Scrofano is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. In 2016, Mr. Scrofano was elected to the Steering Committee for the DC Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section. In 2017, he was selected by his colleagues as Committee Chair–a position he served in until 2020. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Mr. Scrofano also routinely presents for the DC Bar on criminal law topics and trial skills topics and has presented at conferences for national criminal lawyer organizations including the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.  He has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and others on criminal justice issues and appeared as a commentator on Court TV.

In 2010, with little experience but a large desire to fight for individual rights, Mr. Scrofano took a chance in a tough economy and laid the first brick of Scrofano Law. He started out representing indigent defendants on the Criminal Justice Act Panel where he gained a reputation as a tireless advocate. He went above and beyond to get the best results for every client—putting in countless hours on behalf of folks often ill-treated and marginalized in society—regardless of fee. Whether the case involved possession of an open container of alcohol or a murder charge, Mr. Scrofano put everything he had into fighting for his clients. Since that time, he has built one of the top criminal defense firms in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia with offices in the District of Columbia, Rockville, MD, and Fairfax, VA..

Before starting Scrofano Law, Mr. Scrofano spent two years clerking for the Honorable Natalia Combs Greene in D.C. Superior Court. Judge Combs Greene had served as the Director of Training at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia prior to her appointment to the bench by President Clinton. Judge Combs Greene taught Mr. Scrofano invaluable lessons on trial skills and his experience gave him incredible insight on how judges make decisions. During his Clerkship, Mr. Scrofano worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases, including substantial work on an opinion published by the Daily Washington Law Reporter in Wardman Investor, LLC v. Marriott International, Inc. et al, 138 DWLR 1221 (D.C. Sup.Ct.) (Mar 29, 2010), referred to as “one of the most well-written, thoroughly-reasoned, erudite, impartial, and comprehensive Memorandum Opinions ever to come out of the D.C. Superior Court.”

Mr. Scrofano is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland Bar, and licensed to practice in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

If you want—as one former client put it—“an unregrettable edge in the DC Court system,” contact Scrofano Law PC today.


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