James E. Crawford, Jr.

James E. Crawford, Jr.Criminal Defense Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr. is the founding and managing partner of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. He has close to twenty-one years of trial experience in federal and state courts throughout Maryland and beyond. Mr. Crawford is recognized as one of the most able and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland. He has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success. His primary areas of practice include criminal law, as well as high-profile criminal litigation.

Since 1992, Mr. Crawford has represented thousands of criminal clients in courts throughout Maryland. He is truly an established criminal trial lawyer. He has been in a Maryland courtroom just about every day of his working career and has tried thousands of criminal cases in District court, Circuit court, U.S. District Court and before many Administrative Agencies.

Although Mr. Crawford has been established as a criminal defense attorney for many years, he also handles serious civil litigation matters including domestic issues and personal injury litigation.

James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates was named “Best of Baltimore” in 2011 and has been featured in Baltimore Magazine the last several years. They are looked upon as an innovative and aggressive law firm who gets the job done.

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Jim’s Professional BackGround & History

James E. Crawford Jr. was born October 15, 1961, in Baltimore City Maryland. He grew up in Baltimore City and subsequently Catonsville, Md. Jim went to Mount Saint Joseph High School and graduated in 1980. He attended Essex Junior College and Frostburg State College for his Bachelor of Science degree. He played high school basketball and college basketball.

One of Mr. Crawford’s passions has always been politics. He comes from a family that believed service to the community and being involved in political life was a fundamental requirement as a productive member of society. Mr. Crawford’s political career ranges from being noted as one of the youngest elected officials in the State’s history to handling and running many state, local and judicial campaigns. From a very young age, Baltimore politics became a staple in his life. His father, James E Crawford Sr. was a practicing lawyer in Baltimore and had established a political career very early on as a young man.

In 1984 Jim became the youngest elected official in the state by being elected to the Democratic State Central Committee. In 1986 he ran for the Md House of Delegates. Since then he has run and participated in many local, county and statewide campaigns. He often has said, “running a campaign has given me great insight into the practice of law. If you can relate to everyday people, then you have a winning formula”.

Jim attended & graduated earning a Masters degree at the University of Baltimore in 1987. He began attending night school at University of Baltimore School of law and earned a Juris Doctorate in 1992. He was married in 1991 and currently has four children.

After law school Mr. Crawford immediately went into private practice in 1992, opening a law office in Baltimore.Since entering private practice Mr. Crawford has handled many notable cases that have appeared in the media. The type of clients he represents ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyers, doctors, politicians and other persons of notoriety.

Since 1992, Jim has represented thousands of criminal clients in courts throughout Maryland. He is truly an established criminal trial lawyer. He has been in a Maryland courtroom just about every day of his working career and has tried thousands of criminal cases in District court, Circuit court, U.S. District Court and in many Administrative Agencies. Jim has been well established in many community aspects. He established (As executive CEO) a Baltimore Charity group known as the “Baltimore Beezs”. The group is primarily focused on helping to feed people around the holidays as well as helping other Baltimore Charities. Jim has always felt serving the community and striving to help those in need plays a very important role in life. As an executive Board member of Mount Saint Joseph High school, he has given countless hours to the school, its academic program and has donated and built a much need new baseball stadium to the Mount.

Jim has always felt serving the community and striving to help those in need plays a very important role in life. As an executive Board member of Mount Saint Joseph High school, he has given countless hours to the school, its academic program and has donated and built a much need new baseball stadium to the Mount.