Paul F. Kemp has practiced law in Maryland since 1974 and in the District of Columbia since 1976 and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the highest honor available to a trial lawyer. He has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell in excess of thirty years.
Paul focuses his practice in litigation in the state and federal courts, primarily in the area of white-collar crime and general criminal practice. He also practices in civil litigation and in various professional licensure administrative hearings.
Among numerous awards and citations, Paul was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for White-Collar Criminal Defense. In December 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2019, Paul was named a “Top Washington Lawyer” in white collar and criminal defense by Washingtonian magazine. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 Paul was included in Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers “Top 50” Attorneys lists and Maryland Super Lawyers “Top 50” Attorneys lists in 2015 as well as appearing several times on Super Lawyers “Top 100” list. He has been recognized by Chambers Best Lawyers since 2008. In 2015, Paul was the recipient of the Robert C. Heeney Award for Career Achievement in Criminal Law.
Prior to entering private practice, Paul served as a Public Defender with the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, an Assistant State’s Attorney with the State’s Attorneys Office for Montgomery County, and Deputy Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. Paul is admitted to the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, as well as the Maryland Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Paul was previously a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is also the past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association and has served as a member of the executive committee and chairman of its Criminal Law Section. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Governors and served as president of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association.
- Criminal defense
- White-collar crime
- Traffic violations
- Administrative hearings (licensure)
State: Washington DC
Professional & Civic Activities
- Bar Association of Montgomery County, past president
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Formerly a member of the Board of Governors of Maryland State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, past president of Maryland Chapter
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Court: Washington DC
Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
School: Fordham University
School: The George Washington University Law School
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for 30+ years
- Best Lawyers in America
- Top Washington Lawyer in Washingtonian Magazine, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2019
- Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers “Top 50”
- Robert C. Heeney Award for Career Achievement in Criminal Law, 2015
- United States District Court for District of Maryland John Adams Award, 2005
- Chambers Best Lawyers
Pro Bono Activities
District of Maryland Criminal Justice Act Panel