Welcome To Our Firm

Barry Helfand and David Martella have 60 collective years of experience helping people seek justice when disaster strikes by way of an arrest, serious personal injury or civil litigation. Our lawyers are former prosecutors with decades of trial experience. Barry Helfand and David Martella were both named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013 among the best lawyers in the metropolitan area for criminal defense. Practicing primarily in Maryland, we represent individuals charged with everything from minor traffic infractions to the most serious criminal felonies threatening potential life sentences. Being the target of a criminal investigation or prosecution can be a life altering experience. A criminal conviction threatens your freedom, your family, your livelihood, and reputation. As former prosecutors, we know how the lawyers for the government prepare their cases and make decisions about who and who not to prosecute. Our focus on criminal defense allows us to stay current on changes in the law. Because we are going to court on an almost daily basis, we also keep aware of all the things “they don’t teach you in law school”: the options being offered to resolve cases; the types of evidence being collected by the police; the cases that are attracting favorable or unfavorable media attention; the attitudes of the different judges, prosecutors, and police departments.

We use our same litigation experience to vigorously represent those who have been injured through the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of others. If you have been injured, we hope you are well on your way to recovery. However, you should not presume that your recovery should be paid for out of your own pocket, or by your health insurance. Nor should you expect that the other person’s insurance company is interested in paying everything you are entitled to for your injuries, your lost time from work, the interference with your family life, and the pain, suffering, and aggravation you have had to endure. Our attorneys will work with you to make sure you take advantage of every possible option to make sure you are adequately compensated for the harm you or a loved one has suffered.

Aside from criminal defense and personal injury litigation, we assist individuals in a wide variety of problem-solving for difficult situations. We are regularly called on to help people with issues related to:

  • MVA suspensions and revocations of driver’s licenses
  • Suspension and revocation of business and professional licenses.
  • Criminal investigations prior to the issuance of charges.
  • Lawyer and judge disbarment or sanctions for professional misconduct.
  • Post-conviction remedies for closed criminal convictions.
  • Modifications of prior sentences.
  • Violation of probation proceedings.
  • Appeals from criminal convictions and civil judgments.
  • Contract and civil disputes
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex offender registry issues

If you are looking for experienced help with serious problem, call us for phone or office consultation. Most of our in-office consultations are free of charge. Our offices are conveniently located in Rockville, Maryland, just off of I-270.

We are proud that many of our cases are referred to us by judges, prosecutors, police officers, and politicians who have seen us work in the courtroom and secure favorable outcomes for our clients. Please call us for a consultation at the Law Offices of Barry Helfand and David Martella: 301-251-9001.