Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1985
U.S. District Court
District of Maryland, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals
4th Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Armed Forces, 1986
U.S. Tax Court, 1986

Education

California Western
School of Law, San Diego, CA, 1984
J.D.
Honors: Faculty Award, Appellate Advocacy
Honors: National Trial Team
Honors: Moot Court Team
Law Journal: California Western School
Law Journal, Staff Writer
Notes and Comments Editor, 1982 – 1984
Published 1984.

Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Winchester, VA, 1981
B.S.
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Barclay History Award (Highest GPA)
Honors: Dean’s List (Numerous)
Major: History
Major: Mathematics

Jeffrey L. HardingJeffrey L. Harding

Of Counsel            Email | Vcard

Phone: 301-627-5500  Fax: 301-627-4156

Jeffrey L. Harding served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County from 1984 until 1991. As a senior trial attorney in the homicide unit he handled many of the County’s high visibility cases. The Prince Georges Journal marked Mr. Harding’s move to private practice with a front page article entitled ‘Tough prosecutor crosses aisle.”  He has since been honored many times as a Super Lawyer and as one of the “Top 100” in the region.  This honor is limited to no more than 5% of Maryland lawyers.  He is also rated as Superb (10.0) by AVVO an attorney rating service.  This is the highest rating issued by AVVO.  He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years, their highest rating. Mr. Harding continues to handle high profile criminal cases and major accident cases. Some of his more noteworthy cases include:

  • *St v Wooten obtained a dismissal in an armed robbery case.
  • *St v Jones- obtained an acquittal before a jury in a serious shooting case.
  • *St v Johnson- obtained a dismissal in a carjacking drive by shooting.
  • *St v Jones- obtained an acquittal large quantity narcotics case.
  • *St v Eubanks-obtained an acquittal before a jury in a murder case. Mr. Eubanks was later sued by the family of the decedent for civil wrongful death and Mr. Harding won that case before a different jury.
  • *St v Massey- obtained a dismissal in an arson case.
  • *St v Melton obtained a dismissal in a drug recognition/DUI case.
  • *Maxwell v Watkins Nurseries- obtained a judgment for wrongful death of $800,000.00 for his client.
  • *U.S. v Smith – not guilty of all criminal charges against Smith, a professional athlete.

Mr. Harding has obtained countless acquittals in DWI and Motor Vehicle Accident cases.

Mr. Harding developed superior trial skills as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County.  Some of his high profile cases that garnered media coverage include:

  • * The 1987 trial of Brian Tribble accused of supplying the cocaine that killed University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias. Mr. Harding was featured in the movie Without Bias and on ESPN.
  • * The 1988 conviction of a former Washington police officer Thurlow K. Norris for auto theft. The four week criminal trial was the longest ever in the county.
  • * The 1989 conviction of Steven L. Steward, alleged drug ring enforcer, for killing a crack dealer during a robbery.
  • * The 1990 conviction of Arthur R. Miles and Ronald H. Jeter for murdering and robbing a pizza deliveryman in Largo, Maryland.
  • * The 1991 manslaughter conviction of Bobby R. Stanbury, an abused son, for killing his father.
  • * The 1991 conviction of Daniel T. Brashear for the tape recorded killing of his girlfriend.
  • * The first conviction in Prince George’s county of a husband for raping his wife. Ralph J. Carbaugh Jr.’s 1991 conviction also became the second conviction of a husband for rape in the state of Maryland.

He joined Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher in 1991 and became a partner in 1995. He is currently of counsel to Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher.  His experience includes well over 200 jury trials and substantial experience before the Maryland Appellate Courts. He continues to handle high profile criminal defense cases, including homicide, rape, drug distribution and possession, armed robbery, assault and DUI / DWI cases. He represented then Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson on Federal Criminal Charges. He has and continues to represent professional athletes. He obtained a complete acquittal of all criminal charges against a Wizards Basketball player. His practice has also expanded into personal injury litigation, wrongful death actions, and fraud investigations on behalf of insurance companies. Mr. Harding is a lifelong resident of the area and is married with three children.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and is a black belt martial arts instructor.

Honors & Awards

Associations & Memberships

Prince George’s County Bar Association Board of Directors, Secretary (2013), Treasurer (2014), President Elect (2015), President (2016); Chairman Judicial Selections Committee.

Maryland State Bar Association
Board of Governors

Mock Trial Judge and instructor:
Columbus School of Law
University of Maryland School of Law
Various local colleges

Past Employment

State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County
Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide, 1984 – 1991
Court Appointed, Mediator/Arbitrator, 1992 – Present
United States Attorney for Southern District of California
Law Clerk, 1983
United States Marine Corps, 1973 – 1977