Law Office of William J. Mertens
A litigation practice
Helping clients who are sued or need to sue


•    J.D., 1975, Georgetown; B.A., 1970, Yale; editor on Georgetown Law Journal
•    Distinguished Visitor from Practice and Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown
•    Recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of area’s top civil rights/civil liberties attorneys
•    Decades of experience in private practice serving wide array of clients; see list of significant cases
•    Seven years of service at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, including chief of appeals section
•    Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law
•    Member, American Bar Association
•    Former vice president and board of governors member, ACLU of Maryland
•    Taught continuing legal education on litigation and civil rights
•    Publications on constitutional criminal procedure cited in U.S. Supreme Court
•    Appearances on Court TV; National Public Radio; Maryland Public Television; Washington, D.C.-area television and radio.  Quoted in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other national publications.
•    Former chair, Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section, D.C. Bar
•    2001 Pro Bono Attorney award from the Maryland ACLU
•    2001 commendation from Maryland NAACP
•    Publications include:
•    The Fourth Amendment and the Control of Police Discretion, 17 U. Mich. J. Law Reform 551 (1984)
•    The Exclusionary Rule on the Scaffold: But Was It a Fair Trial?, 22 American Crim. L. Rev. 85 (1984) (with S. Wasserstrom)
•    Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule - Deregulating the Police and Derailing the Law, 70 Georgetown L.J. 365 (1981) (with S. Wasserstrom)

William J. Mertens
3 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814

(240) 223-2466
Fax: (240) 465-0463

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