Emily Beckman is an experienced trial attorney who has defended clients facing a wide range of criminal charges in Virginia and Maryland. She has won acquittals on charges as serious as rape and robbery, but recognizes that misdemeanor charges can also have significant consequences to clients’ lives and deserve a vigorous defense.
Ms. Beckman earned her juris doctorate from Yale Law School where she was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduating she worked as a judicial law clerk to Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Beckman clerked for Hon. Judge Brinkema during the sentencing hearing for alleged 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
After her clerkship, Ms. Beckman joined the Alexandria, Virginia Office of the Public Defender. As an Alexandria public defender Ms. Beckman tried hundreds of misdemeanor cases as well as litigating complicated felony cases. Ms. Beckman served as lead counsel in the case of Commonwealth v. Bashir, in which she defended a client charged with attempted capital murder. Her client was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Ms. Beckman successfully defended clients in multi-day jury trials requiring consultation with expert witnesses. She has worked with DNA analysts, forensic psychologists, and forensic nurse examiners, among other experts. During her tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Beckman attended the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. The Trial Practice Institute is a two-week training in trial skills focusing on persuasive presentation of jury trials.
Before joining King, Campbell & Poretz, Ms. Beckman also worked for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. Ms. Beckman defended clients charged with serious felonies such as robbery, burglary, and sexual abuse, in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. She successfully litigated motions to suppress evidence and obtained acquittals at trial on charges of armed robbery and first degree assault.