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Jonathan Biran

Jonathan Biran


2002 Clipper Park Road, Unit 108
Baltimore, Maryland 21211

    Mr. Biran focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  He has successfully represented both individuals and corporations in federal and state courts.  In white collar criminal matters, Mr. Biran’s clients have included physicians and others under investigation for alleged health care fraud offenses and/or FDA misbranding offenses; former loan officers and other financial industry professionals for alleged bank fraud and other fraud offenses; and business owners under investigation for various fraud and tax-related offenses.  In civil matters, he represents plaintiffs in labor and employment cases, and plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes and whistleblower cases.  Mr. Biran has also represented numerous clients in matters before various regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the FDIC.

    Prior to private practice, Mr. Biran was a federal prosecutor for over 17 years.  In his career as a federal prosecutor, he was lead counsel in numerous complex grand jury investigations and trials, including cases involving allegations of health care, mail, wire, bank, and securities fraud; tax offenses; and controlled substance diversion by doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals.  Under his leadership, the Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force held hundreds of individuals and companies accountable for their part in the financial meltdown of the late 2000s.  Mr. Biran also served as the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s lead in handling cases referred by the National Security Agency Office of Inspector General.  He received the United States Attorney’s Award for Excellence in the Prosecution of Fraud.

    Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, Mr. Biran was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for  the District of Connecticut.  During that time, in addition to prosecuting white collar, gun, drug, and various other federal criminal cases, he was the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s liaison to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes relating to federal law enforcement at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

    Mr. Biran began his career in the Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section.  During that time, he investigated and prosecuted federal, state, and local officials, and others for corruption and related offenses in the District of Columbia, Virginia, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Oklahoma, and other states.  As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Biran worked closely with investigative agencies from virtually every federal law enforcement agency, including the FBI, IRS, FDA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, Diplomatic Security Service, NSA OIG, HHS OIG, HUD OIG, SSA OIG, and others.

    Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he worked on the Independent Counsel investigation of the Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, the late Ron Brown.  Prior to the Independent Counsel investigation, he was an associate in the Washington office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in its white collar defense practice group.

    Mr. Biran is the immediate Past President of the Baltimore Bar Foundation and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship.  He is also a member of the editorial board of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Appellate Blog.

    Notable Representations

    • United States v. Ritchie, 858 F.3d 201 (4th Cir. 2017)
    • United States v. Ortiz, 669 F.3d 439 (4th Cir. 2012)
    • United States v. Moore, 477 F.App’x 102 (4th Cir. 2012)
    • United States v. Poole, 640 F.3d 114 (4th Cir. 2011)
    • United States v. Jackson, 608 F.3d 193 (4th Cir. 2010)
    • United States v. Mills, 485 F.3d 219 (4th Cir. 2007)
    • United States v. Bonner, 313 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2002)
    • United States v. Kanchanalak, 192 F.3d 1037 (D.C. Cir. 1999)


    • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers
    • United State Attorney’s Award for Excellence in the Prosecution of Fraud (2008)
    • State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service Award (2004)

    Publications and Presentations

    • Lectured widely on detection and prosecution of mortgage fraud
    • Presenter on Expert Testimony in civil versus criminal cases to the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, MD-DC Chapter

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland (2012)
    • District of Columbia (1996)
    • California (Inactive) (1993)


    Mr. Biran earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review and received the Board of Editors Award for Outstanding Editorial Contribution to the Stanford Law Review.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College with honors, where he was elected by his classmates to be the Senior Class Speaker at Commencement.

    Government Service

    • Appellate Chief, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland (2010-2013)
    • Assistant United States Attorney, Fraud and Public Corruption Unit, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland (2006-2010)
    • Founding Coordinator, Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland (2009-2010)
    • Trial Advocacy Instructor, National Advocacy Center, United States Department of Justice (2008-2013)
    • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut (2000-2006)
    • Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, United States Department of Justice (1996-2000)
    • Staff Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel (1995-1996)
    • Law Clerk, David F. Levi, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of California (1993-1994)