Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears is a boutique litigation firm founded by former federal prosecutors David Schertler and Danny Onorato.  Our white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice has been recognized as top-tier in the Washington area and nationwide.  Our tight-knit team of seasoned attorneys handles criminal, civil, and regulatory matters of all sizes and in all substantive areas.  Our diverse clientele has included executives in domestic and multinational corporations, small business entrepreneurs and entities, political consultants, government officials, military officers, attorneys, physicians, university professors, and professional athletes.  We have deep familiarity with government investigations.  We navigate our clients to the best possible outcome with sensitivity to the repercussions that an investigation can present for an individual’s reputation, finances, and emotional well-being.  We also are experienced courtroom advocates.  We regularly take criminal and civil cases to trial and brief and argue sophisticated appeals in courts throughout the country.  The boutique size of Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears sets it apart from many litigation firms and offers clients a distinct combination of high-caliber representation, efficient staffing, and innovative fee structures.



The attorneys of Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears bring deep experience, practical judgment, and vigorous advocacy to the matters we handle. Our lawyers include former federal prosecutors, former members of the Antitrust and Tax Divisions of the Department of Justice, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General, and a former Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia.We have tried cases large and small, have briefed and argued numerous appeals, and also have the skill and acumen to negotiate resolutions of matters when it is in the best interests of our clients.  More detailed biographies of our attorneys are accessible below.

Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears and its attorneys have been recognized within the Bar and among their peers for their legal skills and courtroom accomplishments.The firm is ranked in Chambers USA for its white collar and government investigations practice and has repeatedly earned a prestigious “first tier” ranking from Best Law Firms for its white–collar and non–white–collar criminal defense practice.In addition, our attorneys have been recognized as outstanding lawyers in their fields in numerous professional and peer-review surveys, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian magazine’s “Best Lawyers” and “Top 30 Lawyers” lists, and Super Lawyers. Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears takes pride in these accolades and in representing its clients with zeal, efficiency, and integrity.

Experience. Judgment. Results.

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