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Henry W. Asbill (Hank)
Of Counsel


(T) +1.202.879.5414
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  • Georgetown University (J.D.); Princeton University (A.B.)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia; New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Tenth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Districts of Colorado and Maryland, Eastern Districts of Michigan and Pennsylvania, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Northern Districts of Texas, New York, and Ohio


  • Law Clerk to Hon. John W. Kern III, D.C. Court of Appeals

Government Service

  • Trial and Appellate Attorney, D.C. Public Defender Service

Hank Asbill has extensive, winning first-chair jury trial and appellate experience. His practice is national. He has successfully defended individual and corporate clients for nearly four decades against a broad spectrum of criminal and civil charges in more than 100 major trials. Chambers and Partners calls him "a super stellar" attorney known in particular for his work in high-stakes, complex criminal proceedings.

Hank lectures widely on substantive legal and trial strategy issues including innovative jury selection, opening and closing arguments, advanced cross-examination, creative motions practice, character evidence, investigation of complex cases, surviving RICO megatrials, and joint defense agreements and best practices.

Hank was profiled in The National Law Journal's special "Winning" report highlighting successful strategies from 11 of the nation's top litigators and in SmartCEO magazine as a "go to" lawyer for white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.

Hank is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, past president and Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, member of the NY Council of Defense Lawyers, and past president of the D.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former two-term director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and present Advisory Committee member of NACDL's White Collar Criminal Defense College, which honored him with its 2015 White Collar Defense Lawyer of the Year Award.

Hank also has been an adjunct professor of criminal and civil trial practice at Georgetown University Law Center and an instructor at numerous trial advocacy programs and the Federal Judicial Center training program for new federal district judges.

Honors & Distinctions

  • D.C. White Collar Department of the Year (2017), The National Law Journal

    Top 100 Washington, D.C. Area Super Lawyers

    Washington's Top Lawyers, Washingtonian magazine

    Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense: White Collar, Commercial Litigation, Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement)

    Chambers (White Collar Crime Litigation Leading Lawyer)

    Euromoney's World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers

    Master — Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
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