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Legal Speaks - Trial Attorney, Former Prosecutor, Speaker and Legal Analyst

Washington, DC based Debbie Hines is a practicing trial attorney and former Baltimore prosecutor who maintains a boutique law practice focused on civil and criminal law. She started her career in Baltimore as a prosecutor where she tried homicides, attempted murders, rapes, burglaries, robberies, narcotics and economic crimes before juries and participated in Grand Jury investigations.

After serving 5 years as a prosecutor, she began her career in private practice and joined the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC where she successfully represented clients who had been harmed by asbestos in the workplace. Her success at the Angelos firm led her to Washington, DC firms where she has represented clients in courtrooms in jury trials across the country. She’s tried cases in federal courts, appellate and local state courts. Her practice consists of trial work in the areas of criminal law,  family law and personal injury. Attorney Hines has also represented clients in environmental injustice cases due to injuries from lead poisoning, mold and asbestos. She has won million dollar awards representing clients in personal injury cases and has also successfully defended criminal clients.

Throughout her career, Debbie Hines has consistently maintained an “AV” rating for over 20 years which is the highest legal peer rating through Martindale Hubbell peer review system for legal ability and ethics. Reportedly less than 10% of all attorneys in the U.S. and fewer than 5% of women lawyers hold the distinction and honor of an AV rating. She is licensed to practice before the U.S.  Supreme Court, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has represented clients in Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Washington (state) and Utah.  Hines graduated from George Washington University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and obtained a BA degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Debbie frequently appears in the media as a legal commentator and legal analyst addressing high profile legal cases, Supreme Court cases and various legal/political issues on Al Jazeera,  MSNBC, BET News, BBC, CBS News, C-Span, CCTV, Fox 5 DC News (“WTTG”), NPR affiliates, PBS,  RT America and TV One among others.  Her ability to succinctly explain and simplify complex legal issues comes from her vast jury trial and court room experience. Hines’  Op-Eds have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Afro American and Huffington Post. She was featured in Essence Magazine, April, 2014.

In 2009, Debbie launched Legal Speaks.com, a progressive legal and political blog where she addresses legal and political issues often on crime,  gender and race. As a social media expert, she frequently addresses issues on criminal laws, high profile cases, voting laws, gun laws, Supreme Court cases often at the intersection of race and crime. She also writes articles for the Huffington Post, Women’s Media Center  and other sites. Hines speaks before churches, colleges, schools, community groups and conventions on issues on social justice as an advocate for social change.

Hines actively serves the legal community having served on the boards of the DC Trial Lawyers, co-chaired the D.C. Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus and the National Bar Association, Greater Washington Area Women’s Division.  She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Hines is a native of Baltimore, MD.