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Jonathan Biran

T: 410.862.1073
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Washington, D.C.
T: 202.508.3400
F: 202.508.3402

Mr. Biran assists companies and individuals who are under investigation by government bodies, or who have been sued or charged by prosecutors or other regulators. He has successfully represented corporations and individuals in federal and state courts.

Professional Biography


Jonathan Biran brings extensive prosecution and defense experience to bear for his clients, which have included Fortune 500 companies as well as corporate executives in many states and abroad. Some of Mr. Biran's current engagements include: the defense of a national opioid manufacturer in an action brought by the State of Maryland alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices; the defense of a Maryland ambulance company in a False Claims Act case in which the United States recently intervened; and the representation of a government contractor in connection with a federal grand jury investigation being conducted in Washington, DC. Mr. Biran has also represented numerous individuals in white collar criminal investigations and indicted cases in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions. Those 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 and defendants in commercial disputes and privacy 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 more than 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 Attorneys' Award for Excellence in the Prosecution of Fraud. For his last several years in the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Biran served as the Appellate Chief of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, under then-United States Attorney Rod Rosenstein, where Mr. Biran supervised the appellate work of several dozen Assistant United States Attorneys. Mr. Biran has argued many cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and other federal appellate courts.

Before 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, FDIC OIG, 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. Preceding 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.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained dismissal of charges against an indicted defendant in a $200 million SBA loan fraud case in the District of Maryland.

  • Persuaded United States Attorney in Maryland not to charge a former loan officer who had received a target letter alleging that he had participated in a mortgage fraud scheme.

  • Persuaded United States Attorney in Maryland not to charge a law enforcement officer who had received a target letter alleging that he had committed mail and wire fraud in relation to his purchase of several rental properties.

  • On behalf of a Fortune 500 company, successfully negotiated settlement with a Maryland public school system, convincing the school system to rescind a notice of debarment.

  • Represented numerous employees of a pharmaceutical manufacturer under investigation by the Department of Justice and a United States Attorney's Office for allegations of kickbacks and off-label promotion.

  • Represented the owner of a health care provider charged in federal district court with major health care fraud violations.

  • Represented a physician charged in federal court with accepting kickbacks and health care fraud.

  • Represented numerous employees of a student loan servicer in an investigation conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Obtained immunity for a United Kingdom business owner under investigation by a United States Attorney's Office for FDA misbranding violations.

  • Represented the owner of a male supplement company accused of FDA misbranding violation in a federal criminal case.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers (2013 – Present)
  • Appellate Chief, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland (2010 – 2013)
  • 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
  • United States Attorney's Award for Excellence in the Prosecution of Fraud Assistant United States Attorney, Fraud and Public Corruption Unit, United States Attorney's Office, District of Maryland (2006 – 2010)
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut (2000 – 2006)
  • State Department's Diplomatic Security Service Award (2004)
  • 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)
Speaking Engagements
  • Lectured widely on detection and prosecution of mortgage fraud.
  • "Expert Testimony in Civil Versus Criminal Cases," National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Maryland-D.C. Chapter


Jonathan Biran
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  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
    • Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Swarthmore College, with honors


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

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