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Ralph Washington, Esq.

Professional Experience

Mr. Washington is an experienced civil and criminal trial attorney with extensive appeals court experience resulting in leading and precedent setting decisions in the Georgia Court of Appeals; the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a former Wall Street investment banker with the New York based brokerage firms of Salomon Brothers and Dean Witter Reynolds where he specialized in Mortgage Bond Financing. His Federal Court experience began as one of the three founding staff attorneys with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Federal Defender Program.

Specific Experience

Mr. Washington in 2006 successfully defended the first criminal defendant indicted under the 2005 Georgia Residential Mortgage Fraud Act.

He has been the lead trial attorney in over twenty-five civil and criminal jury trials. He has briefed and made seven oral arguments before three-judge panels in the United States Court of Appeals; filed over eleven appeals in State and Federal Courts, and was the lead appeals attorney in the Seventh Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals case which was briefed in the United States Supreme Court’s precedent decision on the admission of drug evidence in contravention of the Sixth Amendment right of confrontation in Mendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 129 S. Ct. 2527 (2009).

His other court of appeals cases include: Allen v. Family Medical Center, P.C., 287 Ga. App. 522 (2007) a precedent decision in Georgia malpractice law; Matthews v. State, 295 Ga. App. 752 (2009) a reversal of trial court abuse of discretion; and U.S v. Bagley, 537 F.2d 162 (1976) a hearsay evidence case which has been cited over 300 times by state and federal appeals courts.