Get to know the key lawyers in the Freddie Gray case

Here are the key defense lawyers representing the six Baltimore Police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case:


Graham represents Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. the driver of the van, who is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, the most serious offense among the six officers charged in Gray's death.

During the first motions hearing for the officers last week, Graham argued before the judge that the charges against the officers should be dropped because State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made public statements that rendered a fair trial difficult. Judge Barry Williams ruled against the motion.


According to Graham's online biography, he co-founded the firm, Kramon & Graham, P.A. in 1975, which focuses on "complex business disputes, securities litigation, general civil litigation, professional liability, white-collar crime, trade secrets, antitrust litigation, and mediation."

He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for Maryland. He earned his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1968, and his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1965.


Flynn represents Officer Garrett E. Miller, who faces lesser charges, including second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

She also argued last week to have the charges dropped against the officers, saying that prosecutors in Mosby's office became witnesses in the case through their own investigation of Gray's death, which was conducted apart from the police investigation.

Flynn supported former state's attorney Gregg L. Bernstein in last year's election because she said Mosby lacked experience to be the city's top prosecutor.

"You want someone who knows what they're talking about," Flynn told The Baltimore Sun last year.

Flynn has previously represented Baltimore police officers, including an officer involved in an in-custody death of Anthony Anderson. But in 2013, prosecutors chose not to bring charges against officers in Anderson's death.

Detective Daniel T. Nicholson IV, who headed the Phylicia Barnes murder case, was also a client of Flynn's after he was accused of forcing his way into a Northeast Baltimore apartment in April 2012, knocking a woman down and pushing a second person to the ground in a search for his runaway daughter.

Flynn is a partner at Mead, Flynn & Gray, P.A. She received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1991, and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in 1984, according her online biography.

Belsky represents Lt. Brian Rice, highest-ranking officer involved in Gray's arrest, who is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Rice was the first officer who made eye contact with Gray.

Belsky is an attorney with Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner, which works for the Fraternal Order of Police.

Like Flynn, Belsky represented one of the officers in the death of Anthony Anderson who was injured during a drug arrest, and died a short time later. The medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.

Belsky represented one of three Baltimore police officers accused of picking up two West Baltimore teens in 2009 driving one to East Baltimore and leaving the other in a Howard County park without shoes or socks. Belsky argued in that case that charging officers with felonies when their police actions are not justified would "open a floodgate."

According to Belsky's online biography, his focus is on "criminal, medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability." He is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore, School of Law.

Belsky received his law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia in 1995, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992.

Murtha represents Officer William G. Porter, who is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. Porter met the police van carrying Gray and helped the driver check on his passenger.

Murtha previously represented Linda Tripp who was charged with secretly recording conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Charges against Tripp were eventually dropped.

More recently, Murtha represented a Howard County teen who was accused of plotting with her boyfriend to kill her father in 2013.

He also worked alongside Graham defending former Baltimore Police Commissioner Ed Norris. Norris later pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in 2004 to conspiring to misuse money from a supplemental city police fund and lying on tax returns.

Murtha previously served as a senior assistant state's attorney in Howard County.

He is a partner with Murtha, Psoras & Lanasa, LLC, and lists his areas of focus as criminal defense, DUI/DWI, traffic violations, drug crimes, felonies, misdemeanors, homicide, and federal crimes.


He received is law degree in 1989 from the University of Baltimore and his undergraduate degree from Towson University in 1982, his biography said.


Ivan J. Bates

Bates represents Sgt. Alicia White, the second-highest-ranking officer involved in the Gray case. White met the van carrying Gray at its last stop at 1600 W. North Ave. White is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Bates represented a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who led an undercover hunt for the head of an online drug marketplace called Silk Road and was later charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during the investigation.

Bates was also part of the defense team for Michael Johnson, who was charged in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. Barnes went missing in Baltimore while visiting her sister. Her body was later found in the Susquehanna River. Johnson was charged in the teen's death but eventually acquitted of the charges in March. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she plans to pursue an appeal in the case.

Bates founded Bates & Garcia, P.C., and specializes in criminal defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, and civil defense.

He worked as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore, before becoming a defense lawyer.

He served in the U.S. Army before earning his undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1992 and his law degree from the College of William and Mary, School of Law in Virginia in 1995.

Zayon represents Officer Edward M. Nero, who is charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Nero was one of the three officers on bike patrol who made eye contact with Gray on North Avenue and Mount Street. He and Officer Garrett Miller chased Gray on their bikes and stopped him along the 1700 block of Presbury St.

Zayon filed motion in May to have the Baltimore state's attorney's office and Baltimore Police turn over the blue pocket knife Gray carried to determine whether it's legal in the city.

Zayon previously represented one of three Baltimore police officers charged with raping a woman at a police station in 2005. The charges were later dropped.

Zayon, of Roland Walker and Marc L. Zayon, P.A., specializes in "criminal and civil litigation, state and federal courts, personal injury, [and] worker's compensation," his online biography says.

Zayon previously worked as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County, where he became in charge of the juvenile division.

He received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.


As city state's attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby oversees the prosecution. Here are two key prosecutors on the case:

Schatzow argued on behalf of the prosecution at the initial motions hearing in the case, when a judge ruled against motions to dismiss the charges and recuse Mosby and others prosecutors from the case. The judge also ruled that the defendants would be tried separately.

Part of a cast of prosecutors under Mosby, Schatzow is a senior official in the department, overseeing other prosecutors and reporting to Mosby.

He is a former assistant U.S. District Court attorney and is retired from Venable LLP, where he was a partner. Schatzow has worked in the legal field for 42 years, including on federal organized crime and espionage cases, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

Schatzow earned law degrees from the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, and his undergraduate degree at Case Western University in Cleveland.

Bledsoe is the deputy state's attorney of criminal justice, and is in charge of the juvenile, public trust, forfeiture, criminal strategies and criminal investigations units, according to her biography on the state's attorney's website.

Before being assigned to the prosecution team in the Gray case, she had previously served as Gray's defense attorney in a drug case.

Soon after the officers were charged, the city's police union had called for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor in the Gray case because of alleged conflicts of interest, citing the "lead prosecutor's connections with members of the local media." Bledsoe is in a relationship with a local TV reporter.

Over her career, Bledsoe has taken on a number of high-profiles cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. She previously worked as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore from 2011 to 2012, serving as the division chief of the police integrity division, prosecuting police misconduct cases under then-State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

As a defense attorney, she represented one of three men charged in the death of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. who was killed at a jazz club in 2008. Bledsoe's client was acquitted of murder but found guilty on all of the other charges.

She previously worked alongside defense attorney Marc Zayon, who is representing Officer Edward M. Nero. Zayon and Bledsoe represented officers charged with rape at police station. Bledsoe's client was accused of forcing women into having sex with him in exchange for their freedom. He was later cleared of rape charges.

The same year, she represented one of five counselors charged in the death of an East Baltimore teen at Bowling Brook Preparatory a school for juvenile offenders in Carroll County that later closed. A 17-year-old lost consciousness while counselors pinned him face down to the ground, restraining him for about three hours.


Bledsoe began her law career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau, according to her online biography. She later entered private practice, focusing on "representing parents in Children in Need of Assistance proceedings, personal injury, and criminal law," her biography said.

She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University. She earned a teaching certificate at Johns Hopkins University and taught special education in Baltimore County for five years. She earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.