DEA and IRS agents executed two federal search warrants related to an investigation into Baltimore defense lawyer Kenneth W. Ravenell this week.
Don Hibbert, the assistant special agent in charge of the Baltimore office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, confirmed that the raids related to a continuing investigation of Ravenell, but referred questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Agents searched two locations, including Ravenell’s law office and the office of the law firm that represents him, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
Todd C. Edwards, a DEA spokesman, said the search warrants were executed Tuesday but declined to provide additional information.
Ravenell did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
A Baltimore County judge has overturned the decision of a jury that awarded more than $38 million to the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Randallstown woman who was shot and killed by county police in 2016.
“Earlier this week, federal agents executed a limited search warrant at the law firm regarding one of our clients,” according to a statement from the firm in response to questions from The Baltimore Sun regarding Ravenell.
“We complied with the warrant, and we are continuing to ensure all client confidences are protected,” the statement said.
In 2014, DEA and IRS agents raided offices at One South St., the home of the Murphy Firm where Ravenell was a partner. Ravenell left the firm a short time later, but has since re-emerged as one of the city's most prominent attorneys with his own firm.
Ravenell has not represented a criminal defendant in U.S. District Court in Maryland since the events of the fall of 2014, records show.
But Ravenell has continued to work on several high-profile cases in state court. He represented Kodi, the son of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Randallstown woman who was shot and killed by county police in 2016, in a lawsuit. Jurors awarded Kodi more than $32 million in damages, and $4.5 million to his sister, Karsyn.
At the time, her attorney, Steven Silverman, said of the search that “agents also did not seek or obtain any attorney-client privileged communications with the mayor, or any other information or documents from the firm or its clients.”