ABOUT THE FIRM

The law Office of Eugene M. Whissel, II in Annapolis, Maryland was established in 1997 originally as a partnership under the name of Whissel and Warnken. In 2000 the firm became an independent entity operating as a solo or single lawyer firm. Mr. Whissel is admitted to practice the courts of the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for Maryland, the Fourth United States Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
 
ABOUT THE LAWYER

Gene Whissel, is a solo practitioner who brings 43 years of experience to the task of representing clients in a variety of matters. After graduation from Mount St Mary’s College and active duty in the United States Army his professional career began in 1972 as a Baltimore City Police Officer. While serving as a patrol officer, when he enrolled as a law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In the same year, he was recruited by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to serve at their national headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he worked in Criminal Investigations Division specializing in organized crime and mail fraud investigations.

In 1977, he secured a law clerk position in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and was sworn in as a member of the Maryland Bar and Assistant State’s Attorney in 1978. In 1985 he accepted an offer to come to Anne Arundel County where he was named Principal Assistant State’s Attorney by the Honorable Warren B. Duckett.

While a prosecutor, Mr. Whissel tried thousands of cases, from juvenile offenses, petty misdemeanors and motor vehicle/DUI matters to all the most serious of felonies, including: murder, sex offenses, child abuse, robbery, kidnapping, burglary and drug offenses. He was also specially assigned to serve as legal advisor to all the police departments of Prince George’s County. In that role, he worked closely with homicide, sex offense, child abuse, vice and narcotics investigators to help assure the success of their investigations. As an Anne Arundel county prosecutor he supervised the investigative unit while maintaining a full criminal trial schedule. In 1997, after a 20 year career as a prosecutor, Mr. Whissel entered the private practice of law. He has appeared before the several trial and appellate courts of State of Maryland as well as the United States District Court and the United States Supreme Court.

 
AS A LAW PROFESSOR

Mr. Whissel has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at his Alma Mater, the University Of Baltimore School of Law and is currently a volunteer Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland Medical School, in the forensic psychiatry program. He served as an Instructor at the Anne Arundel Community College Para Legal and Law Enforcement Program. In addition, he has lectured at Police Academies in both Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County. He also currently serves as a faculty member at the Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice where he instructs students training to become experts in the field of polygraph examinations.

 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Mr. Whissel is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Anne Arundel Bar Association, the National Criminal defense Attorney's Association and past President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. 

He is a former Trustee and Member Services Chair of the Anne Arundel Bar Association.

 
WHAT MAKES THIS FIRM DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

Beyond formal education, experience is life’s best teacher. For this reason, a client is best served by a lawyer who can bring the most experience to legal task at hand. 

We know of no other Maryland defense attorney who brings to his clients the personal experience of a police officer, prosecutor, federal law enforcement and law professor. 

Moreover, our clients receive the individual and personal attention they deserve and should expect. You will not have your case passed on to an associate lawyer or partner with less experience. You will not be asked to consult with a law clerk or paralegal instead of your lawyer. We do not accept new cases which will sacrifice time needed to fully satisfy the needs of existing clients. Every client is treated as if they are our only client.

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