BGL received the 2024 Defender of Innocence award at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s 15th Annual Awards Luncheon.

Brown, Goldstein & Levy was honored to receive the 2024 Defender of Innocence award from the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project at its 15th Annual Awards Luncheon. BGL received the award for its work securing historic settlements for exonerees and advocating reforms to exoneree compensation laws. In addition to BGL, MAIP clients Troy Burner and the late Hubert James Williams were honored for their tireless work in reforming the criminal legal system and supporting exonerees. 

The Annual Awards Luncheon is an inspiring event that raises MAIP’s greatest source of income that helps to provide free, timely legal services to incarcerated citizens who maintain their innocence. Ten BGL attorneys, summer associates, and professional staff attended the event: Neel Lalchandani, Andy Freeman, Chelsea Crawford, Jacqui Cadman, Michael Abrams, Michele Hall, Erin Turvey, Christina Williams, Maya Campbell, and Samantha Duckworth. 

BGL has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for numerous clients who were convicted of crimes they did not commit, including some of the largest settlements in the State of Maryland. We are proud to continue supporting MAIP in its mission and work to correct and prevent the conviction of innocent people across Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. 


Neel serves as the Vice Chair of the MAIP Board of Directors and represents individuals, nonprofits, and companies in a diverse array of civil rights and commercial matters. Among other victories for his clients, Neel has helped secure several of the largest payments in Maryland history for victims of police misconduct and individuals who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Because of Neel’s depth of experience, he was appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the Georgetown University Law Center to teach a semester-long seminar on wrongful convictions. Learn more about Neel.


Founded in 1982, Brown, Goldstein & Levy is a law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, with an office in Washington, DC. The firm is nationally recognized in a wide variety of practice areas, including complex civil and commercial litigation, civil rights, health care, family law, and criminal defense. Above all else, Brown, Goldstein & Levy is a client-centered law firm that brings decades of experience and passionate, effective advocacy to your fight for justice.