Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that partner Kobie Flowers received an Exceptional Service Award at the Twelfth Biennial Bench-Bar Conference at the Baltimore Courthouse on October 12, 2023. Kobie was honored for his years of dedicated service to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland through his work as a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the District of Maryland. Kobie was appointed to the panel by Chief Judge James K. Bredar in 2018.
Each year of the conference, the bench recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the bench and bar with the presentation of the Exceptional Service Award.
Chief Judge Bredar delivered a State of the Court address at the conference prior to announcing the award recipients. The award ceremony was followed by breakout discussions where members of the bench offered practice pointers on civil discovery, criminal discovery, civil mediation, and persuasive arguments at sentencing.
Kobie is one of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, with over twenty years of courtroom experience. He has litigated cases at both the federal and state levels throughout the United States and internationally in the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay. Kobie’s unique insight into federal trial practice comes from a career spent building cases for the government as a federal civil rights prosecutor and in fighting the government’s efforts as an assistant federal public defender. Kobie’s lifelong mission to end mass incarceration and police brutality keeps him focused on representing the wrongly convicted and the wrongly accused.
Given the decades-long decrease in trials, Kobie keeps his trial skills sharp by teaching other trial lawyers across the country at well-regarded trial schools, such as the National Criminal Defense College (“NCDC”). In June 2023, Kobie was rated 4.9/5 for his cross-examination demonstration by other esteemed trial lawyers at NCDC’s Trial Practice Institute (“TPI”). That rating was one of the highest ratings for the entire NCDC faculty, which is composed of some of the best trial lawyers in the country. He also received all 5s for his teaching of trial skills at TPI—NCDC’s two-week, flagship program.
In addition to Best Lawyers, Kobie has consistently been recognized as a top lawyer by publications like Lawdragon, Super Lawyers, and Washingtonian, as well as by leading organizations like the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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.