Kobie Flowers and Jacqui Cadman attended the 2024 ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, where Kobie delivered a meaningful presentation on the art and science of opening statements and closing arguments.

Brown, Goldstein & Levy partners and leading criminal defense attorneys Kobie Flowers and Jacqueline Cadman recently attended the 2024 National Institute on White Collar Crime, hosted by the American Bar Association from March 6-8. In addition to attending, Kobie delivered an meaningful presentation entitled, “Trial Skills: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments” on March 6.

Kobie moderated one of the three trial skills panels. Kobie’s panel addressed the art and science of opening statements and closing arguments. He gave a mock opening statement loosely based on United States v. Elizabeth Holmes. His final lines were, “Put down the government’s dirty lens which turns failures into crimes. View this case through the defense’s clean lens. Then, you will see—this woman’s hard work, this woman’s failed dream, this woman’s. . . innocence.”

This year was the first year that the ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime had trial skills panels. It was an honor for Kobie to serve as an inaugural moderator for one of the three trial skills panels. The trial skills panels attracted some of the best trial lawyers in the country as both panelists and participants. In the end, everyone became better trial lawyers.


Kobie is, first and foremost, a trial lawyer who has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States and internationally in the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay. His first-chair trial experience in building cases for the government as a federal civil rights prosecutor and in fighting the government’s efforts as an assistant federal public defender provides him with an uncommon insight into trial practice. Kobie typically represents high-profile clients in high-stakes criminal investigations, civil litigation, internal investigations, or trials. In his lifelong effort to end mass incarceration and police brutality, Kobie represents the wrongly convicted and the wrongly accused. Recognized by his peers for his trial acumen, Kobie teaches the art and science of trial lawyering to other trial lawyers around the country. Learn more about Kobie here.


Jacqueline Cadman is widely regarded as one of the best criminal trial lawyers in the District of Columbia. She brings to the firm over eighteen years of experience as a seasoned trial attorney. Throughout her career she has tried hundreds of cases, ranging from traffic and misdemeanor offenses to the most serious charges, including homicide and sexual assault. She has mastered complex issues of forensics, psychology, and conducted intricate constitutional litigation. She has extensive experience litigating complex pre-trial issues such as privilege, Brady sanctions, and double jeopardy, as well as identifying, consulting with, and preparing experts to testify.  She is widely known for her expertise in conducting deep investigations and for trying and winning the most time-intensive and difficult cases. She is a regular trainer nationwide on countless topics involving criminal law and trial advocacy. Learn more about Jacqui here.

Founded in 1982, Brown, Goldstein & Levy is a law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, with an office in Washington, D.C. 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.