Kobie Flowers joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy in October, 2016, after managing his own small firm in Washington, DC.
Kobie is, first and foremost, a trial lawyer, with 20 years of courtroom experience. He specializes in representing individuals and businesses in complex criminal and civil matters. 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 (AFPD) provides him with an uncommon insight into trial practice. In both roles, Kobie was trained in and maintained the highest standards of trial advocacy. He brings that tradition of excellence to the private practice of law.
As a member of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, Kobie was a civil rights prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice for over four years. There, he conducted complex grand jury investigations involving fraud, false statements, obstruction of justice, and perjury charges as aspects of enforcing federal criminal civil rights statutes. While at the Department, he specialized in the prosecution of police brutality cases. Kobie was one of the prosecutors who successfully tried the largest case against federal correctional officers in the history of the Civil Rights Division. For that effort, he earned the Civil Rights Division’s Special Commendation for Outstanding Service. Kobie never lost a case as a federal civil rights prosecutor.
After his tenure as a federal civil rights prosecutor, Kobie sought out the challenge of defending against federal prosecutions as an AFPD in Baltimore. As an AFPD, Kobie successfully represented clients charged with federal felonies, including fraud, false statements, obstruction of justice, bribery, tax, and perjury charges. Kobie won two-thirds of the cases he defended at trial. When trial was not in the client’s best interest, Kobie navigated through the demands of the government and obtained numerous favorable, pre-verdict outcomes for his clients, including dismissals of cases.
Following his government service, Kobie entered private practice and focused on complex commercial litigation. As a lawyer at a large international law firm, he assisted corporate clients with investigations involving the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and federal securities laws. He also handled mass toxic tort litigation at a leading plaintiff’s firm.
Kobie has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States and internationally in the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay as a criminal defense lawyer.
Kobie has taught the art and science of trial lawyering all over the United States, including at the National Criminal Defense College, the Bronx Defenders, and Harvard Law School.
Before starting his legal career, Kobie served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in Ivory Coast from 1995 to 1997.
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- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Maryland, 2004-2007
- Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, 2000-2004
- U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Ivory Coast, 1995-1997
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
- Stanford University, B.A.
- Represents a female college graduate in her Title IX case against a DC university for mishandling the investigation into her rape by a fellow student.
- Obtained a court order holding the District of Columbia responsible for providing services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to eligible DC residents who are incarcerated in federal facilities.
- Obtained a court order forcing Pennsylvania to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act and allow blind people to vote remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Represents the estate of a man wrongly targeted by police and incarcerated due to his mental illness in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Represents the estate of a man wrongly killed by police due to his mental illness in violation of the American with Disabilities Act.
Criminal Defense and Investigations
- Secured release from Guantanamo Bay prison of only child soldier ever prosecuted by the U.S. government in the modern era.
- Obtained acquittal for tenured microbiology professor charged with two counts of sexual assault.
- Obtained acquittal for client charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm.
- Obtained dismissal of a sexual assault charge filed against a world-renowned infectious disease expert.
- Obtained dismissal of drug trafficking charges against client by obtaining a hung jury and persuading the government to decline to retry the case.
- Persuaded ethics regulators to dismiss ethics investigation against an elected official.
- Persuaded federal prosecutors not to bring money laundering and wire fraud charges against a Russian-owned business.
- Persuaded federal prosecutors not to bring fraud charges against a client and litigated novel 4th Amendment issue, which forced an Office of Inspector General to change its policy.
- Persuaded an inspector general to terminate investigation of a federal employee allegedly involved in international government contracting fraud.
- Persuaded state prosecutors to dismiss an assault case against a NFL executive.
- Persuaded state prosecutors to dismiss a felony burglary charge against a high-profile lawyer.
- Persuaded federal prosecutors to decline prosecution of a twenty-year veteran of a major law enforcement agency after multi-year and multi-agency federal fraud investigation.
- Represented client freed by the federal government as part of the historic seven-prisoner swap between Iran and the United States.
- Represents three men known as the “Harlem Park Three.” At 108 combined years of wrongful conviction, the triple exoneration of these men is the largest wrongful conviction case in American history.
- Obtained over $13 million from the State of Maryland for five wrongfully convicted men, convincing the Maryland Board of Public Works to make such awards for the first time in 15 years.
- Represents a man wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years after the Baltimore police suppressed evidence of his innocence in order to implicate him in a murder he did not commit.
- Represents a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder for 27 years because the Baltimore police coerced a teenage witness to falsely implicate him.
- Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Washington, DC 2020
- “Top Lawyer” for Criminal Defense, Washingtonian magazine, 2017 – present
- “AV Preeminent” highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 2014 – present
- “Super Lawyer” for White-Collar Criminal Defense, Washington, DC, Super Lawyers magazine, 2013 – present
- Commendation for Service at Federal Public Defender’s Office, D. Md., 2007
- U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division, Special Commendation for Outstanding Service, 2003
- U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division, Performance Award, 2003
- U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General’s Letter of Commendation, 2002
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member
- Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Board Member
- National Criminal Defense College, Faculty
- District of Maryland Federal Bar Association, Board Member
- District of Maryland Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Member
- Bronx Defenders Trial Academy, Faculty
- Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, Faculty