David P. Henninger has been called “Harford County’s Go-To Attorney” and by the Aegis Newspaper “Harford County’s Foremost Criminal Lawyer” and “Harford County’s Prominent Criminal Attorney.”
Joining the Baltimore County’s State’s Attorney’s Office in 1974 he rose to a position of Division Chief before leaving the office in 1983 to become Senior Partner in the well-known and respected Towson Criminal Law Firm of Henninger and Glass.
He gained national recognition when he obtained a new trial in the famous death penalty case of “Kirk Bloodsworth” a man who was sentenced to death and later exonerated by DNA evidence. He was again thrust on to the nation scene when his representation of Joseph Palzenski led to his famous role in a murder-hostage standoff. He appeared on “Good Morning America”, “60 Minutes”, “MSNBC” and the “History Channel”, and is a major part of the Police Training in Hostage Negotiations.
He is the only Harford County Lawyer qualified to serve as lead counsel in Federal Death Penalty Cases. A member of the Maryland Death Penalty Unit , he has tried some 15 death qualified cases, and handled over 200 homicide and manslaughter cases. In his 35 years as the country’s leading criminal lawyer he has tried and won more homicide cases then all of Harford County’s private lawyers combined.
He is known as Harford County’s premier drug and CDS defense lawyer. He has handled Harford County’s last five wiretap cases, including several clients who were tried in United States Federal court. He has served more than 20 years as a member of the Federal Felony Panel in the United States District Court in the District of Maryland, and 4th Circuit in Richman VA.
Recently he won three consecutive not guilties in serious child abuse trials, in Harford County and Cecil County. He is the leading criminal trial lawyer in Harford County each year, trying and winning more jury trials than any other criminal attorney in Harford County. He spends the majority of his time trying the major felony cases in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore County, such as, but not limited to: Arson, Burglary, Drugs, Child Abuse, Child Pornography, Robbery, Rape, Sex Offense, Murder, Manslaughter, Theft, and Multiple Offenses of Drunk Driving. In Federal Court he is known for his aggressive defense in Drug and Child Pornography cases.
He has served as a teacher, instruction, and Assistant Professor, in the Baltimore County, Police Training Academy, Baltimore Co. Police Inservice Training, Essex College Criminal Justice and guest lecturer for Maryland State Police, Baltimore Port Authority Police, and Catonsville College. When you can hire Harford County’s best and most experience trial lawyer….why would you hire anyone else.