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Michelle Bradford

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Michelle BradfordMichelle Bradford, a former local and federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence, homicide and financial crimes.

“As a former prosecutor, it was always my goal to ensure justice was served, whether that meant convicting a defendant at trial or dismissing a case due to a lack of evidence,” said Bradford, a 2000 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center now working with Murphy & McGonigle in Washington, where her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.

Bradford has been on the board of the Center for Abused Persons since 2016 and has been board president since 2017. Bradford said she has prosecuted domestic violence offenses and knows firsthand the emotional and financial struggles that come with leaving that type of relationship.

“The center is an important resource for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and childhood abuse,” she said. “The services the center provides often make the difference in whether someone leaves an abuser for good. In particular, the center helps victims with filing protective orders, accompanying victims to court and providing counseling services. Having a resource like that is a matter of life and death for many victims.”

Bradford received the FBI Director’s Award in July 2016 for her work on a federal health care fraud case involving more than $80 million in fraudulent Medicaid bills. In the same case, she received two additional awards in 2016: the Health and Human Services Inspector General Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse, and the United States Attorney’s Team Award.

Bradford said the most important lesson she learned as a prosecutor was to treat all people with dignity, respect, and empathy.

“I always made the effort to be respectful of the people I came into contact with, whether they were victims, witnesses or defendants, and not to judge them based on their current circumstances or their past struggles,” she said. “I can relate to people from all walks of life, which is invaluable when working with clients on the defense side.”

I always made the effort to be respectful of the people I came into contact with, whether they were victims, witnesses or defendants, and not to judge them based on their current circumstances or their past struggles.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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