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Brandi Harden

Washington, DC

Criminal Defense Litigation, Contract, Divorce And Family Law​​

About Brandi Harden

Brandi Harden is a nationally renowned litigator and the Managing Partner of Harden|Pinckney, PLLC. Harden Pinckney specializes in complex criminal and civil, family law, wrongful death, police misconduct and civil rights cases.

Ms. Harden has practiced law for more than 20 years and is known as one of the most skilled trial attorneys in Washington, D.C. She is a fellow in The American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C.,” by the Washingtonian and as a “Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney” by “Super Lawyers.” She is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers and a member of the National Black Lawyers Top 100.

Ms. Harden has also trained the best attorneys in the nation. She is currently a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and an adjunct professor/supervising attorney in Georgetown University Law Center’s criminal defense clinic. From 2006 to 2018, Ms. Harden coached the award-winning Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team at Howard University School of Law. She also serves as faculty for the National Criminal Defense College, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Gideon’s Promise, and several other litigation training.

Brandi Harden hails from Dallas,Texas and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. She is an active member of the D.C. Bar and admitted to practice in the D.C. Superior Court, D.C. Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and United States District Court in the Northern District of Texas.

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Using effective communication throughout every step of the process – Whether through phone calls, emails, or office visits – we look to understand our clients during difficult times.

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Heather Pinckney

Washington, DC

Criminal Defense Litigation, Contract, Divorce And Family Law​

About Heather Pinckney​

Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden and Pinckney, PLLC., located in the heart of downtown Washington. D.C. Harden and Pinckney, PLLC is a boutique law firm specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation, family law, police misconduct, wrongful death, and civil rights cases. Ms. Pinckney is also a founding member of the Black Public Defender Association and the Director of Skills Training. She also currently serves as an adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School where she teaches “The Role of the Public Defender.”

Ms. Pinckney is the proud recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from D.C. Law Students in Court. She is a fellow in The American College of Trial Lawyers and recipient of the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation Award for Women. Ms. Pinckney has also been named one of Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense by the Washingtonian Magazine and is a member of the National Black Lawyers Top 100.

Ms. Pinckney is currently a board member of the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinical Program and JusticeAid. She has also served as the Co-chair of the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section Steering Committee, and Chair of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (hereinafter PDS) Board of Trustees.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Pinckney served as the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division for the PDS – widely recognized as the premier public defender office in the country. As Deputy Trial Chief, Ms. Pinckney assisted in the management and day to day operations of the trial division and supervised over 60 attorneys litigating criminal cases in the D.C. Superior Court. Prior to becoming Deputy Trial Chief, Ms. Pinckney served as a staff attorney at PDS, for eight years, representing juvenile and adult indigent clients on criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. She was also tasked with hiring the best attorneys at PDS and served as the Chair of the PDS Hiring Committee.

Ms. Pinckney teaches litigation skills at programs around the country in Colorado, Connecticut, Missouri, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin. Ms. Pinckney has also served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, Howard University School of Law, NYU School of Law, Law American University School of Law, and David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC). She also serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Criminal Defense College.

Ms. Pinckney is a native Washingtonian and received her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice in the D.C. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Superior Court, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Featured Articles

Three acquittals in Trinidad murder trial

By Gary Emerling of WTOP – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

“…. As verdicts were read for one of the Bentons, a young man left the courtroom with tears streaming down his face, and shouts could be heard outside. After hearing he was acquitted on all counts, Christian Benton placed a hand on his face and leaned over in his chair. “It’s not good that Alonzo Robinson passed. I’m not happy about that at all,” said Heather Pinckney, defense attorney for Joshua Benton. “But I am very happy that this jury did its job.”

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in D.C. Double Killing

By Keith L. Alexander – Friday, August 21, 2009

“….Angela Hernandez, like Peiro Fuentes Hernandez, is originally from El Salvador. In addition to deportation, she faces a maximum of 110 years in prison, although because she has no prior convictions and pleaded guilty, Angela Hernandez’s court-appointed attorney, Heather Pinckney, said she hopes her client receives a lesser sentence.”

Witnesses Describe Shooting of 17-Year-Old

By Henri E. Cauvin – Wednesday, January 31, 2007

“…. Magistrate Judge J. Dennis Doyle, after reviewing the account and listening to arguments from the prosecutor, Magdalena A. Bell, and the defendant’s attorney, Brandi Harden of the D.C. Public Defender Service, ordered Mackabee held without bond before another hearing Feb. 12. “

Jury Deadlocks in Case That Relied on DNA

By Henri E. Cauvin – Saturday, April 15, 2006

“…. Jenkins’s attorneys, Edward J. Ungvarsky and Brandi Harden of the D.C. Public Defender Service, attacked the case and put forth enough alternative theories to raise questions among the jurors.

After the jurors reported their deadlock Thursday, the judge declared a mistrial. A hearing was set for later this month to discuss any plans for a retrial.”

D.C. juror is charged after skipping day of murder trial

By Keith L. Alexander – Saturday, March 6, 2010

“…. Under questioning by his attorney, Brandi Harden, Alexander testified that when he sat in the jury box during the first day of the trial and watched Dixon on the bench, he found it difficult to focus on the evidence. His mind wandered, he said, to the days of watching his father. “Being in the courthouse affected me emotionally. It was a little difficult,” he said.”

Shooter Had Big Plan, Say Officials

By Keith L. Alexander – Saturday, March 6, 2010

“…. Under questioning by his attorney, Brandi Harden, Alexander testified that when he sat in the jury box during the first day of the trial and watched Dixon on the bench, he found it difficult to focus on the evidence. His mind wandered, he said, to the days of watching his father. “Being in the courthouse affected me emotionally. It was a little difficult,” he said.”

A Morning of Terror and Flames

By Keith L. Alexander and Henri E. Cauvin – Wednesday, December 20, 2006

“….Initially charged by police with assault with intent to kill in the Saturday morning incident, James, 48, appeared yesterday in D.C. Superior Court and was charged with arson after prosecutors reviewed the evidence against him. “

Shooter Had Big Plan, Say Officials

By Allison Klein and Aaron C. Davis – Thursday, May 1, 2008

“…. At his arraignment yesterday in D.C. Superior Court, Johnson pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to kill while armed. Public defender Brandi Harden argued”

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Public Defender Intern Recalled As Positive Example for Youths

By Jonathan Mummolo and Omar Fekeiki – Sunday, July 1, 2007

“…. Heather Pinckney, a trial attorney with the public defender’s office, said Richardson told her that few of the people he grew up with in Far Rockaway, N.Y., went to college or left the old neighborhood.”

Doubts Raised in Case Against Man Accused of Slaying Girl, 17

By Henri E. Cauvin – Thursday, September 14, 2006

“….When Lesene was brought before Magistrate Judge Michael J. McCarthy yesterday, defense attorney Brandi Harden, of the D.C. Public Defender Service, challenged the charging documents filed by the U.S. attorney’s office.

She cited inconsistencies in the accounts of the two witnesses cited in the documents. One witness reported that Lesene was wearing a mask, but the other made no mention of a mask, according to the papers.

It was that discrepancy that appeared to most trouble McCarthy. “That’s a big difference,” he told Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gorman.”