Robert W. Biddle

Partner

Phone: (410) 783-0272 ext. 102
Email: biddle@nathanslaw.com
Facsimile: (410) 783-0518

Practice Focus & Experience

Mr. Biddle has over twenty-five years of criminal defense experience representing client's in white collar investigations, trials, appeals, and post-conviction proceedings in federal and state courts.

He is also well-regarded for his representation in federal forfeiture matters, including his representation of foreign companies, realtors, homeowners, businesses, estate personal representatives, automobile leasing companies, and a home health agency president.

Mr. Biddle has extensive expertise in health care fraud defense including representation of individual physicians, multi-state hospital chains, clinical laboratories, medical equipment manufacturers, and home health care providers.

His practice also includes trials, appellate, and post-conviction matters, including defense of death penalty prosecutions. In a post-conviction proceeding, Mr. Biddle represented a defendant facing a death sentence whose conviction and sentence were vacated in a reported decision, Conyers v. State, 367 Md. 571 (2002). He represented a defendant in a three month federal death penalty trial who received a life sentence after extensive mitigation evidence was provided to the jury.

Activities, Publications, & Speeches

Mr. Biddle is the former Co-Chair of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee's Forfeiture Subcommittee and was the federal forfeiture columnist for the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association newsletter. He has authored more than a dozen articles on federal forfeiture, including forfeiture of attorneys' fees and has spoken to numerous organizations regarding asset forfeiture. He has lectured on forfeiture topics at the ABA's Health Care Fraud National Institute and the American Health Lawyers Association's Annual Medicare Fraud and Abuse Program. He edited the second edition of the American Health Lawyers Association's Healthcare Compliance Legal Issues Manual.

Bar Admissions:

Mr. Biddle is admitted to practice in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit.

Education:

Mr. Biddle earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cum Laude (1982).

Employment & Experience:

Prior to joining Nathans & Biddle, Mr. Biddle was of counsel to Bennett & Nathans, a shareholder at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, law clerk to the Hon. Thomas Platt, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, and an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, New York.

Awards:

Mr. Biddle was selected for inclusion in the Maryland Super Lawyers for 2008-2018 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

Martindale-Hubbell® has continually given Mr. Biddle its highest AV® Rated/Rating for more than 20 years in a row.

Professional Associations:

  • Member, American Bar Association, 1993 to date, previously served as the Co-Chair of the Forfeiture Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section
  • Member, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, 1993 to present, previously served as Newsletter Editor, Federal Forfeiture Columnist, Board member
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Criminal Law and Practice Section, formerly served on the Section Council for 10 years
  • Member, 1996 to present, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Eastern District Association, New York
  • Member, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Bar Association

Personal:

Mr. Biddle is married and has two children. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland and is a long time member and lay leader at St. Anne's Episcopal Church. He coached youth soccer for several years and is the former President and current Secretary and Board Member of the Annapolis Junior Rowing Association.

He enjoys outdoor sports including rowing, backpacking, running, skiing, and tending to his family's tomato plants in the summer.

  • Felony Convictions Reversed On Appeal

    Criminal Appellate

  • Baltimore City Death Sentence Overturned

    Criminal Appellate

  • Coram Nobis Petition Granted And New Trial Ordered

    Criminal Appellate

  • Retrieved Over $6 Million Of Seized Assets Before Federal Health Care Trial Began

    Federal and State Felonies & Misdemeanors

  • Jury Declines To Impose Death Penalty After Many Month Federal Gang Trial

    Federal and State Felonies & Misdemeanors

  • Client Acquitted Of All Federal Felony Drug Prescription Charges

    Federal Drug Charges

  • Largest Cocaine Dealer's Sentence Reduced

    Federal Drug Charges

  • Doctor’s Sentence Cut In Half

    Federal Sentencing

  • Reduced Sentence For Embezzlement Client After Multi-Day Sentencing Hearing

    Federal Sentencing

  • Possible 3 Year Imprisonment Negotiated To Home Detention For Baltimore Attorney

    Federal Sentencing

  • Death Sentence Avoided After 4 Month Federal Trial

    Federal Sentencing

  • Political Figure Avoids All Charges After Separate Multi-Year Federal Environmental And Tax Investigations

    Grand Jury

  • Executive Of Durable Medical Equipment Manufacturer Not Indicted

    Health Care Fraud

  • Favorable Settlement For Client

    Health Care Fraud

  • Physician Avoids Incarceration Sentence

    Health Care Fraud

  • Physician Escaped Indictment In False Claims Act investigation

    Health Care Fraud

  • Appraiser Receives Reduced Sentence for Falsifying Photographs

    Mortgage Fraud

  • Firm's Prosecutorial Misconduct Victory Held Up On Appeal

    Post-Conviction Proceedings

  • Attorney Receives Probation Sentence

    Mortgage Fraud

  • Death Sentence Vacated On Appeal

    Post-Conviction Proceedings

  • Federal Habeas Corpus Petition Granted Based On Defense Lawyer Error

    Post-Conviction Proceedings

  • 1st Degree Murder Charge Reversed On Appeal

    Post-Conviction Proceedings

  • Dismissal of Hobbs Act Federal Criminal Indictment

    Public Corruption

  • Attorney Client Not Indicted Regarding State Contract Fraud

    Public Corruption

  • Prosecution Declined For Senior Baltimore City Official

    Public Corruption

  • Furniture Owner Not Charged

    Public Corruption

  • Political Corruption And Tax Investigation Dropped

    Tax and Accounting Fraud

  • Entire $6 Million Recovered For Client

    Federal Forfeitures

  • $10 Million Recovered For Client

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Over $1 Million Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • More Than $58K Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Entire $23,000 Recovered For Client

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Over $20,000 Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Over $700,000 Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Entire $1.3 Million Recovered For Client

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Prosecution Declined in LA Off-Shore IRS Tax Investigation

    White Collar Crimes

  • Firearm Seized By Government Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Over $40,000 Recovered

    Federal Forfeitures

  • Successful Appellate Ruling Overturning Denial Of Wrongful Termination

    Civil Appellate Practice

  • U.S. Attorney's Office Changes Position And Declines To Bring Charges

    Embezzlement

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