Harry Jacques Trainor Jr.

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Annapolis, Maryland

Since 1979, Harry J. Trainor, Jr. has focused his practice in the areas of Criminal and Civil Litigation. He has been involved in the defense of many high profile and complex cases. For his successful defense of the first federal death penalty case in the District of Maryland, he and co-counsel received the prestigious John Adams Award for outstanding service to the Criminal Justice Act panel. Mr. Trainor has been involved in the defense of numerous other capital cases in Maryland State and federal courts as well as in other jurisdictions, including New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Over the last three decades, Mr. Trainor's casework has encompassed not only the defense of white collar offenses, complex litigation and state and federal grand jury investigations, but also appellate, post conviction and habeas corpus proceedings.

A presenter at numerous seminars on legal issues, Harry Trainor has appeared at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund, Airlie Conference, Life In The Balance National Death Penalty Defense Conference, and various continuing education criminal law practice seminars. For a number of years, he co-authored The Criminal Law Handbook, a publication of the Prince George's County Bar Association.

Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, Harry J. Trainor, Jr. is among select lawyers who have earned the AV Peer Review Rating. An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Mr. Trainor has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers of the District of Columbia and Baltimore regions numerous times. He has also been included in the list of "Top Lawyers" in criminal defense by Washingtonian Magazine.

Mr. Trainor is active in state and national professional organizations. He is a long-time member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Maryland Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the Federal Bar Association. He served for many years as an elected member of the Section Council of the Criminal Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association.

In 2001, Mr. Trainor was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada, and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar

Certified Legal Specialties

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Co-Author, The Criminal Law Handbook, Prince George's County Bar Association


  • Airlie Conference, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 1999
  • Life In The Balance 2000, National Legal Aid Defenders Association, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2011
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2001
  • John Adams Award, Outstanding Service to Criminal Justice Act Panel, 1999
  • For Extraordinary Contribution to the Md. CJA Panel., John Adams Award, Md. CJA Panel, 1999
  • Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers of the District of Columbia
  • Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Section Council of the Criminal Law Committee, Member
  • Maryland Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member