Donald P. Salzman

Pro Bono Counsel

Donald P. Salzman joined Skadden’s Washington office as pro bono counsel in September 2002. Mr. Salzman coordinates the pro bono practice of the firm’s Washington lawyers and represents pro bono clients.

Mr. Salzman is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and litigator. After starting his career at a major multipractice law firm in the areas of general litigation and first amendment law, Mr. Salzman joined the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County, Maryland, in 1988 as an assistant public defender. During his nearly 15-year tenure in the Office of the Public Defender, he represented clients at every level in the criminal justice system, including juveniles and adults in misdemeanor, felony and capital cases. He became a felony trial attorney in 1989 and went on to handle the most serious aggravated felonies. Between 1996 and 2002, Mr. Salzman was a supervisor in the Office of the Public Defender, first overseeing a felony trial team and, later, training and supervising entry-level lawyers while continuing to handle a serious-felony caseload. Mr. Salzman has tried more than 65 felony jury trials and countless misdemeanor cases.

Mr. Salzman was on sabbatical as a visiting professor in the Georgetown University Law School Criminal Justice Clinic between 1995 and 1996. Since 1995, he has been a regular guest lecturer for a George Washington University National Law Center course in adjudicative criminal procedure. Mr. Salzman regularly taught trial practice skills and substantive criminal law at Office of the Public Defender state-wide attorney training programs.

While at Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Salzman started a novel pro bono representation partnership project, involving a collaboration between the Office of the Public Defender, Skadden and other prominent Washington, D.C. law firms. The project provides training and consultation to firm lawyers who agree to represent felony and misdemeanor clients on a pro bono basis in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

In 1994, Mr. Salzman was named the Allen Murrell award recipient as the outstanding Maryland public defender. In addition, he is the recipient of Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s 2014 Servant of Justice Award.

Bar Admissions

Maryland Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
New York Court of Appeals
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Maryland


J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, 1985 (high honors, Order of the Coif; George Washington University Law Review)

B.A., Allegheny College, 1982


Treasurer, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (2007-Present)

President, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (2003-2007); Board Member (2002-Present)

Commission Member, District of Columbia Community Corrections Facility Sitting Commission (2002-Present)

Member, Washington Council of Lawyers (1996-Present)

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