Hon. Elsbeth L. Bothe, Circuit Court for Baltimore City


University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1981

  • Editor, Maryland Law Review

University of Maryland, B.A., 1977

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Gregg L. Bernstein


Gregg L. Bernstein focuses on criminal and civil litigation in federal and state courts, including matters involving white collar defense, internal investigations, public corruption, environmental crime, and commercial litigation. He has also been retained to provide consulting assistance to law enforcement and prosecution agencies throughout the country.

Gregg has represented numerous clients in high-profile cases. He represented

  • a former state senator who was acquitted of bribery and extortion charges;
  • the head of a state agency whose criminal charges of misappropriating federal grant money were dismissed;
  • the president of a large manufacturing company who was acquitted of perjury charges arising from a federal antitrust investigation; and
  • one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers in multidistrict litigation arising from dozens of federal civil RICO actions.

Gregg rejoined Zuckerman Spaeder in 2015 after serving a four-year term as the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, where he managed an office of more than 400 prosecutors and support staff responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses throughout the City of Baltimore.

Elected Baltimore City State’s Attorney in 2010, Gregg spearheaded a number of initiatives to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the office and improve public safety throughout the city.

He created a Major Investigations Unit to pursue repeat, violent offenders; established community prosecution teams dedicated to each of the city’s neighborhoods; and launched a Special Victim’s Unit to prosecute sexual assault and domestic violence offenses more effectively. Gregg also expanded the State’s Attorney’s Office’s diversion programs for select nonviolent defendants.

Gregg served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1987 to 1991, where he investigated and obtained convictions in a wide variety of federal criminal matters, including the illegal export to Iran and Iraq of a chemical precursor used in the manufacture of mustard gas; a murder-for-hire scheme of an IRS agent; and the deadly collision between a freight train and an Amtrak passenger train.

Gregg is a former adjunct professor at the Catholic University School of Law, a former president of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

  • Obtained the dismissal of a federal indictment on behalf of the former vice president in charge of the natural gas liquids futures trading desk of a major international oil company who was indicted along with a number of other individuals with the attempted market manipulation of the propane futures market under the Commodity Futures Trading Act.

  • Obtained the dismissal of a federal indictment on behalf of the head of a state agency who was charged with misappropriating federal grant funds earmarked for criminal justice programs.

  • Defended a state senator who was acquitted of using his position to accept bribes and extort payments from businesses.

  • Represented the owners of a national demolition business who were acquitted of violations of federal campaign contribution laws.

  • Represented a minority stakeholder that received a $15 million judgment after being squeezed out of a family business.

  • Represented the president of an international manufacturing company who was acquitted of perjury in a matter arising from an antitrust investigation.

  • Represented a multinational wireless phone manufacturer that obtained the dismissal of a class action concerning the health effects of wireless phones.

  • Represented an international underwriter in major insurance coverage cases related to asbestos claims, exposure to lead-based paint, and the use of products containing Teflon.

  • Negotiated a number of settlements on behalf of individuals charged by the SEC with operating their investment businesses in violation of securities regulations.

  • Served as co-counsel for an international automobile manufacturer in its defense of multiple claims of racketeering and fraud brought by disgruntled dealers.

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Academic Appointments

  • Former Adjunct Professor, Catholic University School of Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors , Greater Baltimore Committee