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Maryland Lawyer Peter Fayne's Path to Criminal Law

June 14, 2013 02:21pm  
Maryland Lawyer Peter Fayne's Path to Criminal Law

Riverdale, MD—Peter Fayne's path to criminal defense law was anything but ordinary.

When Fayne started working after law school, he started working as a prosecutor—a role he believed he'd stay in for a lifetime.  “It's what I always wanted to do, and I thought that was where my future would be,” he recalled in a recent interview with

Fate, however, would soon take him down another path.  “I resigned my position in less than a year in order to pursue a lifelong athletic dream,” Fayne says.  He trained full time to qualify for the US Olympic trials in the decathlon, and then returned to the legal world a year and a half later once he had finished that quest.

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However, when Fayne got back, he found that his job at the prosecutor's office was no longer available—“so I decided to switch sides,” he says.  “I was extremely fortunate to work for a legend in the criminal defense bar in the State of Maryland, Fred Joseph.  Fred taught me not only to be proud of being a criminal defense attorney, but that our role was just as important, if not more so, than that of prosecutors.”

Soon after starting a solo practice, Fayne got plunged into the deep end of criminal defense with a high-profile murder