Faraji A. Rosenthall has been a daily presence in the Fairfax County Courthouse for nearly 10 years, trying criminal cases ranging from traffic and drug offenses to violent crimes such as robberies and manslaughters.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law School in 2004, Mr. Rosenthall was appointed as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (Prosecutor) in Fairfax County, where he handled thousands of criminal cases in his four-year tenure, including reckless drivings, Fairfax DWIs and serious felonies. Mr. Rosenthall gained not only the experience of handling dozens of cases every day, but the knowledge of the inner workings of the Fairfax criminal system. He knows what prosecutors are thinking and what kinds of deals they will offer, because he was one. He knows which judges are sympathetic and which ones are harsh. Having this kind of inside knowledge is invaluable to Mr. Rosenthall’s clients.
Born and raised in Fairfax County, Mr. Rosenthall is himself the son of a criminal lawyer. He often tagged along with his father to work, absorbing the intricacies of the legal process from a young age. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Hampton University, Mr. Rosenthall began studying at Georgetown University, where he found himself drawn to criminal law. One of his professors, Julie O’Sullivan, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, helped solidify Mr. Rosenthall’s passion for criminal justice. He spent a summer interning with Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a nonprofit organization working with individuals facing lengthy, often absurdly unfair, prison sentences at both the federal and state level. He also clerked forthe Honorable Kathleen McKay, a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge, receiving invaluable insight into the inner workings of the Fairfax Courts, as well as the thought processes of an esteemed judge.
In 2009, Mr. Rosenthall left the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to start his own firm, using the knowledge and skill he gained as a prosecutor to help people charged with crimes in Fairfax County. Since opening its doors, the Law Office of Faraji Rosenthall has gotten successful results for hundreds of people facing serious charges.
Hampton University, B.S. (1999)
Georgetown University Law School, J.D. (2004)
Prosecutor in Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney’s Office (2005-2009)
Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall (2009 – present)