20 Courthouse Square, Suite 213, Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: (301) 209-7024



6411 Ivy Ln Suite 540, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: (301) 209-7024



Joseph C. McKenzie


Joseph C. McKenzie practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense, traffic defense, immigration, and landlord and tenant litigation. Mr. McKenzie represents clients facing serious and complex criminal and traffic related matters. He is licensed to practice in Maryland and is an active member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Passage through the criminal justice system can be an intimidating confusing and frightening process. Mr. McKenzie will take the time to guide you through the legal process. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, involved in a complicated conspiracy case or a facing a first time traffic violation, Mr. McKenzie will patiently explain the procedures, possible consequences, and available legal options in your case.

Mr. McKenzie is a guest lecturer at local colleges and universities where he mentors law students on selecting the area of legal practice that is best suited for their particular skills. He also teaches students, as well as other attorneys, how to successfully start their own law firm. Mr. McKenzie is also a motivational speaker; his speeches primarily focus on social issues faced by teenagers and college students.

Joseph C. McKenzie is a proven trial lawyer who will fight for you in and out of the courtroom. He returns calls promptly and is available to answer your questions, no matter the time of day. Please call us today to schedule a consultation.

Payman Tehrani


Payman Tehrani is a civil litigator and criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Tehrani has successfully tried and settled hundreds of cases in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. state and federal trial courts. He is well regarded for his zealous representation, perseverance, knowledge, and creativity in resolving his client’s legal problems. Mr. Tehrani’s unique background and diverse legal experience allow him to effectively represent his clients.

Mr. Tehrani is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law wherein he was the Managing Editor of the University of Baltimore’s Journal of Environmental Law. While in law school, Mr. Tehrani served as the judicial intern to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., now retired District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. After graduating from law school, Mr. Tehrani served for two (2) years as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ann S. Harrington, the Administrative Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court and the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Tehrani is licensed to practice in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Prior to co-founding the Law Offices of McKenzie and Tehrani, LLC, Mr. Tehrani was a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockville. In that capacity, Mr. Tehrani represented and provided legal counsel to the City of Rockville’s Mayor, Council, City Manager, employees, and the police department. He handled a wide variety of City matters including, but not limited to, zoning and land use issues, contract disputes, construction disputes, labor and employment matters, infrastructure issues, and zoning and property maintenance violations. Given this experience, Mr. Tehrani is not only well versed in handling multifaceted issues involving complex parties, but also in navigating the bureaucratic framework of municipal governments and other complex entities.

Prior to his representing the City of Rockville, Mr. Tehrani was an insurance defense trial attorney in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas. Mr. Tehrani represented major insurance carriers, public utilities, and self-insured companies that conducted business in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This experience helped Mr. Tehrani understand the process and analysis insurers and self-insured entities undergo in determining liability and settlement value of cases. Possessing this knowledge has proven invaluable to Mr. Tehrani in his representation of personal injury victims.


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“I just want to say that McKenzie/Tehrani has helped my family out on numerous occasions (mostly traffic and one divorce). They were allows professional, responsive and answered all of questions (which were millions daily). I would just stop by the office unexpectedly and ask which I knew was the same question over and over but they still answered it. They make me feel that everything was going to be just fine and it was. They will always be the family attorney and I would refer every and any one to them. If you want a professional, responsive and experienced law firm to help you through your time of need I strongly recommend McKenzie, Tehrani Attorneys at Law.”


“My husband had a complicated ticket issue in Maryland that went back 34 years ago that the McKenzie – Tehrani staff handled quickly and professionally, all while my husband and I were living on the west coast!”

Phoebe T.

“When considering an Attorney to represent your best interest in the state of Maryland Mr. Tehrani should be your first call. His ability to understand the situation and provide an expert opinion makes him a clients best choice. Additionally, Mr. Tehrani’s professional relationships and vast experience allows him to navigate the judicial process to determine an appropriate plan for success. Sincere thanks Mr. Tehrani!”

Craig P.

“I want to thank Joe McKenzie for doing a fantastic job representing me in a reconsideration hearing I had for a second degree assault charge.
This was because in my original conviction my first lawyer had not only fumbled my case he should be disbarred for negligence.
So I asked my corporate attorney to help me find a top flight new criminal lawyer who has swagger in Montgomery County MD. That is exactly what he did. Joe is a very composed, meticulous, intelligent and calculated attorney who very methodically turned an absolute disaster into the best possible outcome I could’ve imagined. So I take my hat off to Mr. McKenzie and would give him a 10 star review if I could. If you are looking for a true professional who can broker the best possible outcome for you than look no further.”

William G.