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Phone: (301) 209-7024



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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.

Raquel Smith


Raquel Smith is an associate with the Law Office of McKenzie & Tehrani. Ms. Smith has been barred in Maryland since 2013 and focuses her practice on serious criminal and traffic matters. Ms. Smith decided to pursue a career in law after interning with a non-profit legal services provider in Prince George’s County, MD. While interning, she witnessed the difficulties unrepresented litigants experienced attempting to navigate Maryland’s legal system. Thereafter, she knew she would focus her career on assisting those dealing with the legal system to obtain the best possible results.

Ms. Smith has extensive experience in handling hundreds of criminal and traffic cases. She has also represented litigants in personal injury matters and domestic violence hearings.  Over the course of her career, she has handled dozens of jury trials.  Ms. Smith has obtained complete jury acquittals on a number of varying criminal charges, from misdemeanor charges ranging to charges involving life in jail.  She has also obtained jury verdicts higher than settlement offers relayed by insurance companies, and in one case, obtained a jury verdict twelve times higher than the settlement offer. She has earned the reputation of being an aggressive but amicable litigator among her peers. The majority of her clients are Spanish-speaking, and she prides herself on effectively communicating the nuances of the legal process to her clients and making that process less stressful.

Ms. Smith is a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Smith earned her Juris Doctorate from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, graduating from Georgetown Visitation College Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. She speaks fluent Spanish and is of Chilean and Jamaican descent. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with friends.

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.



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