Edward S. Rosenthal


Edward S. Rosenthal is a founding principal and the managing partner of Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP and its predecessors. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College as an Independent Scholar in 1973. In 1976, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, and has been engaged in the private practice of law with offices in the City of Alexandria, Virginia, ever since.

Mr. Rosenthal has enjoyed notable accomplishments at both the trial and appellate levels. At the trial level, his achievements have included the successful defense of a notorious capital murder prosecution; six- and seven-figure awards and settlements in complex personal injury and product liability cases; a writ of mandamus entered against a local City Manager in a police officer’s pension dispute; jury verdicts in excess of $350,000 for compensatory and punitive damages following a 3-week trade secrets trial; and the establishment, following a 3-month trial against Nissan Motors, of a design defect in the seating configuration of the 1982 Nissan 200SX, which resulted in a lifetime, structured settlement on behalf of a quadriplegic client. In the appellate courts, Mr. Rosenthal has briefed and argued successful appeals resulting in appellate decisions establishing limits on the introduction of reputation evidence and hearsay opinion testimony under the Federal Rules of Evidence; requiring the testimony of patients to support each instance for which a physician may be prosecuted for issuing illegitimate drug prescriptions; refining the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine under the Fourth Amendment; vindicating the rights of state prisoners to a drug- and weapon-free environment at the Virginia State Penitentiary; requiring insurance carriers paying infant settlements to see to the proper application of proceeds disbursed on behalf of an infant plaintiff; and providing clear and definite trial court procedures for evaluating and honoring an accused’s Sixth Amendment request to represent himself.

Mr. Rosenthal is the author of “The Bill of Rights in Its 200th Year: A Casualty of the War on Drugs?” which was featured in the 1992 edition of George Mason University’s Civil Rights Law Journal. He is an occasional lecturer on the constitution and criminal law at schools and universities. Mr. Rosenthal has testified on the constitutionality of proposed legislation before the Courts of Justice Committee of the Virginia House of Delegates. As the former chair of the Alexandria Bar Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee, Mr. Rosenthal contributed to the successful effort to establish a Public Defender’s Office for the City of Alexandria, one of the first such offices in Virginia. He has frequently served as an evaluator in the D.C. Street Law Mock Trial Program, sponsored by Georgetown University. Under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Training Center, Mr. Rosenthal has participated in the training of new federal trial judges. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the ACLU of Virginia and an active member of the statewide Legal Panel, which helps select those cases that the ACLU of Virginia will support. Mr. Rosenthal is also a Master of the George Mason University Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and he has assisted a number of area law firms and sole practitioners with matters of law office technology.

Mr. Rosenthal is married to Pamela Comfort Rosenthal. They live in Reston, Virginia, where they raised their four now-grown children and several generations of German Shepherds. They are avid fans and season-ticketholders with the Shakespeare and Folger Theaters and the Washington Nationals.

Notable and Reported Cases

Hart v. Commonwealth, 221 Va. 283, 269 S.E.2d 806 (1980)
Shrader, et al. v. White, et al., 761 F.2d 975 (4th Cir. 1985)
United States v. Dobson, 753 F.2d 1295 (4th Cir. 1986)
Reed v. Swank, Inc., 900 F.2d 254 (4th Cir. 1990)
United States v. Tran Trong Cuong, 18 F.3d 1132 (4th Cir. 1994)
Halterman v. Radisson Hotel Corp., et al., 259 Va. 171, 523 S.E.2d 823 (2000)
Medina v. United States, 92 F. Supp. 2d 545, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5610, 21 Immigr. Cas. Rep. A3-236 (E.D. Va. 2000)
Nakul Bhatia, et al. v. Mehak, Inc., et al., 262 Va. 544; 551 S.E.2d 358 (2001)
Michael John Staton v. Commonwealth, 2001 Va. App. LEXIS 673 (Va. Ct. App. 2001)
Michael John Staton v. Commonwealth, 2002 Va. App. LEXIS 453 (Va. Ct. App. 2002), aff’d (Va. Sup. Ct. 2003).

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Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association (Member, Criminal Justice and Individual Rights Sections, 1983-present)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Master, George Mason University Chapter, American Inns of Court
American Civil Liberties Union, Northern Virginia Chapter Board (2006-present)

Alexandria Bar Association (Chair, Legislative Affairs, 1984-1987)


  • Amherst College, B.A., 1973
  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1976

Admissions and Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar, 1976
  • Virginia Bar, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003