In the NBTA Member Spotlight this week is Pennsylvania attorney Marc Steinberg, Managing Partner of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford since 1980. Mr. Steinberg is NBTA certified in Criminal Trial Law and is a co-founder of the Criminal Defense Law Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association, where he served as chairman or co-chairman from 1988 until 1996. Mr. Steinberg is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Montgomery Bar Association in criminal and civil areas. He also teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy at Temple University School of Law, where he has been teaching law students the art of trial advocacy for the past 25 years.

Where did you go to law school?
Temple University School of Law

How long have you been in practice?
Over 42 years

Why is NBTA membership important?
It signifies to the public and the legal community an advanced knowledge and skill set in the certified area. To have been able to say that I have been "Board Certified" as a criminal lawyer since 1986 has helped my practice grow immeasurably.

What legal arenas do you have experience in beyond your areas of certification?
Civil Litigation
Dispute Resolution

Were you a member of your law school's trial advocacy or moot court team?
No, but I taught Trial Advocacy at Temple Law School for the past 25 years.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
To make sure the "legal system" works as it should for everyone.

What made you choose the area of law in which you practice?
I was a judicial law clerk as sat in the courtroom for the longest criminal case in my county's history. It took almost 4 months to try. I watched four of the finest criminal lawyers in the region work each day and decided to become a criminal lawyer.

In your opinion, what makes a successful lawyer?
Passion. Preparation. Resourcefulness. Honesty. Ability to attract clients and resolve cases. And always with complete cordiality and professionalism.

What's been most rewarding about your career?
I've been in practice for almost 43 years. I've been recognized as one of the region's premier criminal lawyers. It is most rewarding when another lawyer recommends a family member or a friend because they trust me.

What advice would you give to a young professional considering law school?
To go. So many lawyers say not to. The profession has been so very rewarding for me professionally and personally. But, it takes a lot of hard work and effort and dedication.

Share an example of a case that made a difference.
It is a lot easier to represent someone who has committed a crime, and much more difficult to represent someone who is truly innocent. I represented a man accused of rape and incest and related sexual crimes of his daughter over an 8 year period. Everything he told me turned out to be true, including that he was set up by his wife who wanted a divorce and to seize all of his considerable assets. I was able to prove that his wife and daughter conspired against him, and all of the charges were dropped and he was set free. I made the system work for him and others that did, and will, follow.

What causes are important to you and why?
Protection of abused and neglected children. In 1999, along with two others (both became judges), I started a charity to provide free legal representation to the abused and neglected children of Montgomery County (PA). The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) has become recognized as an important resource for the courts, police and social welfare agencies, and a "noun" and a "verb," such as, I am "MCAPping" today, or I am an "MCAP". MCAP is widely recognized as a leader in the field of child abuse protection in Pennsylvania.