William Dansie, Esq.
Founding Partner William G. Dansie is a seasoned practitioner of criminal and civil law. He has successfully helped thousands of clients with complex bankruptcy, employment, and neglect & guardianship cases. Prior to studying law at John Marshall University and Baltimore University, Mr. Dansie was an inner-city school teacher in Baltimore.
Prior to entering private practice, Attorney Dansie clerked for Judge Paul M. Rosenberg at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and served as an attorney for the Department of Energy. He speaks English, German, as well as some Amharic and some Hindi. In his free time, Mr. Dansie plays the cello in a local string quartet.
Some of his notable cases in the D.C. Court of Appeals are:
Holloway v. United States (2006):
- The D.C. Court of Appeals decided precisely when a young adult becomes too old to be sentenced under the Youth Rehabilitation Act. The special provisions of the Act are available in the sentencing of a person less than twenty-two years of age at the time of sentencing. The Act, however, was unclear as to whether it also applies to persons who are less than twenty-two years of age at the time of conviction, but who reach their twenty-second birthday before sentencing. The trial court rejected Appellant’s argument that he was eligible for sentencing under the YRA because he was still twenty-one years of age when he entered his plea of guilty. The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case for resentencing. A case of first impression, this case is a historical survey of Youth Act Law.
Lewis v. United States (2005):
- Appellant filed a motion to dismiss on the ground that he was immune from prosecution under D.C. Code § 7-2507.05(a) (2001) which provides that if a person or organization within the District voluntarily and peaceably delivers and abandons to the Chief any firearm or ammunition at any time, such delivery shall preclude the arrest and prosecution of such person on a charge of violating any provision of the code with respect to the firearm or ammunition voluntarily delivered. The trial court denied the motion after a hearing, concluding that Appellant was not entitled to immunity because he had not complied with the statutory requirements for voluntarily and peaceably delivering and abandoning a weapon. The D.C. Court of Appeals affirmed.
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Lucas I. Dansie, Esq.
Lucas Dansie is a managing partner at the firm. He is a native of the Washington metropolitan area and received his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. He also holds a Master’s Degree in the Humanities from West Virginia University.
After law school Mr. Dansie worked as a prosecutor in Maryland. Today he is a passionate defense advocate for clients with criminal charges in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Dansie has also advised numerous international and domestic clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, transactional law, and environmental litigation.
Mr. Dansie is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with a conversational understanding of French and Catalan. In his free time, he enjoys attending concerts and enjoying the multicultural arts scene in Washington, DC.
Anna Bitencourt, Esq.
Anna Bitencourt is an associate attorney at Dansie & Dansie LLP handling criminal and civil matters. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, a Bachelors of Science University of Maryland, College Park, and is barred in Maryland.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bitencourt completed externships at the Supremo Tribunal Federal (the Supreme Court of Brazil) as well as for the Special Master Gary Golkiewicz at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She is a current member of the Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Young Lawyers Sections of the Maryland State Bar Association, in addition to participating in the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law and Young Lawyers sections.
Ms. Bitencourt speaks fluent English, Portuguese, American Sign Language, Italian and Spanish, and has traveled widely around the globe. In her free time, she enjoys ballet and performs with local dance ensembles.
- Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy: Senior Note and Comment Editor, 2010-12
- Note, Tripping over TRIPS and the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Legislation and Political Decisions in Brazil and the United States, 28 J. CONTEMP. HEALTH L. & POL'Y 57 (2011).
- Columbus School of Law Faculty Award Fellowship - 2009-2012
- George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy - 2009
- INCIGHT Scholarship Recipient - 2009 and 2010
- Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship for Exceptional Leadership in Public Service
- Curtis Pride Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence