Ty Kelly Cronin is well known as an aggressive and experienced trial lawyer. In her practice, Ty represents individuals in a broad range of criminal and civil matters. Ty represents individuals who find themselves in any part of the criminal process, whether a witness served with a Grand Jury subpoena or a defendant charged with a serious crime. Ty’s background as a white collar prosecutor, makes her specially poised to aggressively and tenaciously defend the most serious matters involving financial crimes and public corruption, where the stakes are highest because of the potential consequences of conviction. Ty’s talent in identifying and developing successful defenses and her ability to flesh out problems in the government’s proof has served her clients well. Ty has successfully persuaded prosecutors to dismiss charges altogether and has resolved matters pre-trial with beneficial outcomes to her clients. Last year, Ty and her partner, Jonathan Biran, successfully negotiated a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for one of their clients in a $100 million Small Business Administration loan fraud scheme, where, if convicted, the client faced over 10 years of incarceration.
Undoubtedly, Ty’s reputation as a talented and aggressive trial lawyer stems from her experience trying cases. Last year, Ty, along with her co-counsel, aggressively defended a young man charged with several serious sexual offenses in a three-week long trial. The high profile trial was followed daily on blogs and on the internet. After several days of deliberation, the jury acquitted the young man of all charges and he was released from prison.
Prior to forming Biran Kelly, Ty tried some of the most high-profile and challenging cases in the District of Maryland during her more than seven years in the United States Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted a wide variety of cases ranging from violent crime and drug cases to significant white collar and public corruption cases. Ty spent her last three years in the office in the Fraud and Public Corruption Unit investigating public corruption offenses, investment fraud, procurement fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and other economic crimes. Ty successfully handled cases from grand jury investigation through trial and appeal, resulting in several published Fourth Circuit opinions. In her final year as an AUSA, Ty was the lead prosecutor on the high-profile investigation and prosecution of corruption in the Baltimore Police Department involving kickback payments to police officers. The investigation led to the prosecution of 17 Baltimore Police Officers and the two businessmen who paid them kickbacks. The investigation, prosecution, and trial were carefully followed in the Baltimore Sun. This investigation ultimately led to Ty receiving the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Barney Skolnik award, an annual award for professionalism, determination, and creativity in a case of unusual public significance.
She also served as the District Election Official where she led the federal response to all federal election crime allegations in Maryland by coordinating with the Department of Justice, state election officials, and state prosecutors. Ty also served at the Procurement Fraud Coordinator for the District of Maryland.
In addition to the Barney Skolnik award, Ty received several other awards for her superior performance as an AUSA, including the Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud award and the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Integrity Award.
Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ty served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, after being admitted into the prestigious Attorney General Honors Program. As a Fraud Section Trial Attorney, Ty investigated and prosecuted significant white collar crime cases, including cases involving wire fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, and tax fraud. Also during her tenure at the Fraud Section, Ty served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia trying cases in DC Superior Court.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Ty clerked for Chief Judge Frederic N. Smalkin of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and Judge Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Ty received her B.A. from University of Maryland College Park. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002, where she graduated second in her class and was an Articles Editor of the Maryland Law Review. She received numerous awards at graduation including the John L. Thomas Prize for Second Highest Scholastic Average; the Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize for Excellence as a Student Lawyer; and the William P. Cunningham Award for Exceptional Achievement and Service to the Law School.
Ty is also actively involved in community affairs. She serves as a member of the Women’s Leadership Counsel for My Sister’s Place, a division of Catholic Charities, which provides three meals a day and access to services such as case management, education and job training to women in Baltimore City. She also serves as a mentor to law students at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Baltimore County Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.