Shapiro, Zwanetz & Associates
7226 Lee Deforest Dr. Ste 207
Columbia, MD 21046
Justin Lake is a passionate advocate for all of his clients and fights until the very end in order to obtain the best possible results, specific to each individual clientâ€™s unique situation. Upon joining Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates in 2018, Justinâ€™s effectiveness in the courtroom was quickly recognized by his peers as he was selected as one of Maryland Superlawyerâ€™s Rising Stars, which is a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of the attorneys in Maryland. Justin understands that being charged with a crime and facing the criminal justice system can be a scary and daunting process. He takes great pride in each of his clientsâ€™ cases and works hard to keep all clients informed throughout the entire process. Justin has years of experience handling a wide range of criminal, DUI/DWI and traffic cases. Prior to joining Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates, Justin was an Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney at the Howard County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office. During his nearly four years at the Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s office, Justin prosecuted hundreds of DUI/DWI and misdemeanor cases, prompting his quick promotion to the Circuit Court Division, where he routinely handled major felony cases including Robbery, Armed Robbery and First Degree Murder. As a defense attorney at SZA, Justin is now handling these same types of cases, and the experience Justin has as a former prosecutor allows him to meticulously analyze each and every aspect of his cases to get the best results for his clients.
One particularly notable case that Justin has handled was during the winter of 2019, when Justin represented a client charged with First Degree Rape, a felony that carries the possibility of life in prison. The case was not called for trial until over one full year from the date that charges were initiated. Through Justinâ€™s tirelessly efforts to defend his client, he learned that prosecutionâ€™s case was based solely on false accusations. One of the most satisfying moments of Justinâ€™s career was when, due to Justinâ€™s superb lawyering, evidence proposed by the state was excluded and the prosecution forced to dismiss all charges against Justinâ€™s client. Sharing with his client and the clientâ€™s family that their the nightmare was finally over is a pinnacle moment in Justinâ€™s career that he will never forget.