Justin Lake

Shapiro, Zwanetz & Associates
7226 Lee Deforest Dr. Ste 207
Columbia, MD 21046
410-884-6100
www.szafirm.com


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 client’s unique situation. Upon joining Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates in 2018, Justin’s effectiveness in the courtroom was quickly recognized by his peers as he was selected as one of Maryland Superlawyer’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 clients’ 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 State’s Attorney at the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office. During his nearly four years at the State’s Attorney’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 Justin’s tirelessly efforts to defend his client, he learned that prosecution’s case was based solely on false accusations. One of the most satisfying moments of Justin’s career was when, due to Justin’s superb lawyering, evidence proposed by the state was excluded and the prosecution forced to dismiss all charges against Justin’s client. Sharing with his client and the client’s family that their the nightmare was finally over is a pinnacle moment in Justin’s career that he will never forget.