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Jason Shapiro

Jason A. ShapiroJason Shapiro


For nearly 30 years, Jason A. Shapiro has been a highly recognized and sought-after attorney in the state of Maryland. Jason has consistently been recognized as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers®, by Best Lawyers in America, and was even named their Lawyer of the Year in 2016. He’s been honored by his peers in the criminal defense bar by being chosen as their leader, serving as President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association from 2010 to 2011. Jason has served as the Managing Partner of Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates which has repeatedly been honored as one of the Best Law Firms in America. This recognition is due not just to the excellent results that Jason’s firm delivers to its clients; it is also due to the firm’s recognition that each client is a unique individual, each deserving of the highest client/customer service.

Call (410) 927-5137 now to schedule a free consultation with the Columbia criminal defense lawyers at Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates today.

In serving his community as a Defense Attorney, Jason has defended thousands of Criminal, DUI/DWI, Traffic and Juvenile cases. Jason has handled over 1000 Motor Vehicle Administrative Hearings. Most notably, Jason has successfully defended all types of criminal matters and securing dismissals of all charges regarding the last two First Degree Murder cases which he co-defended with his partner, David Zwanetz.

Prior to entering the private practice of law, Jason served in the Offices of the State’s Attorneys for both Montgomery and Howard Counties. While serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jason prosecuted a myriad of cases from Agricultural Crimes to First Degree Murder cases. He served as the Supervisor of the Auto Manslaughter Unit and the Narcotics Prosecution Team. As a prosecutor, Jason was honored to receive the scholarship offered by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association to Career Prosecutor School (a/k/a “Prosecutors’ Top Gun School”).

Jason has lived in the state of Maryland his entire life, grew up in Silver Spring, and has lived in Columbia for nearly the past 35 years. He has been active in the local community, coaching his children’s sports teams; serving on several charitable Boards of Directors; taught continuing legal education for local bar associations, and was appointed by then – Governor Martin O’Malley to be the Chairman of the Trial Courts Nominating Commission for Howard County from 2007 through 2015.

Learn About His Success

5 / 5 stars
Jason, We met some time ago at which time I hired your firm to represent me for a traffic accident. Ultimately it was David Zwanetz who represented me at my hearing. I just want to say that he did a superb job and I was very impressed with him and his professional job. He was successful in calming my fears and giving me confidence at a time when I was very stressed. I would be honored to refer him to anyone that may need his services. I wanted you to know this because he is an asset to your firm. Thank you.

Year admitted to bar: 1987

Admission to U.S. Supreme Court Bar: 2003

Law School: University of Baltimore School of Law

Degree: Juris Doctor

College: University of Baltimore School of Law

Born: August 28, 1961, Washington D.C.

Practice Areas


  • University of Maryland (B.A. 1983)
  • University of Baltimore (J.D. 1987)


  • Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1988-1991
  • American Inns of Court 1991-2005
  • Howard County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Division (Chairman) 1991-2005
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association (Board of Directors; President, 2010-2011)
  • Howard County Bar Association

Special Agencies

  • Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Howard County (Chairman) 2007-present, (Member) 1990-1994


  • Monthly article on new developments in Criminal Law and Procedures for the Howard County Bar Newsletter, The Barrister (1991-2005)

Public Speaking

  • Guest lecturer for over 20 years at the Howard County Police Academy, regarding giving testimony and preparing cross-examination
  • Featured speaker at numerous events for the Howard County Public School System, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Temple Isaiah, and the Jewish Federation of Howard County
  • Keynote speaker at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Howard County Bar Association on Defending DUI Cases; Domestic Violence Cases; and Defending Narcotic Cases
  • On-air legal commentator for a local Baltimore television station regarding the case of State of Georgia v. Ray Lewis


  • Former Senior Member and Chief of Criminal Division, Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz
  • Former Managing Partner, Shapiro & Tucker
  • Former Assistant State’s Attorney, Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Former Director, Juvenile Justice for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney Office


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • “LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell/Lawyers.com” Peer Review Rated Award for High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Named as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers®
  • Named as one of the Top Lawyers in Maryland

Why Choose Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates

  • We are available for you 24/7. Our clients are our priority

  • Every initial consultation is free and no-obligation.

  • Our clients love us. Take a look at our reviews page!

  • We approach every case as a unified team.

  • We are highly recommended and awarded by various associations.

  • We are a team of former prosecutors and know how the other side thinks.

Contact Us Today!

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