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Jason Shapiro

Jason A. ShapiroJason Shapiro

Founder and Managing Attorney

For over 30 years, Jason Shapiro has been a highly recognized and accomplished attorney, delivering excellent results to his clients while setting the standard for superior customer/client service. He also has been honored for over the past two decades as one of Maryland’s SuperLawyers (Top 5% of state’s lawyers in a practice area) and even more significantly, by the even more exclusive and more prestigious Best Lawyers in America, in which Jason was given the highest distinction of Lawyer of the Year in 2016. In setting the bar high for not just results but representation as well, Jason has continually led his firm, Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates, to be recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America.

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

Jason began his career first serving as an award-winning prosecutor, and then, for nearly the past 30 years, as a highly decorated criminal defense attorney. Jason has been honored by his peers who selected him as the President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association from 2010-2011, an organization in which Jason still serves as a board member. Additionally, Jason was appointed for three terms to the highly prestigious Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission. Former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley appointed Jason as Chairman to this commission for an eight-year term, and appointed Jason to serve on the Maryland Public Defender’s Advisory Board. Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman also called upon Jason’s legal expertise appointing him a counsel to the Board of Elections protecting the voting rights of the county’s citizens.

During his career, Jason has either prosecuted or defended a myriad of cases from Disorderly Conduct to Death Penalty/First-Degree Murder. He has handled close to 10,000 DUI cases, thousands of drug cases, and even secured total and complete dismissals in his last two First-Degree Murder cases that he defended. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jason served as the Chief of the Auto Manslaughter unit, and then as Chief of the of the Narcotics Prosecution Team, and he has parlayed that prosecutorial experience into offering superior representation in his current role as a practitioner of Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury.

Jason has been recognized by his peers and his colleagues as one of the best lawyers practicing in the Maryland courts. He has represented police officers and their families, families of judges and prosecutors, court clerks and their families, other attorneys and their family members, and others who know who to turn to when they need an attorney that they can count on to get them the best results possible. It’s no wonder why one prominent attorney who has been practicing law for nearly 50 years recently commented that he has “seen much through my years practicing law, but watching Jason Shapiro…was some of the best lawyering that I have ever seen.” It’s no wonder why Charles “Chuck” Cave, retired Maryland State Police Sergeant and Retired Sheriff for Howard County commented that “Jason Shapiro is the finest criminal defense attorney in the area…He is the only criminal defense attorney that I refer cases to.” And it’s no wonder why a veteran member of the Division of Parole and Probation commented that “Jason is the best lawyer that I have ever seen during my 15 years in the court system.”

Jason grew up in Maryland and has lived in Howard County for nearly the past 40 years. His roots run deep throughout the community, both professionally and personally. Jason has built extensive friendships throughout the Maryland “recovery community.” Through these relationships, Jason has been able to assist many of his clients in getting help obtaining and maintaining their sobriety from drugs and alcohol, many times the reason why the clients are in need of Jason’s services in the first place. Additionally, he has served on a multitude of legal boards and organizations, including several charitable boards. He has taught several continuing education classes to other attorneys and to police officers. For nearly 40 years, Jason has been and is an integral part of the local Maryland community and legal community. Jason’s calling in life is to serve his clients, help them set a new and positive direction in their lives, seeking the best results, while delivering unparalleled and exceptional service.

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.

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