Over 50 Collective Years of Award-Winning Legal Guidance
Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake (SZL) is a boutique
criminal defense and
personal injury law firm serving Columbia, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. The firm
was founded in 2005 when partners at a larger law firm decided that they
wanted to change the way they provided legal representation. They felt
their clients would be better served when they had counsel on their side
who would really get to know them and give their case the attention it deserved.
Today, SZL maintains that vision of being a friend to their clients and
providing supportive guidance every step of the way. The firm is comprised
of a powerhouse team whose attorney’s strengths complement each
other. Attorney David Zwanetz, owner and co-managing partner, has a fighter’s
spirit and zealously advocates for his clients in and out of court. Attorney
Justin Lake, owner and co-managing partner, has experience as a former
prosecutor and puts considerable thought into building cases to seek favorable
results for his clients. Attorney Jason Shapiro, of-counsel, helps his
clients through their criminal matters and places a premium on assisting
them in getting the services they need to address any underlying issues.
For every case we handle, we work as a team, leveraging the strong suits
of all three legal minds. That means our clients may have direct contact
with one attorney, but the strategies we employ are informed by the insights
of each of our lawyers. We have honed our processes by collaborating over
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