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  • From my 8-month experience, Mr. Justin Lake is a great lawyer with ethics and morals. Even more a good man in a time there seems to be a shortage of. Highly recommend!

    I've had the unfortunate experience with more lawyers than I care to admit. With that, from my experience, I’ve learned the sad truth that most are not out for your best interest but instead for the money and the political status they look to hold, most of time at the expense of the client to fatten pockets or gain this political power.

    In Mr. Lake's case, I sincerely believe and felt he fought for me. That he was in my corner. He was there anytime I reached out when needed and always reached out to give me updates on his end As far as fees, In my case, I was given a set price from the beginning. No extra charges. No doubt any other lawyer would have surpassed that fee times 2 or more.

    From my 8-month experience, Mr. Justin Lake is a great lawyer with ethics and morals. Even more a good man in a time there seems to be a shortage of. Highly recommend!

    - L.W.

  • EXTREMELY helpful!

    Dear Lauren,

    Everything you said was EXTREMELY helpful. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for how quickly you responded and how thorough you were with your advice. I was a mess yesterday and you helped me a lot. Thanks again!

    - L.M.

  • I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders!

    David Zwanetz is hands down the best lawyer I have ever met. He is a fierce advocate, super smart, tough, tenacious, thorough, prepared, great at explaining things, kind, reassuring, stands up for you strongly in court, and just really goes above and beyond for his clients. I was already telling friends and family that, should they ever find themselves in a tough spot, David is the attorney you NEED in your corner. Not want, need.

    I just got off the phone with him and my case has been DISMISSED, thanks to Mr. Zwanetz's persistence and dedication. I could not have asked for a better outcome. In addition, Mr. Zwanetz represented me in court in a civil matter last week, and got that dismissed as well. I felt like I had the best possible defense - and when you're facing scary charges, that's exactly what you need. Even if things had gone differently, I'd still be writing this review because I'd feel that I'd gotten the very best lawyering I possibly could.

    As an aside, it was someone very familiar with the courts & local law enforcement who gave me the tip to call "Jason Shapiro". The person said he's the best defense attorney around and then said, really, any of his associates are excellent. Just call the firm and whoever you get, you will be in very good hands. I figured that this person, who spends all day observing criminal and court matters, would definitely know something about lawyers. Well, I hit the jackpot when I was assigned Mr. Zwanetz as my lawyer. He is a senior partner in the firm - it's called Shapiro, Zwanetz & Associates. He's a partner for a reason - he is simply great.

    I thank God every day for that person who gave me the tip to call this firm, and I thank David Zwanetz for being such an incredible lawyer and creating the most successful resolution I ever could have hoped for. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Thank you so much!!!

    - L.R.

  • He Worked Tirelessly to Make Sure that the Truth was Told
    Without the help of the entire SZA firm, I believe my case would not have had the successful outcome I wasn’t sure I’d receive. Mr. Zwanetz took on an extremely difficult case and encountered issues that no one expected, and few had ever seen. He worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. He was receptive to each of my requests and, in a very personable way, guided me through the entire lengthy process. Though we faced an uphill battle, Mr. Zwanetz did not falter. His thorough research and knowledge of previous case law provided us the invaluable resources needed to obtain a favorable verdict. I will only recommend SZA firm as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better. While I hope to no longer need their services, I know should that day arise, I am in the best hands.

    - J.B.

  • I simply cannot recommend Dave enough!
    I simply cannot recommend Dave and the team at Shapiro Zwanetz enough! They are my go-to for any questions or legal advice. It is always very easy to get ahold of them, which is something I cannot say for other legal firms. They are willing to sit down with you for however long it takes, answering all your questions in great detail and never make it feel like a rushed process. Everyone is very professional, extremely knowledgeable, and above all, friendly and personable.

    - A.N.

  • My family and I can’t thank him enough!
    David is God sent! I was referred to this firm by my family law firm (kudos to them). I was falsely accused of allegations against me. Literally within 8 business days, David was able to get the case dismissed and charges dropped at the State Attorney’s level. Not only is he highly experienced, but he also works on your case FAST and exhausts every effort to make sure you get a fair outcome. I retained him and within an hour he had already started working on my case..amazing! He kept me up-to-date on changes very frequently..which for many law firms is unheard of. Even his paralegal team was spot on with maintaining communication. My family and I can’t thank him enough!

    This firm will always get my highest recommendation! Thanks again, David.

    - C.L.

  • Professional, Reliable, and Perfect for the Job
    I feel safe knowing these guys have my back! I highly recommend this firm. I’ve worked with David Zwanetz in the past and he is professional, reliable, and perfect at his job!

    - C.H.

  • Your delivery and presentation was, simply put, outstanding.
    Dear Justin, I feel this truly was an extraordinary outcome. My gratitude to you is immense. I felt strong, at peace and confident standing shoulder to shoulder as you addressed the Judge. Your delivery and presentation was, simply put, outstanding. I am also sorry that we had to meet under such unfortunate circumstances but I am confident time will present both of us with a better position to meet again once this is behind us.

    - M.B.

  • Always excellent and encouraging!
    Justin, I think my gratitude for your handling of our daughter’s case came through yesterday. I hope you never lose the care and kindness that you bring to your practice of law. Your help over the months was at times above and beyond, and always excellent and encouraging. We will always hold you in the highest esteem for what you did for us.

    - G.S.

  • My case was resolved with essentially a perfect outcome.
    My case was resolved with essentially a perfect outcome. Wanted to extend my thanks for the initial consultation and also to let you know that Justin offered excellent representation from start to finish. His hard work led to my case being dismissed and my laptop being returned.

    - Z.P.

  • SZA Firm Is the Way to Go!
    SZA firm is amazing from the receptionists, paralegals, to the lawyers. David, You are an incredible lawyer. The way you handled my case with honesty and sincerity was what we needed. We had chosen a different attorney at another firm and we weren't confident in him and switched to you 2 months before trial. Thank you so much for everything you did for my family and myself as well. SZA firm is the place to go for any legal help!

    - R.M.

  • Thank you all so much!
    Justin was absolutely amazing amazing amazing in court! Thank you all so much.

    - LR

  • I had a wonderful and positive experience.
    Jason, Although the circumstances surrounding our meeting were grim I had a wonderful and positive experience. Your firm had the ability to be patient, kind, and explain every part of the process to a client who had no experience with the legal system and was very nervous and scared. Your firm believed in me and knew that this legal situation my life is not how my story ends. I am happy to say today I am almost a year sober today and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way, my life is so much better. Thank you again.

    - MG

  • You guys ROCK!
    Maria; Please extend my most gracious thank you to Justin and David and all the staff there at SZA Firm...the bottom line is that "You guys ROCK!" As you can tell I'm ecstatic with the outcome of the hearing and know now why you guys are rated so high in every place I've had contact along the way during this ordeal. I wanted to say how thankful I am of all your efforts in the process especially for Justin who worked hard to bring things together along the way. Of course there is you David...your amazing mastery of the English language under pressure speaking with the honorable basically got my life back! Thank you so much...I don't know how to express how thankful I am right now, and how blessed I feel. With that said I won't be filing for any kind of appeal, some how I will make you proud for giving my life back. I know I still have a long road ahead, but I have this road that is easiest traveled because of you. I won't forget what you all did for me, and if anyone ever needs an attorney in Howard County for DUI and maybe anything else, I will send them your way. You all are a credit to the profession. Thanks again!

    - CJ

  • I felt like I had a bulldog guardian angel on my side!
    David: I want to thank you for all that you did for me and appreciate how safe you made me feel throughout the process. I felt like I had a bulldog guardian angel on my side!

    - AJ

  • The world needs more attorneys like Mr. Lake
    Mr. Lake represented my boyfriend. My boyfriend was facing a long time in jail but Justin fought for him, for that we are very grateful. Mr. Lake ALWAYS took the time to call me after each court date and explain things to me. I was always worried but Mr. Lake always put me at ease not only is he a great great lawyer but truly cares for the people he represents and their families and it shows! I would recommend Mr. Lake to anyone in legal trouble, aside from being a great lawyer he's a very positive guy and very nice. Thank you again, Mr. Lake, for everything!

    - Erin

    Columbia, MD
  • You Fought For Him.
    I wanted to tell you thank you so much for everything you did - not only for Jeff, but for me as well. Thank you for taking the time to explain everything to me and getting my son's father back with us. There are no words to say how thankful I am that you fought for him. Thank you so much, Justin.

    - ES

  • I take great pride in working with Jason, Justin, and David.
    As an employee working in the field of drug and alcohol treatment, it is common for me to meet individuals on the wrong side of the law. The most common being DUI & DWI offenders.
    If getting clean and sober wasn’t daunting enough, having pending criminal charges just adds fuel to the flames. This is when even the most microscopic details can make a difference.
    The law offices of Shapiro, Zwanetz & Associates have expressed compassion, understanding, and empathy for such clients. They have displayed a strong, professional work ethic with a sense of vigor that has helped thousands of our clients in a court of law, and the obstacles past.
    They have taken necessary steps to understanding alcoholism and addiction, allowing them to better mesh with clientele dealing with their mistakes from such diseases.
    I take great pride in working with Jason, Justin, and David. They are good men who display some of humanities best qualities: Equality, Courage, and Compassion.

    - Jorge A. Castro, Jr.

  • Watching Jason Shapiro represent C.F. was some of the best lawyering that I have ever seen!
    I’ve seen much through my years of practicing law, but watching Jason Shapiro represent C.F. was some of the best lawyering that I have ever seen!

    - Tom Minkin, Esq., The Law Offices of Peter Angelos

    Categories: From Colleagues
  • He is one of the highest quality attorneys.
    Justin was so incredibly wonderful in our horrible sentencing yesterday. He spoke with the victim and treated her with the utmost respect, compassion and courtesy while still doing his job. So few defense attorneys can master that type of skill. He is one of the highest quality attorneys, and we are so lucky he’s in Howard county. It makes everyone’s cases easier.

    - Assistant State’s Attorney

    Categories: From Colleagues