Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro

Law Offices of  Leonard H. Shapiro

Seasoned attorneys with more than 65 combined years' experience providing clients with the best-possible defense representation

Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro in Owings Mills, Maryland represents clients in Maryland's Baltimore County and the surrounding counties of Carroll, Harford, Anne Arundel and Howard in matters of criminal defense, serious traffic defense and DUI / DWI defense. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys have more than 65 combined years of legal experience providing clients with effective legal representation. We have a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. We have a unique reputation in Baltimore, particularly in DUI / DWI defense cases, for getting favorable results for our clients. We are compassionate toward our clients and will fight aggressively for you in court. We approach each client with an intent to provide you with the best possible legal representation and to help secure positive outcomes. If you have been charged with a crime, call the Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro today to schedule a free initial consultation and find out how we can best defend you.

Preeminent practice successfully defending clients:
The Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro is a well-respected law firm with extensive knowledge and experience. We provide you with legal services and the benefit of:

-Experience Our attorneys are competent and experienced trial attorneys who will work tenaciously to defend your rights in court. We use a comprehensive approach to trial strategy with aggressive representation to help ensure that you achieve a positive outcome.

-Reputation Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing the highest-quality legal representation. We are considered a preeminent practice, having achieved the highest peer review rating. Our reputation is a testament to our skill and ability to help you reach your goals.

-Integrity We have a strong sense of professional integrity and are dedicated to each case we take from inception to conclusion. We will work vigorously to represent you to serve your legal needs and fight aggressively in court to help secure a successful resolution to your case.

Skilled attorneys devoted to various areas of criminal defense:
The Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro offers exceptional legal services to every client in matters of criminal defense, serious traffic defense and DUI / DWI defense.

-Criminal defense Our criminal defense practice protects the freedom of those who have been charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, in both state and federal court.

-Serious traffic defense In our serious-traffic-defense practice, we represent clients charged with serious traffic violations such as reckless driving, speeding, hit-and-run accidents, leaving the scene of an accident and violating license restrictions.

-DUI / DWI defense We have a strong reputation for securing positive results in our DUI / DWI practice, where we defend those who have been charged with a DUI or DWI, and we fight tenaciously to overcome the evidence against you and help ensure the best possible outcome.

Main Office

Main Office
10220 South Dolfield Road, Suite 203
Owings Mills MD 21117






Defending Maryland clients against criminal prosecution

Throughout Maryland, law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. With more than 65 combined years of experience in handling DUI cases, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro have the knowledge and skill necessary to overcome the evidence against you, and they have the ability to help you attain the best possible outcome.

Committed to helping clients:
The DUI / DWI attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard H. Shapiro understand that good people can make mistakes. We strive to satisfy our clients' emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing your interests at every turn. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about complex Maryland DUI laws: We analyze every aspect of your case from the initial traffic stop to breathalyzer tests to build your defense. We know what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and our attorneys challenge the evidence against you with the skills developed over 65 combined years of experience in the field. Our DUI attorneys work hard to make sure that you get the respect you deserve and the results you desire.

What to do if you are stopped:
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways that you can help yourself.

1. Remain calm. Police officers can interpret nervousness in your voice as a sign that you are hiding something or that you are intoxicated. Whether you have consumed alcohol or not, remaining calm is a good way to ensure that police officers do not question your sobriety

2. Always have a clean center console or glove box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be easily misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean enables you to swiftly grab your identification and to present it to a police officer.

3. Do not consent to a search of the car. Any evidence found in your car could be used to support a DUI conviction, so do not allow the officer to perform a search.

4. Contact a DUI / DWI attorney immediately.

Leonard H. Shapiro

Law Offices of  Leonard H. Shapiro


University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A., 1970

Law School:
University of Baltimore, J.D., cum laude, 1974

1974: Maryland; and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

-Baltimore County Bar Association (Past Chairman and current member, Bench Bar Committee), Maryland State and American Bar Associations
-Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1988)
-National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys: Trustee, Client Protection Fund of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

-Co-Author: "Defending DWI Cases," MICPEL Program Guide, Criminal Practice in District Court
-Lecturer: "District Court Criminal Practice," "DWI," MICPEL cross examination demonstration, 1984
-Law Clerk, Baltimore County States Attorney Office, 19721974
-Assistant States Attorney, Baltimore County, 19741984
-Selected: one of the Top Ten Criminal Lawyers by Baltimore Magazine
-Super Lawyers, 2007
-Board of Trustees, Client Protection Fund State of Maryland
-Best Lawyers' Baltimore DUI / DWI Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2012
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, for legal abilities and adherence to ethical standards


University of Baltimore
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1974

Marie Fischer Cooke

Law Offices of  Leonard H. Shapiro


Goucher College, B.A., 1982

Law School:
University of Maryland, J.D., 1985

1986, Maryland

-Baltimore County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations
-Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association

-Phi Beta Kappa
-Moot Court Board
-Recipient: Eleanor Voss Legal Fellowship Scholarship, 1982-1983
-Law Clerk to the Honorable John Bishop, Court of Special Appeals, 19851986
-Former Attorney, Baltimore County Public Defenders Office

Baltimore, Maryland


University of Maryland
Juris Doctorate, 1985