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Shapiro & Mack was formed in January, 2005, when Jason A. Shapiro and Paul E. Mack, two partners in a 50-plus member Maryland law firm decided to start their own boutique litigation firm so that they could provide better service to their clients.

Jason had been Chief of the Criminal Defense Department of that law firm and Paul had been his junior partner. Prior to working in that law firm, Jason operated a Columbia law firm with another partner. That partner is now one of the five (5) judges of the Circuit Court for Howard County. Going even further back in time, Jason served in two different prosecutor offices in the State of Maryland. It was in those prosecutor offices that Jason honed his skills as a litigator and began making the connections that he covets today. Jason handled a myriad of cases, from disorderly conduct to death penalty murder cases. He has been to, as both student and teacher, an array of trial schools, such as “Jury Trial School,” “DUI/DWI Trials,” “Using Demonstrative and Physical Evidence,” “Persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments” and the like. Jason concluded his career as a prosecutor as an award winning Assistant State’s Attorney in the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Prior to Shapiro & Mack but before serving as Jason’s junior partner in the Criminal Defense Department of the large law firm, Paul Mack garnered a reputation as a zealous Civil litigator handling Plaintiff Personal Injury matters, and Collection/Creditor Rights cases.

Both gentlemen have been actively involved in community affairs in or about the State of Maryland. Jason served as a little league coach for football, soccer and basketball, as well as Sunday school teacher and mock trial team adviser to a local high school. Paul has also been involved in community associations, projects with his church, as well as the Maryland Homeless Representation Project.

In January 2006, Jason and Paul expanded their partnership with the addition of David Zwanetz. David is a graduate of Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware where he focused heavily on the areas of Criminal and Constitutional Law.After graduation David completed a brief internship with the Howard County States Attorney’s office before joining Shapiro & Mack. David is an active participant in the Howard County Bar Association, the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, and the National Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association. He is nationally ranked as a “Superior DUI Attorney” by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.

In the summer of 2008, Jason, Paul and David were all formally recognized by the National College for DUI Defense for their efforts in the defense of citizens accused of driving under the influence and are still recognized to the present time.

Additionally, David has the ratified distinction with Jason Shapiro, of together trying and getting dismissed all charges against a client accused of First and Second Degree Murder, and Manslaughter. This case tried jointly Jason and David, is the only murder case dismissed in its entirety by the Office of the State’s Attorney in this century.

Most recently, in 2012, after five years of working at Shapiro & Mack as a paralegal, Monica Guilarte was added to the team as an Associate Attorney. Monica obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in January 2012, and passed the Maryland Bar Examination in June of the same. During the three and a half years of completing law school, Monica had the opportunity to work alongside Jason, David, and Paul in a number of criminal/traffic trials, as well as personal injury matters. Monica is now the head of Shapiro & Mack’s Collections Department. She also practices in the areas of traffic defense, personal injury claims, and Motor Vehicle Administration Hearings.

The Shapiro & Mack credo is “Service, Service, Service.” Although Shapiro & Mack is located in the heart of Columbia, Maryland, our firm stands tall among all law firms throughout the entire state. Shapiro & Mack isdedicated to providing superior legal representation at reasonable fees, in a manner that reflects the highest quality of client service that any attorney can provide. All four attorneys are in court daily, statewide, fighting for the Constitutional and Civil right of our clients. No matter how big or small the case, Jason, Paul, David and Monica treat each and every client as they are our only client.

The firm’s main goal and mission statement is to help each and every client not only attain the best conceivable result available at law, but simultaneously make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. The team recognizes that those necessitating legal counsel often need a friend in court as much as they need zealous representation. The Shapiro & Mack team is happily dedicated to providing that service to each and every client who walks through the door.

The Shapiro & Mack team is proud to have received the highest validation for our professional skills and high ethical standards displayed through actions and work product, but even more importantly we are proud to serve or clients and proud that 85% of our business comes from client referrals.

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