Leanne M. Lauenstein
Ms. Lauenstein began her professional career working at the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office where she worked for over 7 years. During her tenure as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Ms. Lauenstein did tours of duty in the District Court, Juvenile and Felony Trial Divisions. During her first assignment in the District Court, Ms. Lauenstein successfully prosecuted thousands of serious traffic offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, driving while revoked and driving while suspended cases. She also successfully prosecuted hundreds of defendants who were charged with criminal misdemeanors such as possession of a controlled dangerous substance, theft, assault, domestic violence, and many others.
During her nearly three years in the District Court Division, Ms. Lauenstein quickly developed a reputation as an aggressive but extremely fair prosecutor. She gained the respect of the judges whom she appeared in front of as well as her fellow prosecutors and members of the defense bar for her sharp intellect and ability to quickly and accurately evaluate complex legal issues. She was widely regarded as a prosecutor who would make reasonable plea offers but who was an extremely formidable opponent in trial if her offer was rejected.
Ms. Lauenstein was next promoted to the Juvenile Division, where she spent two years much of which as the ranking assistant. She became intimately familiar with the juvenile system where the rules and procedures are markedly different from those in the adult system. Ms. Lauenstein successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases included many drug and violent juvenile felonies. During her tenure there she built upon the reputation that she gained in District Court as tough but pragmatic prosecutor.
Ms. Lauenstein was next promoted to the Circuit Court felony trial division where she remained until leaving the office in 2011. As a member of a felony trial team, she successfully prosecuted hundreds felony cases including Murder, Rape, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Child Abuse, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance. On this bigger stage with much higher stakes, Ms. Lauenstein again distinguished herself as one of the most talented criminal litigators in the State. When she left the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2011 it was a widely accepted view amongst her colleagues as well as the judges and her opponents on the other side of the aisle that she would be very difficult to replace.
Ms. Lauenstein is now utilizing the considerable experience and expertise that she gained as a prosecutor to aggressively defend her criminal clients in the District and Circuit courts of this state. In addition to her experience, Ms. Lauenstein forged relationships and contacts with prosecutors, Judges and key court personnel that are proving invaluable to her clients.
Before joining Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, Ms. Lauenstein represented Baltimore City Police Officers in civil lawsuits involving police brutality, false arrest and civil rights violations. She aggressively defended the Officers in Baltimore City Circuit Court and United States District Court and was successful in having many cases dismissed and in winning favorable verdicts in front of juries. Due to her extensive criminal background she was also able to fairly and effectively evaluate the cases and negotiate with opposing counsel a reasonable settlement when appropriate.
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2005
B.S., University of Maryland, Government and Politics, 2002
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 2012
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association for Baltimore County
Bar Association for Baltimore City
Ms. Lauenstein’s practice focuses on State Criminal Defense. Ms. Lauenstein devotes her time to trying cases in the Circuit and District Courts throughout the State of Maryland.