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David Warren Lease

David Warren Lease

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Business, Real Estate, Appeals, Litigation

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About Me

David Lease is a smart and effective trial and appellate attorney.  He is a co-founding member of Smith, Lease & Goldstein and chairs the firm's litigation practice. David represents individuals and businesses in diverse criminal and civil matters throughout the region with his practice focused in the areas of criminal law, white collar defense, residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters, appellate practice and commercial litigation, including business, real estate and construction law. Additionally, David serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit having argued numerous appeals before the Fourth Circuit. 


Mr. Lease has extensively lectured in the areas of trial practice, landlord/tenant and commercial real estate matters, including seminars for Lorman Educational Services, National Business Institute, Sterling Educational Services and MICPEL. David is active in the Bar Association of Montgomery County and served as chair of the Criminal Law Section, co-chair of the Long Range Planning, Fee Arbitration Committees, and the Membership Benefits Committee and served on the District Court Bench Bar Committee . Mr. Lease is also active in the Maryland State Bar serving two terms on its Board of Governors David is a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association and Master of the Bench in the Montgomery County Inn of Court.

Mr. Lease has received numerous professional awards including an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, acknowledgement as a Bar Leader from the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the 2003 and 2009 Outstanding Section Chair Award presented by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, and the Maryland and DC Super Lawyer Awards for each year between 2007 though 2015.

Mr. Lease is a Montgomery County native who graduated from Charles W. Woodward High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. David graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he was a member of the Heuisler Honor Society and received American Jurisprudence Awards for excellent achievement in the study of criminal law, contracts, commercial transactions, corporation and domestic relations. David was also a member of the University of Baltimore Law Review.

Following law school, Mr. Lease spent six years working as a litigation associate with Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, a large Baltimore-based law firm. David subsequently returned to Montgomery County and in 2000 founded Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC with Marc Smith and Jeffrey Goldstein.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Business: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Eric N Stravitz

    I have been familiar with David Lease's work for many years. It is first-rate. I have referred many clients to him and will continue to do so..


    Eric Stravitz Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lawrence F Regan

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Lawrence Regan Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC

11 North Washington Street
Suite 520
Rockville, MD, 20850-4265



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Super Lawyer AwardThomson Reuters2012
Super Lawyer AwardThomson Reuters2011
Elected as a FellowMaryland State Bar Foundation2010
Super Lawyer AwardLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Outstanding Section Chair AwardMontgomery County Bar Association2009
Super Lawyer AwardLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super Lawyer AwardLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Super Lawyer AwardLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Outstanding Section Chair AwardMontgomery County Bar Association2003
Bar LeaderMontgomery County Bar Foundation2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC2000 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member Benefits CommitteeCo-chair2011 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2008 - 2010
Montgomery County Bar Association, Fee Dispute CommitteeCo-chair2008 - 2011
Montgomery County Inn of CourtBencher2005 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Long Range Planning CommitteeCo-chair2004 - 2006
Montgomery County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChair2001 - 2003
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's AssociationMemberN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarApplying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know2013
National Business Institute SeminarApplying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know2012
Lorman Education ServicesCommercial Landlord-Tenant Law and Creditor's Rights Issues for Landlord in Maryland2008
Lorman Education ServicesCommercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law and Creditor's Rights Issues for Landlords2007
National Business Institute SeminarBoundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts2007
Lorman Education ServicesCommercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland2006
Lorman Education ServicesLandlord and Tenant Law in Maryland2005
Lorman Education ServicesAdvanced Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland2005
National Business Institute SeminarManaging Legal Issues in Maryland Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Relations2004
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Everthing You Wanted to Know About Commercial & Residential Evictions and How to Collect Over Due Rent2003
Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)Default of a Commercial Lease1994

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (summa cum laude)1991
University of Maryland, College ParkN/AUndergraduate DegreeN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law DayPreserving the Record for Appeal2003