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Joseph Michael Owens

Joseph Michael Owens

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Military Law, Violent Crime, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, DUI & DWI

About Me

After earning my bachelor's degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, I went on to earn my master's degree in criminology from the University of Alabama. I completed my law degree at the University of Baltimore and went on to earn my master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Temple University. I also served in the U.S. Army from 1988 through 2010.

Today, I dedicate my career to helping civilians and military personnel who are facing charges for any kind of criminal offense. I am admitted to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C. as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and various state and federal courts.

I am extremely proud of many of my courtroom accomplishments; having been able to discredit law enforcement and gain aquittals after coerced confessions; discreding individuals who made false allegations of rape; and demonstrating the innocence of countless clients.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    15 years, 100 cases
  2. Military Law: 25%
    15 years, 100 cases
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
    15 years, 50 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    15 years, 1 case
  5. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%
    15 years, 10 cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have invited Mr. Owens on two occasions to speak to classrooms that I teach at the University of Maryland at College Park to share his wisdom and insight regarding the practice of law. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and humor to his presentation and has helped these students to gain a better understanding of the excellence and compassion that is required to be an effective counsel and ethical officer of the court. Gregory Yancey - Professor and Attorney at Law


    Gregory Yancey
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas C Valkenet

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Owens has treated my clients with military related problems with great respect, and to fantastic results.


    Thomas Valkenet Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Matthew, Owens, and Associates, LLC

10400 Little Patuxent Parkway.
Columbia, MD, 21044


DCActive 200807/19/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Meritorius Service MedalUnited States Army2011
Meritoriuous Service MedalUnited States Army2010
Bronze StarUnited States Army2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Staff AttorneyInnocence Project2011 - 2011
AttorneyUnited States Army2001 - 2011
Staff AttorneyUnited States Department Of Veterans Affairs2001 - 2001
Judicial Law ClerkState Of Maryland Circuit Court2000 - 2001

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bar Association of MarylandN/AN/A
District of ColumbiaN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. WhitfieldAquittal
United States v. RiceAcquittal
United States v. MontielAcquittal

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Publication NameTitleDate
University of Alabama Master's ThesisCriminal Justice and the Law2000

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawTrial AdvocacyLL.M - Master of Laws2005
University of Baltimore School of LawCriminal TrackJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of AlabamaCriminologyMA - Masters2000
Upper Iowa UniversityPublic AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Northwestern State University of LouisianaPublic AffairsGeneral Studies1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Solo and Small Practice ConferenceUnderstanding Military Law2011