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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 

  • Michael P Cognata

    A DUI defense attorney myself, I know quality when I see it. Mr. Owens serves his clients with the same diligence and zeal that he used in serving his country for 12 years with the US Army. He is a shining example of accomplishment.


    Michael Cognata DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • 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 200805/24/2015

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