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Shawn A Gritz

Criminal defense Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   26 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
    Maryland - MD 29 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Representing clients in matters including DUI, DWI, Criminal, Traffic, Automobile Accidents

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Gritz, Hanifin & Shih, LLC
200-A Monroe Street
Suite 310
Rockville, MD, 20850-4244


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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend this firm
When you find you need help dealing with the court system I absolutely recommend this firm. Shawn Gritz and Henry Shih were excellent! Also thanks Rebecca !
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Shawn Gritz is a fine, knowledgeable and responsive lawyer. He knows the law and the Courthouse and the judges, and prosecutors. So he is very familiar with the lay of the land in plotting a defense strategy. He always returned phone calls quickly, responsed to emails and consistently gave me reassuring advice. He is probably the best attorney I've ever retained. And his fees were more than fair.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Expert Legal Counsel Producing Real Results
I came across Shawn's avvo profile and decided to reach out to him after seeing a high rating score and avvo rating score. Shawn successfully helped drop a suspension charge on my driver's license with Montgomery County as well as having charges dropped on an unfairly assessed rental car theft case with Anne Arundel County. Another important item to note about Shawn is that he follows up thoroughly to help his clients sign expungement documents to actually have dropped charges to be properly removed from his/her record. Shawn is both personable and pleasant to deal with, and does not have a typical "lawyer character." I will gladly recommend Shawn and his firm to any friends, family and acquaintance needing a legal counsel for traffic and criminal related matters.
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Posted by edwin | November 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
shawn help me out for the traffic stop he is really understanding and also listen to everything you have to say. he helped me to get my case dismissed from speeding ticket,on suspended , he is very helpful guys i would strongly reccomend him for anything needed he is there and very reliable if any questions give him a call he is worth it for it all !!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great referral!
Shawn Gritz was referred to me by a friend. He was professional, knowledgeable, and personable. He was attentive to my situation and helped me understand my options and ultimately led me to a successful outcome. I would highly recommend Shawn.
Posted by Sharma,Sonu | October 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, proactive and competent
Shawn Gritz is an awesome lawyer. The way he handled my case was superb. I entered his office the same day when I was cited . He listened to me and started working on it even before the case was registered. He kept me informed about the situation, told me a few thing to do which helped my case to get dismissed. He was in the court well ahead of time to talk to me and explain all possible options. At the end, He got my case dismissed and it was a big sigh of relief for me. He is very proactive in his job, always responds on time. He is the best lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2019
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Very Satisfied!
Attorney Shawn Gritz was excellent and efficient in his representation. In addition to his legal skills, he was both pleasant and professional. Filings were submitted on time and his office kept careful records of all documents. In spite of being very busy, he was prompt with returning calls. The information and advice Mr. Gritz provided was clear, honest, and accurate from beginning to end.
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Posted by Bari | June 5, 2019
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Our experience with Shawn Gritz from the Law Offices of Gritz, Hanifin, and Shih was nothing but positive every step off the way. From the first phone call to their office to our time in the court room we experienced nothing but pure professionalism and extreme knowledge of the law. Shawn Gritz was easy to talk to and extremely familiar with the law. He made the experience stress free for our 17-year-old son. We are forever grateful to Shawn and would recommend him to everyone that needs an attorney in Montgomery County because he is by far the best!
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Posted by Scott | June 4, 2019
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Professional, Knowledgeable, and Great Attorney
Mr Gritz is a seasoned and highly professional attorney. He clearly understands and demonstrates extreme knowledge of the law. Throughout the process of addressing our traffic case Mr Gritz made us feel comfortable that we were in good hands. Mr Gritz provides clear explanations as to the various options so that you can make informed decisions. I am very pleased to have selected this law firm. We are very pleased with the outcome. Mr Gritz is a truly great attorney.
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Posted by Lissete | April 23, 2019
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Ez-pass tolls & penalties
Mr Gritz did the unexpected when we both thought things were done negotiating l was wrong he saved me A LOT of money but also told me what was needed to know about my pass mistake he cared enough to keep trying... definitely got me the results I was looking for.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When I first walked into his office, I was bewildered and had alot of anxiery. He examined my case with great scrutiny. When I left his office, I felt a sense of relief, knowing that I've obtained a good Attorney. I've dealt with many Attorney's before, but none of them were as detailed and so easily to consult with. He's a Genuine Person!!!......
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Response from Shawn Gritz April 19, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. It was truly a pleasure being able to help you.
Posted by pc | July 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Shawn Gritz was very professional and always responsive when I asked questions by email. He is absolutely terrific He gave me peace of mind and confidence that he would take care of my case. I was not disappointed. He was excellent: very organised and articulate. My mail box was filled with attorneys trying to scare me into hiring their law firm. My selection was made based on ratings on the internet. Shawn deserves six stars!
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Posted by Jodi | May 14, 2018
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I needed help and Shawn Gritz was there for me!!!
It was just a pleasure to work with Shawn Gritz and his entire law firm. I had an issue resulting from an auto accident. Per Shawn's expert advice, I decided to fight my ticket in court with his representation. The firm handled all of the details. After about ten minutes of Shawn's defense, the judge ruled in my favor! I would refer Mr. Gritz and his firm to anyone who needs a lawyer in Moco! He made the process easy to understand , not to mention the fact that we had a favorable outcome!
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Posted by Paul | March 29, 2018
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Friendly and Competent
From the very first moments I walked into Shawn Gritz office I had a good feeling. He was pleasant and had a big smile. We immediately got to work on my case. He listened patiently and asked the right questions. He explained to me how we were going to win this case. He was more than friendly he was competent and professional. And yes we did win! A good lawyer. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Sally | October 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Thank you
What words can I possibly use to say what is in my heart right now. Many thanks for all of your effort, kindness and knowledge of the law and of people's feelings and needs. You are a gift! Sally and Amine.
Posted by Stephany Benjamin | October 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Reliable, Outstanding and Amazing Lawyer
Shawn Gritz is an amazing lawyer. He listened to all of my concern when it came to this case. It was my first DUI/DWI and I was scared, anxious and confused. Shawn reviewed my case and I chose him based on the confidence he not only gave me back but the professional he adhered to from start to finish. I automatically knew he was the attorney I wanted to represent me. As you can imagine, we won the case and Shawn is my go to lawyer for life. I have full confidence in him and his power to beat any case that is presented to him. He works hard and that will be quite obvious once you hire him. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Tricia | August 3, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
He truly carrs
Shawn is an amazing attorney for whatever you need an attorney for. He fights for you and doesn't give up or give in. He's kind and always there for you. I never felt like I was going through such a stressful time alone. He is always ready to listen and advise. I'll never look for another attorney. Why would I when I have already found the BEST!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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Excellent, trustworthy lawyer
Shawn has worked with my family and I, and I would not hesitate to call him again for legal help. He told us upfront what to expect, kept us updated throughout the entire process, and ultimately brought us the most favorable outcomes. He was honest, professional, and took care of absolutely everything, we never had to worry about anything. I would highly recommend Shawn.
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Posted by Mary | September 24, 2014
An Excellent and Talented Attorney
I highly recommend the services of Shawn Gritz. He gave me a thorough briefing at the onset, knew the system inside-and-out and explained to me how the process would work, and likely outcomes. He kept me informed throughout the process, worked collaboratively with the prosecutor's office, and the result was what we both considered a 100% successful outcome to my case. I am extremely satisfied with his legal services, and feel very comfortable in recommending him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2013
Finding a Good Criminal Defense Attorney In MD
Shawn was very helpful throughout my experience in the District Court. I was cited for failure to notify the owner of a parked car I damaged in a parking lot which required me to appear in court. Shawn described to me what I should expect to experience in the courtroom and how to pursue the least damaging resolution for me at trial. He was able to work with the prosecutor prior to trial to make an arrangement that was satisfactory to all parties. As it turned out with Shawn representing me I was able to meet my goal of avoiding serious damage to my driving record. Furthermore I want to emphasize that Shawn is very experienced in handling cases such as mine which is important for any prospective client to know.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gritz, Hanifin & Shih, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Panel Attorney
  • Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2011 - Present
  • Panel Mediator
  • District Court of Maryland
  • 2000 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Shawn A. Gritz, LLC
  • 1996 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Meiselman & Greene, Chartered
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Law clerk
  • U.S. EPA
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State v. Warren
  • Case dismissed
  • State v. Pitt
  • Charges dismissed


  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 1987 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2016
  • NHTSA DWI Field Sobriety Testing Course
  • LaPier & Assoociates
  • 2011
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Access Maryland
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • T.A.P.E. Alcohol Education Program
  • Effects of Alcohol Education on DWI Outcomes
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (14)
Endorse Shawn
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is an amazing advocate for his clients, whether your case is big or small. I have had the pleasure of seeking his advice, watching him win trials in court and see him patiently counsel new lawyers who seek his advice on criminal or traffic matters. You can't go wrong with Shawn Gritz or his firm and his 20 plus years of experience really show."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn Gritz is a great defense lawyer and will go above and beyond to protect his clients. I am always inspired by how much he cares and how hard he works. I have seen him in court and also tried co-defendant cases with him, and he has always done a great job."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is an excellent attorney. He is knowledgeable and experienced. He cares about his clients and communicates with them well. He is respected by his peers and by the Judges he appears before. He will go to trial or work plea deals in a client's best interest. I have worked with Shawn and sent him clients for various matters. Ten out of ten. Ed Tydings"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a very strong criminal defense attorney. He is very knowledgable about the law and he genuinely cares about each and everyone of his clients. Shawn has helped me evolve as an attorney and continues to serve as one of my closest mentors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is one of the best traffic, personal injury and criminal defense lawyers around. He is honest and hard working and will go the extra mile."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough, well prepared, and fearless in the courtroom"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a consummate professional."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Shawn Gritz. I have known Shawn for about seven years. I first met Shawn when we had a personal injury case against each other. He did an excellent job recovering for his client in a disputed liability case. Now, I consult with Shawn whenever I have a criminal question and I refer any criminal matters I get to him. Shawn is well respected and a fantastic attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in all fields that he practices; personal injury, DUI law, and criminal law. I have seen Shawn practice in the same courts that I have for many years. It is always a pleasure to be near him. He is consistently prepared, conscientious, and calm. He is a good mediator and is never afraid to go to trial (like many attorneys are) when mediation fails. He is a pleasure and a good attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Shawn for close to 20 years, and he has always been knowledgeable, prepared, and trustworthy. We have had several mutual clients, and I would strongly recommend him as a trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Shawn since my first year and law school, and see him "in action" on a daily basis. He is not only extremely knowledgable on the law, but he possesses a "calmness" unlike many lawyers. Because of this, he is able to obtain excellent results for his clients."
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