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Lauren Emily Kollecas

Criminal defense Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

4.8   20 reviews
  • State Years
    New Mexico - NM 8 years
    Maryland - MD 10 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lauren

Learn Lauren’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    11 years

  2. Family
    50%
    family

    11 years

 

Lauren Kollecas is a Maryland criminal defense and family law attorney. For her undergraduate eduation, Lauren attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her BA in Russian History in 2010. From there, she attended law school at Catholic University, graduating in 2013. Upon joining the Maryland Bar in December 2013, she worked for a small firm in Rockville before taking a position as a prosecutor for the great state of New Mexico in 2015. While out west, she prosecuted hundreds of cases with a wide variety of charges, including DWIs, assaults/batteries, drug offenses, and domestic violence. Upon moving back to Maryland in 2016, Lauren joined Azari Law. Since that time, she has handled myriad cases from divorce, custody, and child support to DWI/DUI, sex offenses, and first-degree murder.

 

 

Location

Azari Law LLC
804 Pershing Drive
Suite 5
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Azari Law LLC
304 Montgomery Street
Laurel, MD, 20707
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Posted by Chris | May 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Detail-Oriented, Straightforward, Dedicated
Ms. Kollecas helped me out of a deep hole that I was in. She worked through some of the toughest State Attorneys & Judges, and still managed to get me ZERO points with Probation Upon Judgment on my speeding citation (alleged triple digit speeds) Ms. Kollecas was assigned to my appeal for my first court's ruling. She stayed with me the whole time while we sorted everything out. She spent her time helping me weigh my options and also prepare our case for worst case scenario (trial). In the end she was able to make a deal with the State's Attorney from 5 points to 2 points with a pled down speed from triple digits to 84mph. She then was able to convince the judge to grant me Probation Upon Judgment (zero points) with $150 fee. Great Defense Attorney, great person. Please do yourself a favor and do everything she asks you in a timely manner, it will only benefit you more.
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Posted by Marvin | August 27, 2021
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AMAZING Lawyer!!
Lauren Kollecas has brought much needed peace to my life. She recently concluded (I would definitely say in my favor) a very stressful divorce and custody case. When I hired Lauren, I hadn't seen my daughter, who was 10 months old at the time, in 4 months. Her mom, bitter about our separation, moved out of our home, took our daughter our of childcare and placed her in a new one. She refused to disclose to me the the address of the new childcare or her new home address. I was distraught. Lauren's calming and reassuring words were exactly what I needed at the time. Despite knowing that I was a loving and devoted father, my ex-wife decided to fight for full custody of our daughter. At the trial, Lauren showed an impeccable knowledge of the law, confident court presence, and amazing skill as a trial lawyer. She completely outclassed my wife's attorney which led to me receiving joint custody. My ex-wife also wanted half the value of my home despite the fact that she lived there only 4 years of the 20 years that I owned it and never contributed anything to the maintenance and upkeep of the property. Instead of going to trial and having to face Lauren again, my wife and her attorney decided it was in their best interest to settle before the hearing. They received much less than what they initially wanted. I can't say enough about Lauren Kollecas. Her skill, compassion, and knowledge of law makes her one of the best lawyers in the area. I will recommend her to any family member or friend that are faced with any situation that requires an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2021
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Ms. Kollecas Delivers
I hired Ms. Kollecas to handle a traffic violation on my behalf. I was found "not guilty" on all counts. Nothing speaks louder than that. I am very happy with the service provided.
Posted by Michael | June 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Competent & Confident
I was maliciously accused by an individual wholly lacking in integrity who considers the Montgomery County Police Department to be her personal enforcers. I immediately contacted the Azari Law Firm upon being served with a court summons and charges. Azari Law firm quickly and affirmatively responded, presenting me with the most capable and attentive of attorneys (L. Kollecas). L Kollecas contacted me by phone, listened to the details of my situation; which I considered dire; made well thought inquires, and candidly advised on what was needed to effectively represent my case. L. Kollecas also demonstrated patience, compassion, and exemplary attention to detail. • Patience: I can send a LOT of correspondence when I am stressed out • Compassion: Listened to everything I had to say and empathized with my plight • Exemplary attention to detail: Was able to go through an incredible magnitude of information, quickly identify key points, draw sound conclusions, and always asked relevant questions to forward her understanding of the case. Our first hearing rapidly approached, and my malicious accuser repeatedly lied in court, presented dubious and baseless opinions, and attempted to use hearsay as evidence. L. Kollecas carefully listened, objected to misleading statements in an effective manner, and fully exposed the lies of my accuser during cross-examination. My accuser bitterly sulked when her first action was rebuked by the judge in the form of a dismissal at the preliminary hearing.
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Posted by Edward | June 1, 2021
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Outstanding Legal Representation
I went to Lauren with a severe speeding ticket and reckless driving charge. The points alone could have suspended my license and my insurance would have gone through the roof. Realistically I didn't have a defense, I was hoping I could get at least a reduction in points. Lauren pulled off a not-guilty verdict on all my citations. No points, no fees, no court costs. I didn't even have to take the day off of work. If I ever need another lawyer, she is on the very top of my list.
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Posted by Lauren | April 29, 2021
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Absolutely Vicious
Lauren was not playing around. On my behalf she went after the state with the wild fury of a berserker of old and got me out of my little old mess 100% unscathed. It was just a traffic issue, but still worrisome enough to hire a lawyer and I am so very happy I did. She was knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding of my particular issues. I cannot recommend her enough. If you're reading this, thanks a ton, Lauren!
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2020
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Hire Her!!!
Lauren is an incredible attorney that overcame a very difficult legal situation to ensure I was granted an extremely rare annulment. We made history with her expertise and pure tenacity. I recommend her highly.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
We hired Ms. Lauren to represent my grandmother who was being falsely accused, with an active protective order as well as pending criminal charges. We were very concerned about the circumstances she was facing because of such accusations. Ms. Lauren carefully listened to the issues of our case, was very attentive to all of our questions and explained all possible outcomes in a comprehensive manner. When inside the courtroom, she also demonstrated great knowledge, was very quick-witted and focused on the details of our case to uncover the lies and inconsistencies of my grandmother's accuser. And as a result, the continuation of the order was denied and all charges were dismissed. We are very pleased with her work and glad with our results! She's definitely determined to win for all her clients! Thanks again, Ms. Lauren!!
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Posted by Bruce | October 25, 2020
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Excellent Results
Ms. Kollecas defended a family member who was looking at multiple traffic citations which, if convicted woud have resulted in the revocation of a driver's license. Her fee was reasonable, she kept us informed as the case developed, and ultimately gained dismissal of all charges. We were very pleased with her honest assessment of our chances, her accessibility when we had questions, and of course, with the results!
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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"Not Guilty" - 6 Charges including Felony Murder
"Innocent of Felony Murder & 6 other related charges"...found innocent after being falsely accused of the horrific murder of my husband. If you value your life you need Attorney Lauren Kollecas. You will not find a finer Attorney... I am free today. Falsely Arrested & wrongfully accused of First Degree Murder of my husband of 25 years. The Detective & Prosecution attempted to railroad me for a horrific murder with absolutely not one shred of evidence, twisting the truth and ignoring any other leads. The lead Detective attempted to create circumstantial evidence to have me found guilty of a crime I did not commit. I was detained without bond for 18 months awaiting a 3-week trial at which Attorney Kollecas helped exposed every flaw in the ruthless prosecutors attempts to defame me. Attorney Kollacus spent hundreds of hours reviewing every shred of information. She left no stone unturned and as a result was able to humiliate the prosecutors with her knowledge of the facts of my case. I owe my life & my freedom to her and the other Attorneys representing me. The Jury found me "NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES"... The worst thing of all is the Real Killers are still at large... Where is the justice in that... heart breaking, hateful & disgusting. Pick wisely and you will not go wrong if Lauren Kollecas is Your Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2020
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Protective order case
Ms. Kollecas Was hired and helped me win a protective order case, would recommend to anyone who is in need of representation you won’t be disappointed.
Posted by David | October 28, 2019
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Great experience working with Lauren
Lauren represented me in two of my many appearances on a DUI. I interviewed several attorneys and I feel lucky to have found Lauren. She was, at all times, calm, professional, reassuring, and explained every possible outcome. She gave me the advice and confidence that I needed to get through a difficult situation with probably the best outcome that I could have expected. I can say with 100% honesty that the outcome in my case wasn't guaranteed and Lauren and Ed really did go above and beyond. They knew the courts in my county, which judges were best, and even provided me with valuable follow-up advice when there were questions about what I needed to complete after my case had been settled. I would hire Lauren without question should I need legal assistance in the future. She's also quite personable, witty, and very good at making one feel at ease. Thanks again, Lauren.
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Posted by Abraham | September 17, 2019
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Mr
Lauren represented me in divorce case between 2016 to 2018. I must count myself to be lucky in securing her service . Apart from being an excellent lawyer, she was always willing to go the extra mile in making sure that I got the best service. I will not hesitate in recommending her if anyone is looking for an excellent representation.
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Posted by Elizabeth | September 3, 2019
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Family Matters
Lauren took on my case after extensive review to make sure she would be able to help me before taking a dime. My case was a rare one indeed, I needed to establish my right as a grandparent to have visitation with my granddaughter. She established with great detail that I was indeed the Di-Facto Grandmother. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of help as a grandparent. She was very caring and professional.
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Posted by Natalie | June 12, 2019
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Forever grateful
Lauren and Edward had my best interest at heart and made sure I was aware of every possible outcome. They brought up strong argumentative points and worked well as a team.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
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DWI case
Lauren handled my DWI in Montgomery county. It was immediately apparent that she knew what she was doing and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome of the case. I have already recommended her to friends.
Posted by Justin | April 17, 2018
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Highly recommend!!
Lauren's legal knowledge was the first important quality I immediately got a sense of when I first sat down with her to discuss my complex custody situation. I was a first time father that didn't have any parental rights and was constantly being denied them starting right after my daughters birth. I was dealing with one of the worst of the worst females and Lauren not only exposed my daughters mother and got the best possible outcome for my daughter and I, she also gave me advice at crucial times during our case that I desperately needed to keep my daughters well being protected while at the same time protecting and defending me from technical legal consequences my childs mother was trying to envoke on me for illegitimate and sick reasons. In the end the outcome was better than we all expected. Ms. Kollecas proved to be incredibly knowledgeable, competent, honest and most important determined and dedicated to win my case. I could not have asked for a better lawyer or law firm to represent my case. My daughter and I both sincerely thank Lauren for all her services and would highly recommend her for any custody issues!
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2017
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Helped clean up a mess
When my grandmother fell terminally ill, we decided to look over her last wishes again only to find that the previous attorney had botched the allocation of her estate. This was added stress during an already difficult time. Lauren was able to understand our concerns and resolve our issues in such time that my grandmother's estate was handled according to her wishes.
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Posted by Victor | September 22, 2016
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We needed a Court Order
Lauren Kollecas helped us get a court order to change documents which other attorneys told us could not be changed. The court order she was able to obtain prior to my parent's death saved us a lot of time and money after they passed away. She was very easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2022
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Bare Minimum & Poor Communication
This office did the bare minimum and sometimes even failed to do that much so I constantly had to pick up their slack. In fact, throughout my divorce case, Ms. Kollecas apologized multiple times for the Azari team dropping the ball. From failure to have papers served in a timely fashion, to filing documents improperly with the court, sending an unprepared novice attorney to represent me at a scheduled court appearance, sending me another client’s divorce documents, and repeated mistakes with my name in legal documentation—Azari Law’s sloppiness and mismanagement of my case has been a great inconvenience and an anxiety-inducing experience during what was already a traumatic time. Overall, Azari Law failed to attentively monitor and take necessary action as my case progressed. I had to invest a significant amount of time, resources, and research to ensure my case moved along and that each step was handled effectively. Recently (more than a year after my case closed and the final bill was settled), they sent me a bill for filing fees that dated back to TWO YEARS ago with Ms. Kollecas’ note: “My apologies for the late bill, our office had omitted the out of pocket filing fees.” When I inquired further, Mr. Azari responded, stating “for some reason it was not billed to you.” I expressed my concerns and requested that they resolve the fees internally since the very late bill was due to their own office’s billing oversight (on top of all their other errors I’d had to deal with), but they never responded.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Azari Law LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Trial Attorney,
  • Fifth/Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Carlsbad, NM and Las Cruces, NM
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Matt Simmons
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Office of the Public Defender, Rockville, MD
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Patrick J. Christmas and Associates
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA in Russian History
  • 2010

Associations

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court of Maryland
  • Admitted
  • N/A
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Farsi
  • Russian
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Faculty Merit Scholarship
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Lauren
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Great working with Lauren. She is very knowledgeable and at the same time friendly. It was a pleasure working against someone this bright."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kollecas is driven and determined to achieve the best results for her clients. She clearly knows her way around courtrooms."
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Silver Spring Criminal defense Lawyer Lauren Emily Kollecas
Lauren Emily Kollecas
Criminal defense Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 10 years