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Joseph Paitsal Meadows

Criminal defense Attorney at Bel Air, MD

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Law Office of Joseph P. Meadows, LLC

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felony, Misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, Drugs ,Violent Crimes, Domestic Assault, Theft

  2. Family
    Divorce, Custody, Adoption, Guardianship, Separation, Marriage Settlement and Prenuptial Agreements

  3. Personal injury
    Car, Truck, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip & Fall, Wrongful Death

  4. Business

  5. Estate planning
    Wills, Estates, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Advance Directives, Trusts and Probate

  6. Real estate
    Deeds, Real Estate Contracts,

The Experience You Need In A Court Of Law
Joe Meadows was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland and has worked his entire career in Harford County, Maryland. Joe stayed close to home and attended the University of Baltimore where he graduated summa cum laude in 1981. He then attended University of Baltimore Law School, graduating in 1985. 
In 1986, Joe was admitted to the Maryland State Bar and named Assistant State's Attorney, where he served for 8 years. In 1991, Joe was admitted to the United States District Court of Maryland.
In 1994, Joe was elected Sheriff of Harford County, a position he held for 9 years. During his tenure, Joe authored and implemented many of the administrative rules still in use by the Harford County's Sheriff's Office. Shortly after his time as Sheriff, Joe began serving the Baltimore Metro area as a prominent defense attorney.
Joe graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in 1999. He also taught Business Law at Harford Community College for 8 years and served on the Board of Directors for the Harford Leadership Academy.
Joe is ready to serve you with his extensive legal and trial experience in the District, Circuit, and Juvenile Courts for Harford County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Ann Arundel County and the entire State of Maryland .
Licensed for 36 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/19/2022

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

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Joseph Paitsal Meadows
Law Office of Joseph P. Meadow 104 Victory Lane
Bel Air, MD, 21014


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Posted by Darcy | February 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Joe's a great lawyer
He did wills for me and my husband. He did a great job explaining some differences between Maryland estate laws and some other states. He is also handling my son's car accident lawsuit. It has been very difficult dealing with the insurance companies but once Joe came in it has been so much better.
Posted by Amber | August 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Joe helped me with my divorce back in 2013. Everything was affordable and taken care of quickly. It was a tough time for me and I was treated with respect and felt heard. Joe also helped me with a custody issue in 2019 and was able to get me exactly what we asked for and worked hard to navigate through a difficult situation. Highly recommend. Would absolutely hire again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
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Professional, attentive and knowledgeable...Highly recommend!
How’s this? I was referred to Joseph Meadows Law by a close friend, who’s divorce they had handled. My case was a family law issue that involved a Protective Order and I was concerned the Defendant would attempt to embarrass me in court for revenge. Joe was extremely professional and gave my case all the time and attention that was needed, in order to have a successful outcome. He was a calming and confident presence before, during and after court proceedings and has continued to be there if I have questions over a year later. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received from Joe and highly recommend him to anyone who wants someone well-known and respected in the county, who is professional and hard-working, but also caring and emotionally supportive.
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Posted by Barbara | August 12, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
I very highly recommend Attorney Joe Meadows. He has helped out not only myself with legal matters but family members as well. He is very knowledgeable, professional and addresses your legal needs in a very timely manner. He explains things so you completely understand how he will proceed with your case and is very willing to answer your questions. Anyone that I know that is looking for an attorney, I give them Joe's name and number. I will always call him in the future if I need legal assistance.
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Posted by Elliot | June 15, 2020
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Talented in many aspects of law
I used Joe meadows for many legal issues and the outcome was favorable each time I highly recommend
Posted by David | October 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Winner who will fight for you!
Mr. Meadows is a fighter for his clients. I was falsely accused of a crime. Joe went above and beyond to clear my name, with my case be dismissed by the judge. His is very organized, has a great court room presence, and defends his clients. His cross examination of witnesses and knowledge of the law is what sets him apart from other lawyers. He is not looking for a quick and easy plea bargain deal, he is looking for the best possible outcome for his clients. I highly recommend Joe Meadows!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joseph P. Meadows, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Elected Sheriff of Harford County
  • Harford County Sheriff's Office
  • 1994 - 2003
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Harford County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 1994
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • 1982 - 1985
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Baltimore
  • Jurisprudence
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Theft Case
  • Court dismissed all charges against my client.


  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Bel Air Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph Paitsal Meadows
Joseph Paitsal Meadows
Criminal defense Attorney
Bel Air, MD
Licensed for 36 years
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