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John R. Lilly

Criminal defense Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   2 reviews

also known as John R. Lilly, John Richard Lilly II

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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Greetings. I am the principal attorney for the Lilly Law Firm, a multi-service law practice located in Columbia, Howard County, Maryland. I've been practicing law for over 29 years and have extensive trial experience. I have successfully represented multiple men and women in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters. I primarily practice in the area of criminal and motor vehicle law defense but also handle a large number of accident cases and family law matters. My fees are highly competitive. 

I served as a Maryland Assistant State’s Attorney from 1992 to 1998. I prosecuted numerous felonies and misdemeanors during that time – including serious motor vehicle offenses (DWI/DUI, Driving While Suspended, etc.) – and developed a particular expertise with respect to narcotics crimes. From 1998 to 2001, I was a Maryland Assistant Attorney General, during which time I investigated and prosecuted a wide range of state criminal environmental offenses. 


Since 2001, I've been on the defense side of the aisle with respect to criminal and motor vehicle law matters. I take great pride in providing highly personalized and effective legal representation. With thorough preparation, hard work and meticulous attention to detail, I consistently achieve outstanding results for my clients.


My firm handles a substantial number of personal injury cases – including auto accidents, trucking accidents, and slip and falls. We seek and achieve full compensation for damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We understand that helping our clients obtain all of the medical care they need – as well as thorough and effective medical documentation – are the keys to maximum personal injury awards – and, where possible, a full recovery.


The Lilly Law Firm also handles a substantial number of family law matters. These cases are often emotionally charged and challenging. While the firm endeavors to achieve a negotiated settlement of the issues presented by a divorce or separation, we are fully prepared to litigate if this is required. The firm offers mediation to opposing parties, often drafting separation agreements based on the terms agreed upon by the parties – avoiding the high financial and emotional costs of litigation.


The firm also has expertise in preparing wills. A will or trust is the best way to ensure your property and assets are passed to the people who matter most in your life. We will carefully and meticulously articulate your wishes and desires in a will or trust.


It was an honor for me to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve as both an officer and an enlisted sailor from 1988 to 2015. I was mobilized for two years immediately following the events of September 11, 2001. The Lilly Law Firm offers substantial discounts to active duty and reserve military members, veterans, and their families.


Lilly Law Firm
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD, 21044

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Posted by SS | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Skilled Hard-Working Attorney .... Genuine Concern For His Clients
Meeting John Lilly when I needed counsel under difficult circumstances turned out to be a welcome good fortune in ways I did not expect. He successfully provided excellent high-quality legal representation I was needing and looking for. However, I was surprised and impressed by his interest in me as a person and genuine concern for my well-being. ... Skilled in his profession, hard-working, accessible, realistic, humanistic, honest & ethical. His character and his reputation were invaluable to me in dealings with opposing counsel. They were more receptive and open to his proposed disposition because they knew him and what to expect of him and he clearly had long before earned their respect and trust. At the conclusion of the matter, I realized my dealings with John were highly rewarding on both a business (legal) and on a personal level. ...
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Posted by Michael | June 6, 2014
Excellent lawyer
John is a very caring and excellent lawyer who are willing to go above and beyond to provide excellent legal advise to achieve the best possible disposition for his client. My wife recently received his services. My wife received excellent disposition. It was much better than what we thought was possible. He can achieve what other lawyers can only dream of. We recommend him to all. He will achieve better than expected results for you.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of John R Lilly II
  • 2001 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Baltimore School Of Law
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Maryland's Seventh Judicial Circuit
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Intel Officer
  • U.S. Navy Reserve
  • 1988 - 2015
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Lilly cares very much about solid practice professionally while also remaining a decent human being. Lots of attorneys are skilled technically but lack the ability to be true counselors to their clients; John's gift not only as an advocate but as advisor and support to clients in difficult spots is special and not easy to teach. I whole-heartedly endorse John and his practice to any potential client and as Maryland referral counsel to any sister or brother attorney."
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Columbia Criminal defense Lawyer John R. Lilly
John R. Lilly
Criminal defense Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 31 years
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