Skip to main content

Paul Cipriano Balassa

Criminal defense Attorney at Crofton, MD

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 13 years
    Maryland - MD 15 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Paul C. Balassa is a Member and Manager of The Law Office of Paul C. Balassa, LLC.  His practice encompasses an array of individuals and business entities across the mid-Atlantic region. 

Before opening his own practice, Mr. Balassa served as Special Counsel for a national franchisor as well as Staff Attorney for a premier provider of comprehensive staffing solutions.  Paul is also a former Captain in the U.S. Army and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He and his family live in Severn, Maryland and he is an active member of Annapolis Lodge No. 89 A.F.&A.M.

Paul's areas of practice include:

- all stages of the contract life-cycle for individuals, small businesses, and franchisees;

- business counseling (e.g. choosing the right entity and managing it in an appropriate manner);

- commercial collections;

- business litigation (including disputes regarding non-compete agreements);

- alternative dispute resolution; and

- criminal defense.

Photos and videos

Another day at the office...


The Law Office of Paul C. Balas
2138 Priest Bridge Ct Ste 1
Crofton, MD, 21114-2463

Similar lawyers nearby


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend Paul Balassa for your legal needs. He is highly knowledgeable and takes his time to explore all options to ensure he provides the best solution to your situation. I am very pleased with the services I received from him and intend to be a repeat client. He's is definitely the best of the best.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
I was referred to Attorney Balassa by the agency I work at and I am so glad of that. Attorney Balassa provided outstanding service to me in my case. He was very professional, knowledgeable, honest, and always available to assist me with any questions I had at anytime. He put a lot of work in to my case and went the extra mile and was willing to fight for me if need be. When we went to court, he had all documentation and evidence prepared and ready. My case was dismissed. I would definitely recommend him to other individuals and would use him again if I ever need to. Thank you again Attorney Balassa!!!
Read less
Posted by Will | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I've worked with numerous lawyers, and have been working with Paul Balassa for about two months now. I am thoroughly impressed by his candid sincerity and ability to service his clients. I am grateful to have met him, and look forward to continuing a long term relationship with him.
Posted by Robert | September 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul C Balassa
I've had several lawyers to deal with my divorce since 1999,and by far Mr. Balassa has been the most dedicated,caring and trustworthy attorney I've dealt with.He has kept me abreast of all matters that have arisen since he took my case on and has guided me in all aspects of the processes that were forthcoming.He's always available for questions I have,and that includes off hours,weekends and holidays.I'm very pleased with his representation and the results he has produced.I have complete faith and trust in him to the point where I will have him represent me in another matter I need to have addressed.He has gone above and beyond my expectations and I am ultimately pleased with his expertise in his field.I can make these assertions because , as I stated, I've had three other attorneys and can speak on who is and is not qualified to be in that position.I would strongly recommend him in the future to anyone that asks me for a good attorney.It has been a pleasure working with him and I'll continue to use him whenever necessary.He should be very proud of the job he performes and the kind of person he is.There is NO better !
Read less
Posted by Steve | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul Balassa: Excellent attorney, goes the extra mile
I live out of state, and I needed to find and trust an attorney without being able to meet in person. Paul was that lawyer. I am a completely satisfied client. Paul did exactly what he said he would do and on time. He was confident in his abilities to handle my case throughout and was pleasant and earnest in his efforts. He would respond to my communications quickly, sometimes in the evenings, sometimes within the hour! He took the initiative to do some background research on my case before I had even hired him, and it was very valuable information. That effort showed me his true intentions. He also let me know of potential risks of my case and what to expect from the court. He represented me there exceedingly well, and the judge agreed with his presentation. I have no reservations recommending his services as an attorney.
Read less
Posted by Iggy | February 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul was referred to me by a close family friend who stated "This is THE GUY to see if you need legal advice"...... That was the best recommendation I've ever received! Paul took on my legal matter with only four days prep time before I needed to submit legal paperwork concerning a sensitive matter. His fees were great and services rendered were excellent! I do not know if I won or lost the case against me yet, but I will be retaining Paul Balassa as my lawyer for all future matters because his customer service skills are amazing!
Read less
Posted by Mark S. of Baltimore | January 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Extraordinary Attorney of Utmost Character
Paul is the most professional, well-spoken, caring, honest, energetic attorney I have ever known. I hired Paul for a misdemeanor offense in Baltimore City, and he helped me get the most lenient outcome I could expect. He understood all of the ramifications this criminal offense had to my Top Secret Security Clearance and my career due to his security officer background in the military. He was even able to explain matters to my company's security officer. I have worked with other attorneys over the years who were either nickel-and-diming me, dishonest, lazy, unprofessional, crooked, or any of the other things you think of when making jokes about attorneys. Paul is definitely none of those. He has the type of character I would want in a close friend, especially if I was in a pickle. He is tough, too. He helped me (free of charge after my case was over) to play hard-ball with another law firm to get my retainer refunded after they had screwed me over. Another great thing about Paul is his communication style and ability. He explains everything with patience and in great detail. And if you don't get it the first time, he will be happy to go over it again until you understand it. I am so pleased with Paul, I am considering hiring him to help me set up a business. I know I can trust him 100%.
Read less
Posted by Jared | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney In Maryland Hands Down
Paul has been an excellent attorney and brilliant source of legal advice. As my personal and business attorney, he has represented me on a number of legal matters and in my criminal traffic case. His representation has resulted in thousands of dollars in savings, and I look forward to his continued representation of my consulting business.
Read less
Posted by George & Janet | August 8, 2015
Not sure what is wanted here.
Our first impression of Mr. Balassa was when we spoke on the phone. His voice was cheerful and upbeat. We explained that we needed a partial revision of a trust that had been created in another state. Mr. Balassa clearly understood what was needed and told us that he could complete the project in a timely fashion, which he did. He had quoted a fee that we felt was fair. We liked him both professionally and personallyand would not hesitate to recommended him to others or to use his services again in the future, if needed.
Read less
Posted by MM | July 24, 2015
I do promise and swear....
I was looking at paying a hefty fine and points added to my driving record to include possible jail time per the State Trooper. Well, I must say, Paul Balassa came through and I didn't have to say one word in court... I was amazed. I watched him talk with the State's attorney and within minutes he had secured a favorable agreement for me while most cases that was called were getting slammed. The end result for me was no guilt plea, no probation before judgement, no points or fines and some community service (Have to take some ownership, right? But I'm done with it already). Paul is the one you need to call on and he's easy to talk with. He's in your corner and looking to get you the best outcome depending on your situation. I totally recommend him; you won't waste your money.
Read less
Posted by KM | March 11, 2015
I can not thank Paul Balassa enough for how great he handled things. He did his job very well and was extremely personable. I felt informed and updated throughout the entire process. I would reccomend him in a heartbeat.
Posted by JR | October 8, 2014
He is the best lawyer that money can buy! Smart, savvy, and a true courtroom winner!
Wow! Paul is the very best attorney I have hired and he rescued me from a terrible civil lawsuit. I could have lost my job, my house, and my entire life's savings, but Paul proved to be diligent, articulate and completely outwitted the other attorney until they crumbled. Paul also has reasonable rates and he is very fair in his billing. Thanks a million, Paul!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2014
Excellent attorney who delivers positive results.
Paul is a wonderful attorney - extremely dedicated to what he does best - the practice of law. I have seen him in action and recommend him highly to others. Paul is someone you want on your team to get the job done. Paul had the opposing party practically begging to pay the disputed amounts rather than deal with him further.
Posted by Janel | January 28, 2014
Excellent Attorney
One of the best attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. Caring, insightful, exceptionally knowledgeable about the law. He has provided the best representation to me and for my family. I highly recommend Paul to meet your legal needs.
Posted by Kevin | September 26, 2012
Grade A consultant!
I was in the process of starting my own company and needed help with the processes that were unfamiliar to me (from a legal and beaurocratic standpoint). I was referred to Mr. Balassa who had a great track record with his previous clients. Paul was a class act from our initial, introductory handshake. He was extremely professional and polite, yet very direct and determined to get done what we needed to get done quickly and thoroughly. He was mindful of my time and was able to perform his services in a flawless manner. Paul appears to have already built relationships in every corner of his professional territory and has shown that his integrity, sense of urgency, attention to his clients needs/means, and the desire to build an army of satisfied customers are his primary goals: to consistently meet the needs of each and every of his clients, while establishing a friendship by the finish line. Mr. Balassa comes highly regarded by me.
Read less
Posted by Dustin | September 17, 2012
Speed dial on my cell phone
My two companies have used Paul Balassa for several years because he talks straight to us and understands the problems we encounter in our daily business ventures. Paul has helped our companies become legally upstanding and functional corporations. My very first dealing with Paul was through my business partner. He met Paul and asked Paul to do a legal review of an issue that we were having. When the review was done, we went and met with Paul. I remember thinking that I didn't want to spend my afternoon in some lawyer’s office. I was impressed and happy I had the chance to meet him. Since that day, I gave my business partner the go ahead to turn all legal issues over to Paul. I now have the pleasure of working with Paul on a regular basis when I am doing contracts. Paul is always available to help and has protected my companies well. I would recommend Paul to anyone who needs a very detailed and compassionate attorney that will work hard for you and be very straight forward and honest with you. Paul is the number 2 speed dial on my cell phone.
Read less
Posted by Tom G. | September 14, 2012
Excellent legal counsel
Paul helped with an unemployment appeal. He was very knowledgable and made sure I understood all options and circumstances related to the case. He kept me constantly updated and helped me receive a favorable ruling. I highly recommend Mr. Balassa.
Posted by Sue | July 18, 2012
I am a paralegal with over 20 years’ experience in litigation, commercial law, transactional law, dispute resolution, and franchise law. I worked closely with Mr. Balassa in all of those areas of concentration for over 5 years prior to his establishing his own law firm. I found Mr. Balassa to be a pleasure to work with, to be extremely intelligent and responsive, to have a love of the law and to be well versed in it, as well as to have a deep-seated willingness and passion to assist his clients. I would definitely recommend Mr. Balassa to anyone seeking legal assistance.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • The Law Office of Paul C. Balassa, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Special Counsel
  • ATL International, Inc.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Staff Attorney
  • Tech USA, LLC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Rule 16 Student Attorney - Community Development Clinic
  • Universtiy of Baltimore
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Tech Usa, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2008
View all work experience


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Colabucci et al. v. Cassidy et al.
  • 3-day Jury trial - Gave clients their day in court
  • Dissolution of Business Partnership
  • Favorable without litigation


  • National Association of Shrink Wrapping Professionals
  • Counsel
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Fishburne Military School Board of Visitors
  • Founding Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7
  • Participant - Bankruptcy Seminar
  • 2014
  • Maryland Civics and Law Academy: The Law and You
  • Law and Justice
  • 2014
  • Representing Non-Profit Organizations
  • Participant - Non-Profit Seminar
  • 2012
  • Cutting Edge Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
  • Participant - Negotiation Seminar
  • 2008
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Paul
Commercial real estate Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Paul is an outstanding young man, a careful, intelligent and efficient lawyer, an imaginative advocate,and a pleasure to work with. He is a particularly honorable man and I endorse him unreservedly."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul and I worked together on a landlord/tenant issue which was heavily dependent on Maryland code interpretation and contract enforcement. Paul was "switched on" from the very beginning. As soon as he agreed to take the case, I received almost daily phone calls, not just emails but actual phone calls, from Paul himself regarding the progress he had made on the case. Never once did I feel in the dark and I was certain that Paul understood the facts at issue, the case law, and the applicable statutes. His preparation paid off in court as he confidently articulated our position and why the court should ultimately side with our purpose. I happily endorse Paul Balassa in any area of law he chooses to practice. From my experience, his clients are lucky to have him on their side."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart and handles clients the way every good attorney should. He knows his limitations and does an excellent job writing pleadings and briefs and arguments to the court. He is well respected by hiss peers and his client's return to him for repeat work on different matters. I have been practicing law for 44 years and I wish I handled cases and clients the way Paul does when I was younger. He is a "go-getter" keeps his client informed and knows his stuff and his limitations. If I needed an attorney or co-counsel I would choose Paul without any question or reservations."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Without reservation, I strongly endorse Paul Balassa as a lawyer. Mr. Balassa provided me with invaluable assistance, insight and detailed knowledge of Maryland law that served as a primary factor in the positive result for our client. When legal issues and matters arise in Maryland, my first call is always to Paul Balassa."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is an outstanding attorney. Resourceful, thoughtful, and knowledgeable of the law. I highly recommend him to handle your legal matters."
View more endorsements
Crofton Criminal defense Lawyer Paul Cipriano Balassa
Paul Cipriano Balassa
Criminal defense Attorney
Crofton, MD
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation