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David Scott Messersmith

also known as D. Scott Messersmith

About me

Our firm has six attorneys on staff to serve your legal needs.  Our primary areas of practice include criminal defense, personal injury, general civil litigation, real estate and bankruptcy.  We have offices in Silver Spring, Frederick and Annapolis, MD and practice in federal and state court throughout Maryland (serving primarily Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties and the Eastern Shore) and in Washington, DC. 

I am a native of Salisbury, Maryland, a former naval officer, and an honors graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law. I joined the Montero Law Group from the State's Attorney's Office in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where I served as an Assistant State's Attorney for a number of years. I am an extremely experienced trial attorney in both criminal and civil matters. I have defended and prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in the District and Circuit courts, including: driving on suspended license, drunken driving, theft, domestic violence, drug possession and distribution, felony assault, handgun possession and use, and murder. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    16 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    9 years
  3. General Practice: 10%
    9 years
  4. Business: 5%
    9 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. I always refer my clients in need of a good criminal defense attorney to Scott Messersmith. He gets good results for them and when the client has an immigration matter I am handling he communicates with me to ensure the best result for the client.


    Allison Wright Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Alexander Ostroff

    As a former prosecutor, Scott has the knowledge and experience to offer excellent advise and representation. His ability to blend a "prosecutor's insight" with criminal procedure and the rules of evidence is an invaluable asset if you are facing charges. You should add Scott to your contacts just in case!


    Michael Ostroff Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Montero Law Group, LLC

132 Holiday Court
Suite 206
Annapolis, MD, 21401

Montero Law Group, LLC

1738 Elton Road
Suite 105
Silver Spring, MD, 20903



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
10 Best Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Order of the CoifUniversity of Maryland School of Law2000
ListedWho's Who - Marquis1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMontero Law Group, LLC2007 - Present
Assistant State's AttorneyAnne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office2000 - 2007
ManagerTrailBlazer Health Enterprises1996 - 2000
Lieutenant CommanderUnited States Navy1986 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationMember2013 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Prince George's County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Bar Weekend CommitteeCLE Program2014 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Maryland v. Client4Acquitted after trial
State of Maryland v. Client3Client acquitted by jury on all counts
State of Maryland v. ClientDismissal of Charge
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Publication nameTitleDate
Montero Law Group NewsletterLeave the Drama for TV: It's Experience That Counts2015
Montero Law Group NewsletterCriminal Defense Experience Counts2014
Montero Law Group NewsletterImmigration Consequences of Criminal Charges/Convictions2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Troy State University-Florida RegionPublic AdministrationMA - Masters1993
University of Maryland, College ParkCivil EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sudlersville Senior CenterFraud Crimes Against the Elderly2015