EXPERIENCED. VETTED. APPROVED.
Judge Louis M. Leibowitz
In 2022, the Governor appointed me to be an Associate Judge of Montgomery County Circuit Court. Before my appointment, I was vetted by more than a dozen bar associations from Montgomery County and around Maryland. Since taking the bench, I have presided over custody and divorce cases, guardianship matters, civil trials, including medical malpractice, landlord-tenant, and contract disputes, and a variety of criminal cases.
Before taking the bench, I was a solo practitioner in Rockville for nearly 11 years where I handled a wide variety of matters. I represented fathers and mothers in custody, divorce, and child support cases. I assisted individuals, small businesses, community organizations, and homeowners’ associations in a range of civil matters including contract disputes, partnership disputes, easements, and other land use issues. I helped landlords and tenants in both residential and commercial settings. I represented businesses and individuals collecting debts and businesses and individuals that owed debts. I also assisted persons charged with crimes and traffic citations, and witnesses and victims in criminal cases.
I also worked for a large Montgomery County law firm where I handled a variety of civil matters including land use litigation, complex business disputes, employment cases, and collections matters. My clients included municipalities in the County and police officers charged with crimes and/or facing administrative sanctions from the police department.
I began my career as a public defender in Montgomery County where I tried hundreds of bench and jury trials. I handled nearly every type of criminal matter from minor traffic tickets to first- degree murder. I was humbled to be recognized as the Public Defender of the Year in 2007 and Outstanding Assistant Public Defender in 2003.
I also was honored to be named to Super Lawyers Magazine for Maryland and the District of Columbia every year from 2012-2021. In 2016, I was named a “Bar Leader” by the Montgomery County Bar Association.
I also serve our community outside of work by organizing the distribution of holiday food baskets to people in need and as a Director on the Board of my synagogue. I have served on the board of my children’s school’s PTA, as volunteer and Board Member for LINK: Linking Communities for Educational Success (1999-2005) and Kid Power (2006-2013), organizations dedicated to mentoring and empowerment of at-risk youth in Washington, DC.
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