DAVID W. LEASE, Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, since January 19, 2018. Member, Court Technology Committee, 2021- (chair, digital evidence work group, 2023-), Judicial Council.

Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996-2018.

Born in Washington, DC, 1965. Attended Charles W. Woodward High School, Rockville, Maryland; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (psychology), 1988; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1991. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1991. Associate, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC, 1991-97; Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, Greenfeig & Metro, P.C., 1997-2000. Co-founder and Principal, Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC, 2000-18. Member, American Bar Association, 1991-2000; Maryland State Bar Association, 1991- (committee on laws, 2014-; board of governors, 2008-10, 2012-14, 2016-); Baltimore City Bar Association, 1991-97 (circuit court bench bar committee, 1993-94); Montgomery County Bar Association (district court bench bar committee, 2001-03; chair, criminal law section, 2001-03; co-chair, long range planning committee, 2006-08; co-chair, fee dispute resolution committee, 2008-11; co-chair, membership benefits committee, 2011-13). Member, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, 1998-2018. Board of Directors, Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Montgomery County, 2001-18 (secretary, 2004-06; vice-president, 2006-08; president, 2008-10). Master of the Bench, Montgomery County, Maryland Inn, 2008- (barrister, 2005-08). Fellow, Maryland State Bar Foundation, 2010-. Section Chair of the Year, 2003, and Committee Chair of the Year, 2009, Montgomery County Bar Association.

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