David W. Lease

David W. Lease

Co-Founding Member
Location:
Rockville, Maryland
Phone:
301-637-0894
800-363-6808
Fax:
301-838-0322
Email:

David W. Lease is a co-founding member of the firm and chairs the firm's litigation practice. Mr. Lease represents individuals and businesses in diverse criminal and civil matters throughout the region with his practice focused in the areas of criminal law, residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters, appellate practice and commercial litigation, including business, real estate and construction law. Additionally, Mr. Lease serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Lease has extensively lectured in the areas of trial practice, landlord/tenant and commercial real estate matters, including seminars for Lorman Educational Services, National Business Institute, Sterling Educational Services and MICPEL. Mr. Lease is active in the Bar Association of Montgomery County and served as chair of the Criminal Law Section, co-chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and the Membership Benefits Committee, and served on the District Court Bench Bar Committee. Mr. Lease is also active in the Maryland State Bar Association where he has been elected twice to its Board of Governors and currently serves on the Committee on Laws. Mr. Lease is a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association and a Master of the Bench on the Montgomery County Inn of Court.

Mr. Lease has received numerous professional awards including an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, acknowledgment as a Bar Leader from the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the 2003 Outstanding Section Chair Award and the 2009 Committee Chair of the Year presented by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, and the 2007-2015 Super Lawyer Awards presented by Thomson Reuters. In 2010 Mr. Lease was elected as a Fellow to the Maryland State Bar Foundation.

Mr. Lease is a Montgomery County native who graduated from Charles W. Woodward High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Lease graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he was a member of the Heuisler Honor Society and received American Jurisprudence Awards for excellent achievement in the study of criminal law, contracts, commercial transactions, corporation and domestic relations. Mr. Lease was also a member of the University of Baltimore Law Review.

Following law school, Mr. Lease spent six years working as a litigation associate with Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, a large Baltimore-based law firm. Mr. Lease subsequently returned to Montgomery County and in 2000 founded Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC with Marc J. Smith and Jeffrey D. Goldstein.

Mr. Lease was lead counsel in the following reported decisions:

• United States v. Thorne, 153 F.3d 130 (4th Cir 1998);
• BDC Capital Properties v. Trinh, 307 F.Supp.2d 12 (D.D.C. 2004);
• Azat v. Farruggio, 162 Md. App. 539, 875 A.2d 778 (2005);
• Frasch v. Peguese, 414 F.3d 518 (4th Cir. 2005);
• In re Vetal, 433 B.R. 534 (Bankr. D.Md 2010);
• Ahmad v. Eastpines Terrace Apartments, 200 Md. App. 362, 28 A.2d 1 (2011).
• Saint Annes Dev. Co., LLC v. Trabich, 737 F.Supp.2d 517 (D.Md 2010), aff'd in part & vacated in part,443 Fed.Appx. 829 (4th Cir. 2011)
• Sweetney v. State, 423 Md. 610, 33 A.2d 435 (2011)
• Jackson v. State, 216 Md. App. 347, 86 A.3d 97 (2014)

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Government Contract Disputes
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Residential and Commercial Landlord/Tenant Matters
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2003

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Heuisler Honor Society
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards for excellent achievement in the study of criminal law, contracts, commercial transactions, corporation and domestic relations
    • Law Review: University of Baltimore Law Review, Member
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.A.

Classes/Seminars

  • Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute Seminar, 2012 - 2013
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law and Creditor's Rights Issues for Landlord in Maryland, Lorman Education Services, 2008
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law and Creditor's Rights Issues for Landlords, Lorman Education Services, 2007
  • Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts, National Business Institute Seminar, 2007
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland, Lorman Education Services, 2006
  • Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland, Lorman Education Services, 2005
  • Advanced Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland, Lorman Education Services, 2005
  • Managing Legal Issues in Maryland Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Relations, National Business Institute Seminar, 2004
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Commercial & Residential Evictions and How to Collect Over Due Rent, Sterling Educational Services (SES), 2003
  • Default of a Commercial Lease, Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL), 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland and DC Super Lawyer Award, Thomson Reuters, 2007 - 2015
  • Avvo.com “Superb 10 Rating”
  • Martindale Hubble, AV Rated for over 14 years
  • Outstanding Section Chair Award, 2003
  • Committee Chair of the Year, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Foundation
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Montgomery County Inn of Court

Past Employment Positions

  • Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, Litigation Associate