Chaz R. Ball - Member

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Member
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone:
410-497-8433 (Local)
877-736-1845 (Toll free)
410-543-5398 (Local)
Fax:
410-783-4771
301-627-5911
Email:

"I understand the stakes.  I understand what your case means to your life, your freedom, and your continued employment. No one is ever going to care about your case quite as much as you do.  But I’m going to come in a close second."

Chaz R. Ball, a partner at SBW Law, joined the firm in 2012.  Chaz employs his extensive background in criminal law, administrative law, and civil litigation to handle complex litigation in both State and Federal Courts. In addition to handling personal injury, civil rights matters, and criminal matters, his practice also includes appeals, juvenile matters, and peace and protective order proceedings. Recently recognized for the sixth straight year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, Chaz has tried over one hundred bench trials and over fifty jury trials, and argued before Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals, and Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Chaz’s work ethic and trial skill is well respected in the community by other practitioners and members of the State and Federal bench.

Chaz received his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland at College Park as a Banneker Key Scholar, where he graduated with Dual Degrees in Government and Politics and African American Studies.  As an undergrad, Chaz engaged in activities that provided a strong foundation for his analytical and trial skills, competing as part of the University of Maryland Mock Trial Team, serving as Second Vice President for the NAACP, serving as a representative on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and acting as a Community Advocate for University Student Judiciary.  Chaz was also a contributing writer to various campus publications, honing his writing skills that he continues to utilize in his practice today. Following his undergraduate education, Chaz earned his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As a law student, Chaz continued his involvement in activities to strengthen his trial skills. He coached the Arizona State University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, competed in various internal and external mock trial and moot court competitions, served as a Research Assistant, served as President for the Black Law Student Association, and prosecuted misdemeanor bench and jury trials as a student attorney with the Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office. The strengths that Chaz developed in his education continue to assist him in analyzing the diverse range of cases in his practice today.

In addition to his law practice, Chaz has served as an Adjunct Professor at Towson University in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies. Chaz has also served on and participated in multiple publications and committees throughout the State of Maryland, notably as an acting member of the Editorial Board for the Trial Reporter, the Young Lawyers’ Division Public Education Chair and on the Nominating Committee for the Bar Association of Baltimore City, as a Member-at Large and Tech Committee Co-Chair for the Monumental Bar Association, as an Associate Editor for the American Bar Association’s The Young Lawyer publication, and as an Assistant Editor for the Maryland State Bar Associations The Advocate.

 

 

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense - Peace and Protective Orders
  • Civil Defense
  • Law Enforcement Disciplinary Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland

Education

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
    • Honors: Highest Pro Bono Distinction
    • Honors: Elected Convocation Speaker
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.A. - May, 2008
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Government and Politics
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.A. - May, 2008
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: African American Studies - Public Policy Concentration

Published Works

  • Numbers Never* Lie, American Bar Association -TYL Blog , April 17, 2014
  • Civil Voir Dire in Maryland: 12 Tips for Selection of Those Six Jurors, Trial Reporter Magazine, Spring, 2014
  • Warr, et al. v. JMGM Group, LLC: Is Dram Shop Liability Coming to Maryland?, Trial Reporter Magazine, Special Issue, 2013
  • For the Lackadaisical Networker, American Bar Association -TYL Blog , 2013
  • Ethics: Representing Municipalities and Municipal Employees, TYL in Focus, 2015
  • Lead, Listen, Learn: Following through on supervisory responsibilities, Student Lawyer, 2015
  • Police Officers in Civil Litigation: A Defense Perspective, Trial Reporter, 2015
  • Sentencing in Arizona: Recommendations to Reduce Cost and Crime, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Public Policy Incubator Program, December, 2010
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility: Resources for Young Lawyers, The Advocate, January, 2016
  • A Distinction with a Difference: Maryland’s Inconsistency between Marijuana Law and Paraphernalia Law, Trial Reporter Magazine, Special Issue, 2016
  • Various Articles, The Daily Record Generation J.D. Blog, 2016 - Present
  • Post-Trial Motions: A Second Chance at a First-Rate Result, American Bar Association -TYL, Spring, 2017
  • The Future of Legal Advertising, American Bar Association -TYL, Spring, 2016
  • Three Tips for New Lawyers in Supervisory Roles, Student Lawyer, April, 2015

Classes/Seminars

  • Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish - Instructor, National Business Institute - 2016
  • Trial Advocacy - Guest Instructor, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Advocacy and Argument - Adjunct Professor, Towson University, 2015 - 2017
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication - Adjunct Professor, Towson University, 2014 - 2016
  • Manzana Institute - Instructor, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
  • Mock Trial Academy - Instructor, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona - 2010
  • Sun Devil Mock Trial Team - Assistant Coach, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2009 - 2010
  • Policing the Police - Panelist, University of Baltimore Law Review Criminal Law Symposium
  • Advocacy at the ADR Table: What Does it Look Like? - Panelist, Bar Association for Baltimore City
  • Law Enforcement Officer Civil Litigation - Presenter, Circuit Court of Baltimore City Bench Education Presentation
  • The Ultimate Guide to Police Liability - Presenter, National Business Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2014 - 2019
  • Superb 10.0 AVVO Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, The Advocate Assistant Editor
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City, Served as Young Lawyers’ Division (“YLD”) Public Education Co-Chair and Chair, on the YLD Nominating Committee, on the BABC Nominating Committee, as YLD Awards Chair and as YLD Member-at-Large
  • Maryland Association for Justice, Served as Editor on Trial Reporter Editorial Board
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • American Bar Association, Served as Associate Editor on TYL Editorial Board
  • Monumental City Bar Association, Served as Tech Committee Chair and Member-at-Large