US District Court in Maryland

Annapolis lawyer William Cooke
United States District Court for the District of Maryland

The vast majority of civil and criminal cases in Maryland are handled in our State courts.

I have been licensed to practice in Maryland since 2002, but up until recently, I had not applied to practice before the Federal Courts. As a prosecutor in Baltimore City and then as a public defender in Anne Arundel County, there really was no need to do so. I was always in State court.

Since I am in private practice, it made sense to apply. After I got a sponsor, filled out the form, paid the fee, and passed the background check, I was admitted to practice before the Federal Court in Maryland. It was pretty easy.

Chances are if you are looking for a lawyer in Maryland, you are going to one of our State courts. But if you have a Federal case, give me a call.