Chaz R. Ball

While having the unfortunate experience of being served with a protective order from my ex-wife in an attempt to gain some sort of leverage in custody…

– Anonymous

While having the unfortunate experience of being served with a protective order from my ex-wife in an attempt to gain some sort of leverage in custody…ANONYMOUS

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2014 – 2020
  • Superb 10.0 AVVO Rating

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

Chaz R. Ball – Partner

MEMBER

Location:  Baltimore, Maryland
Phone:  410-497-8433 (Local)
Phone:  (410) 685-2022 (Toll free)
Phone:  410-543-5398 (Local)
Fax:       410-783-4771
Fax:       301-627-5911
Email:   E-mail Me

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation

Criminal Defense

Peace and Protective Orders

Administrative Disciplinary Matters

 “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 Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., 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, and criminal matters, his practice also includes appeals, juvenile matters, and peace and protective order proceedings. Recently recognized for the ninth straight year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, Chaz has tried over one hundred bench trials and over fifty-five 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, notably as a member of the Editorial Board for the Trial Reporter publication of the Maryland Associate for Justice, Young Lawyers’ Division Public Education Chair, Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee member 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.  In 2020, Chaz was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 14 in Baltimore City. Chaz was also appointed that same year to serve as an attorney member of Maryland’s Commission on Judicial Disabilities. 

Published Works

  • COVID, Color & Counting Votes, Trial Reporter Magazine, Special Issue, 2021
  • Litigating Civility: Protecting The Rights Of The Falsely Accused, SBWD Law Blog, June 2020
  • Maryland’s Red Flag Law And Your Rights, SBWD Law Blog, October 2018
  • Various Articles, The Daily Record Generation J. D. Blog, February 2016 – Present (selected)
    • Guidelines for deposition and trial testimony for clients and witnesses, May, 2018
    • The crimeless victim, February, 2018
    • Opponents sometimes, colleagues always, October, 2017
    • The value of settlement, July 2017 2016
    • Improving District Court, May, 2016
    • Finding the right words, not just the correct ones April, 2016
    • A lawyer’s role in judicial elections, April, 2016
    • The best way to win an argument, March, 2016
    • Running the Meter, March, 2016
  • Post-Trial Motions: A Second Chance at a First-Rate Result, TYL, Spring, 2017
  • A Distinction with a Difference: Maryland’s Inconsistency between Marijuana Law and Paraphernalia Law, Trial Reporter Magazine, Special Issue, 2016
  • The Future of Legal Advertising, TYL, Spring 2016
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility: Resources for Young Lawyers, The Advocate, January, 2016
  • Ethics: Representing Municipalities and Municipal Employees, TYL in Focus, December, 2015
  • Police Officers in Civil Litigation: A Defense Perspective, Trial Reporter Magazine, Spring, 2015 (Co-Authored by Nina M. Ball)
  • Three Tips for New Lawyers in Supervisory Roles, Student Lawyer, April 2015
  • Lead, Listen, Learn: Following through on supervisory responsibilities, Student Lawyer, 2015
  • 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 (Co-Written with Lucy R. Hirch)
  • For the Lackadaisical Networker, American Bar Association –TYL Blog, 2013,
    • re-published in Student Lawyer, Vol. 42 No. 6
  • Sentencing in Arizona: Recommendations to Reduce Costs and Crime, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Public Policy Incubator Program, December 2010 (Collaborative)

    Classes/Seminars

      • The Ultimate Guide to Police Liability – National Business Institute, Presenter, 2018
      • Tips for Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments – Bar Association for Baltimore City, Panelist, 2020
      • Law Enforcement Officer Civil Litigation – Circuit Court of Baltimore City Bench Education Presentation, 2018
      • The Fourteenth Amendment: Establishing Equality Through the Judiciary When the Executive and Legislative Branches Will Not – Bar Association for Baltimore City, Young Lawyer’s Division, Moderator, 2017
      • Policing the Police – University of Baltimore Law Review Criminal Law Symposium, Panelist, 2017
      • Advocacy and Argument, COMM 331 – Towson University, Adjunct Professor, 2015 – 2017
      • Fundamentals of Speech Communication, COMM 131 – Towson University, Adjunct Professor, 2014 – 2016
      • Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish – National Business Institute, Presenter, 2016
      • Manzana Institute – Arizona State University College of Law, Instructor, 2010
      • Mock Trial Academy – Arizona State University College of Law, Instructor, 2010
      • Sun Devil Mock Trial Team – Arizona State University, Assistant Coach, 2009 – 2010
      • Advocacy at the ADR Table: What Does it Look Like? – Bar Association for Baltimore City, Panelist, 2017

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Maryland State Bar Association, Assistant Editor for The Advocate 
    • 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
    • American Bar Association, Served as Associate Editor on TYL Editorial Board
    • Monumental City Bar Association, Served as Tech Committee Chair and Member-at-Large
    • Commission on Judicial Disabilities, Attorney Member
    • Judicial Nominating Commission District 14 – Baltimore City, Commission Member

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