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Gwendolyn R. Waters joined Lawlor & Englert, LLC after graduating from law school in 2009. Prior to her graduation, Ms. Waters worked as a law clerk for Lawlor & Englert from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Waters has represented clients charged in state court with charges ranging from drug possession to first degree murder. In addition, Ms. Waters also represents clients in federal court, state post-conviction proceedings, juvenile criminal proceedings, federal habeas corpus proceedings, and state and federal appeals. Currently, Ms. Waters is also involved in the representation of a client who is facing the death penalty.

Where appropriate, Ms. Waters has negotiated favorable plea agreements for her clients. Some of these agreements have resulted in: the dismissal of felony charges; agreements to sentences that do not include incarceration; and agreements that clients should receive probation before judgment. In some cases, Ms. Waters has convinced prosecutors to agree to drop charges against her clients.

Ms. Waters also represents clients seeking post-conviction relief based on a number of different claims of ineffective assistance of counsel pursuant to Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). Further, Ms. Waters has and continues to represent numerous clients seeking reductions or modifications of their sentences.

Ms. Waters is a 2009 graduate of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Waters was on Law Review, was a member of the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court, and participated in pro bono representation of clients with Columbus Community Legal Services. Ms. Waters is admitted to practice law in Maryland state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, The United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

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