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Joseph Owens

Senior Partner and Traffic Law Attorney

First as an enlisted Soldier, Officer, and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. Both in and out of uniform, Joseph Owens has demonstrated the innocence of hundreds of service members throughout the world.

After leaving active duty as Infantryman, he went to Law School. He then began his legal career as a judicial clerk in the Circuit Court for the State of Maryland; followed by a staff attorney position with the Veterans Administration, where he became renowned for fighting for the rights of Veterans. He then entered the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Following ten years of active duty, he became a faculty member at the University of Columbia School of Law’s working in their chapter of the Innocence Project Clinic. Joe has first-hand knowledge of the Veterans Affairs system. After suffering a traumatic amputation of his left leg in 2015, Joe had to face not only months and months of healing, but also learn to navigate a complicated, circuitous and often confusing VA system. He fully understands what service members face when they try to get help from the VA.

Never one to let even the most adverse of circumstances keep him down, he vowed the accident would not take away his ability to run, and while still in the hospital, announced that someday he would run the Boston Marathon, a goal he accomplished in Spring 2018.

As a dedicated tri-athlete, he knows the value of persistence and hard work. He started out slowly after the accident, with 5k races, 10k races, and then the Army 10-miler in 2016. Even then, races were not enough, so he started doing Olympic-level triathlons throughout the Country.

Joe's persistence shows in his legal work. Joe's disdain for the inaccurate and incomplete testimony of law enforcement officials has resulted in acquittals in every branch of the Military. His overcoming of false confessions has been described as legendary; as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, he typically understands sexual assault cases better than the Government; in fact, prosecutors for the Government in one high attention case described his presence on a case as unfair to the Government! No matter the case, Joe is the attorney who will fight for you!

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Military Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • University of Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Maryland
    • J.D.
  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • LL.M.
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • M.A.
  • Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
    • B.A.
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
    • A.B


  • Teacher, University of Maryland, 2002
  • Instructor, University of Virginia
  • Lecturer, Maryland State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Expert Infantry Badge
  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • German Proficiency Badge

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army 1988-2010 (Key Assignments)
  • * Headquarters, Trial Defense Services, Arlington, Virginia
  • * Senior Defense Counsel, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • * Trial Counsel, Military District of Washington, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • * Defense Counsel, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • * Enlisted Soldier
  • Judicial Clerkship, Hon. Christopher C. Henderson
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Staff Attorney

Reviews from Former Clients

  • “I endorse this lawyer.”

    Gregory Yancey - Professor and Attorney at Law

  • “Mr. Owens can and will go to any length to win a case. ”


  • “When I hired Joe Owens, it was smooth sailing from beginning to end.”

    Rob Lima

  • “Mr. Owens has treated my clients with military related problems with great respect.”

    Attorney Thomas Valkenet

  • “I recommend all military personnel on the east coast to hire him before talking to any investigations officers or MP's.”


Why Choose Owens & Kurz?

Fighting Every Step of the Way for Your Best Possible Outcome
  • Over 40 Years of Combined Experience

  • We Are Former Active Service Members

  • We Are Not Afraid to Duke It out in Trial

  • We Are Devoted to Your Best Possible Result

  • We Offer Personalized Legal Services

  • We Exclusively Practice Criminal Defense

  • We Are Available for 24/7 for Emergencies

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