Michael Schatzow
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney

Michael Schatzow is the Chief Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore City. In that position he is responsible to State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for the conduct of all prosecutors and prosecutions. The Deputy State's Attorneys for Operations, Major Crimes, and Criminal Intelligence all report to Mr. Schatzow, who in turn reports to Mrs. Mosby.

Michael Schatzow is a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Maryland and retired partner at Venable LLP. Schatzow’s 42 year legal career includes work prosecuting federal organized crime and espionage cases as well as work for the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

One of Schatzow’s defining accomplishments was his work at Venable LLP as co-counsel for plantiffs in the landmark DeWolfe v. Richmond case. The case established that any Maryland defendant not in a position to afford a lawyer at their initial bail hearing has a right to counsel. The decision is regarded as one of the most significant Maryland civil rights outcomes in recent memory.

Schatzow is a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Baltimore City American Bar Associations. He has also sat on the Board of Governors for the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Schatzow in 2014 to the Governor’s Commission to Reform Maryland’s Pretrial Commission. In 2012 Schatzow was asked to join the Governor’s Task Force to Study the Laws & Policies Relating to Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants by the Office of the Public Defender.

Schatzow completed his undergraduate coursework at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended law school at the University of Chicago (JD) and Georgetown University (LLM). He is married and has two children.

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