State's Attorney's Office Deputies: John Maloney and Laura Chase
Our State's Attorney for Montgomery County has appointed two experienced and dedicated professionals to be his deputies. These deputy attorneys are involved with managing the daily activities of the office. In addition, our two deputies are responsible for making personnel decisions, developing office and prosecutorial policy, supervising the management team, overseeing professional development and training, acting as a liaison with both District and Circuit Courts, and coordinating community outreach to schools, faith-based organizations, homeowners' associations, and businesses.
Our current State's Attorney, John McCarthy was previously a deputy attorney for our office. When John McCarthy was elected in 2007 he appointed John Maloney and Laura Chase as his deputy attorneys.
John Maloney is a 1981 graduate of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland, a 1985 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and a 1988 graduate of The University of Maryland School of Law. He was law clerk for the Honorable Darlene Perry in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. John has been an Assistant State's Attorney since 1989. Since 2003, John has been the Chief of the Homicide Unit for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. Prior to that, John has prosecuted virtually every type of crime including misdemeanors, juvenile offenses, sexual assaults and violent crimes.
He has successfully prosecuted dozens of homicide cases including State v. Robert Billet, the murder of a Prince George's County police officer slain in the line of duty, State v. Emmanual McClain, a high school student beaten to death for buying a young lady a slurpee and the trial of State v. Dino Pantazes, a husband who hired a prostitute to murder his wife. John also successfully prosecuted the first stalking case in Maryland.
John was chosen to by the Justice Department to be a Special United State's Attorney in the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit in Washington D.C. where he worked on narcotics, handgun and RICO cases. John has taught trial advocacy and criminal law at the National Academies in Washington D.C., the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and for various police and legal groups.
John has received the Maryland Governor's Victim Assistance Award; a commendation from then United State's Attorney Wilma Lewis for assisting in the prosecution of the "K" Street Crew and was cited as an outstanding prosecutor by The Washington Post in 2001.
John is a former member of the Mental Health Board of Prince George's County and the Juvenile Justice Commission of Montgomery County. He is a former IABBO referee who is active in coaching youth sports in Montgomery County. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dolores Murphy Maloney, and they have three children Patrick, 15, Sean, 13 and Maggie, 10.
Laura Chase, Deputy, Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, was born and raised in Montgomery County. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Providence College and her Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1987. Laura began as a legal intern in this office in 1987 and became an Assistant State's Attorney assigned to the District Court Division in 1988. Between 1990 and 1996, she served as a member of the Sex Abuse Trial Team, and then for about a year on a general felony trial team.
In 1997, Laura was assigned the task of developing and supervising a Family Violence Division. She served as Chief of that division for a decade. The Family Violence Division grew into a team of lawyers and staff responsible for the review, preparation and prosecution of cases involving child abuse, sex abuse, elder abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. In addition to prosecuting cases and supervising staff, Laura regularly presented at various training programs for prosecutors, police, social workers, advocacy groups and community groups.
In 2007, Laura was appointed to her current position. She serves on various work groups in Montgomery County to include the Child Fatality Review Team, the Tree House Child Assessment Center Operations Board, the Betty Ann Krahnke Center Advisory Board, the Family Justice Center Development Team, and the Collision Reconstruction Review Team. She also serves as the elected Chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, and a member of the Maryland State DV Fatality Review Team. In 2007, Laura was appointed to serve on Montgomery County's legislatively established Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and elected as Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee.