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 Peter Feeney and Laura Chase as his deputy attorneys.
Peter Feeney joined the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1990. Prior to his appointment as Deputy State’s Attorney, Mr. Feeney served as Team Leader of the Major Crimes Team (2010-2014), Team Leader of the Downcounty Felony Prosecution Team (2006-2010), Team Leader of the Silver Spring Prosecution Team (2003-2006), Chief of the Cybercrime Unit (2003-2006), Trial Attorney/Special Prosecutions Team (2003-2006), Trial Attorney/Circuit Court (1994-2000), Trial Attorney/District and Juvenile Courts (1991-1994), and State’s Attorney Law Clerk (1990-1991).
Additionally, Mr. Feeney has served since 2011 as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Maryland, prosecuting firearms and narcotics offenses in United States District Court.
Mr. Feeney graduated from Boston College, magna cum laude, in 1982, and in 1990 received his law degree from Boston College Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school’s commercial law journal. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Feeney was a high school teacher and martial arts instructor in South Central Los Angeles and Compton, California.
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.