Jonathan H. Shoup
Shoup and Associates
Jonathan H. Shoup, managing partner of Shoup and Associates, opened his firm in Arnold in 1987.
He attributes the firm’s success to his clients.
“The best form of advertising you will ever have is word of mouth, and most of my clients came from word of mouth,” he said.
The most memorable case of his 40-year career came in 1983 while serving as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. DeWitt Duckett, 14, was shot and killed in a hallway at Harlem Park Junior High School when three youths tried to steal his Georgetown Hoyas jacket.
While the three were under the age of 18, they were charged as adults. The defense petitioned to have the cases moved back to juvenile court, but Shoup successfully argued they be tried as adults.
“It was a complicated case,” he said. “[The reverse waiver hearings were] fairly complex before we even got to the trial portion.”
After a two-week trial, the three were convicted.
Shoup also served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel from a private, known in the Army as a “mustang,” he retired as deputy inspector general in the Maryland National Guard. He completed tours during both Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm.
He also works as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he aims to teach his students to have passion.
“You want either the jury or the judge to understand that you believe in what you are doing,” he said.
Shoup also donates his time to several organizations including the Cawood Inn of Court and the Maryland Association for Justice Foundation.
“The reason for ‘giving back’ in the field of law and the community at large is to allow me to express my deep and sincere gratitude,” he said. “I have had tremendous mentors over the years, great experiences and some success. I feel that sharing information, knowledge and my time is important so young lawyers, and the public at large, can make their career or life a little bit easier.”