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John Distel

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John Distel comes to Ashcraft & Gerel from a Family Law and Personal Injury background. His previous work as an associate with another firm gave him experience in workers' compensation, personal injury law, and family law practice areas such as wills and estates. John has a unique background. He has also served our community as a police officer for more than 18 years. John is enthusiastic to help clients get the appropriate remedies for his clients in all situations. John knows how to fight for his clients.

While in law school, John was a summer law clerk for the Hon. O. John Cejka in the Frederick County District Court, a law clerk at the Office of the Attorney General-Organized Crime Unit, and a Rule 19 Attorney with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Outside the Courtroom

John served in the United States Army and the Maryland National Guard from 1996-2004. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 to 2004. John enjoys officiating scholastic sports and traveling during his free time. He referees high school basketball and football in Montgomery and Howard County.


  • Ulster County Community College, A.S. Criminal Justice (1994)
  • University of Maryland-University College, B.S. Criminal Justice (2011)
  • University of Baltimore-School of Law, Juris Doctor-Cum Laude (2017)
  • University of Baltimore School of Public Affairs, Masters of Public Administration (2017)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Professional Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice


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