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Stephen M. Gensemer

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Stephen Gensemer is a skilled and highly respected litigator who has tried dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Mr. Gensemer joined Ashcraft & Gerel in 2010, where he concentrates his practice on the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and criminal defense.

Mr. Gensemer has extensive experience handling a wide variety of cases involving auto accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability. He has helped hundreds of individuals who were injured or lost a family member as a result of someone else’s negligent acts.

Additionally, Mr. Gensemer has successfully defended his clients in criminal cases, ranging from minor traffic offenses to drug, assault, theft, and murder cases.

Case Highlights

Mr. Gensemer has a knack for winning on behalf of his clients. He has won favorable jury and court verdicts ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to a verdict of $10 million in the Prince George’s County circuit court.

Recently, Mr. Gensemer obtained a judgment of $462,000 on behalf of a client in federal court who was injured when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

In a criminal defense case, Mr. Gensemer represented a Prince George’s County father who severely injured his leg when a drunk driver struck his vehicle, recovering for his client full policy limits from the respective insurance company representing his client and the owner of the striking vehicle.

Other notable cases include an eight-figure verdict on behalf of a minor who had been sexually assaulted by a foster father, and Mr. Gensemer’s representation of an individual in a high-profile, triple-murder case in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Early Years

While in law school, Mr. Gensemer served as Dean’s Fellow in research for Jamie Raskin, now a member of the Maryland Senate.

Mr. Gensemer also participated in a full year of Criminal Justice Clinic, where he worked half a year as a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery County and the remainder with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Gensemer also received a grant from the Equal Justice Foundation of the American University Washington College of Law for his work in the Alexandria Public Defenders’ Office during the summer of 2001.

Outside the Courtroom

Mr. Gensemer is married with two young children and enjoys playing basketball in leagues through the Montgomery County Recreation Department. He is also on the executive board of his neighborhood civic association, and an active member of both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center.


  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1999
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2012-2013
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in Maryland, 2012-2013

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association


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