Christopher Drewniak has been a partner at the law firm of Ryan, Drewniak, & Upshaw, P.A. since 1994. Mr. Drewniak concentrates his practice in the area of criminal law, military law, and plaintiff’s personal injury claims. In addition, he has handled hundreds of matters in litigation ranging from the defense of employee related claims on behalf of the firm’s business clients, to breach of contract claims and administrative matters before various State agencies. Also, he continues to regularly represent members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard in military matters ranging from administrative discharge hearings to special and general courts-martial. As a former JAG attorney in the United States Marine Corps, he has a keen appreciation for the seriousness and potentially life and career altering implications of military disciplinary proceedings.
Mr. Drewniak is admitted to practice in Maryland and Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Since becoming an attorney in 1984, he has represented clients and tried cases throughout the State of Maryland, as well as various military installations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., including an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Drewniak is also a member in the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and is Vice President of the Indian Landing Boat Club. In 2009 and 2010 he was named one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Annapolis by What’s Up Annapolis magazine.
After graduation from the College of the Holy Cross in 1981, Mr. Drewniak attended Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, from which he received his law degree in 1984. Upon completion of his law studies, Mr. Drewniak began active duty as a Captain with the United States Marine Corps from 1985 until 1988 and held positions as a defense counsel and prosecutor, as well as performing duties representing military personnel concerning various civil matters. Upon completion of his active duty Mr. Drewniak joined the former firm of Corbin, Warfield, Schaffer and Meredith in Severna Park, Maryland, where he remained until joining Ryan, Drewniak, & Upshaw, P.A. in 1994.