After graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Mr. Atas enrolled in law school at the University of Baltimore. While in law school, he was selected to sit as the Chairman for the University of Baltimore Law School Honor Court. Mr. Atas also represented his law school in Moot Court at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill during this time, where he competed against students from law schools from across the nation.
In December of 2006, Mr. Atas became an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore. During his six years with the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Atas practiced law almost exclusively in Baltimore City. As a Public Defender, Mr. Atas vigorously defended thousands of people charged with crimes in the District and Circuit Courts. He developed a reputation for being an aggressive litigator who was always willing to put in the long hours it took to prepare each case to its fullest. Mr. Atas has also written briefs for and argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
Mr. Atas has also received a Certificate of Training in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This is the same training all Police Officers in Maryland take before they can properly investigate if a driver in Maryland is drinking and driving.
Mr. Atas is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Baltimore County Bar Association, and Baltimore City Bar Association.
When he’s not arguing cases, Mr. Atas is involved in his community. As the Baltimore City Coordinator for the Maryland State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial program, Mr. Atas helps to provide public and private school students an opportunity to compete in a trial setting. This program’s goal is to make Maryland students more confident, more career conscious, and to take a greater interest in academic studies.