Robert H. Harvey, Jr., State’s Attorney
Robert H. Harvey, Jr., was sworn in as the State’s Attorney for Calvert County on March 27, 2020. Mr. Harvey is a graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law. He previously served as the Deputy State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County. Recently, he maintained a private law practice in Prince Frederick where he focused on criminal defense cases. He has over 40 years of legal experience. Mr. Harvey has been a resident of Calvert County for 36 years. He is married with 4 children, and 5 grandchildren.
James Zafiropulos, Deputy State’s Attorney
Mr. Zafiropulos joined the Office in April 2020. He is a graduate of the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. He began his legal career as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard H. Sothoron, Jr., Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. From 1992 to 1997, he was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Zafiropulos was an Associate at the firm of Palumbo and Palumbo. From 2006 to his joining the Office, he was a partner at the firm of Tornatore and Zafiropulos in Crofton, Maryland.
Tammy Lafferty, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Child Support Division Chief
Ms. Lafferty joined the Office in 1998 where she has been Child Support Division Chief since December 1998. She spent her first three months as the Juvenile Prosecutor. She received her B.A. in Criminology from the University of Maryland in 1982 and obtained her law degree from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law in 1987. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in 1987. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Lafferty was in private practice from December 1987 through August 1998. She is a past President of the Calvert County Bar Association.
Lee Ann Bell, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney
Ms. Bell joined the Office in 2019 and is assigned to the Circuit Court where she prosecutes drug-related cases. She is a graduate of the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. She began her legal career in 1997 with the Clerk of the Court for Prince George’s County working her way up to Paralegal, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, for the Honorable William Missouri, Administrative 7th Judicial Circuit. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December 2009. Ms. Bell served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County from 2011 through 2019.
Timothy J. Maher, Assistant State’s Attorney
Mr. Maher joined the Office in 2011 and is assigned to the Circuit Court where he prosecutes drug-related cases and all Drug Court cases. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law in 2003. He was admitted to the Bar Association in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining our Office, Mr. Maher worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Greene County, Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2009.
Michael A. Gerst, Assistant State’s Attorney
Mr. Gerst joined the Office in July 2014 and serves as the Head of the Domestic Violence Unit. He received a B.S. from Towson University in Law and American Civilization. In 2012, he graduated from Widener University School of Law. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in 2012. He has worked with Juvenile cases and Circuit Court cases and in December 2019 he was assigned as the Head of the Domestic Violence Unit. While attending law school, he interned with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, Post Conviction Unit. He was a Student Attorney at the Veterans’ Law Clinic at Widener University School of Law from January through May 2012. Mr. Gerst also served as an Intern with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Harford County. He volunteered as an Associate Attorney with the Maryland Attorney General Office Tobacco Enforcement Division from May 2014 through June 2014.
Allison S. Walton, Assistant State’s Attorney
Ms. Walton joined the Office in 2017. She serves in the Circuit Court handling all juvenile matters. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2001 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Law in 2014. She has been a member of the Maryland Bar Association since 2015. Between her graduate studies and law school, Ms. Walton held a career in public relations and freelanced as a grant writer for various non-profit organizations. While attending law school, she served as a Courtroom Clerk and later a Judicial Assistant in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. In 2014, she worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, first as a paralegal, and later became a staff attorney.
Rebecca N. Cordero, Assistant State’s Attorney
Ms. Cordero joined the Office in January 2019 and is assigned to the Circuit Court where she handles prosecution of sexual offense and child abuse cases. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University Of Baltimore Law School. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in December 2002. After law school, from August 2002 through September 2003, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Whalen, Prince George’s County Circuit Court. In March 2004, she joined the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney where she was assigned to the District Court Unit, Juvenile Unit, Felony Trials, Felony Domestic Violence, Grand Jury, Violent Crimes Unit, and Special Victims’ Unit. In August 2016, she became the Assistant Chief of the Special Victims Unit. From September 2017 through December 2019, she worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office in their Special Victims’ Unit.
Christopher J. Monte, Assistant State’s Attorney
Mr. Monte joined the Office in 2019 where he is assigned to the Circuit Court handling felony criminal matters. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry from James Madison University in 2004. He also received a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory in 2006. In 2016, after several years as a performing musician, Mr. Monte graduated from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. Following law school, Mr. Monte clerked for the Honorable Christopher L. Panos in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Prior to joining our Office, Mr. Monte served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince Georges County from 2017 to 2019. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in December 2016.
Benjamin G. Lerner, Assistant State’s Attorney
Mr. Lerner joined the Office in 2019 where he is assigned to the Circuit Court handling white collar crimes, property crimes, and violent crimes. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and in 2014 graduated from law school at Catholic University of America. Mr. Lerner was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in 2014. Prior to law school, he worked in the Statistics and Data Analytics Department at ESPN focusing primarily on college football and college basketball. Mr. Lerner has been a prosecutor since 2015. When he finds time away from the courtroom, he enjoys the outdoors.
our support staff
- Sharon Candore, Legal Office Specialist
- Kathy Bowen, Paralegal
- Christine King, Victim/Witness Advocate
- Paula Shrawder, Victim/Witness Advocate
- Gail Wikoff, Victim/Witness Advocate
- Lisa Kreps, Legal Secretary III
- Krysta Ireland, Victim/Witness Advocate
- Joan Helms, Legal Secretary II
- Angela Higgs, Legal Secretary I
- Sierra Shrawder, Office Specialist I
- Joyce Jett, Office Assistant III
- Michael Moore, Circuit Court
- Homer Rich, Domestic Violence