In 2016, Antonio Gioia, was promoted to the role of Chief Counsel. In his new role he will identify, address, and oversee complex legal issues that arise throughout the entire agency. Issues may include but are not limited to emerging technology and investigatory tools that impact SAO prosecutions, the Maryland Public Information Act, Unger cases, complex post-conviction matters, and other appellate matters.
Gioia’s legal career began in 1984 as a staff attorney for the Baltimore City Office of the Public Defender. In 1991 Gioia went into private practice and opened the Law Office of Antonio Gioia, where he handled general practice cases and criminal defense.
After nearly a decade in private practice, Gioia joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. His increasing responsibilities over 15 years of public service include: prosecution of gun offenders and violent offenders, prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations, former Chief of the SAO’s Training Division, and former Chief of the SAO’s Narcotics Division. Gioia is a graduate of the University of Baltimore’s School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore, where he studied Business Jurisprudence.