José Z. Canto, Esq.

José Z. Canto, Attorney-at-Law, is the founder of The Canto Law Firm, LLC.

He is a litigator with a practice focused on immigration, family law, criminal defense, employment law, estate planning, and civil litigation.

Prior to founding The Canto Law Firm, LLC, José Canto worked as a trial attorney for a DC area law firm and participated in the Georgetown Criminal Defense Clinic.  José Canto worked as a summer associate at Arias & Muñoz, one of the largest law firms in Central America. He also has work experience with the Felony Trial Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (Baltimore City).

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service (MVLS) appointed José Canto as a panel member attorney in 2012. MVLS provides low income Maryland residents access to pro bono legal services. As a member of the panel, José Canto represents clients in domestic violence, family, employment, landlord/tenant, and criminal cases.  MVLS awarded José Z. Canto the Partnership Award in 2014 in recognition of his efforts to increase access to justice for the Latino community.

José Canto holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law School. Prior to entering law school, he was awarded a Mitchell scholarship from the US-Ireland Alliance which enabled him to pursue a master’s degree in the sociology of law at the University College Dublin. José Canto graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He completed the General Course at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

José Canto is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and Washington, District of Columbia. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Maryland Court of Appeals

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


Maryland State Bar Association

Maryland Association for Justice

Montgomery County Bar Association

Prince George’s County Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association


Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor, 2012)

University College Dublin, (Master of Social Science, 2009)

Georgetown University (Bachelor of Arts, 2008)