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Mr. Gnocchi started his career working for a medium-sized firm in Rockville, Maryland with a busy personal injury practice. He also had early exposure to criminal defense work, having interned with the Department of Justice and a boutique law firm dedicated to high-level criminal cases during his law school training. Mr. Gnocchi also served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City, where he handled the hectic criminal and traffic dockets of that jurisdiction.

After starting his own practice in 2009, Mr. Gnocchi has continued working in both fields. He has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for his seriously injured clients, while successfully defending the wrongfully accused in criminal cases ranging from DUI to Rape and First Degree Murder. Mr. Gnocchi has focused on continuing to develop his professional skills through practice and training. He has attended specialized seminars in DUI defense, defending against allegations of sexual abuse and assault, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions to name a few.

Mr. Gnocchi is one of the few attorneys who maintains and active criminal defense practice in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Gnocchi was born in Puerto Rico and is a native Spanish-speaker.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    12 years, 500 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    12 years, 500 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    12 years, 300 cases



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  • Soon Ei Elizabeth Sweeney

    Paolo Gnocchi is well-known and liked in the numerous jurisdictions he practices in. As an attorney, his professionalism, intelligence and courtroom demeanor have earned him the deserved respect of his colleagues, and trust of his clients.


    Soon Sweeney Family Attorney
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  • Michael S Rothman

    Paolo is a top notch attorney here in Rockville, Maryland. He treats his clients very well, is always well prepared, and takes his profession very seriously. I would highly recommend him.


    Michael Rothman Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Paolo Gnocchi, LLC

8720 Georgia Ave
Suite 701
Silver Spring, MD, 20919


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Paolo Gnocchi, LLC2009 - Present
AssociateIvan M. Waldman & Associates, P.C.2004 - 2009
Assistant State's AttorneyOffice of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City2003 - 2004
AssociateStein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig, PC2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationMember2006 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Prince George's County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Universidad del Sagrado CorazonComparative Law and GovernmentB.A., Magna cum Laude1999