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Rick Jaklitsch

Car accident Attorney at Upper Marlboro, MD

4.7   14 reviews

also known as Richard L Jaklitsch

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 38 years
    Maryland - MD 39 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1985
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rick

Learn Rick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Car/Auto Accidents; Trucking Accidents; Wrongful Death;Motorcycle Accidents

    36 years

  2. Trucking accident
    Nationally acclaimed Maryland truck accident lawyer. Free consultation

    36 years


Rick Jaklitsch is the founder of the award winning Jaklitsch Law Group, which has developed a reputation for providing effective legal counsel to victims of car, truck and train accidents throughout Maryland and DC. In more than 30 years in practice, he has helped thousands of people injured by the negligence of others. Last year, Rick was honored to be named Personal Injury Attorney of the Year in Maryland and Attorney of the Year by two different publications. He also has been recognized by the Daily Record as a “Leader in the Law”. In 2018, his firm received “Best Personal Injury Trial Law Firm” and “Most Outstanding Personal Injury Litigation Law Firm” in BIG DOG himself has seemingly won every possible legal award that relies on the vote of judges who have seen Rick in action, or lawyers who have opposed Rick in court.  When you meet Rick it feels as though you have known him forever. He has a way of making anyone feel at ease. It’s no wonder so many of his clients recommend him to their friends and family. He is the guy you want fighting the insurance company on your behalf.  While he is tough on adjusters, he treats his clients like family.

Rick was one of the youngest attorneys in the country when he was first honored by Martindale-Hubbell with their coveted “AV Preeminent” rating of Personal Injury Trial Lawyers.   That honor put Rick in the top 1% of lawyers nationwide, and he has won that prestigious recognition every year for the past 22 years.  Martindale-Hubbell calls this AV rating “the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process.  It is the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards”.


          Rick has been honored by Who’s Who In American Law for over 24 years.  He’s been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers every year since 1995, and was one of the very first lawyers in the entire country to obtain a perfect 10.0 rating for legal ability by the online rating service of .  Rick has won “The Best Attorney Award” from Rue Rating’s Best Attorneys of America, and is prominently listed in the publication “Best Lawyers in America”.  The National Trial Lawyers Association has listed Rick repeatedly as a Top 100 Lawyer, and the American Trial Lawyers Association has listed Rick as one of their Top 10 Lawyers for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.  The Trial Lawyers Board of Regent’s prestigious “Litigator Award” was awarded to Rick and The Jaklitsch Law Group, more than 1 million other lawyers who were considered for that amazing award. 

Rick is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the Multi-Million Advocate Forum, which are called “The most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States”.  Rick has been honored with a National “Top Ten” Ranking, every year since 2013 by the Nation’s Premier Group of Personal Injury Lawyers, the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys, and won The Daily Record’s preeminent legal honor, its Leadership in the Law award.  

Rick has handled hundreds of cases resulting in six figure and higher awards for his clients, and has handled both multi-million dollar injury cases and has sued insurance companies for as little as $23 in unpaid personal injury protection coverage on behalf his clients.  No case is too big or too small.  Rick is licensed to practice in every single State Court in all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland, all Maryland Federal Courts, as well as the United States District Courts in both Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Rick has been honored by Super Lawyers Magazine in both Maryland and in the District of Columbia every single year since Super Lawyers began rating lawyers in those jurisdictions, and won the “Top Attorney” Award in Washington, D.C., and the “Top Attorney” Award in the State of Maryland, and has been decorated as a top Personal Injury Trial Attorney every single year by What’s Up Magazine.

Rick has also been repeatedly honored for his non-legal work in our community.  Rick won the Prince George’s County Bar Association’s esteemed President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to the Bar and to the community,” and was named a “Make-A-Wish Star” by the National Make-A-Wish Foundation for Rick’s tireless fundraising on behalf of Make-A-Wish, including raising the funds  for eleven children to have their dying wish granted. 

Rick has won the Terrapin Club Lifetime Giving Award, and sat on the Terrapin Club Board of Directors for almost 10 years. He served as President of the University of Maryland Terrapin Club, which provided scholarships for more than 700 athletes in 27 varsity Division 1 sports.   Rick raised millions and millions of dollars for University of Maryland athletes before he was appointed by Head Coach Randy Edsall to serve as President of the Maryland Gridiron Network, the fundraising arm of Maryland football.   Rick then raised millions and millions of dollars on behalf of that organization and those Maryland athletes.  He sat on the Board for Archbishop Spalding High School and on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Rick was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich and has sat for numerous years on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, which interviews judicial applicants from every jurisdiction in the State of Maryland.

Prior to being a lawyer, Rick won the “Outstanding Leader of the Year” Award at the University of Maryland while an undergraduate, was honored by Who’s Who, and by Mortar Board, and was honored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, which he led as President, and which Rick has continued to serve as a voting Alumni member for the past 36 years.

Despite all the legal awards, when you walk into Rick’s office, the most prominently displayed awards on his bookshelves include the “Numero Uno Award”, which was given in appreciation of Rick’s “outstanding ability, sportsmanship, and teamwork displayed” by him during the MSA “A” Conference Lacrosse Championship season, and Rick’s “outstanding contribution to that championship team’s success,” as well as his numerous Golf Championship Awards from the Maryland State Bar Association, the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, the Calvert County Bar Association, and the Prince George’s County Bar Association, which proudly sit next to his Maryland State Championship Softball trophies, which his team won four times.

Rick’s practice is limited 100% to handling personal injury cases caused by the negligence of others in car, truck, and train crashes.  Rick is a proud member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Anne Arundel Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Maryland Association for Justice.  He served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. 


He is married (27 years and counting) to Judge Michele Jaklitsch of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and is the proud father to Drew and David Jaklitsch.

Contact Rick

The Jaklitsch Law Group
14350 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772-2840
The Jaklitsch Law Group
Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD, 21401-1510
The Jaklitsch Law Group
14350 Old Marlboro Pike
Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772
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4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Alphonso | February 1, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great option for a lawyer
They were very professional and kept me updated as well. They made sure I had everything I needed and was satisfied. I would recommend Mr. Rick to anyone. Thanks for taking care of me and my wife
Posted by Ralph | July 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rick Jaklitsch - Jaklitsch Law Group
I hired Jaklitsch law group to represent me after I was rear ended while sitting at a traffic light for 23 seconds. Rick and his group were very professional and made me feel as if I was the only one they were working for. They did a great job and I was very pleased with the outcome. I would use Rick and his group again if needed.
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Posted by Rashad Carrington | June 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
More than satisfied
Where do I start. The whole team is great. From day one they made me feel like family. Very welcoming. I would advice you to try them. I've never been unsatisfied. With the service or the money lol.
Posted by Debra Rice | March 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer that I know
. Rick did a great job on my case and I would refer him to any of my friends or family to take care of there case when needed. Very thoughtful to me.
Posted by Sharon | October 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Auto Accident Lawyer in the DMV!
Rick has represented me a few times, and I have always been completely satisfied with the service that the Jaklitsch Law Group has provided me.
Posted by Cheryl | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Being in a car accident, no matter the situation is stressful! The Jaklitsch Law Firm, specifically, Rick Jaklitsch (aka, “The Big Dog”) and his team were the answer to my prayers! They were extremely professional and courteous. They addressed my needs expeditiously and were very thorough. Rick and his team were genuinely concerned for my health and welfare—from handling my injury treatments to my court case, they were AMAZING!!! I highly recommend them!
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Posted by Keysa | May 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Rear ended
They are the best lawyers in Upper Marlboro. If your ever in an car accident I suggest you call Jaklitsch Law Group they worked had for me and I was very satisfied with my compensation. You can’t go wrong with them!
Posted by Donald | May 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great law group!!!!!!
I was involved in a rather bad accident in 2016. I contacted the Jacklitsch law group for advise on how to proceed. They were courteous and very professional. They took quick action to ensure I was taken care of. I did not have to deal with anyone except their expert staff. Which I have to say are great. Any time I had a question or just needed to de stress they were there for my family and I. I could not have had a better experience. Thanks to Rick (Bigdog) Jacklitsch and his team for an excellent job well done.
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Posted by Aracelis | August 16, 2018
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Aracelis Claudio
Rick Jaklitsch’s Legal knowledge is unmatched! Unheard of! When he represented me in court I felt protected, I felt like I was in good hands and you know what? I was! I got a bigger award than I expected and all because Rick knows what he’s talking about!! Way to go Team Jaklitsch!
Posted by Valerie | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute Quality and Care
Rick Jacklitsch and his associates provided the absolute best quality of service on my case. Constant attention and follow up, keeping my best interest in mind at all times. From my injury treatments to handling the case they were phenomenal! I would recommend them to ANYONE, ANYTIME!
Posted by William Hoffman | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Star Review
During a time of extreme stress, including Post-Concussion symptoms Rick and his team of professionals took the entire legal/medical issue off my plate and emphasized that my job was to get healthy. The team delivers as they promise. 5 stars.
Response from Rick Jaklitsch February 15, 2017
Thank you Mr. Hoffman. It was our pleasure and honor to work with you.
Posted by Brenda | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
wrongful death/car accident
I was very pleased with the care Mr. Jaklitsch and his law office gave to my family. He was kind and compassionate, very knowledgeable. The loss of our loved one gave us no strength to deal with insurance companies,, etc . Mr. Jaklitsch did this for us and did it well.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2008
Client Review
Everyone told me Rick was the best trial lawyer in the state. They were right!!
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2014
For all the wrong reasons!!
This law firm gave me a hard time about my case and spent more time telling me how they were not interested. The case boils down to taking on a big corporation and the Jaklitsch group is basically telling me they are incapable of handling a large case despite what Jaklitsch is advertising. This group has no heart. Way to serve your community. I advise everyone to stay away from this firm at all costs. They are all talk.....
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Response from Rick Jaklitsch December 12, 2016
You're complaining he didn't take your case. Isn't that much better than taking the case and then not winning it? I WANT a lawyer to be honest and tell me if I don't have a case. No one should criticize a lawyer for turning down a case.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • The Jaklitsch Law Group
  • 1999 - Present
  • Professor
  • University of Maryland
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Trial Attorney
  • Fishman and Jaklitsch
  • 1987 - 1999
  • Trial Attorney
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • 1984 - 1987
  • Trial Attorney
  • Eccleston & Seidler
  • 1983 - 1984
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (with Honors)
  • 1983
  • University of Maryland
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • Baldwin v. Allstate Ins. Co.
  • $1,459,000.00 verdict
  • Kay Warwick v. PJAX,et al
  • $949,587.00 verdict. Zero pre-trial offer


  • University of Maryland Terrapin Club
  • President-Elect
  • 2008 - 2008
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Nominating Commission-State of Maryland
  • Governor's Appointee
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Terrapin Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Tort Law Committee-Chairman
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Life Member
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Judicial Selection Committee
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1989 - 2008
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Lecturer-Personal Injury Law
  • 1987 - 2005
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - 2008
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Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top attorneys in Maryland
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top Washington DC Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • 2007
  • Highest Legal Standards and Ethics
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2001
  • President's Award-Outstanding Contributions
  • Prince George County Bar Association
  • 2000
  • AV Rating--highest possible rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • Outstanding Acheivement Award
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Lawyers Association of Washinton DC-Annual meeting
  • Maximizing Verdicts in Personal Injury Trials
  • 2008
  • District Court Judges Conference
  • The Right Way to Try a Personal Injury Case
  • 2007
  • Annual meeting-Maryland Trial Lawyers
  • Trial of the Personal Injury case
  • 2006
  • Prince George's Co.Bar Assoc's Annual Seminar
  • Maximizing Verdicts
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Rick
Car accident Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege of interning for Rick while in college. His knowledge of the law and the level of respect he demonstrates to his clients, the Court, and his colleagues is unparalleled. My experience with Rick directly influenced my decision to become a trial lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. We refer all our auto accident litigation in the District of Columbia to Mr. Jaklitsch. He is known througout Maryland and DC as one of the top litigators in his field of personal injury. Mr Jaklitsch is a fearless litigator who does not back down to the insurance companies. He has obtained numerous "big" verdicts for his clients in trial. "
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