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Patrick Hanifin

DUI and DWI Attorney at Rockville, MD

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About Patrick

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Patrick Hanifin has been practicing law for 7 years in the State of Maryland. Patrick begin his legal career working as a legal intern with the Pennsylvania Innocent Project located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then clerked for the Honorable Judge Jane Cairns Murray in the Circuit Court for Cecil County, Maryland. Currently he focuses on criminal, traffic, juvenile, landlord and tenant and personal injury law.

Patrick graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2011 as a double major with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Inquiry. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 2014 from the Widener University Delaware Law School with Cum Laude honors.

Licensed for 8 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Patrick Hanifin
200A Monroe St.
STE 310
Rockville, MD, 20850

Reviews

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Posted by Jill | February 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly competent and recommend
Patrick did a superb job handling a court appearance for a traffic violation. He's highly competent, honest and was very responsive to my questions since I was a newby at all of this. Highly professional and really great attention to detail. Very grateful for his support and the outcome. Highly recommend his services!
Posted by Kianta | January 20, 2023
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Highly Recommend
He got my case dismissed. Patrick was very helpful in answering all of my questions throughout the process
Posted by Nick | January 7, 2023
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Landlord representation
Mr. Hanifin expertly represented me during a very contentious issue(s) with a tenant resulting in a very satisfactory outcome. Mr. Hanifin provided expert guidance and advice as to applicable law, my rights/responsibilities and process. I will continue to call upon Mr. Hanifin for all future legal advice inre any future landlord and tenant issues. I strongly recommend Mr. Hanifin.
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Posted by Geostin | December 22, 2022
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Great lawyer
Patrick helped me get the best outcome on my case. I couldn't ask for a better lawyer. Excellent results!
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
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Excellent lawyer.
Patrick handled a traffic court appearance for me. He was very responsive to all of my preliminary questions and helped to put me at ease with the process (which, thankfully, I'd never been through before!).
Posted by Sam | November 16, 2022
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Patrick Hanifin
I worked with Patrick for slightly over three years from start to finish. I am extremely pleased with the final outcome of my matter. Patrick keeps his clients informed on any and al updates throughout the case. I would highly recommend Patrick and his firm to represent you, your family or a friend.
Posted by Alex | October 18, 2022
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Won my case and he's just a good guy
Patrick Hanifin handled a criminal matter for me with ease. He was thorough and professional from start to finish and used his extensive legal contacts to negotiate a dismissal. I would highly recommend Patrick to anyone who is looking for a competent and knowledgeable defense attorney.
Posted by Bruno Mpoy | October 2, 2022
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Excellent Lawyer
Patrick is an amazing lawyer. He is a miracle worker. He is very efficient and very skillful. He saved me a lot of time and resolved all my problems skillfully and efficiently.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2022
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Hiring Patrick was the best decision we made
After considering eight different attorneys, we hired Mr. Hanifin to represent us, and it was without a doubt the best decision we could have made. A former tenant had filed a complaint against us with the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (OLTA) in Montgomery County. They alleged we wrongfully withheld their deposit. Thanks to Mr. Hanifin's efforts, not only did OLTA find that the deposit was rightfully held and dismissed the case, but they also determined the tenants had to pay US for damages beyond wear and tear. Mr. Hanifin presented an extremely well-reasoned and evidenced based case against the tenants and for that reason OLTA made the unprecedented decision to rule against the tenants and in our favor. I can't stress enough how rare this is and is really a testament to Mr. Hanifin's efforts for making the impossible possible. I also want to add that Mr. Hanifin went above and beyond for us throughout this extremely stressful time. Every time I had a question or concern, he quickly got back to me. He made me feel like my case mattered and that I was a priority for him. Bottom line - we enthusiastically recommend Mr. Hanifin and would 100% hire him again for all legal matters.
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Posted by Soham | September 8, 2022
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Excellent Lawyer Services
Patrick was excellent with the situation I was in. His ability to represent me and help me dismiss all charges related to an intricate traffic related case was relieving. He is very easy to work with and talk to and is genuinely interested in helping his clients. He is heavily recommended from both my peers, other lawyers, as well as myself.
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Posted by Guan-Wei | July 18, 2022
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A most excellent and potential young lawyer
Patrick's has represented me for 2 separated cases at Rockville district court with the most successful results. From these 2 cases, Patrick has fully demonstrated not only his professional knowledge/skill but also the quick thinking which made him far surpasses the lawyer from adversary at the court. Patrick is young but full of wisdom, potential, and enthusiasm for clients' best interest. Therefore, I strongly feel that he can provide his clients with equal or even better quality of services than any other senior lawyers at Montgomery County (MD) I am most recommend this young lawyer and will definitely hire him again if I require legal service.
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Posted by James | July 1, 2022
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James
Patrick was very helpful and professional throughout the entire process. He answered the phone the first day that I called, and explained everything in detail. Patrick was able to talk with the prosecutor to have my case dismissed, and I am so grateful. I Highly recommend him as an attorney for anyone who would benefit from his Excellent skills. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer
Patrick was great I had a speeding ticket and he helped me through the process of getting the points off my record he assured me everything was going to be okay and handle it in a very professional manor. I highly recommend Patrick!
Posted by Eric | June 19, 2022
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Speeding ticket dismissed
I had a speeding ticket which could have jeopardized my employment!..So, I spun up google and typed in “Best speeding ticket attorney in Rockville MD”. Fortunately, Gritz, Hanifin & Shih, LLC showed up as the best law firm with great reviews. Patrick Hanifin and Henry Shih took up my case and were able to get my speeding ticket dismissed. Working with Patrick was simple and hassle free. Before the trial process began, Patrick informed me of the steps he has taken and the possible outcome of the case, etc. He knows what he is doing; Do what he says and you will be good. I highly recommend having Gritz, Hanifin & Shih, LLC to represent you.
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Posted by Melvin and Sharon | June 16, 2022
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Highly Recommended - An Attorney that will work hard for you!
Patrick Hanifin is simply the best attorney in Rockville, Md.! He is friendly and knowledgeable, understanding, and compassionate and most of all, he truly desires what is the best outcome for his clients. He does not beat around the bush! He will tell you how bad it is and what is the best course of action; better yet, he does not employ scare tactics like other attorneys. Since meeting him the first time he has not let us down. Absolutely everything he told us would happen happened! And he was prepared for all of it. My husband's case was a difficult one because of his prior offenses. His arrest was a violation of his rights and Mr. Hanifin worked diligently to get all evidence suppressed and the case was dismissed. My husband was released immediately after his court hearing. He made us feel confident in our decision to have him as my husband's counsel and we do not regret doing so. I will forever be grateful for his work and will make sure to recommend him to everyone without a second thought! Thank you, Mr. Hanifin, for an outstanding job well done. We will forever be grateful for his work and will make sure to recommend him to everyone without a second thought!
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2022
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Landlord/Tenant Case
We hired Patrick Hanifin right before COVID hit to handle a landlord/tenant issue - failure to pay and excessive damage. There were many delays beyond anyone's control due to COVID but he persevered! Patrick also was wonderful at explaining what we should expect when I had to testify in front of a judge. I appreciate how Patrick would explain things to us in layman's terms and I appreciate all his hard work on our case.
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Posted by Martha | June 9, 2022
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Very Pleased
Having a legal issue during Covid court delays has been a challenge, but Patrick Hanifin stuck with us. His attention to detail and hard work has completed this lengthy process successfully. Thank you.
Posted by Rich | June 4, 2022
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Highly recommended
Patrick is wonderful to work with. Very responsive, knowledgeable and thorough. We always knew what to expect and he stuck with things and saw them through. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2022
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Top Tier representation
Patrick has represented me a number of times now. He has been phenomenal each time. Always extremely patient and helpful. His expertise with criminal law and ability to mitigate did wonders for me each time. I would recommend him to anyone and will surely seek out his services if ever needed in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2022
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Highly Recommended! One of the best
Patrick is an excellent lawyer, best in the business. I had no experience with the legal system, as a first time offender. So naturally, I was super nervous and scared of the charges I was facing. He told me how he could help me, he was very patient with how anxious I was, and sure enough the charges were all completely dropped! I am still in disbelief. Patrick is the man!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/ Owner
  • Gritz, Hanifin & Shih, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law offices of Bell, P.A.
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court for Cecil County, Maryland
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • Pennsylvania Innocence Project
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Double major in English and Political Science
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Double Major in English and Political Science
  • 2011

Associations

  • Animal Review Board
  • Judge
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • N/A
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Criminal Defense Top 10 Award
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Litigator of the Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star of Criminal Defense
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick and I were opposing counsel on a contested protective order case, and Patrick was very reasonable, very approachable, prompt with all replies and we were able to reach a fair resolution for our clients. I would certainly recommend Patrick as an attorney and would enjoy working with him in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Patrick Hanifin as a lawyer throughout Maryland on criminal and traffic matters. His knowledge and work ethic and involvement in our defense attorney listserv is always valued in our community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick is efficient, fights for his clients, and delivers results. I’d endorse him all day every day."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hanifin is very knowledgeable in the field of criminal defense. He is very communicative and I have no doubt he works very hard for his clients!"
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having Pat on your side should make anyone confident. He is smart, knowledgeable about the law, and works hard to achieve your desired results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Hanifin was opposing counsel on a serious felony criminal matter involving a juvenile when I was an Assistant State's Attorney. Mr. Hanifin is a true professional and a skilled negotiator. He was able to negotiable a plea bargain for his that included no jail time and a short period of probation. His client pled to charges that will eventually be sealed. On such a serious case Mr. Hanifin was able to pull out all the stops to the tremendous advantage of his client. I highly endorse him to handle all types of serious criminal cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hanifin is an exceptional attorney. Not only does he have a true passion for the law, but he genuinely cares about the well-being of his clients. I have routinely referred clients to him and have always heard wonderful things - not only with respect to his manner, but the results obtained for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick is a fine attorney. He has a keen legal mind and zealously represents his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is a zealous advocate for his clients and is always striving to provide the best services possible."
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Rockville DUI and DWI Lawyer Patrick Hanifin
Patrick Hanifin
DUI and DWI Attorney
Rockville, MD
Licensed for 8 years
Free Consultation