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Maria A Vacchio

Family Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 44 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 43 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1980
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

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Maria A. Vacchio, Attorney at Law
17001 Barn Ridge Drive
Silver Spring, MD, 20906

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Posted by Ken | January 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Savvy, compassionate, hard working, and incredibly knowledgable
I was referred to Maria by a friend of mine who described her as "very good". That description of her doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of how good she truly is. Maria represented me in a very bitter and long drawn out divorce. Her knowledge of family law and her ability to navigate through the court system is unparalleled. She was fully prepared for each and every hearing, mediation or allegation thrown my way. Every time that we stood before Judge or Mediator, she was AMAZING. On several occasions after Maria posed objections, she would recite the written law and clarify why opposing counsel's questions were inappropriate or irrelevant. Opposing counsel had to lower his head down and defer to her. Her Courtroom prowess is unbelievable. She truly is a master of her craft . One of the greatest qualities that she possesses is her ability to walk in someone else's shoes. She provided me with exceptional guidance and counsel throughout the whole process. It became very clear that my fight was her fight, and she was not going to lose. What was important to me was important to her. She never lost sight of that. As a man and lifelong resident of Montgomery County MD, I expected to be slammed by the Court System as many men are. That didn't happen! Much to my surprise, I was treated fairly and equitably by our Court System. I owe it all to Maria. When anyone asks if I know a good attorney, I emphatically say YES, and refer them to Maria. My heart felt thanks and admiration go out to Maria. She has given me freedom and opened up a brand new life for me. In closing, you need to understand that you only get one real shot at this. There are no "do overs". I encourage you to place your trust in Maria. If you do what she says, when she says, and how she says, I expect that you'll be writing a 5 star review as well. Thank you Maria. I am eternally grateful!
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Posted by Allie | January 10, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
She is such a helpful and kind attorney!
Wow! I feel so much better since I started corresponding with Maria. She has helped me prioritize, gain confidence and feel more prepared before I take my traffic ticket to court. I have never gone to court before, and her expertise and guidance has been so illuminating and has made me feel ready and less afraid. She is personable, open and a compassionate human being. It feels like you are speaking with a knowledgeable friend. She has been speedy in her responses, thorough in her information, and has addressed every question I have had. She has made it very easy for me to contact her and has kept her doors open for me. I am still in correspondence with her, and will be keeping her information for the future, and I will be referring her to my friends and family who need legal assistance. Thank you for your help thus far, and I look forward to continuing!
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Posted by Doug | October 14, 2010
I wouldn't want to go up against her!
I was referred to Ms. Vacchio by a friend. She represented me in a long and bitter divorce and custody battle. She understood that custody of my son was the most important thing to me and I was worried that the courts would lean toward giving custody of my son to his mother. She not only won me custody of my son but she also orchestrated a very fair property settlement. Ms. Vacchio is a very straight talking tough minded person and yet she had a very gentle way of helping me deal with all the stress and drama. I would highly reccommend her services. I wouldn't want to go up against her!
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Posted by Barbara | October 11, 2010
Outstanding representation by an outstanding lawyer
Over 28 years of marriage, my spouse became increasingly verbally abusive and ultimately ended up completely mentally unstable and threatened my life as well as his own. Denial on my part for years became reality in an instant, and I asked friends if they knew of someone who could help me with this devastating situation. A neighbor who worked at the Montgomery County Courthouse recommended Maria Vacchio as an attorney with an impeccable reputation in domestic situations. I called Maria's office and she made time to see me within 24 hours. She immediately began to counsel me and let me know the realities of my situation, as well as to put into motion a protective order. For 14 months Maria was on top of my situation, which included hospitalization of my spouse in a mental ward and his contempt of court for ignoring the protective order. During this entire time, he had just two 1-week periods of time when his doctors said he was mentally capable of making decisions for himself. It did not matter to Maria what time of day or night -- if I needed her, she was there. There were many times outside of normal office hours that she responded to me, and one evening in particular she met me at her office at 7 p.m. to work on a settlement proposal and submit it while his doctors deemed his mental condition to be stable. Ultimately, after 14 long months, I was granted a final divorce and was able to maintian ownership of my two homes. My two children were in college during this time, and they were able to complete their education and, thanks to Maria, we all have been able to move forward with productive and happy lives. No one truly 'wins' in a situation like this one, but I am so fortunate to have found Maria when I needed someone just like her. She is my attorney, my friend, and someone to whom I will be eternally grateful for my life, my happiness, and my ability to have made a good life for myself. I credit her with all of this - literally she saved my life and my future.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2010
Maria Vacchio Won the case Hands down
Maria came highly recommended by other attorneys I have worked with that do not practice family law. In my situation, my spouse claimed that she needed alimony and child support. Maria's strategy was right from the very beginning, and her leadership helped the judge understand that that I was the primary caregiver, breaking the sterotypes that father's don't play as active a role in their child's life as the mother. In the end we ended up with joint LEGAL custody, but I had residential custody. Maria helped make sure that my child was in the safest environment. Maria never hesitated to tell me what I needed to hear and gave me sound advice on how to deal with a spouse bent on tormenting me until the bitter end. Her years of experience, knowledge of family law and even understanding of the judges themselves were part of what gave me confidence to stand fast. I highly recommend Maria Vacchio and have sent several clients to her already, who are also pleased with their representation and the outcome of their case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2010
I definitely recommend her
Ms. Vacchio represented me in a divorce and custody case. She got me custody, saved my retirement plan from being divided up, and forced my spouse to work. She was meticulous in reviewing and organizing all the information I gave her. She always kept me informed. She knew the law and used it to get me what I wanted. Her fees were reasonable. She was excellent in the courtroom and worked hard to help me get through some of the toughest times in my life. If you want someone to work hard for you, who knows the law, and will be honest with you, this is the one.
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Maria A. Vacchio
  • 1980 - Present


  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland (Montgomery County chapter)
  • Founding Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

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Family Attorney | Feb 01
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"I endorse this lawyer. She is wise in her analysis of complicated issues, is comprehensive in her answers, and is generous in her responses. She provides Client value to the AVVO experience."
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