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Paolo A Gnocchi

Criminal defense Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

5.0   16 reviews

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About Paolo

Learn Paolo’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defense of clients charged with crimes ranging from DUI to Murder. Extensive jury and bench trial experience before the Maryland and DC courts. Successfully argued matters before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

    20 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    20 years, 500 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in Personal Injury and defense of insurer subrogation claims. Broad experience before the Maryland and DC courts.

    20 years, 300 cases


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.

Licensed for 19 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/06/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/12/2022

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

Contact Paolo

Law Office of Paolo Gnocchi, LLC
8630 Fenton Street
Suite 320
Silver Spring, MD, 20910


5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Andy R. | July 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
He will get the job done!
Mr. Paolo Gnocchi helped me with a problem I was facing basically I found out I had an arrest warrant. So I got in contacted with a friend of my family and she recommended me to Mr. Paolo, he got it done real quick and with just a couple calls I was warrant free and most important I didn’t have to go to court. I’m very satisfied with his work and would recommend him to any of my friends or family members.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2018
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Extremely Knowledgeable and Professional
Paolo assisted me with two cases that were handled very swiftly and effectively. He was very optimistic and reliable throughout the process. I knew I could rely on him creating a great defense and having the cases have a good resolution.
Posted by Matt | January 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch - Extremely Knowledgeable and Professional
I had the good fortune of being referred to Mr. Gnocchi for an unfortunate and complex first-time DUI in D.C. In my later mid-life, and with an unblemished driving record and professional career, as well as clean history with the law, I was anxious and frightened of the potential ramifications. Mr. Gnocchi soothed my nerves, and demonstrated expertise in his knowledge of criminal law in D.C., as well as strong connections in the D.C. legal community (including prosecutors and judges). He knows the system, the players, the laws, and how things work! I couldn't have been in better hands, I am extremely grateful for being in his throughout this ordeal.
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Posted by Tim | November 28, 2017
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Terrific, Caring Attorney
Paolo put together and executed a winning strategy for my case and invested time even after hours to make sure we were totally prepared. His legal expertise and experience in how things work here in Maryland/DC is critical. His rates are fair and he goes above and beyond. Highly recommend.
Posted by Roberto | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He Takes Pride in His Work
Paolo put into practice what he told me at the beginning of my case. He said, "I didn't become a lawyer in order to plead guilty for my clients." Paolo fought my case for two years, even when I was ready to throw in the towel. He told me, "Be patient," and he was right. In the end he was able to pull out a deal, and my charges were dropped. Excellent work. I trust him.
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Posted by Anne | December 16, 2015
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Best Possible Outcome
Paolo Gnocchi represented me in a DUI case. I walked into his office absolutely terrified, imagining being sent to jail, losing my job, losing my license.... He explained all my options fully and recommended actions I should take before my trial, actions that would mitigate my punishment (if it came to that). As it turned out, everything he recommended was exactly right. When we went to court, he knew everyone - the judge, the prosecutors - and his ability to navigate the system is invaluable. My case was ultimately dismissed. I consider myself extremely lucky to have found him.
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Posted by courtney | August 22, 2014
Paolo Gnocchi: consider it handled.
Paolo Gnocchi was my lawyer in 3 separate cases and in each case he went through with me he made sure everything was in my best interest. Not only was Paolo knowledgeable about every single possible advice or legal issues that needed to be addressed but he also was a friend to me. He speaks both Spanish and English fluently, takes the time out of his own life to respond back to you , answers and explain all and any questions you may have and never failed to accomplish the goals of both his work as well as my own well being as a client. I have never been in much trouble but if there is ever anyone I know could help me through something Paolo is the first I will call.
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Posted by Bridget | August 22, 2014
Excellent Customer Service
Paolo not only impressed me with his professionalism and expertise, but also with his straight-forward and down to earth approach. He was patient, understanding, and attentive regardless of how laborious my situation and the questions that came with it were. I highly recommend Paolo to any individual who appreciates a transparent and fair partnership with their attorney. Hopefully, I won't need to hire Paolo again, but should that day come, he has my full confidence.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2014
Positive Experience
My family was fortunate to find Mr. Gnocchi. He was very professional and patient in guiding us thru the process and outlining our options. We was reassuring and very responsive to our questions and concerns.
Posted by Tony | April 15, 2014
Paolo did a very thorough and excellent job with my case
I was accused and charged with assault recently and was referred to Paolo by a friend. I sought his advice and promptly hired him after an initial consultation because I felt that he could be trusted above all else and this proved to be true. The first thing that struck me about Paolo is that he was persistent upon informing me about all relevant elements of my case in a very thorough manner. He clearly explained legal interpretations of my charge, the obsticals I was faced with and all possible outcomes of the case. Additional he was very prompt and proactive in the way he handled his duties while being very accessible communication wise whenever I needed him. Throughout the entire process he remained non-judgemental and impartial in the way he conducted himself which I appreciated very much. When the day of the actual court date came, he was able to use his extensive experience and knowledge of the specific jurisdiction's/municipality's court system to come to a deal with the prosecutor without going to trial. I consider the outcome and provisions of the deal VERY favorable to me. Throughout the process his efficiency and dedication made me confident that I was in good hands and the peace of mind it provided made hiring him completely worthwhile. Paolo was able to very clearly walk me through the whole process and eventually arrive at the best outcome I could ask for. Additionally, I consider his fees very reasonable for the service he was able to provide. He is simply one of the most attentive professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Nabil | January 11, 2014
Great Lawyer, Proffesional, & On Time
Had a wreckless driving ticket that Paolo helped me with in Washington DC. Results were better than I expected. The deal he was able to work out with the D.A. only comes with an attorney with experience.
Posted by MR | January 4, 2014
Highly recommended Attorney for any case
I had an excellent experience with Paolo as my attorney he responds to you promptly and you work directly with him. He works hard to help your case. Very trustworthy. I highly recommend him no doubt.
Posted by Ahmad | November 29, 2012
Job Well Done
Paolo did a wonderful job handling my expungement hearing. He was thorough, prepared, and aggressive in defending my case.
Posted by Gerald | August 14, 2012
Paolo gnocchi is a great attorney
Mr. Gnocchi is a great attorney. He was able to find excellent reasons for the judge to drop my case. Very intelligent and easy to talk to like he is a close friend. He is very easy to get in contact with so whenever I have a simple question, I would just call him. Mr Gnocchi made me feel secure about my case, so therefore, I was very confident going into my court date. He is everything I would label as a perfect and very dependable lawyer that will go out of his way to answer all of your questions and concerns and make you feel very calm going into the case. If I needed to get an attorney again, I would not even think about getting another one, but Mr. Gnocchi. I recommend him for court.
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Posted by Nikki | August 30, 2011
We got Mr. Gnocchi's name from a friend and we consulted with him and I have to say he was informitive and respectful of the situation. I would use him agian and would refer him as well. I would like to take this time to also thank him agian for his time :)
Posted by Jon | March 30, 2011
Everything you could want in a defense attorney
Paolo guided me through the most difficult ordeal of my life: being arrested, charged, and tried for sexual assault. I was falsely accused of a very serious crime, but with Paolo's deep understanding of the intricacies of the law, his repoire with officers, judges, and attorneys, and his adept and nimble courtroom wrangling, he was able to show the weaknesses of my accuser's testimony, and secure me a verdict of "not guilty." In addition to handling the case itself, Paolo was always great at responding to my questions and concerns, and he always immediately made me aware of any changes or updates in the case itself. The process from arrest to verdict took nearly a year, and it was an extremely stressful. I am grateful to Paolo for alleviating a lot of my stress just by keeping me apprised of the case at all times. Paolo is an incredible litigator, and I can't recommend him enough. If you are facing any sort of criminal charge, don't waste your time with anyone else.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Paolo Gnocchi, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Ivan M. Waldman & Associates, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig, PC
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Universidad del Sagrado Corazon
  • B.A., Magna cum Laude
  • 1999


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is sharp and works hard to get the best result for each of his clients. Great attorney and colleague!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zealous advocate! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. He is very knowledgeable, hard working and personable. He is an excellent trial lawyer and does a great job arguing his position in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paolo is a very dedicated lawyer who cares very much about his clients. He makes every effort to achieve the best possible outcome. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paolo Gnocchi is as great as it gets. I had a front row seat during a major trial that we co-counseled and that resulted in a not guilty verdict for our client. He is a highly regarded attorney in the community and has handled many high profile cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paolo is a wonderful lawyer and is widely admired in our legal community. The important qualities that Paolo possesses include, excellent command of the law, true versatility and commitment to working tirelessly on behalf of clients. And just as importantly, these qualities are maintained while at the same time always retaining absolute integrity."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paulo is truly an excellent trial attorney. He is incredibly knowledgable when it come to the law. But more than that, his determination to win and achieve the best results is nearly unmatched. He gets great results for his clients in both D.C. and Maryland. Aside from the that, he is a curteous and trustworthy person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I see Paolo in Court every week, and he is always fighting hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paolo is a great attorney and a great guy. He has particular expertise with criminal defense and immigration issues. If I have an immigration question, he's the first person that I consult. He's a well respected and well known attorney in legal circles in the DC area. I would highly recommend him."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gnocchi is an amazing litigator. Paolo has the gift of intuitively understanding the complexities of the law. Among his fellow attorneys he is considered, "A Lawyer's Lawyer". Among Paolo's many talents is his compassionate care for his clients. Gary Gerstenfield"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paolo is hardworking and dedicated to his clients. He has helped me with several cases and I highly recommend contacting Paolo with your Criminal Defense or Personal Injury needs."
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Silver Spring Criminal defense Lawyer Paolo A Gnocchi
Paolo A Gnocchi
Criminal defense Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 19 years
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