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Maria Katherine Patterson

Personal injury Attorney at Annapolis, MD

5.0   28 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 26 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 26 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Maria

Learn Maria’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    60%
    Maria Patterson defended insurance companies for over a decade, trying over 100 jury trials in Prince George's, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert, and Anne Arundel Counties. Now Maria Patterson represents those injured in accidents, against the insurance companies. She is fully ready to take a case to trial if the insurance companies make unreasonable settlement offers.

    28 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Maria Patterson handles misdemeanor and felony cases in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's Counties.

    15 years, 100 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    10%
    Mediation Services in divorce, custody, financial division, and other civil matters.

    5 years

Maria Patterson has been litigating for 24 years.  She has tried over 100 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials.  Currently, she is accepting clients in all areas but concentrates in personal injury, criminal defense, and civil mediation including family law matters. This year, Maria constructively used her time working remotely during the pandemic to take over 100 CLE hours so she could effectively handle mediations, including divorce, child custody, financial division, and parent coordination.  Maria also furthered her education with online classes earning additional college credits in Developmental Psychology and Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, particularly interested on the impacts of trauma and violence on the developing brains of children and young adults.  

Selected as a Top 100 "Super Lawyer" in Maryland, and a Top 50 Women "Super Lawyer" in Maryland, Maria has handled numerous domestic matters, serving to obtain justice for victims but also to seek justice for those wrongfully accused of domestic violence or other crimes.  Since 2014, Maria has been recognized as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by The National Trial Lawyers and she has been nominated as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys in client satisfaction for the State of Maryland by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  

Maria and her law partner, who is also her husband, opened Patterson Law in 2018 and just opened two new office locations in Annapolis, off of West Street, and in Bowie at the Omni Medical Building.  If you are in need of legal representation and want an attorney who has a tremendous amount of compassion and litigation experience, please contact Maria Patterson.

Location

Patterson Law, LLC
1 Willow Street
Annapolis, MD, 21041

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Reviews

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Posted by Ellen | September 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury
I hired Maria to represent me in a case that was the result of a car accident where I suffered medical injuries. The case went to court before a judge. Maria did an excellent and through job of representing the facts of my case to the judge. She was extremely well prepared, competent and organized. She spent many hours collecting all of the background information and detailed medical records. All of the materials were put together and analyzed to support my case. I was able to receive a fair judgement to pay my medical bills and reimbursement for the time I needed to take off from work for treatment. Her years of experience showed through in the courtroom with her poise and ability to work with the judge resulting in a fair trial. I would highly recommend her if you need a very skilled attorney to represent you.
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Posted by Christian | July 28, 2017
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Outstanding
Maria Patterson far surpassed my expectations. She was outstanding in & outside the court room. She was very professional approaching my case. Very vigilant with the case brought upon as well as thoroughly addressing the disclaimers that were brought by the opposing party. Very passionate inside the court room and took the extra mile to talk to many witnesses as possible and to posses all accurate information to assure a won case. Would highly recommend her for your immediate problems residing with your claims.
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Posted by William | March 22, 2017
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Excellence by Mrs. Petterson
Mrs. Petterson is an outstanding attorney. From the start, she seemed genuinely interested in my case. She is very patient and a great listener! There were times I felt like I was rambling on about my case. She never rushed me and made me feel like my case was as important as any case she ever had. She listened and was able to verbally paraphrase my thoughts. I also appreciated the prompt manner in which she responded to my emails and phone calls. Mrs. Petterson is very competent as she understood the pros and cons of my case from a legal perspective. Overall, she's a good person and genuinely cares about her clients. It is without reservation that I would recommend Mrs. Petterson to anyone looking for a 5 star attorney! Regards, William. D
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2016
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My fabulous Lawyer
So I actually have to say she is one of nicest attorneys I have met and worked with. I had a pleasure working with her for 11 months and shes been fantastic through the entire time. The hardest part is leaving after you developed a great relationship with the best attorney. She will never be forgotten and whomever gets the opportunity to work with her you will have a wonderful experience as well as I have.
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Posted by Chris | November 17, 2016
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Excellent Attorney and Firm!!
Made one of the best decisions in my life by hiring Maria! She is a very successful and professional attorney. Definitely someone you'll want on your side no matter how small or big a case. She was very thorough, thoughtful and deliberate when it came to taking care of my legal problems. Case resolved very quickly. Best outcome...the record was even expunged right a way. I would highly recommend her and her team no matter the issue. Thanks again Maria!
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
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Caring, Competent and Courageous!
Maria handled my personal injury case. She spent an extensive period of time to learn about my case at the beginning. I immediately saw that she was caring and compassionate and so personable. In hindsight, I now realize that all of the information that she gathered was used to organize my case in a way so that the insurance company had no choice but to be sympathetic to my case. The opening offer was more than I anticipated! Maria was able to talk about hundreds of cases that she had tried in order to make the insurance company understand the depth of my suffering and injuries. I was delighted with the settlement outcome!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2016
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Outstanding lawyer
Maria is a great lawyer. This was my first time needing a lawyer to defend me in a personal injury law suit. I was in 2 car accidents and both were 10 months apart. This wasn't the easiest case when your going through recovery from one car accident and then get struck as a pedestrian in the 2nd car accident. There was a lot that I wasn't knowledgeable about personal injury law suit, but Maria managed both from the beginning to the end. Her level of expertise, professionalism, and availability made my case and recovery stress free. Maria assisted me with finding the best cervical spine surgeon Dr.Bands. Maria made sure all medical bills were paid in full and also reached a settlement over $120,000 out of court. She made my journey very smooth through the process and her knowledge in law was very helpful. I greatly appreciate time and patient. Thank you Maria.
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Posted by Jay | July 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Criminal Case
Maria, accepted my case (assault and burglary) and walked me through the process. We had a fairly significant amount of evidence against the other party, and she was able to use that as leverage to negotiate with the other side. She was very relaxed and assisted me with having the court records expunged after the not-guilty verdict. She is very personable and I'm grateful that she was able to assist with a verdict in my favor.
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Posted by David | June 25, 2016
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Highly Recommend
I recently hired Maria Patterson regarding an usual legal matter related to my former wife and I was most pleased with the result, the legal work and the sound counsel provided by Attorney Maria Patterson. Although I was especially concerned because I live out of state, nevertheless, Maria kept me calm and reassured me throughout the matter based on the facts and the law. Maria was forthright, responsive and very knowledgeable both in terms of the law and in terms of life. I highly recommend Maria Patterson as an attorney for her professionalism, effectiveness, integrity and over-all exceptional quality as a person.
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Posted by Sherene | April 5, 2016
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Outstanding lawyer!
Maria Peterson is thorough, conscientious,supportive, resourceful and knowledgeable. Her professionalism and understanding was beyond what I could ever hope for. She has helped me solved a personal injury claim in a timely efficient manner. I would not hesitate to recommend this outstanding attorney to anyone who needs legal advices and assistance.
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Posted by Daniel T | December 8, 2015
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Top criminal lawyer
Maria is a very good attorney who can be very help full . In my case for two different time I hire her and I was accused wrongly by my wife and her son two time she defend me properly . I won both cases . I highly recommend her if you need a lawyer .
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Excellent
Mrs. Patterson did a wonderful job in handling my case. I could not have asked for a better attorney. She was empathetic with my needs and did a superb job in court. She kept me informed throughout the pre trial process and was available to answer my questions immediately. She was so impressive in court that after my trial individuals sitting in the court room awaiting trial asked for her business card. I've worked with lawyers for over 20 years and I haven't met anyone as tenacious as Mrs. Patterson. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Kathryne | April 16, 2015
Exemplary Attorney
Maria Patterson's professionalism, competence, and knowledge as a Criminal Defense Attorney is exemplary. For each of my difficult cases, Ms. Patterson went above and beyond my expectations and took the time to explain to me the legal process. Maria Patterson demonstrated dedication, dilligence, and was well prepared for every court hearing. Ms. Patterson consistently kept in close contact and responded in a prompt and timely manner to questions I had regarding each of my cases. I was treated with great respect and felt as though I was her only client. Thorough, knowledgeable, organized and hard working are just a few of the many strong attributes that Maria Patterson demonstrates as a superior attorney. I would highly recommend Ms. Patterson for any and all legal needs.
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Posted by Aishah | April 9, 2015
great lawyer
I had no worries during the entire time of my case, not only did she handle everything and make sure to keep me in the light about every little detail, but she treated me with the upmost respect, If I ever need a lawyer again it would definitely be her.
Posted by Wayne | April 8, 2015
Fantastic service & professionalism
I never had any encounter with the law until my former spouse falsely accused me of domestic violence. Barely anybody seemed to listen or believe me. I felt so devastated, until I spoke to Maria Patterson. I explained the accusations to her and she listened with empathy. She was very understanding and never once made me feel like she wasn't interested or that this was just another case. She made me feel like this was just as important to her as it was to me. Every time I called for a question or to give her some information I had she was available and never made me wait for a call back. She was very intuitive to my legal needs and calmly communicated a strategic way forward. With time, the grossly exaggerated claims unraveled - just as Maria's proposed plan was in motion. In recognition of Maria's preparation, persistence and personality, the false claims were dropped and the case against me was dismissed!! I strongly recommend Maria Patterson and network of legal consultants.
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Posted by Laurie | December 15, 2014
Outstanding!
Maria represented my father in a stressful situation. Her guidance, counsel and empathy helped put us at ease. She kept us informed and promptly answered all of our questions. The attention she gave to detail and her manner in the courtroom were flawless. I would highly recommend Maria to anyone needing a good attorney.
Posted by Stephen | November 18, 2014
Amazing Experience
Maria Patterson is an amazing attorney who professionally managed my case from beginning to end resulting in a very fair settlement. I would highly recommend you consult Maria and her firm should you need legal representation in Maryland.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2014
Compassionate Lawyer
Ms. Patterson was very professional in her handling of my case. She is very knowledgeable of Maryland State law as it pertains to criminal law. I would recommend to anyone looking for a knowledgeable yet compassionate lawyer to seek Ms. Patterson's services.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
A big thank you!
Maria Patterson represented me in a criminal defense, domestic matter approximately two weeks ago. She not only approached my case with tact and professionalism, but she proved herself to be a subject matter expert as well. As most can understand, domestic matters are generally very touchy matters, and so to my surprise, I greatly appreciated her ability to understand the sensitivity of my situation as well as treat it as such. We thoroughly discussed my case, where she made certain that I was aware of all of my options as well as the potential effect each option. She was very flexible and open to my needs as a client; she was responsive, informative and approachable. I’m very grateful for her assisance with my case. She relieved me of my worries throughout the entire process and it was seamless, and more importantly the charges were dismissed! As such, I highly recommend her services – her client/customer service is unmatched!
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Posted by Mike | July 28, 2014
Thank You Maria
Maria Patterson represented me in Maryland approximately 1 year ago. Since that time I have moved to New York and have been forced to find another attorney. I quickly found out that Maria's level of expertise, professionalism, availability, and work ethic are a rarity. Maria was always available for any question, comment, or concern that I had. On several occasions she sat with me in person, and on the phone, and patiently and pleasantly elicited all the information she could about my situation that could possibly help my case. I never felt rushed or brushed off and was never passed off to a paralegal. Maria's presence in court was impressive, as was her ability to negotiate with another attorney. She is confident, she is smart, and she is tough. Most importantly Maria made a very difficult situation relatively painless whereas my present attorney, the best I could find in my area, is simply an additional stressor. I am very thankful to Maria for how she helped me and I highly recommend her services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Maria K. Patterson, Esquire
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Office of Law, Prince George's County
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law offices of Timothy S. Smith
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Meng & Urey
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Delaware
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Slip and Fall settlment
  • Settled for $255,000
  • Pedestrian hit and run
  • Maria Patterson located an insurance policy for the pedestrian who did not own a car. $100,000 Policy limits settlement
  • Donald Berry v. State Farm Insurance Company
  • $178,480.40 verdict for the Plaintiff, Donald Berry
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Associations

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer for Washington D.C.
  • Washington Post Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer
  • Car Accident Lawyer.Org
  • 2012
  • Top Washington Lawyers
  • Newsweek Magazine
  • 2012
  • ADR Facilitator
  • District Court of Marylad
  • 2005
  • Building trial skills
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegals and Soft Tissue Injury
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (15)
Endorse Maria
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel on several civil rights cases Maria handled when she was with the Office of Law. I always found her to be well prepared and easily able to handle complex issues. I now know Maria to be an excellent personal injury and criminal lawyer and always enjoy the opportunity to discuss strategy with her, particularly in criminal case. I endorse Maria and her firm."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Maria for many years as a colleague and friend and she is top notch and a very good trial lawyer"
Litigation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Maria Patterson in the past and she is a very thorough and effictive litigator, both in criminal and civil matters, as well as representing both civil plaintiffs and defendants."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Maria is a talented and competent lawyer. While working with Maria, I consulted her on many cases and found that she has a great legal mind and a good demeanor for trial practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria is an outstanding trial lawyer with a vast array of experience in both criminal and civil matters."
Domestic violence Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Patterson is an experienced trial attorney and an effective advocate, who understands the complex issues in protective order and peace order proceedings. I highly recommend her."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maria is an excellent trial lawyer with a wealth of experience. She is fabulous in a courtroom and juries love her. She is a straight shooter and can always be taken at her word."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had numerous cases against Ms. Patterson in the past. She is a well prepared, experienced, and highly effective litigator. I would recommend her without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Patterson for approximately 10 years. She is an experienced, thorough and respected trial attorney. I highly recommend her."
Insurance Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Maria Patterson for 8 years. I find her to be hard working, ethical, diligent and a very good trial attorney."
Insurance Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Annapolis Personal injury Lawyer Maria Katherine Patterson
Maria Katherine Patterson
Personal injury Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 26 years