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Matthew is originally from South Carolina.  After graduation from college, he worked with the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs Program traveling the country raising money for drug and alcohol awareness programs.  Matthew moved from Las Vegas to Maryland in 2001 to attend the University of Maryland School of Law.  While in law school, Matthew clerked at the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County and in June 2003 joined Bagley & Rhody, P.C. as a law clerk.  Upon admission to the bar in December 2004, Matthew became an associate with Bagley & Rhody, P.C.

Matthew's practice focuses on estate planning, probate, and estate and trust litigation.  Matthew heads the firm's probate practice.  He has appeared in litigation before the Orphans' Court, District Court and Circuit Court throughout the State of Maryland in matters such as Will contests, trustee/personal representative removal actions, inter vivos actions such as deed nullification, accounting actions and breach of fiduciary duty matters.  Matthew has also appeared before the Court of Special Appeals. 


Practice areas


  1. Probate: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Trusts: 10%
  4. Estate Planning: 10%

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Bagley & Rhody, P.C.

2661 Riva Road, Suite 1001
Annapolis, MD, 21401-8428


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Maryland RIsing StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Maryland Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Maryland Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire, Wills, Trusts & Estates SubcommitteeMember2011 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Advocate - Young Lawyers Section MSBAEstate Planning in the Face of Changing Estate Tax Laws2011
Maryland State Bar AssociationContesting and Defending Wills, Revocable Trusts & InterVivos Transfers2011
Judicial Institute of MarylandWill Contests: Legal Bases for Challenges to the Validity of a Decedent's Will/Codicil2011
Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)Contesting and Defending Wills, Revocable Trusts and Inter Vivos Transfers2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of South CarolinaPolitical Science/Religious StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1997