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Michael P Darrow

Construction and development Attorney at Annapolis, MD

5.0   45 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 38 years
    Maryland - MD 46 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

I have lived in Maryland my entire adult life. I know the Courts, both State and Federal in this area. Additionally, having practiced in the same Capital city for 31 years I have come to know my fellow attorneys and can work well with the vast majority of them.

 

Interestingly, I was recently requested to be in a Movie being filmed in Flint Michigan about Carence Darrow and the Scopes Monkey trial. I was requested to be a "reporter" in the Courtroom and sit behind Brian Dennehey (Clarence Darrow). The producers thought having a REAL Darrow would add interest to the whole filming process. The experiance was wonderful.

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State Capital's Court is 100 paces away from our offices

Location

Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A.
221 Duke Of Gloucester Street
PO Box 668
Annapolis, MD, 21404-0668
Michael P Darrow
221 Duke Of Gloucester St
Annapolis, MD, 21401-2506
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Posted by Amy | January 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want to win, hire him!
Where do I start? We were lucky to be referred to Mr. Darrow when we thought our case had little hope of being favorably resolved. Being from out of state (Illinois), we were worried that our case would be taken with a grain of salt. Not Mr. Darrow. He was detailed, fierce, intense and honest with us from the beginning. When we finally were able to meet with him in person, he was courteous, respectful and really good at breaking things down into Lamen's Terms for us. I sat in the courtroom watching him fight for us and was speechless. I can't say enough amazing things about this man and his ability to fight for the "little guy". Thank you so much Mr. Darrow for helping us win an EXTREMELY challenging case. It was an honor to have him work for us and we are so eternally grateful to be able to sleep at night. MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE HIM!! He is the type of litigator who will fight till the end and find justice for all!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Dead beat tenant
Mike is the best. I've been going round and round with a tenant that refused to pay back rent-- problem solved, quickly and affordably.
Posted by Brenda | July 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Darrow
I hired Mr. Darrow on a reference from a friend to rep me in a business matter (construction and contracts), which he did a wonderful job!! He believes in keeping attorney costs down and was wonderful to work with. I then hired him to rep me in a personal matter from an out of state case which he still continues to rep me with this issue and honestly I must say he and his firm are wonderful to work with. I am extremely pleased with their services!!! I will continue to use his services on all business matters and personal matters!!! He keeps my mind at ease!!!! I have recommended him to all my sub contractors and hope they use his service. Thank you Mr. Darrow!!!! I appreciate all you have done for me!!!
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Posted by Brad | July 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Advisor
Michael Darrow has helped me resolve disputes multiple times over a couple of decades. As a contractor, there always seem to be issues just by the nature of the business. He is efficient with his time, and always get results. He has even advised me to let things go and move on if it will cost more than it's worth. I highly recommend Mike and his firm.
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Posted by Travis | July 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful business advice
I recently hired Michael Darrow for advice about reorganizing my small business. During our meeting he thoroughly addressed all my questions and tried to make the most of our time by focusing on the most relevant issues. He came across as professional and knowledgeable. Having known him for many years as a customer of my business, I would confidently recommend him to anyone seeking an outstanding lawyer.
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Posted by Christopher | July 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar experience
I unfortunately was sold a car that the dealership still to this day, cannot produce the title for. What makes matters worse is the fact that it was purchased out of state... After a few months of fighting it on my own with little no headway, I was pointed in Mr. Darrow's direction by a trusted business owner - after contacting him, he gave me a rundown on the potential problems we may face, pros/cons of our specific case etc etc. Long story short is, for such a highly regarded, experienced lawyer, he certainly retained his personable people skills that make the lawyer process significantly less intimidating. Any and every move he makes in regards to the case is calculated, precise and skillful. Actually pretty impressive to watch him work. I have no interest/desire to become familiar with litigation/law - but I am happy to have linked up with someone who keeps me involved, aware and confident while handling the chess match behind the scenes. Again, while i'm not very experienced in this realm of life - I have heard absolute horror stories about attorneys which made me hesitant to employ one. Lets just say i'm happy to have landed one on the total opposite side of the spectrum.
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Posted by Adrienne | July 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great advice and legal help from day one!
I started doing collections for my company and we were in a rut. I found Mr. Darrow and left a message at his office. He immediately called me back even though he was out of town; thoroughly explained his process, and how he could help our company. It has been about 5 months and we are extremely happy with everything he has done for us. I look forward to continuing our work with him in the future as well.
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Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Mr.Darrow and his staff are at the top of their profession. My case is ongoing with a local Government and their alledged gross practices towards Maryland State Statue for the correct personnel having the credentials to protect our drinking water. Mr. Darrow is very transparent and takes you and your case to heart. If he feels that you don't have a case he'll inform you of such! He has a passion for law and works 24/7 on your case!
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Michael was very helpful and thorough with my case. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for a reply and it was settled and handled very professionally. I would recommend him to anyone, in a heartbeat.
Posted by Bonnie | May 10, 2013
None Better!
Michael P Darrow is one of the best lawyers and human beings I have ever known. He walked us through a difficult situation and achieved the best possible outcome under extremely difficult circumstances in our case. His sharp mind and extensive knowledge of the law is only exceeded by his unwavering determination and commitment to his client's best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2009
There is no one better
I have worked with Mike Darrow on and off for approximately 10 years now on several different matters. I have used him for real estate transactions; real estate contract law; business contract matters; and general defense. I have used him when I was the plaintiff and when I was the defendant. There is no one better. He is honest. He is just. There is no nonsense. He is a bull-dog. If you are going up against him, you better start thinking about settlement terms. Yet he values us as clients. He understands the total financial impact of litigation and tries to minimize costs where effective. His process is effective and he is quick to respond. I have referred three people to Mr. Darrow and I know all three are just has happy, if not more. Don't bother looking for another attorney, just don't hog all his time as we need him too.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2009
Excellent attorney
I have worked w/ Mike for many years on many different issues, but personal and professional. He is honest, and values my wallet and trys to help me keep full. His knowledge and no nonsense attitude has serve me well in victories he's acheived representing me. I could only suggest that any client that he has time to represent is in the best hands possible. In fact, Mr. Darrow's entire firm is made up of outstanding attorneys and if Mr. Darrow is unavaiable, any of their associates would be a good choise.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2009
Client Review
Mr. Darrow is a common sense lawyer who's integrety proceeds him. His guidence throughout our case was concise and always well researched. He agressively pursued our cause and quickly and efficiently helped to bring our case to positive end. Mr. Darrow would be the first attorney I would suggest to any friend for help in any legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2009
30 years of excellence
We have been very satisfied with Mike Darrow's success in representing us over many years. Our relationship began prior to his current practice when he performed mainly debt collection work for us, and it continues to this day. We have never thought of looking elsewhere.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2009
Knowledge, Integrity, Service, and Commitment
During my 37 years doing business across the United States and abroad, I have dealt with large law firms, mid-sized, and sole practitioners for personal and business matters. From numerous and varied experiences, I feel totally confident in stating that Michael Darrow is one of the most outstanding lawyers I have met. His knowledge, integrity and service are without match. I have used his services in a wide variety of business and real estate matters and have found that his advice and guidance is always well researched and concise, allowing me to make better decisions and avoid many business pitfalls, which has saved me time and money. In the 10 plus years I have been doing business with him, his fees have always been reasonable and more importantly, a great value. Without question, Michael Darrow has proven to be the best of the best and will remain my first choice in all matters that require an attorney. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2009
Client Review
I have been extremely pleased with Michael's handling of our case to date. He has quickly and efficiently reviewed the matter at hand, affirmed our position and aggressively pursued all means available to attempt a speedy resolve to our case. I am confident that with Michael on-board, we will finally get paid for a lot of hard work our customer directed us to do but now doesn't want to pay for.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2009
Excellent Attorney
I believe he is one of the best attorneys in Annapolis he has helped me and my family with real-estate matters, medical issues partnershipsetc. I have known him over thirty years and consider him the best possibble choice for someone in need. Mary E. Russell
Posted by connie cadwell | January 20, 2009
Experienced, Integrity,Respected,Trusted
I can recommend with complete confidence, Michael Darrow. I have personally worked with Michael in a real estate transaction. Mr. Darrows responsiveness is beyond the call of service. He responds immediately by email and his excellant staff with copies in mail. Michael is extremely professional and respected in the Annapolis Community. His reputation in the community speaks for itself. He is the best when you desire a trusted and experience Attorney in Maryland!
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2009
A great business resource and partner!
Mr. Darrow has been working with our organization for over 20 years. He has done an exceptional job in regards contracts mgnt, posting of liens and other additional legal matters pertaining to our industry.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2009
Trusted Attorney
I have persoanlly worked with Mike Darrow for 10 years plus. He was my corporate attorney for my previous business and handled all of our claims and liability cases. I can only say that he instilled a level of professionalism and success in everything he did for us. Additionally, he is my corporate attorney for my new business along with handling all of my personal needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Hillman, Brown & Darrow, PA
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • Certification in Mediation
  • 2009
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Creighton University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973
  • University of Texas
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State Wide Septic and Backhoe v Covington
  • Successfully reversed Circuit Ct
  • Gilbane Building Co v. Architectural Systems
  • Reversed Lower court ruling
  • Secretary of Labor v. Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc
  • Successfully vacated Secretary of Labor Ruling

Associations

  • Reliable Contracting Co., Inc
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • J. F. Johnson Lumber Co
  • Board Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2009
  • St Joseph's University
  • Advisory Council
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Archbishop Spalding High School
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2003 - 2006
  • St Mary High School
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1986 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Readers Choice Best Attorney
  • Capital Newspaper
  • 2011
  • Construction Industry Top Lawyer
  • 2010 Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer Award
  • What's Up? Annapolis Magazine
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
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Publications

  • University of Baltimore Law Review
  • RESPA--Issues
  • 1976

Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Industry Issues
  • Construction Disputes and how to Deal with Them
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse Michael
Business Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Michael Darrow without reservation. His knowledge of the law, integity and commitment to his clients is exceptional and worthy of notation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Darrow is a first rate attorney who relies upon a wealth of experience and common sense to consistently achieve superior results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike Darrow is a fearsome and highly respected trial attorney. His cousin Clarence Darrow would be proud of him."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an excellent litigator who cares about getting good results for his clients. He knows the law, is always well prepared and always places his clients' interests first."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. One of the most thorough and Knowledgeable lawyers in construction law. Phenomenal results for clients. Referrals to him from attormneys throughout the state."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael Darrow is an intelligent, honest, and hard working litigator. His 30 plus years of experience in the courtroom gives his client's an incredible advantage. If you want a pit bull on your side, you want Michael Darrow as your attorney."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Among the legal community, Michael Darrow is known as an incredibly aggressive and competent trial attorney. In addition to general litigation, he has earned a well deserved reputation as the "go to" for complex construction and contract litigation. Whether your matter is big or small, complex or simple, Mr. Darrow's experience and dedication to his clients can't be beat."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike Darrow is an excellent trial lawyer. He has the experience, intellect and examination skills to win cases at trial."
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Lawsuits and disputes
Litigation
Debt and lending agreements

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