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Philip J Santa Maria

Car accident Attorney at Frederick, MD

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Philip J SantaMaria

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 54 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 48 years
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1970
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Philip

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Hi, I’m Maryland accident and injury lawyer Phil Santa Maria. Allow me to introduce myself by telling you 10 Things about my background and interests.

 

I have been a lawyer for more than 30 years.  I

 

Who’s Who in American Law is a prestigious publication that recognizes excellence in the law. It currently recognizes about 2 1/2% of American lawyers. I am proud that I have been listed in their book for more than 30 years.

 

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has a peer rating system where lawyers and judges rate each other based on legal skill and ethics. The highest possible rating is called “AV,” and I am told that only about 8% of the lawyers in the United States achieve this rating. I’m proud that I have been one of them for more than 30 years.

 

I am a lifetime member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization whose members have handled million dollar cases. Less than 1% of American lawyers are members.

 

These are a few more personal things . . .

 

II am married. My wife, Kathie, is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. Between us, we have 4 adult children.

 

I am a fitness person. That is, I have a special interest in health and fitness. I’m a Certified Fitness Instructor.

 

I’m a sports fan. I’ve played and watched sports for as long as I can remember.

 

I love to travel. I think my all-time favorite vacation was to Bora-Bora. 

 

I love to make photographs, especially when we travel. I’ve won some awards for my photos and I’ve had a public exhibition which was a thrill. Recently, I created a website to display some of my photographs.

 

I enjoy volunteer and charitable work. I volunteer legal services to those who can’t afford to pay for it.  I participated in a program called “Lawyers Who Care” and became qualified to represent 9/11 victim’s families.  I’ve coached a lot of youth sports, especially basketball.  I created and ran a youth ski club.  I have volunteered at soup kitchens for many years. I have been a Meals on Wheels driver for more than 20 years.  Another favorite thing Kathie and I did was an AIDS Ride several years ago where we rode our bicycles from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C., about 350 miles in 4 days. I have done volunteer community mediation.

 

I’m interested in government and politics.

 

I love humor. I like to go to comedy clubs and to movie comedies. I like to hear jokes and to tell them.

 

I am a blogger.

 

I still love being a lawyer. After all the cases I’ve handled, there’s still nothing I enjoy more than helping a good client with a good case.

 

Yes, I know that’s more than 10 Things. At Santa Maria Law Center, we try to always give you more than we promise.

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Location

Santa Maria Law Center
8345 Layton Court
Frederick, MD, 21704-8034

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence!
Mr. Santa Maria took an entire world off of my shoulders. After struggling with an at fault insurance company while recovering physically, financially, and mentally, he took all of my worries away. He kept my best interest in mind and fought for what was best for me. I couldn't imagine going through all of this without him. He kept me updated, was always available for me and at my most convenience. He offered options and explained in depth potential outcomes to all options. The knowledge and expirence Phil has is incredible and emotionally life saving for myself in my situation. He is someone I trust and highly respect, his loyalty is one in a million. I enjoyed working with Mr. Santa Maria professionally as a client not only for the remarkable job he did with my case, but he was also very welcoming. A friendly face, comfortable atmosphere, with an inviting personality. Though my case is complete, I will forever be grateful for the work he has done for me.
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Posted by Deborah | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Great Attorney
In 2015, I was injured in an auto accident in the state of Maryland. When I contacted Mr. Santa Maria, I wasn’t sure whether or not if he could handle my case since I wasn’t a resident of Maryland. Mr. Santa Maria did handle my case. Mr. Santa Maria and I communicated weekly about my condition and my treatments. He worked around my schedule, and he kept me inform about my case. Due to Mr. Santa Maria professionalism, I would recommend Mr. Santa Maria to my family, and my friends. I am glad I selected Mr. Santa Maria as my lawyer.
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Posted by Jason | December 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Mr. Santa Maria is very knowledgeable of the law and took the time to explain every detail we needed to know about our case. He was direct and began working with us immediately making progress. I know he went out of his way to make us feel more at ease about our circumstances and to make things easier for us to deal with. Very happy to have chosen him out of the several others we met with.
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Posted by Demetry | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Before i met Mr. Santa Maria i contacted several lawyers who didn't want to touch my case. They all turned me away. I found Mr. Santa Maria and he was not only willing to accept my case but was out diligently the next day working on my case, at the place where my injury took place. He is always available to respond to all calls and emails in a timely manor...and was very concerned for me as a person not just a client. He is a 5 star lawyer and person to me...i highly recommend Mr. Phil Santa Maria.
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Posted by Phyzell | June 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Philip J Santa Maria - A CUT ABOVE THE REST
I was involved in a slip and fall accident a couple of years ago and severely injured my ankle. I reached out to other lawyers for assistance, but was told that they could not take my case, because slip and fall cases never win. I posted a question on a web forum for lawyers and Phil called me back to discuss the merits of my accident and shortly thereafter, he told me that he would take my case. He told me that slip and fall cases were tricky, but he felt that my case was a good one. He was honest that we had an uphill battle, but he kept me informed at every action that he took and explained them along the way. He did not sugarcoat anything. I underwent two surgeries and I was off from work for several months and he was there to help guide me not only as my attorney, but as a human being who cared for a good outcome for me. His vast knowledge in the law and just everyday scenarios served me well and Phil was able to negotiate a settlement that far surpassed anything that I had expected, especially since this was a slip and fall case. Phil Santa Maria is an excellent attorney that provides personal attention. I highly recommend his services!
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Posted by Sassan | October 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
With all respect
Mr. Santa Maria is not only an excellent attorney, he is a good human being. It has been my pleasure to get to know him as my attorney over 20 years ago. And now as a friend and advisor....
Posted by Nathan | October 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extreemly helpful and knowelable.
Phil really explains things so they are easy to under stand. Also, his vast experience makes him able to answer any questions that I had. He is a very professional lawyer who was able to recover more money on my case than I expected.
Posted by Larry | October 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
I had an auto accident a few years ago and was out of work for many weeks. I called Phil and he was able to negotiate with the insurance company for a very fair settlement. Great attorney to work with.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Santa Maria Law Center, Chartered
  • 1991 - Present

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Thorne v. Contee
  • The Court of Special Appeals ruled in our favor and allowed my client to recover punitive damages.

Associations

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyers Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Legal Leaders
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Lifetime Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2005
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1983
  • Honoree
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 1983
  • Honoree
  • Outstanding Young Men In America
  • 1972
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Biggest Jury Verdict of the Year
  • 1988

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Phil wholeheartedly. I have known Phil for many, many years and he is, without a doubt, one of the best personal injury lawyers in Maryland. His reputation is excellent both in and outside the legal community and he has a long and well documented history as a winner in his field. I certainly would not hesitate to hire him as my own attorney were I to be involved in any kind of injury case."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Santa Maria is a person of great integrity and ability. I have known him for decades and fully endorse his candidacy."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Phil Santa Maria to be a client-centered lawyer with extensive experience handling car accident claims and litigation. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is not only an outstanding lawyer, but is also a truly caring and compassionate individual. He works extremely hard to protect the rights of his clients. His success in favorably resolving personal injury claims over the last 45 years proves him to be one of the finest attorneys in Maryland."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is a highly skilled attorney with excellent communication skills who always puts the interest of his client first."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil Santa Maria for over 18 years, and I have recommended him to many people who needed help with car accident cases and personal injury matters. I have found Phil to be personable, caring, easy to reach on the telephone, and very knowledgeable about a lot of things. I have only had good reports from people I have referred to him. If I had a problem, I would want Phil Santa Maria on my team!"
Car accident Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is a caring attorney who provides his clients with the highest level of representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Phil is an outstanding trial attorney with a wonderful personality connecting with juries.wonderful human being!! rp"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Phil for 25 years. I have found him to be intelligent, competent and both zealous and compassionate in his advocacy for, and representation of, clients. I recommend Phil without reservation or hesitation. Henry Clarke"
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Frederick Car accident Lawyer Philip J Santa Maria
Philip J Santa Maria
Car accident Attorney
Frederick, MD
Licensed for 54 years
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