Legal Services in Maryland :Some people view the practice of law as a business. I became a lawyer to provide the best legal assistance for folks who too often can not find the help they need.In Maryland, if you've been arrested or if you've been injured on the road or at work, you have important legal rights and I have the knowledge, the experience, and the creativity to help you.I have represented my clients whether they come from any part of the State. My clients have come from Laurel, College Park, and all over Prince George's County; from Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Rockville, and almost everywhere in Montgomery County; and from places in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, like Columbia, Ellicott City, Annapolis, and Glen Burnie.I am a lifelong resident of Maryland, where I've been practicing law for over 25 years. Matt Lavine's Guarantees:While the Rules prohibit making promises about a specific result or declaring their superiority, I can guarantee my clients that: * I will keep you informed about your case. * I will diligently examine every option. * I will pursue every legal and rational option to help you. * I will give you my advice based on my independent judgment. * I will give you options based on creative strategies.When you have a legal problem, a delayed response can only reduce your opportunity for success. Email me, call me, but do not wait. My consultation is free. Contact me without delay. Being a lawyer is who I am. I did not enter the profession as a way to make money or start a business. For me, the practice of law was an idea, a way to serve those whose circumstances required legal assistance.It is not surprising that this view may seem a bit outdated. My ideas were shaped by my parents, both of whom were lawyers. Their stories were never about the richest lawyers but about those who worked, with no regard for fame or fortune, to achieve the best results for the unpopular or the powerless. Whether challenging the establishment or disregarding the popular, these lawyers added, albeit in tiny increments, to the American legal system in ways that, on balance, far outweighed the contributions of the large law firms.I have thus tried to meet the standard of the old counselor-at-law. I use my skills to advance my clients' immediate goals and I use my experience to help them consider the long term. I graduated in 1977 from High Point High School in Prince George's County, Maryland. Following my sophomore year, I was selected as the lone high school student on a panel of teachers and administrators seeking to infuse law-related curriculum into the Price George's County Public Schools. The program led me to invent a board game to teach the criminal justice system to kids. In 1976, the U.S. Patent Office awarded me a patent.At The Johns Hopkins University, I studied political philosophy and history. After earning my B.A. in 1981, I went to Duke University, where, after my first year in the Law School, I helped to create an interdisciplinary program for the study of U.S. Constituional Law and History. In 1985, I achieved both a J.D. from Duke University's Law School and an M.A. from its Graduate School.After graduation, I served as as a judicial clerk for the Hon. John J. Garrity of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. I then worked both for the Maryland Public Defender and for a small firm in suburban Washington, D.C. My weeks were often a bit odd: one day I'd be defending indigents accused of crimes and the next I'd represent developers in multi-million dollar commercial real estate disputes.Choosing to control my practice, I opened my own office in 1988. Over the years, I've taken hundreds of drunk driving and drug cases to trial. I've represented hundreds of victims of accidents on the road and in the workplace and settled wrongful death claims. I've won a verdict of $500,000 on a commercial dispute in federal court and had a university's security system and a school district's discipinary system declared unconstitutional. I also won at trial and on appeal a precedent-setting case in the area of wrongful termination.