Maria Patterson Bowie Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyer

The art of persuasion is critical to practicing law and a trial lawyer must persuade a judge, jury or claim representative to see their client's point of view.

Maria Patterson, Trial Lawyer

As a child, I watched LA law and wanted to be a lawyer. I loved the excitement of trial work and the thrill of fighting for people that needed help and had been ‘wronged’ in some way. With this inspiration, I started trying car accident cases. I tried these cases on behalf of many of the largest insurance companies. As a result of my success, these insurance companies entrusted me with bigger and bigger cases to try. With time, I realized that the lawyer who I hoped to become was being stifled. I did not feel that my job for the insurance companies was to help people but, rather, was to minimize or attack their injury claims. I often tried cases against plaintiffs’ lawyers that lacked my trial experience and I was able to obtain great results that deep down I knew were unfair. Looking for more, I stopped working for insurance companies and became an attorney for Prince George’s County. Again, I was defending the County for injury claims made against the police and other County employees. I was frustrated. In 2012, I opened the Law Offices of Maria K. Patterson and began helping those who were injured. Finally, I was fighting for people and not governments or corporations. My very first jury trial as a plaintiff’s lawyer was against an insurance company that I had previously worked for. I knew their game plan and it was my job to stop them. I obtained a verdict over the policy limits for a client who was not credited by his insurance company. That thrill has stayed with me and is why I feel like I have become the lawyer that I always wanted to be as a child.

My Experience

Over 23 years of trial experience

Truck accident cases are not “large car accident cases”.  The rules of the road are different for commercial truck drivers.  The preparation that is required of truck drivers and their companies to protect the public before the truck begins a trip is not present in car accident cases.  The insurance coverage, endorsements and exclusions are different for commercial trucks.  The insurance companies are usually different, set different reserves, often coordinate multiple levels of coverage and frequently protect multiple insureds.   These are some of the reasons why most insurance companies relegate truck accidents to insurance adjusters that just handle commercial truck cases.   Maria Patterson has 23 years of trial experience where she has handled commercial motor vehicle cases as a defense lawyer and as a plaintiff’s lawyer. Maria Patterson has been designated as a Top 100 High Stakes Litigator by America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2014 and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers since 2014. She is a 1997 graduate of the Catholic University School of Law with 23 years of trial experience. Early in her career, at Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher in Upper Marlboro, Maryland she honed her skills as a trial attorney. Thereafter, Maria Patterson worked as a trial attorney for State Farm Insurance Company at the Law Offices of Timothy S. Smith in Greenbelt, Maryland. Before starting in private practice, Maria Patterson worked as an Associate County Attorney for Prince George's County in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, handling numerous high-profile jury trial cases. These cases frequently involved allegations of police misconduct and abuse. Some of these cases were chronicled in the Washington Post and other national media outlets. She has tried over 100 jury trials and has cross examined hundreds of witnesses. Her extensive trial experience in adversarial cases makes her extremely effective at handling truck accident cases. Her success as a trial attorney while at State Farm Insurance Company earned Maria Patterson the designation as a Top 1% Car Accident Attorney. She has exclusively represented plaintiffs since 2012.  Maria Patterson has received multiple client’s choice awards in the legal field.  These honors reflect the value of having a trial lawyer with years of experience representing insurance companies as well as plaintiffs as your guide.

"The most rewarding practice of law is making a judge, jury or claim representative see my clients’ cases for the reason I was hired to represent them."

Maria Patterson

Attorney, Patterson Law

Honors and Awards

  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
  • Superb Rated Attorney 10.0 by Avvo.
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2015 Women Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers for Civil Plaintiff law in Maryland.  , Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • 2016 Global Directory of Who's Who, Who's Who (Top Lawyer), 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers for Civil Plaintiff law in Maryland.  , Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • "10 Best Attorneys" for the State of Maryland by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.  2014
  • 10 Best Attorneys for the State of Maryland by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA), 2014


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia

University of Delaware

  • B.A.
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Minor: Psychology

Our Successes

Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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If you are looking for an experienced trial attorney that knows truck accident law, please contact the law office of Patterson for a free consultation at 301-888-4878.

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