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Firm Overview

Our firm is a bit like a country doctor - we offer personal service without boutique firm prices. In order to serve our clients, we have several full time paralegals on staff so if I am in court or with another client, there will be someone here to speak with you right away and be aware of the status of your case.

I started out as a solo practitioner after I got my degree, but my wife never got to spend time with me, so she became a paralegal and now assists me every step of the way!

Example cases

We just negotiated a settlement for an elderly woman whose car was "creamed" while she was stopped at a light. Although the client did not want to go to the trouble of a trial and had let that fact become know to the insurance company, we were still able to reach a settlement of $100,000.

Another case was going to be extremely problematic at trial. The client had not immediately gone to the doctor, was sporadic in her treatment, and had been less than forthcoming on her tax reports, although she was attempting to get lost wages at the rate of over $100,000 per year (combination would be a believability problem at trail). We were still able to get a $50,000 settlement for her by not going to trial and negotiating.

In general, we do represent a significant number of "not great" cases. (GREAT CASES are ones where the client has suffered tragically, such as the loss of limb or both eyes or even a loved one.) However, to a client that has had a "SMALL" case, but is behind on bills because he or she could not work, has had some pain and suffering, it is important to have a firm that will diligently work that case for them.

Main Office

Main
1036 Saint Nicholas Dr.
Suite 201
Waldorf  MD  20603-4757

Phone
  • (301) 638-1280
Fax
  • (301) 705-8968

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All of our Personal Injury cases are contingency based - if we do not achieve a settlement, there is no fee.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evenings and Saturday by appointment.

Office Manager

Linda.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Personal Injury allows me to help clients who often have no one to represent their best interests (and because of the emotional nature of such cases, rarely can determine the realistic value of their case)!

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We like our clients to be informed, but when they come to me for expertise, we expect them to acknowledge our experience and listen to our recommendations. Also, the law is not the same in every state, so clients need to realize that something that happened in one situation may not apply to their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Willing to review, but sometimes it's easier to start from scratch and tailor the paperwork to fit our approach to the case.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We don't recommend that clients represent themselves in Personal Injury cases.

Carroll Drake

I was a fighter RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), flying F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats, but retired from the Navy in 1991, then bought a real estate company but went back and became a weapons specialist contractor for the Navy and Air Force. I decided to go to law school, graduated with honors and then clerked for a Baltimore Circuit Court judge, then established my own practice.

In the Navy I learned a lot of management skills, and came to understand different cultures, and how important is it to respect those differences. The fact that I had another career before becoming a lawyer makes me a better advocate.

My strength is organizing all the great people who work with me. I am also a very strong negotiator.

Personal interests:

Playing bridge and taking cruises.

License
  • Bar Number:
    Maryland , 2001
Education
  • University of Baltimore
    Juris Doctor , 2001
    Baltimore, MD
  • University of Baltimore
    Masters in Business Administration , 2000
    Baltimore, MD
  • US Naval Academy
    Bachelor of Science , 1971
    Annapolis, MD

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