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We believe that our workers' compensation clients are best served through zealous advocacy tempered by honest communication. Since 1982, Matt Paavola and his associates have built an active workers' compensation practice by observing this philosophy.


"Working for the Injured Worker."

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2113 Orems Road
Baltimore  MD  21220

Phone
  • 410.574.8000
Fax
  • 888.572.9008

Matt M. Paavola

Matt Paavola was born and raised in a working class neighborhood in East Baltimore. Coming from a blue collar family, he has a deep-rooted affection for labor rights.


Matt Paavola was born and raised in a working class neighborhood in East Baltimore. Coming from a blue collar family, he has a deep-rooted affection for labor rights. Matt now resides in Baltimore County with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters, Jordan, Kirsti, and Kati. They are active with Grace Fellowship Church of Timonium.


A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Matt began the practice of law in the Essex area in 1982. He founded his own firm in 1986. Now known as Workers Comp Law Firm, LLC, the firm concentrates in Workers' Compensation law and other personal injury law. Business law, estate law, criminal law and civil litigation are also a big part of the firm. Mr. Paavola has tried cases at virtually every level, from Maryland's various courts of original jurisdiction to the highest appellate courts. He has also been involved in a great deal of federal litigation. Mr. Paavola's greatest source of pride is his trial skills in Workers' Compensation Law. He has tried well over 1000 Workers' Compensation cases and appeals.


Matt is a member in good standing of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. The thrust of his focus has been Workers' Compensation legislation that improves the status of the injured worker. He was nominated and elected to the Board of Governors in 2000. Mr. Paavola is also busy on the Board of Kids' Chance, an organization founded to help provide scholarship money for the children of seriously injured workers. He co-hosted the Lawyer's Show for over 5 years which aired on WJFK Radio every Saturday morning.


Mr. Paavola is also very active in charitable groups. He has served at the Helping Up Mission as a coordinator and volunteer with the Legal Aid Ministry of Baltimore for almost twenty years. This is a not-for-profit organization that furnishes pro bono assistance to the indigent. He has served as State Membership Director of the Greater Baltimore Christian Legal Society for over two decades. That effort has led to the creation of a law student mentoring program connecting students with local members of the Christian Legal Society. His volunteer efforts have also led Mr. Paavola to work with the Essex/Middle River/White Marsh Chamber of Commerce and Sta-Put Educational Committee. This committee was instrumental in establishing a resident mediation program to facilitate community stability in impoverished areas of eastern Baltimore County. He is also active on the Baltimore County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. Mr. Paavola has twice chaired the Public Awareness Committee for the Baltimore County Bar Association.


Memberships and Associations:



  • Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association

  • Director, Greater Baltimore Christian Legal Society

  • Co-Director of Legal Aid Ministry of Baltimore (L.A.M.B.)

  • Essex - Middle River - White Marsh Chamber of Commerce

  • Baltimore County Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association

  • Board of Directors of Kids Chance Inc. (Scholarships for children of injured workers)

  • Member, MTLA Workers' Comp Legislative Subcommittee

  • Formerly a Legal Commentator on WJFK Radio since 1998


Awards and Recognitions:



  • Defenders of Justice Award In Grateful Appreciation of Matt's Work In Preserving The Civil Rights of Maryland Citizens During the 2005 Maryland Legislative Session for the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Induction into the Honor Guard Award bestowed upon Matt M. Paavola for faithful Pro Bono Service and Kingdom Lawyering by the Alliance Defense Fund, September 12, 2006.

  • Essex - Middle River - White Marsh Chamber of Commerce Special Recognition Award presented to Matt M. Paavola for his dedication and service to the community, 2005.

  • The Maryland Bar Foundation's Election as a Fellow for demonstrating outstanding dedication to the community, the administration of justice and the traditions of the profession of law.

License
  • Bar Number: License to practice
    Maryland , 1982
Education
  • Towson University
    B.A. , 1975
    Towson, MD
  • University of Maryland School of Law
    J.D. , 1979
    Baltimore, MD
  • St. Mary's Seminary
    M.A. , 1980
    Baltimore, MD

Kevin Lawrence

Kevin C. Lawrence joined Workers' Comp Law Firm, LLC in 2009 after earning his B.A. in Pre-law from Pensacola Christian College in 2003, and his J.D. from Regent University School of Law in 2008.  While at Regent, Kevin participated in Making the Commitment, a state-wide program in Virginia in which students complete at least 35 hours of volunteer service each year.  He also participated in Making the Commitment by serving at the Friends of the Norfolk Juvenile Court, a volunteer action group that helps children and families who have come to the attention of the court system.  Kevin also interned at the Calvert County State's Attorney's Office, and the Chesapeake Public Defender's Office. While at the Chesapeake Public Defender's Office, he obtained his Virginia 3rd Year Practice Certificate and was able to represent three clients.  Kevin concentrates his practice in personal injury, automobile negligence, and slip and fall cases.  He also represents injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Commission, circuit courts, and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Education
  • Pensacola Christian College
    B.A. , 2003
    Pensacola, FL
  • Regent University School of Law
    J.D. , 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA

David Snyder

David M. Snyder received his B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Theater from the Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and his J.D.


David M. Snyder received his B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Theater from the Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining Workers' Comp Law Firm, LLC as an attorney in December of 2011, Dave served as a law clerk at the firm. While in law school, Dave also interned for the Honorable Lynne Battaglia, on the Court of Appeals of Maryland; worked as a law clerk for the United State's Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia; and worked as a Rule 16 student attorney at the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office during his final semester. He also served as the Manuscripts Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Forum and the treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. Dave concentrates his practice in workers' compensation. He represents injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Commission and in the circuit courts.

Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
    B.A. , 2008
    Baltimore, MD
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    J.D. , 2011
    Baltimore, MD

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