Hi, I’m Phil Santa Maria. Allow me to introduce myself by telling you 15 Things about my background and interests.

    Accident and Injury Lawyer Phil Santa Maria

  1. I have been a lawyer for more than 30 years. If I had not chosen this career, I don’t know what I would have done. Unless, of course, I could have made it in the NBA as a 5’11” point guard.
  2. I am married. My wife, Kathie, is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. We have 4 adult children.
  3. I graduated in the top 10% of my law school class and was a member of the Editorial Board of our Law Review. I have earned the right to practice before the highest courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia and California. I’ve also been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. I’m even admitted to practice before the Court of Military Appeals.

  4. During my career, I have handled thousands of Maryland injury law claims. I’ve handled million dollar Maryland injury law cases and small cases where the recovery was only a few thousand dollars . . . and all size cases in between.

  5. Who’s Who in American Law is a prestigious publication that recognizes excellence in the law. It currently lists about 2 1/2% of American lawyers. I am proud that I have been listed in their book for more than 30 years.
  6. 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 Preeminent,” and I have once again been awarded this highest possible rating from both fellow lawyers and judges.

  7. 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.

    Million Dollar Advocates Forum Honors Phil Santa Maria

  8. I have been named to Top Rated Lawyers in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas.Top Lawyers
  9. The website avvo.com rates lawyers based on a combination of professional reputation and accomplishments and client satisfaction. I am grateful to have their highest possible rating.

    10.0Philip J Santa Maria

  10. I created the website “All-About-Car-Accidents.com,” the Internet’s most popular source of free consumer information concerning car accidents.  (Although I have since sold that site and am no longer responsible for it, it still features many of my articles.)

  11. I wrote the first lawyer-written self-help ebook for car accident victims who want to settle their own claims, The Car Accident Claims Kit, which is now in its Second Edition.

    The Car Accident Claims Kit SECOND EDITION

  12. I have a special interest in health and fitness. I’m a Certified Fitness Instructor.

  13. I’m a sports fan. I’ve played and watched sports for as long as I can remember.
  14. I love to travel. I think my all-time favorite trip was to Bora-Bora. (Of course, after I came back, I talked funny-funny.)
  15. I am a serious photographer. I created PhilSantaMariaPhotography to display some of my photographs. In 2016, I published my first photo book, My Frederick, which captures the charms of my adopted home town, Frederick, Maryland.

  16. 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.
  17. I love humor. I like to go to comedy clubs and to movie comedies. I like to hear jokes and to tell them.
  18. I am a blogger at Forever Young Blog where I write about being healthier, happier and more successful . . . at any age.

  19. I love being a lawyer. After all the cases I’ve handled, there is still nothing more satisfying than helping a client through a difficult situation.

Yes, I know that’s more than 15 Things. We try to always give you more than we promise.