Matt Focht is a trial lawyer in the firm’s Personal Injury practice group. He helps individuals who have been seriously injured in avoidable accidents recover the compensation they deserve in litigation before state and federal courts throughout Maryland and the D.C. area. Matt has deep experience in managing a broad range of high-stakes personal injury matters on behalf of victims and surviving family members, including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases and a variety of other serious accidents caused by negligence. He also frequently protects his clients’ interests beyond the trial court level by arguing contested decisions before Maryland’s appellate courts.
Before joining the firm, Matt gained 10 years of valuable courtroom experience defending complex medical malpractice cases and learning first hand how defense lawyers and insurance companies evaluate and develop strategies for defeating negligence claims. This unique insight into the opposing side of personal injury litigation now enables him to better assess the strengths and weaknesses of a plaintiff’s case, anticipate and overcome his opponent’s numerous tactics and develop impactful strategies to achieve his client’s desired outcome either through a favorable settlement or a jury verdict at trial.
Matt has earned a strong reputation among opposing lawyers and clients for his surgeon-like approach to resolving personal injury disputes based on his tireless work ethic and his commitment to solving clients’ problems with unparalleled skill and precision during times of extreme crisis. He also understands the importance of being highly accessible to clients from beginning to end, exploring every available option throughout the litigation process and skillfully minimizing the downside of a case while maximizing its upside to the client’s advantage.
Matt takes great pride in the leadership roles he assumes outside the office to strengthen his community. In 2013, he was honored to become a member of the inaugural class of the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Leadership Academy and assist in the creation of a truancy court program at Shady Grove Middle School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Matt also was honored to assist young attorneys as a participant in the Maryland Court of Appeals 2014-2015 Mentoring Program.
Matt also serves as a member of the Montgomery County Inn of Court, helping the organization to improve the skills and professionalism of legal professionals in Montgomery County.
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Loyola College in Maryland, B.A.,
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D.,
District of Columbia, 2003
District of Columbia, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2002
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2004
- Friolo v. Frankel, No. 102, September Term 2011, Maryland Court of Appeals, 2014
Professional Associations and Memberships
Honors and Awards
Outside the Office
Outside the office, Matt enjoys getting away to the beach with his family and playing golf.
- Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Medical Malpractice Damages (August 19, 2016)
- Expert Witness Discovery in Personal Injury Litigation (August 23, 2017)
- Resolving ERISA, Medicare and Medicaid Liens (November 30, 2017)
- Expert Reports and Scientific Evidence (April 10, 2018)
- Pitfalls with Liens and Subrogation: Troubleshooting Key Problems (April 24, 2018); Eliminating/Minimizing Subrogation Liens in Auto Injury Cases (October 25, 2018) (upcoming).