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Rick Jaklitsch

Rick Jaklitsch

Rick Jaklitsch

The Jaklitsch Law Group

Rick Jaklitsch is a trial attorney first, so he is never afraid to tell insurance companies that he’d rather go to trial.

As a personal injury attorney, he built a four-person office into a firm that has been nationally recognized for the quality of its services.

This year, he was selected for the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award for Personal Injury, a professional association award for which less than 1 percent of lawyers qualify.

He consistently brings in jury awards that are three or even 10 times the amount of the last offer, he said. He also was selected by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys for the Nationally Ranked Top 10 Lawyer Award.

Jaklitsch employs full-time jobs to 18 different families, and six of his employees have been with him for more than 20 years.

“We try to run the law firm like a family. We treat our clients like family, and I think the clients feel that approach as well. I think the clients respond to that approach,” Jaklitsch said.

About three-fourths of his clients come from referrals. One client that gave him many referrals had been hit by a police officer. The officer claimed he had been responding to an emergency with lights and sirens on, but Jaklitsch was able to prove that wasn’t true. It was appealed several times but after eight years he was finally able to get full recovery for his client.

Jaklitsch attended University of Maryland for undergraduate and law school and is “a Terp through and through.”

He was the long-time president of the Maryland Gridiron Network, the fundraising arm of the Terps football team, and is a former president of the University of Maryland Terrapin Club.