Matthew Thomas Vocci

Matthew Thomas Vocci

Matthew Thomas Vocci

  • Partner

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Practice Areas:

  • Tenants' Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Protection

Biography

Matthew Thomas Vocci is a partner in the law firm of Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC. He represents and advocates on behalf of low-income Marylanders and strives to provide high-quality legal representation for those who would otherwise not be able to afford an attorney. If there are landlords, property managers, lenders, debt collectors, employers, bail bondsman that are taking advantage of regular folks, Matt and his firm work to bring them to justice. The majority of Matt's work relates in some way to housing. He represents tenants against landlords and property managers on a variety of cases such as consumer protection and consumer debt collection issues, habitability, Fair Housing Act violations, illegal evictions, and personal injuries. Matt has served as class counsel on several class actions, including a recent case that resolved favorably for tenants against a large, out-of-state property management company. He has also successfully represented those seeking wages/commissions from their employer or principal. He is a member of the MSBA’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee Council and the ACLU of Maryland Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities. Matt also helps those injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites. 

Matt was an integral part of a trial team that represented a unit owner that suffered significant damages stemming from water infiltration and mold growth in a condominium unit. This case resulted in what is believed to be Maryland's largest judgment against a condominium board for failure to maintain and repair common elements resulting in damages to a single unit owner. 

Matt is active in the community and is currently serving on the Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities for the ACLU of Maryland.  He is dedicated to the advancement of a civil and just society and has written for The Daily Record on topics involving those most vulnerable in our society. He has also published opinion pieces in The Baltimore Sun and Al Dia News.  

Matt graduated cum laude from Temple University, Beasley School of Law in 2006 and served on the Editorial Board of the Temple Law Review.

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1999
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Bar Admission

  • Maryland, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2006
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2010

Honors

  • The Daily Record's Very Important Professional, 2013
  • Latino Provider's Network Community Service Award, 2013
  • Law Firm named Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service's Firm of the Year, 2019
  • Law Firm awarded Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award by Baltimore County Bar Association, 2019
  • Law firm honored with Law Firm Pro Bono Award by the Pro Bono Resource Center, 2018

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Member, 2016 to Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, 2006 to Present
  • ACLU of Maryland Committee on Litigation, Member, 2016 to Present
  • Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2013 to 2016
  • Safe and Sound Campaign, Board Member, 2013 to 2018

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney with Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland in Consumer Protection Program, 2016 to Present
  • Volunteer Attorney with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, 2016 to Present

Classes & Seminars

  • "Obtaining Significant Awards for Non-Economic Damages", Maryland State Bar Association, 2020 to 2020
  • "Discovery and Trial Preparation", Maryland Legal Aid, 2019 to 2019

Published Works

  • Raw Sewage Fouling Homes in Baltimore, Trial Reporter, Fall, 2016
  • Tenants' Rights + Human Rights, The Daily Record, Sept. 20, 2016

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Past Positions

  • Williams & Santoni, LLP, Of Counsel, 2015 to 2016
  • Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, PA, Member, 2006 to 2015