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Mark Kotlarsky

7400 Heartleaf Circle
Laurel MD 20707
(301) 765-1855

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Law offices of Mark Kotlarsky


Please Call: 301-765-1855

At the Law Offices of Mark Kotlarsky, Esq., we believe that effective legal representation should be available not only to big corporations, but to individuals and small businesses as well. Over the last 10 years, Mark and his associates have successfully completed hundreds of cases against insurance companies, banks, car dealerships, fast food conglomerates, and the Federal and state governments.

  We are passionate about fighting for our clients, and will only accept a case if we are prepared to fight without hesitation. For this reason, we do not represent insurance companies, banks, car dealerships or credit card companies.

Our practice is focused on three litigation areas:
 

Personal Injury
automobile accidents, “slip and falls” and workplace accidents;

Criminal Defense
non-violent and deportable offenses;
and

Business and Employment Disputes including unpaid
wages and overtime

Mark Kotlarsky

Maryland lawyer Mark Kotlarsky has been practicing since 1985 as a personal injury attorney, worker compensation lawyer, and criminal attorney specializing in auto accidents, employment wage disputes and criminal litigation.

Mark graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, and then went on to receive an L.L.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was first in his L.L.M. class.

Mark worked for several large Washington DC law firms before starting his own practice in 1992.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Mark received a Master’s degree in mathematics from Moscow State University in Russia and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Before changing his career, he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Iowa and the University of Baltimore.

He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia and belongs to the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Please Call: 301-765-1855

Please Call: 301-765-1855

Attorney Profile

Maryland lawyer Mark Kotlarsky has been practicing since 1985 as a personal injury attorney, worker compensation lawyer, and criminal attorney specializing in auto accidents, employment wage disputes and criminal litigation.

Mark graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, and then went on to receive an L.L.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was first in his L.L.M. class.

Mark worked for several large Washington DC law firms before starting his own practice in 1992.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Mark received a Master’s degree in mathematics from Moscow State University in Russia and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Before changing his career, he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Iowa and the University of Baltimore.

He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia and belongs to the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Criminal Defense

At Law Offices of Mark Kotlarsky, Esq., Maryland and District of Columbia criminal attorney, we zealously represent individuals accused of criminal conduct. We successfully represented clients charged with DUI/DWI, assaults, fraud, theft, driving without a license or with a suspended license, minor sexual offenses, burglaries, shoplifting, embezzlements, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous weapons and others. We also represent drivers in MVA and DMV hearings. We choose not to represent defendants accused of rape, aggravated assault, robbery or murder or distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

We concentrate on pre-trial preparation and believe that the best outcome for our client mostly likely be achieved by skilled plea bargain and pre-sentencing negotiations, in part, because the costs of defending a case at trial and on appeal may be far greater punishment than the consequences of a conviction. If, however, the charges are unjust, excessive or technically deficient, we are able, ready and willing to defend our clients with skill, vigor and passion.

Unfortunately, meaningful plea bargains are rarely available in DUI/DWI cases and other driving infractions. Instead, we concentrate on finding police errors and pre-sentencing preparations. We realize that the most severe punishment for a driving offense often is the loss of a driving license. In such cases, preserving the client’s driving privilege at a MVA or DMV hearing becomes our highest priority.

Our success rate is extraordinary; none or our clients have ever been sentenced to spend any time in prison and almost all of our clients retained their privilege to drive. 


Attorney Mark Kotlarsky immigrated to the United States in 1977, and since becoming a trial lawyer has devoted much of his criminal law practice to defending non-American citizens, who are at risk of being deported for relatively minor offenses.

If you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with any jailable offense, do not accept any deal without first contacting an attorney knowledgeable in INS deportation law. Even if you already have a lawyer, a second opinion is much cheaper than fighting deportation proceedings. The laws regarding deportation are confusing, obscure, and inconsistently enforced. Few criminal lawyers understand them well. The consequences of bad legal advice could be truly tragic for you.


We apply our knowledge of INS deportation law to determine the best strategy for each case. Most often, our primary objective is to persuade prosecutors to allow our clients to plead guilty to non-deportable offenses. Because the prosecutors are generally unfamiliar with the deportation laws, we often need to explain to the prosecutors why their offers are not acceptable. For example:

In recent case, our client was charged with a serious deportable offense. The prosecutor offered the client the opportunity to plead guilty to a relatively minor offense and receive a no-imprisonment sentence. Although the prosecutor thought that his offer was very generous, we could not accept the offer because the client would plead guilty to a deportable offense. Mark explained to the prosecutor why his client could not accept the offer and persuaded the prosecutor to allow the client to plead guilty to a different, non-deportable offense.

Personal Injury

Over the past 20 years, the skill and experience of Maryland personal injury lawyer Mark Kotlarsky, Esq. have allowed him to recover millions of dollars for his clients who have suffered injury through the negligence of others in auto accidents, workplace accidents (“workers compensations”), “slip and falls” (premises liability) and other personal injuries. Many of these cases were rejected by other lawyers as unwinnable, including two recent cases where Mark collected over $1.2 million in a brain damage case and over $300,000 in a slip and fall case.

  If you have been injured through the negligence of others or had an accident at work, contact us for a free consultation. If we accept your case, we will dedicate whatever time and resources are necessary to fight and win. More important, we are not afraid to go to court for you. The threat of a court battle is a powerful incentive to insurance companies to offer you a reasonable settlement. A lawyer who refuses to go to court is unlikely to get the same results.


Auto Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, whether your injury is serious and debilitating or relatively minor, we know there is a lot at stake for you. If we determine that your case has merit, we will fight for the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to -- whether your case involves a no-damage rear-ender or a major accident.

We understand your suffering and frustration not just on a legal level, but on a personal level. In 1997, Mark Kotlarsky
was injured in a car accident that, although ‘minor,’ resulted in months of incapacitation and required treatment by neurosurgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists and a pain management specialist.

Mark has worked on almost every type of personal injury case and his drive, energy, and ability to outsmart his opponents have resulted in a remarkable success rate. His advanced technical training gives him a unique ability to understand complicated accident scenarios and explain this critical physical evidence clearly to a jury. If your accident was more than a simple rear-ender, this expertise could be critical to proving your version of events.

After a car accident, most people feel overwhelmed. There are medical problems to deal with, huge bills to pay, loss of income, perhaps a car to replace. Our expert legal advice can not only offer you the potential to recover financially, but also the peace of mind of knowing our services are risk-free. Because our fees are contingent on the outcome of the case, you pay nothing unless we win. We do not charge for consultations, and unlike many law offices, we do not charge for expenses unless we win. Most importantly, you will be fully informed of the merits of your case: we never make promises we can’t deliver on, or exaggerate the compensation you may expect to receive.


Premises Liability
If you or somebody you know has been injured by the negligence of a landowner, call to see if we can help. Owners and managers have an obligation to keep their premises safe for their tenants and visitors, including properly maintaining walkways, stairs, and equipment. They must keep their premises well lit, provide adequate security, and control dogs or other dangerous animals. If any issues such as these were factors in your being injured, you may be eligible to claim compensation.


Workplace Accidents
If you have been injured while at work, we strongly recommend that you consult us or another law office immediately to determine what compensation you are entitled to. While you generally cannot sue your employer for negligence, if a third party (someone other than your employer or co-workers) is responsible for your injury, you may be able to claim a great deal more compensation than your state’s worker compensation laws allow for work-related accidents.

Even if you cannot recover from a third party, we can help you obtain the statutory compensation you are entitled to. We have extensive experience representing workers who have suffered serious and permanent injuries. As always, we offer free consultations and do not charge any fees unless we win.

Personal Injury FAQs

How much money can I collect?
Your compensation will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of the accident, your medical expenses, lost wages, insurance coverage, and many others. It will be impossible to evaluate your case properly for many months after the accident. If a lawyer promises a specific amount of money or guarantees an outcome, beware: you are likely to be disappointed.

If you can’t trust your lawyer to tell it to you straight—bad news as well as good—find another lawyer.


How do I choose the right lawyer for my case?
This decision is critical: The success of your case will depend on the skill and diligence of the lawyer you choose.

Some important questions to ask include:

· What legal areas do you specialize in?
— A lawyer who practices in more than a few legal areas may not have the expertise to successfully fight a personal injury case.

· What is your experience in similar cases? — Also ask how long the lawyer has been practicing in personal injury law, and what experience he or she has in your particular type of case.

· Are you willing to litigate? — The threat of a court battle is a powerful incentive to insurance companies to offer you a reasonable settlement. A lawyer who refuses to go to court is unlikely to get the same results.

· Do you charge for expenses? — While most personal injury lawyers operate on a “no recovery, no fee” basis, some charge for expenses even if the case is not successful. You could end up paying sizable fees out of your own pocket.

· What is your success rate? — Only a lawyer with a success rate of 98% or higher is likely to get you the highest possible compensation.

· Can you accommodate my special needs and/or my schedule? — Finally, if you have any special needs, such as language barriers or a tight work schedule, make sure the lawyer can accommodate them.

Business & Employment Disputes

At the Law Offices of Mark Kotlarsky, we firmly believe that businesses must fulfill their obligations to customers, suppliers and workers. Mark Kotlarsky, a Maryland trial lawyer, employment attorney and worker compensation lawyer, has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for unpaid and underpaid workers in employment wage disputes.

Under the law, if an employer “willfully” fails to pay wages (not due to a mistake), a court can require the employer to pay two or three times the amount of unpaid wages, plus attorneys’ fees. The total amount recovered may be many times the unpaid wages. We recently collected $120,000 on a $20 thousand unpaid wage claims, $100,000 on a $10 thousand unpaid minimum wage claim and and $10,000 on a $1,500 unpaid wage claim.

Many hourly workers are systematically underpaid by their employers. In fact, undocumented aliens are almost never paid as required by law. We represent employees (including undocumented aliens) in lawsuits against their employers for unpaid wages, failure to pay minimum wage, unpaid overtime and failure to pay prevailing wages to construction workers. We do not represent employers in wage disputes.


  We offer free consultations in unpaid wage cases and do not charge any fees unless we win and collect.

We also represent clients in various types of small business disputes and lawsuits: commercial landlord-tenant issues, partners’ separation, commercial misrepresentations, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) compliance, breaches of contract, etc. Last couple of years, Mark won three commercial misrepresentation cases, including a $20 million investment fraud case, secured a large interest abatement from an overzealous lender, and successfully represented two small store’s owners in ADA compliance cases.


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