Matthew J. Focht
About Mr. Focht
Mr. Focht is a principal of the firm with more than 20 years of experience in personal injury law. He litigates high-stakes personal injury matters for victims and surviving family members - fighting to recover the compensation they deserve. He handles a wide variety of cases including automobile accidents, slip and falls, professional negligence, wrongful death, and other serious matters caused by avoidable negligence.
After law school, Matt was personally mentored by James W. Pressler, Jr., the founder of what is now Pressler Senftle & Wilhite, P.C., and began his law practice. Upon the recent passing of Mr. Pressler, Matt rejoined the firm as Partner/CEO to help carry on Mr. Pressler's legacy of zealous and aggressive advocacy on behalf of injured victims.
Prior to his return to the firm, Matt spent seven years at Joseph Greenwald & Laake PA where he managed the personal injury practice group. Before that, Matt gained valuable courtroom experience at Gleason, Flynn, Emig and Fogleman, defending complex medical malpractice cases for over a decade and learning first-hand how defense lawyers and insurance companies strategize to defeat negligence claims. This unique ability to see things from the "other side" enables him to anticipate and overcome his opponent's tactics and develop impactful strategies to achieve the client's desired outcome.
Matt is often asked to give speeches on litigation matters, including best practices in discovery in personal injury cases, and was recently a co-author of the Maryland Automobile Accident Deskbook, published by the Maryland State Bar Association.
Mr. Focht received his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Loyola University in Maryland.
Outside the Office
Matt is a long-time resident of Montgomery County and enjoys getting away to the beach with his family, playing golf, and watching sports.
District of Columbia, 2003
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2002
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009