Peter Hatfield was born in Maryland and raised in Columbia, Maryland. He is a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012, Mr. Hatfield sat for the Maryland bar examination and joined McGowan and Cecil, LLC.
Prior to joining McGowan & Cecil, LLC, Mr. Hatfield was a law clerk with a Baltimore law firm, a certified legal intern for Neighborhood Legal Services, a certified legal intern for Southwestern Legal Services, and a summer associate with law firms in Pittsburgh, PA, and Baltimore, MD.
Insurance companies are as aggressive as they ever have been. Long gone are the days where the insurance companies offered fair amounts without requiring people to seek legal representation. All of the auto insurance are businesses, and like any other business, the sole goal to create the best bottom line and profits they can. In the insurance world this goal is directly at odds with the regular joe injured person or someone making a claim. Insurers today are only looking for reasons to minimize, delay or deny claims and often systematically force cases into lengthy litigation. Peter firmly believes that making a recovery for his clients is not fighting for an award or prize. A prize is winning the lottery for buying a ticket. That is piling money up. We are not piling anything up. What we do is use the system of insurance and applicable law to try to fill in the hole. Insurance is purchased and used for the benefit of all parties involved when a claim is made. With the insurance business, often leaving the at fault person in the dark, they often making it as hard and as length as possible for people who are hurt to obtain compensation that the law provides for them.
Peter recently made a recovery for $1,100,000.00 for a client who was injured in a McDonald’s restaurant due to a construction contractors shortcuts on safety measures. Peter has advocated for well over a thousand personal injury victims, handling a wide range of automobile, motorcycle, dog bite, and slip and fall claims. Peter has always worked for injured individuals and never for insurance companies. Peter has successfully recovered compensation for his clients from numerous large corporations and their commercial insurance companies including: Dominos, Target, Sears, 7-Eleven, Shoppers Food, Walmart, several commercial apartment complexes along thousands of claims with most any consumer and commercial auto insurance company.
Peter lives in West Friendship, Maryland with his wife and three young children. He enjoys time with his family, competitive off-road motorcycling, cycling, football and soccer. Peter played soccer through the club level at Towson University and is an assistant coach of his 5 year old son’s youth soccer team.
Areas of Practice
- Maryland, 2012
- District of Columbia, 2015
- U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 2014