Matthew Evans, Esq. Representing Plaintiffs in “Snake House” Case

When a young family recently settled on a house in the Beechwood on the Burley neighborhood of St. Margaret’s, they were unaware of a snake infestation that would quickly drain their checkbook and drop their house value.

The Law Office of Matthew Evans III is representing the family as they try to recoup their losses and provide a safe home for their two young children. Jeff and Jody Brooks purchased their home in December, 2014 and lived uneventfully through the cold winter months, unaware that black rat snakes were hibernating quietly within the walls and rafters of their home. As the warm spring days approached, sounds above their heads and sightings of snakes around the house began to raise their suspicions that something was very wrong.

Snakes, snake skins and scat (snake droppings) began to appear in the basement and around the house as the snakes became active again. After seeking help from a local pest control company, it became obvious that they were dealing with an infestation beyond their means: “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Stephen Kulp, manager of an Annapolis branch of Home Paramount in an interview with the Capital Gazette. For the safety of their children, they packed up and moved in with Jody’s mother down the street.

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Matthew Evans III is a leading real estate lawyer serving the Annapolis area. Experienced in Maryland real estate law, Mr. Evans will address the issues of full disclosure and whether the seller of the property was in violation of this when the home was sold to the Brooks’ last year. At issue is the potential complete loss of the value of the home if it is deemed uninhabitable and in need of a complete tear down and rebuild.

The case is currently pending a court date in the State of Maryland.

Annapolis Real Estate & Construction Law Services

At the Evans Law we offer a broad range of legal services from contract-related disputes, to real estate and construction law, to general civil litigation. We also provide residential and commercial real estate settlement services throughout our affiliate company United Title, Inc.

We are one of the few firms in Annapolis, MD that specialize in legal matters regarding construction, land use and real estate. Matthew S. Evans, III is an Anne Arundel County attorney with over 15 years of professional experience. He has also completed continuing education courses and is very active in the community. He serves both businesses and individuals with a wide range of services.

Real estate can be a very costly and complex investment. In fact, it will most likely be one of the most expensive investments that you will ever make. That is why it is essential for you to have an experienced attorney to help you. A qualified attorney will help navigate you through this process. This will potentially help you avoid costly matters. Evans has worked with clients of different backgrounds, needs and sizes. He also brings personalized service that cannot be found at other firms. Contract disputes, homeowners association issues, real estate litigation and contracts, ownership transactions and landlord-tenant lease agreements are considered real estate law.

Construction Law is another one of the legal services that Evans offers. He has had over 10 years of experience in dealing with construction defects, bond claims, licensing issues. Evans will provide his counsel and advice. He will also negotiate claims and contracts as well as review contracts. The legal climate today requires that one be flexible in problem solving. Evans is experienced in successfully using alternative dispute resolution. He strives to provide you with the best counseling and advice that will help you avoid expensive litigation that is related to construction law. Contact Matthew S. Evans today for more information.

The Evans Law– Your In House Counsel

What is Your In-House Counsel?

Having your own dedicated attorney for in-house counsel may be cost prohibitive for most small to mid-sized businesses and companies. The Evans Law, LLC offers a program called Your In-House Counsel which provides the necessary tools tailored to your business to help support and ensure a smooth operation for a flat fee.  Your In-House Counsel provides unlimited telephone access to your assigned attorney and office time on an as-needed basis.  We handle document drafting and litigation for District Court while also providing a reduced rate for State Circuit and Federal Court litigation. Many legal matters affecting your business such as drafting contracts, leases and agreements are also included in the program. We will also act on behalf of your company or business for legal proceedings, negotiations and collections.

Who Could Benefit?

Small to medium sized companies can benefit from our tailored and cost- effective legal advice and services.  We specialize in Real Estate and Construction Law in and around Annapolis Maryland.  We have helped commercial and residential land owners, commercial tenants with numerous locations, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects, and engineers as well as other construction and real estate professionals.

The experienced team and counsel of the Law Office of Matthew S. Evans III can provide your business with personalized service though Your In House Counsel. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your situation and see if Your In-House Counsel is a good fit for you and your business.


Matthew S. Evans, III Named Maryland Super Lawyer

Matthew S. Evans, III is proud to have been recently selected by Super Lawyers as a top rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Maryland for 2015.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of top lawyers among 70 different practice areas and is comprised of individuals who have been recognized by their peers and for their outstanding professional achievements. Independent researchers, along with evaluations and nominations from peers make up the rigorous selection process.

In addition to top rated Construction Litigation, the Law Offices of Matthew S. Evans offers a broad range of legal services including contract-related disputes, real estate and construction law, and general civil litigation. They also provide residential and commercial real estate settlement services through their affiliate company United Title, Inc.

Construction Law

Matthew S. Evans, III is an experienced construction law attorney based in Annapolis, Maryland. His focus on land use, construction and real estate enable him to provide a level of service that is not found among other law firms. Evans Law serves clients in the state of Maryland, along with Washington D.C.

Evans Law takes a creative approach to finding solutions in the field of construction, including liens, sureties, bonds, contracts and complicated disputes. The firm brings a decade of experience with bond claims, defects, licensing and the Miller Act. This includes:

• Counsel and advice.

• Drafting, review process and negotiation with claims and contracts.

• Arbitration and mediation for disputes.

• Trial and appellate litigation.

• Handling of bid protests.

In addition, Matthew S. Evans, III is one of a small group of Maryland attorneys who is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. This makes him knowledgeable and experienced in the area of construction called “green building,” which is expected to continue expansion well into the future.

Evans Law provides the flexibility needed to solve problems in the 21st century legal climate. The firm engages in alternative methods of resolving disputes while maintaining keen awareness of cost and the desired result. The main goal is to present clients with the most effective approaches to avoid expensive litigation in the area of construction law.

Those in the Maryland or Washington D.C. area who require the services of a construction law attorney can contact Evans Law at 410-870-9982 to schedule a consultation.

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Albert G. DeCesaris, Jr. – Of Counsel Attorney Annapolis

We are pleased to announce Albert G. DeCesaris, Jr. – Of Counsel Attorney Annapolis to the Matthew Evans team!


Mr. DeCesaris’ practice areas include general litigation, specifically real estate, title, landlord/tenant, workers’ compensation, domestic, and criminal defense. He also has extensive experience in real estate transactional work, contract preparation and negotiation, and business/corporate law.

Mr. DeCesaris was raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He furthered his education at the University of Baltimore, earning a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. After graduation, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable James J. Lombardi, Associate Judge, in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2003, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 2004, and the District of Columbia in 2012.

Outside of the practice of law, Mr. DeCesaris is heavily involved in charitable work. He is a member of the External Relations Committee at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. He also serves as the Vice President and a board member of the Celebrate Hope Foundation, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to creating awareness and raising funds for the research and treatment of Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

Buying or Selling Real Estate

The Evans Law,LLC is a full service real estate firm that can help you from listing all the way through settlement. Matthew S. Evans, III is a licensed real estate broker who brings 15 years of experience in real estate law to the table. Often times a seemingly simple deal can have many different legal issues and implications. If buying or selling real estate, you should consider hiring a broker/attorney who can guide you smoothly through the process and help if there are any glitches along the way. Please visit our website for more details on our services offered or feel free to give us a call to discuss your real estate needs.

Can your business benefit from in-house counsel?

Our new program, Your In-House Counsel, was created to service small to medium sized businesses that have an immediate need for legal expertise but are hesitant to incur the cost of a full-time in-house counsel employee. Your In-House Counsel is based on an affordable flat-rate monthly fee that is tailored to suit your business needs. Our clients that enroll  in this service have privileges such as unlimited telephone access to the attorney assigned to your business, contract drafting and negotiation, document drafting, collections and dispute negotiation, office time on an as-needed basis as well as a reduced hourly rate for litigation matters.

You can directly benefit from having an attorney as a member of your business team to assist with risk management, corporate governance and compliance, and strategic legal analysis without the worry of running up an hourly bill from outside counsel. We are here to help your business every step of the way. You can learn more about the program here. Give us a call and would be glad to discuss whether Your In-House Counsel would be a good fit for your business.

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is one of the most common types of lawsuit filed in the United States. A civil litigation suit is a legal dispute between two parties in which financial compensation, not incarceration, is the end goal. The lawyers who handle these cases are often known as ‘litigators’ or ‘trial lawyers’. There are many types of civil litigation suits, including education, landlord/tenant, and medical malpractice. These types of trials are broken down into seven major stages, the most important of which include pleadings, discovery, trial and appeal. Not every trial goes through seven phases, and most of the time spent on a litigation trial is devoted to the discovery phase, in which the parties involved exchange documents and information, in order to discover facts about the case.

The Law Office of Matthew S. Evans III, LLC, was founded in 2001 by Annapolis lawyer Matthew Evans. Mr. Evans has almost two decades of litigation experience, and has been practicing law since 1998. He specializes in civil cases, and has worked in the Maryland and U.S. District Courts, as well as the Circuit and Appellate Courts. The Law Office of Matthew Evans specializes in real estate, construction, and land use; however, Mr. Evans has experience in a wide variety of legal matters. Matthew Evans can represent you at hearings, trials, mediations and arbitrations, effectively representing at any level of the court system. If you would like to receive financial recompense, as opposed to criminal sanctions, Matthew Evans can fight for you fairly and confidently.