Michael Paul Smith
Michael Paul Smith is an active trial lawyer and member of the Maryland Bar since 1992. His practice concentrates on areas of complex civil litigation, including personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and business litigation. He also has numerous business clients to whom he provides business advice. These business clients value his litigation experience combined with his understanding of economics and business matters.
Michael Paul Smith has successfully obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards in his litigation career. His peers, opposing counsel and the judges before whom he has appeared have rated Mr. Smith with the highest reviews obtainable by an attorney for his abilities in the following categories:
Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)
He earned an AV Preeminent (with 5.0 out of 5.0) rating with Martindale Hubble, America’s leader in Peer Review Ratings. He also has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Smart CEO magazine.
Throughout his time in law school, Michael Paul Smith obtained valuable trial experience serving as a law clerk and court clerk to Judge Joseph F. Murphy (1988-1992).
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Smith is active in several charitable and community organizations. He serves as the Treasurer of the Dissenter's Law Club and has served on the board for the Maryland Catholic Conference, the Martin J. Smith Foundation, and Best Buddies.
Mr. Smith has been instrumental in numerous political campaigns. He successfully managed his father’s 2002 race for Baltimore County Executive and re-election in the 2006 and was a close advisor on the 2010 County Executive race and four of the successful Baltimore County Council candidates. Mr. Smith has also advised many current Delegates and County Council Members with respect to their campaigns. He also has been a key adviser to every Sitting Judges campaign in Baltimore County since 2001.
Michael helped me during a very difficult time in my life. He helped me sell a business and start up a new one that has now surpassed the old one in every possible way. Michael always "had my back". Almost 10 years later, I call him anytime I need advice or direction, I can ALWAYS count on him!
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- Many small business owners anticipate transitioning their business to the next generation. This generational transitioning is one of the hardest obstacles that a business will face. Which family members have the right skills sets and, as importantly, the desire? Are they going to be ready for these role(s) at the time that you need them? […]Read More »
Smith, Gildea & Schmidt and Joseph, Greenwald & Laake Announce $400,000 Class Action Settlement for Customers of Chase Bank, Genuine TitleOn May 16, 2016 in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC and Joseph, Greenwald & Laake,PA filed a Motion to Approve the Settlement for approximately $400,000 on behalf of more than 190 consumers alleged to be victims of an illegal kickback scheme involving Genuine Title of Owings Mills, […]Read More »
- Wells Fargo has agreed to pay about $16.2 million to customers to settle claims over a kickback scheme involving an Owings Mills title company, according to an agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for Maryland. It is the second settlement the bank has reached in connection with the scheme, in which mortgage brokers reportedly […]Read More »
- Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC is pleased to announce partner Michael Paul Smith has joined the Board of Directors of Best Buddies Maryland, an organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.In 2014, Best Buddies Maryland served more than 5,000 participants, made more than 1,200 matches […]Read More »