Smith, Gildea & Schmidt LLC (SGS), a regional law firm based in Towson, is pleased to announce that Jim Smith, “of counsel” to the firm, is now offering mediation services in complex civil and domestic cases.Smith, a practicing attorney since 1968 and a Baltimore County Circuit Judge from 1985 to 2001, has been with SGS since 2011, with a two year hiatus while serving as the Maryland Secretary of Transportation. At SGS, Smith focuses on complex civil and domestic litigation, administrative law, land use and governmental affairs. He is currently the Executive in Residence at the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, and is a consultant for Sparrows Point Terminal LLC. “I’m really happy to draw on my legal background and 16 years of judicial experience to offer mediation services,” said Smith, who also served as Baltimore County Executive from 2002-2010. “Mediation is a great vehicle for parties to come together and reach a consensus. If I can help parties resolve issues themselves and avoid the expense and sometimes trauma of going to court, I feel that I will be performing a worthwhile service. Mediation can be a wonderfully efficient way to resolve disputes.”Smith graduated from the evening division of the University of Maryland Law School and serves on the Boards of the University of Maryland Medical System, St. Joseph Medical Center, Shock Trauma, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Towson University and Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.