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Michelle D. Smith

Associate
msmith@barlawfirm.com
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Phone: 443-837-9800

888 Bestgate Rd #200
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Ms. Smith has recently joined the firm after spending over 20 years working as an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, including 6 years as Chief of the State’s Attorney District Court Division for both Annapolis and Glen Burnie. While a prosecutor, Ms. Smith handled thousands of criminal and traffic matters in Maryland’s District, Circuit and Juvenile courts, from DUI cases to Homicides, including hundreds of Jury and Court trials. In addition to her own caseload, Ms. Smith helped train most of the new prosecutors coming into the State’s Attorney’s office. She focused in domestic matters and over the past 4 years has been the sole felony prosecutor assigned to handle all Family and Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking cases in Anne Arundel County, as well as all U-Visa Certification Requests. As a leader in the field of Family and Domestic violence, Ms. Smith spent years training police officers, Judges, prosecutors and other lawyers on these issues. She was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and chaired the Network’s Legislative Committee, participating in the passage of numerous important pieces of Family and Domestic Violence reform legislation over the past fourteen years. She spearheaded the creation and formation of the Strangulation Response Team, an award winning, comprehensive, multi-agency approach to developing evidence of and prosecuting one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. She has received numerous awards recognizing her work in the area of Family and Domestic Violence and has been honored by two of Maryland’s Governors with their Governor’s Citations for Outstanding Service to Maryland Crime Victims.

At Brassel, Alexander and Rice, Ms. Smith focuses her practice in Family Law, Domestic Violence and other related practice areas within Maryland’s Circuit and District Court system.

Ms. Smith graduated Cum Laude from American University (B.A. 1991). She graduated with Honor from the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1995). While in law school, Ms. Smith worked for the House of Ruth assisting abused persons to obtain Civil Protection Orders.

Ms. Smith is admitted to the Maryland State Bar and is a member of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association.

Education

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1995
Honors

B.A., American University, 1991
Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Maryland, 1995
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Anne Arundel County Bar Association
Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee

Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Maryland State Bar Association

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Co-Chair Legislative Committee