Jonathan Scott Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, MD

Jonathan Scott Smith, LLC
 | 10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 200
Columbia, MD 21044-3312
Phone: 410-740-0101
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top rated, experienced, successful problem solver with over 35 years experience. We limit the cases we handle so that we can give you the personal attention you need and deserve. Mr. Smith,  a Maryland Super Lawyer, has the prestigious "AV Preeminent" rating, the highest peer review rating for professional skills and ethics. We excel at solving problems for our clients, often resolving legal issues without having to go to court.

When court is necessary, Mr. Smith will use his extensive courtroom experience to fight hard for you, and provide thorough and quality representation. His clients have included judges and their family members, lawyers, law students, police officers and courthouse employees. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense (20%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017

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About Jonathan Smith

Admitted: 1979, Maryland

Professional Webpage: www.jonathanscottsmithlaw.com/about-mr-smith/

Honors and Awards:

  • Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review, 1979
  • Awarded to graduating law students with high and outstanding grades, Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1979
  • Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review, 1978
  • Awarded for demonstrating high qualities of dedication and exemplary service to the University of Baltimore School of Law and the community at large, Merit Award, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1978
  • Awarded for demonstrating high qualities of dedication and exemplary service to the University of Baltimore School of Law and the community at large, Merit Award, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1977
  • One of two students selected annually for early admission to University of Baltimore School of Law before completing undergraduate degree, Granted early admission to School of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1976
  • Recipient, University of Baltimore Alumni Merit Scholarship, 1975
  • Recipient, Maryland Senatorial Scholarship, 1975
  • Moot Court Champion, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1977 - 1978
  • Outstanding Delegation Award, Harvard National Model United Nations, 1976
  • Recipient, Merit Award
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Merit Award, University of Baltimore, 1976 - 1977
  • Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans (1990, 1991, 1992 Editions)
  • Men of Achievement (Fifteenth Edition)
  • 2,000 Notable American Men (First Edition)
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Business (36th Edition)
  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America (First, Second, Third, Fourth Editions)
  • Who's Who in American Law (Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, 30th Anniversary Editions)
  • Awarded to student with highest grade in course, Lawyer's Cooperative Book Award (Trusts & Estates), Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing Company

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Coach, American Sports Education Program

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2010
  • Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2009
  • Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2008
  • Vice-Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2007
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999
  • Personal Injury Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1998
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1998
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1997
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1997
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1996
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1996
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1995
  • Membership Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1995
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1995
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1994
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1993
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1992
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1991
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Legislative Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Maryland State Bar Association, 1984
  • Committee on Economics of Law Practice, Maryland State Bar Association, 1984
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, November 9, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, May 26, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, September 12, 1986
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, November 16, 1979
  • Maryland, 1979
  • Maryland State's Attorneys Association, 1980 - 1996
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1986 - 1997
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 - 1997
  • American Bar Association, 1979 - 1996
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 2004 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 1984 - 1996
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1980 - 1996
  • Program Committee, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1992
  • Vice-Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2006
  • Chair, Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2007
  • Barrister Member, Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1990 - 2000
  • Program Committee, Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1993 - 1994
  • Secretary Treasurer, Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1993 - 1995
  • President Elect, Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1995 - 1996
  • President, Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1996 - 1997
  • Membership Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1991 - 1995
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999
  • Golf Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1995
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1990
  • Bench-Bar Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999
  • Personal Injury Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1997 - 99
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Howard County Bar Association, 1999 - 2000

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Coach (Baseball), Howard County Youth Program, 2007
  • Volunteer Coach (Baseball), Howard County Youth Program, 2006
  • Volunteer, Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996
  • Mediator, Circuit Court for Howard County, Settlement Week, 1991
  • Mentor, Howard County Public School System Gifted and Talented Program, 1990
  • President, Glen Meadows Condominium Association, 1988
  • Member, Ethics Panel, Howard County Public School System, 1987
  • Member, Ethics Panel, Howard County Public School System, 1986
  • Member, Ethics Panel, Howard County Public School System, 1985
  • Member, Ethics Panel, Howard County Public School System, 1984
  • Volunteer Probation Officer, State of Maryland, Division of Parole and Probation, 1974
  • Appointee, Howard County Coordinating Commission for Drug Abuse Control, 1972
  • President, Glen Meadows Condominium Association, 1987 - 1988
  • Volunteer Coach (Baseball), Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, Tee Ball League, 2003 - 2004
  • Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, District 9, 1988-1995
  • Parent Volunteer, Waverly Elementary School, 2003 - 2008
  • Board of Directors, Ellicott City Rotary Club

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Expert Report Requirement in Maryland's Medical Malpractice Statute (Complying with Walzer v. Osborne), Maryland Trial Reporter, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Author, Maryland Criminal Procedure: Forms and Analysis (Second Edition), West Group  (Library of Congress #95-76883), published  June, 1995. Two volume criminal procedure text and forms (supplemented annually), 1995
  • Author, Maryland Criminal Procedure Forms, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company (Library of  Congress #87-83520) (supplemented annually until publication of second edition), published April, 1988. Bound volume containing criminal procedure text and forms (supplemented annually with pocket part), 1988
  • Author, The Status of the Defense of Diminished Capacity in Maryland Criminal Cases, Maryland Trial Reporter, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1982
  • Author, Comment, State and Local Legislative Powers: An Analysis of the Conflict and Preemption Doctrines in Maryland, University of Baltimore Law Review, 1979
  • Lecturer, "Case Preparation, Interviewing Witnesses and Using a Trial Notebook," Trial of Major Cases Seminar, Maryland State's Attorneys Association, Frederick, Maryland, 1983
  • Faculty Advisor, Maryland State's Attorneys Association, Trial Advocacy Training Program, Port Deposit, Maryland, September 19 - 21, 1983
  • Faculty Advisor, Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys, Houston, Texas, 1983
  • Lecturer, "Finding Weaknesses in the Prosecution's Case," Maryland State's Attorneys Association, Basic Trial Advocacy Course, Marriottsville, Maryland, November 27 - 29, 1989
  • Lecturer, "Charging Documents," University of Baltimore School of Law and Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics Program:  "Criminal Procedure:  A 'How To' with an Emphasis on Ethics," Baltimore, Maryland, 1990
  • Presenter, Demonstration on Medical Expert Testimony (Direct and Cross-Examination of Orthopedic Surgeon), Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, Columbia, Maryland, March 19, 1992
  • Program Chairman, "Have You Considered Arbitration?" Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Towson, Maryland, May 20, 1992
  • Presenter, "Case Preparation and Use of the Trial Notebook," Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, Columbia, Maryland, December 17, 1992
  • Co-Presenter, "The Trouble with Lawyers/The Trouble with Judges" (Focusing on issues of civility, effective advocacy, ethics, and competence), Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, Columbia, Maryland, October 21, 1993
  • Co-Presenter, "Attorney's Fees:  Law and Practice" (Demonstration of attorney's testimony; sample discovery pleadings), Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court, Columbia, Maryland, November 10, 1994
  • Presenter, "Proving Violation of the Standard of Care" and "Damages: Wrongful Death and Survival Actions," Evaluating, Investigating and Preparing a Nursing Home Negligence Case, Nursing Home Negligence and Public Benefits, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Columbia, Maryland, October 27, 2004
  • Panel Member, "Surviving After Walzer & The Continuing Battle Over Ex Parte Communications," TeleSeminar, Medical Negligence Section, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, March 8, 2007
  • Speaker, "Using Administrative Regulations, Professional Codes, and Health Care Provider Policies and Procedures to Prove Violations of the Standards of Care," "Hot Topics in Long-Term Care Litigation," Nursing Home Section, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Columbia, Maryland, February 29, 2008
  • Moderator, "Hot Topics in Long-Term Care Litigation," Nursing Home Section, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Columbia, Maryland, February 29, 2008
  • Speaker, "Surviving the Court of Appeals: Certificates of Merit and Reports Post Walzer and Carroll," "The Maryland Med Mal Case: Learn from the Experts," Medical Negligence Section, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Baltimore, Maryland, May 30, 2008
  • Panelist, "Going Solo:  Solo Practitioner Panel," University of Baltimore School of Law and Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, May 19, 2010
  • Moderator, "Long-Term Care Litigation Seminar," Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, May 21, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Jury Verdict: $1,883,383.47. Client rear-ended, resulting in neck, back, and traumatic brain injury. At fault driver denied fault, and denied or minimized injuries. Settlement offer = $50,000.00., 2016
  • Jury Verdict: $903,496.49. Retired woman tripped over cart in grocery store, resulting in facial injuries and post-traumatic, chronic migraine headaches. Grocery store denied fault, and minimized injuries. Last settlement offer = $25,000.00., 2015
  • Settlement: $1,050,000.00. Clients lived with 3-year old son in rental rowhouse in Baltimore City. No smoke detectors in violation of Maryland state law and Baltimore City Code requiring landlords to install smoke detectors in rental properties. Son died of carbon monoxide poisoning when fire broke out in upstairs bedroom and smoke detectors would have provided parents with warning in time to save their son., 2014
  • Jury Verdict and Acquittals - 69 Counts of Animal Neglect and Cruelty. Two week jury trial. Cleared of all charges., 2012
  • Jury Verdict and Court Dismissals - 49-year-old employee of intelligence agency arrested and charged with 15 counts of sexual offenses and child sexual abuse. Eight charges dismissed as a result of pretrial motions. Remaining charges proceeded to trial. Jury returned verdicts of not guilty as to all remaining charges., 2009
  • Please see websites for extensive list of medical malpractice and personal injury cases (http://www.jonathanscottsmithlaw.com/results-menu/) and criminal cases (http://www.howard-county-criminal-law.com/results/).

Representative Clients:

  • State v. Waltermeyer, 60 Md. App. 69, 480 A.2d 831, 1984
  • Webster v. State, 299 Md. 581, 474 A.2d 1305, 1984
  • Holmes v. State, 63 Md. App. 159, 492 A.2d 351, 1985
  • Kackley v. State, 63 Md. App. 532, 493 A.2d 364, 1985
  • Muir v. State, 64 Md. App. 648, 498 A.2d 666, 1985
  • State v. Allewalt, 308 Md. 89, 517 A.2d 741, 1986
  • Crowder v. State, 309 Md. 654, 506 A.2d 240, 1986
  • Gray v. State, 317 Md. 250, 562 A.2d 1278, 1989
  • Celta Corporation v. A.G. Parrott Co., 94 Md. App. 312, 617 A.2d 632, 1993
  • United States v. Milam, 817 F.2d 1113 (4th Cir. 1987)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys , 2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state)., 2016
  • Rated 10.0 Superb, AVVO, 2016
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible., 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocate, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Awarded to fewer than 1% of U.S. Attorneys who have Obtained Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts, Awards and Settlements), 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys , 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell , 2015
  • Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell , 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state)., 2015
  • Washington DC and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers (American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell), 2014
  • 10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys , 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state)., 2014
  • Washington DC and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers (American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell), 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state)., 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law  by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry), 2013
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible., 2012
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell), 2012
  • Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell. Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

Video:

  • Jonathan Scott Smith is a top rated former prosecutor with over 35 years experience aggressively fighting for people and achieving successful results. His practice is devoted to litigation, and concentrates in medical malpractice and general personal injury cases (representing the injured parties), and criminal defense (all types of criminal cases). He has represented judges and their families; lawyers; law students; law enforcement officials; and courthouse employees. Mr. Smith has the highest peer ratings for legal skill and professional ethics (Avvo 10.0 Superb and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent)., Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, 2016

Educational Background:

  • Graduate, Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys, Houston, TX , 1982
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, May, 1979, Class Standing - 5 of 260, Class Representative, Student Bar Association, Honor Code Prosecutor
  • University of Baltimore, B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, Jurisprudence, June, 1977, Honor Society

Comments

  • “Jonathan Scott Smith is an excellent trial lawyer in criminal matters. I can think of no one better.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Jonathan Scott Smith

10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Ste 200
Columbia, MD 21044-3312

Phone: 410-740-0101

 

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Last Updated: 5/5/2017

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