Craig E. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Towson, MD

Howanski & Erdman, LLC
 | 600 Washington Ave, Suite 201
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-296-3630
Fax: 410-296-4527
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1973
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Craig E. Smith is Of Counsel with Howanski & Erdman, LLC, a small law firm located in Towson, Maryland.  He advises and represents clients in Towson (Baltimore County) and the Baltimore Metro area. He focuses his practice on family law, providing advice in cases that involve divorce, custody, child support, separation, property division, retirement assets, alimony, prenuptial agreements and other family law matters.

    After receiving an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University in 1970, Craig graduated from Yale Law School in 1973 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar.  Craig has spent more than 40 years working with clients to help resolve difficult, sensitive, and complex matters.

    Craig studied at Towson High School (1966) (Valedictorian), Yale College (1970) (Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude), and Yale Law School (1973).  He was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard T. Rives, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1973 – 1974).  He began his private practice of law as an associate with Venable, LLP and became a partner in 1981.  He left Venable in 2009 to become Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Howanski, Meadows & Erdman, LLC, which has recently changed to Howanski & Erdman, LLC where he practices family law.

    Appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Law School in 2009 Craig teaches a seminar course in the Spring semester entitled “Marital Property and Divorce Litigation.” In 2016, he published an Article in Litigation Magazine, an ABA Publication, entitled “The Settlement of Family Law Disputes Gets No Respect.”  This Article presents many of the principles and practices that Craig applies in his practice of law and his relationship with his clients and other professionals.  Although experienced with litigation, Craig believes that most family law disputes should be settled, because of the many negatives associated with family disputes and litigation, such as high legal costs, disruptive effects on children, anxiety, and worry for the parties.  He believes that careful preparation leads to good results in and out of court

    Craig was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1970. When he is not working with clients or teaching law students, he enjoys spending time with his family, (including four granddaughters), reading mystery books, music, and physical activity.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2021

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    About Craig Smith

    Admitted: 1973, Maryland

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Law Clerk, United States Circuit Court Judge Richard T. Rives in Montgomery, Alabama (1973 -1974)
    • Venable LLP, Associate (1974-1980) and Partner (1981-2009)
    • Of counsel, Howanski & Erdman, LLC, 2009
    • Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1973

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor (since 2009), teaches a seminar course entitled "Marital Property and Divorce Litigation" at the University of Maryland Law School
    • "Settlement of Family Law Disputes Gets No Respect", Litigation Magazine, ABA, 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • U.S.Army - Commissioned; Honorably Discharged as Captain, 1970
    • Eagle Scout; Order of the Arrow; and For God and Country Award.

    Educational Background:

    • Towson High School (Valedictorian), 1966
    • Yale Law School, 1973
    • Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa in Junior year), 1970
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    Office Location for Craig E. Smith

    600 Washington Ave
    Suite 201
    Towson, MD 21204

    Phone: 410-296-3630

    Fax: 410-296-4527

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    Last Updated: 7/22/2020

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