Michael G. DeHaven

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Towson, MD

Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC
 | 600 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-821-0070
Fax: 410-821-0071
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. DeHaven has tried thousands of cases in a varitey of areas of the law throughout his career. However, Mr. DeHaven's practice now focuses on helping his clients navigate the emotionally charged issues that often accompany divorce and custody cases.  As a family law practitioner, Mr. DeHaven handles divorces, including "high net worth" matters that often have complex property division issues; child custody disputes; domestic violence protective order petitions; and the negotiation and drafting of marital separation and property settlement agreements.

Mr. DeHaven understands that going through a divorce and/or a child custody case can be a traumatic experience for all who are involved. For that reason, he strives to reach a compromise whenever possible. However, when the other side will not budge, Mr. DeHaven draws on the vast litigation experience he gained while serving as an Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore County; as an  attorney primarily representing members of the Maryland State Teacher's Association accused of child abuse; and then as a civil litigator  handling multi-million dollar personal injury cases to fight for his clients' rights. Over the course of his career, Mr. DeHaven has earned the respect of his clients and his peers alike. He has received an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has a perfect (10 out of 10) rating from AVVO.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. DeHaven. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Maryland State Bar Association (Family & Juvenile Law Section), the Baltimore County Bar Association, and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association. In addition to his legal work, Mr. DeHaven volunteers his time to many local community programs.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Criminal Defense (10%): Assault & Battery

Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Assault & Battery


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

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About Michael DeHaven

Admitted: 1990, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.sgs-law.com/attorneys/item/michael-g-dehaven


  • Our Firm was named a 2018 winner for Best Law Firm in the Family Law Division. , Reader Rankings Best Family Law Firm Winner, The Daily Record, 2018
  • I received a rating of "preeminent" from my peers. , AV, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Family & Juvenile Law Section)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Immaculate Conception School - Board of Trustees , 2018
  • Greater Jacksonville Association, former member of the Land Use Committee
  • Carroll Manor Recreation Council
  • Martin J. Smith Foundation
  • Immaculate Conception Parish

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I was honored to have been asked by the Montgomery County Bar Association to join Judges Albright and Acosta, as well as several distinguised Montgomery County practitioners, in a presentation on how to admit various forms of electronic evidence.  , Speaker, Social Media Admissibility , Montgomery County Bar Association , 2018
  • On April 10, 2018 I presented to my peers on the topic of Hearsay Objections and Exceptions., Speaker, Applying the Rules of Evidence, NBI Seminars, Legal, 2018
  • On December 4, 2015, I will have the privilege of working alongside esteemed lawyers, a retired Judge and an IT guru to help other lawyers understand the evidentiary issues that arise when a party attempts to introduce social media, email or text messages into evidence. , Speaker, Admissibility of Electronic Evidence, NBI , 2015
  • On November 28, the Honorable Leo Ryan and I gave a presentation on how to admit various forms of electronic evidence in a seminar sponosred by the Baltimore County Bar Association Negligence Committee., Speaker, How to admit social media, Baltimore County Bar Association , Legal, 2018
  • On March 16, 2016, I had the pleasure of working alongside a former colleague, Judge Mickey Norman, teaching other lawyers about the hurdles one needs to clear when attempting to introduce various forms of social media into evidence. Judge Norman was one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen, and showed his impressive talent in analyzing recent case law on a topic that is ever evolving, and one which divorce litigators in particular need to understand. I'm grateful that Judge Norman was my mentor when I was a young lawyer, and still follow the advice he gave me 25+ years ago., Speaker, Continuing Legal Education, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 2016
  • On May 19th, the Maryland Daily Record published an excerpt from an article that I wrote explaining the procedural requirements for admitting electronically stored information into evidence. As a divorce litigator, I routinely need to try to have a court consider such evidence, particularly print outs from social media websites, and thought that fellow members of the bar would benefit from my experience.  , Author, How to admit social media posts into evidence, The Maryland Daily Record, 2016
  • Presentation to fellow lawyers at the request of the Baltimore County Bar Association Family Law Committee. Initially, the focus was to be on the admissibility of electronic evidence that often arise in divorce/custody proceedings, but ultimately the topic expanded to include "tips" that I learned over the past 27+ years., Speaker, Tips on How to Prepare to Introduce Evidence , Baltimore County Bar Association, 2017
  • A seminar on common mistakes that lawyers make in attempting to admit electronically stored information into evidence., Speaker, How to Admit Electronic Evidence, National Business Institute

Educational Background:

  • Frostburg State University, with Majors in Political Science & History; served in the SGA; Social Chairman of the Kappa Zeta Chi Athletic Fraternity; and was President of the Rugby Club, 1986

Industry Groups

  • Maryland State Bar Association's (Family & Juvenile Law Section); Baltimore County Bar Association;
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Office Location for Michael G. DeHaven

600 Washington Avenue
Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204

Phone: 410-821-0070

Fax: 410-821-0071

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Last Updated: 9/30/2019

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