Norman L. Smith is a partner with the firm of Fisher & Winner, LLP and is of counsel to the Law Offices of Arnold M. Weiner. His practice concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, estate and trust litigation, appellate litigation (over 40 reported cases), and white collar defense. He also represents attorneys in disciplinary matters and other professionals before regulatory boards.
Mr. Smith is a 1985 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award. After graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law, Mr. Smith served as law clerk to the Honorable E.O. Weant, Jr., Associate Judge, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Before entering private practice, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Mr. Smith has also appeared on a number of continuing legal education programs, speaking on a variety of subjects, including legal ethics, professionalism, avoiding malpractice and disciplinary violations, fiduciary litigation, Medicaid litigation, and competency issues in litigation. For the past four years, he has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of its top attorneys in Maryland.
Representative cases include In re Schwartz, 392 Md. 74 (2006)(successful reinstatement of disbarred lawyer); Attorney Grievance Commission v. Hayes, 367 Md. 504 (2002)(exception to “automatic disbarment rule”); Walton v. Mariner Health of Maryland, Inc., 391 Md. 643 (2006)(authored amicus brief quoted extensively in the Court’s opinion); Oak Crest Village, Inc. v. Murphy, 379 Md. 229 (2004)(successfully challenged nursing home policy regarding medicaid eligibility); Altmayer-Pizzorno v. L-Soft International, Inc., 302 Fed. Appx.148 (2008)(successfully defended $5.5 million copyright infringement jury verdict).
Before attending law school, Mr. Smith was a professional musician, serving as principal trumpet in the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Chamber Orchestra (with which he is also a recorded soloist), the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center (N.Y.), the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, and the Casals Festival Orchestra. As a conductor, he led the Garden State Ballet and the Montclair Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Smith was also a member of the music faculties at Montclair State College (New Jersey), Loyola University (New Orleans), and the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado).