Norman L. Smith, Partner of Nusinov Smith, LLP

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Norman L. Smith, Partner of Nusinov Smith, LLP

Norman L. Smith concentrates his practice 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.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Mr. Smith was Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award. Upon graduation, he served as law clerk for Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge Edward O. Weant, Jr.  Before entering the private practice of law, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland with the Divisions of Criminal Investigations and Criminal Appeals.

Activities and Honors:

  • Board of Directors, Maryland Court of Appeals Professionalism Center
  • Adjunct faculty member, University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland School of Law
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Maryland Daily Record
  • Member and past president, Wranglers Law Club
  • Fellow, Maryland and Baltimore City Bar Foundations
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Super Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2008-2014)

Representative Appellate Advocacy:

  • In re Schwartz, 392 Md. 74 (2006) (successful reinstatement of disbarred lawyer)
  • Attorney Grievance Commission v. Hayes, 367 Md. 504 (2002)(argued successful exception to the “automatic disbarment” rule);
  • Walton v. Mariner Health of Maryland, Inc. 391 Md. 643 (2006)(authored amicus brief quoted extensively in Court of Appeals opinion);
  • Oak Crest Village v. Murphy, 379 Md. 229 (2004)(declaring invalid nursing home policy regarding Medicaid eligibility)
  • Pizzorno v. L-Soft International, et al., 302 Fed. Appx. 148 (4th Cir. 2010)(upholding $5.2 Million verdict in copyright infringement case)
  • In re Alonso, 372 Md. 136 (2002)(admission to practice of law over adverse recommendation of character committee);
  • In re Jones, 354 Md. 328 (1999)(admission to practice of law over adverse recommendation by State Board of Law Examiners)

Mr. Smith has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in areas of attorney professional responsibility, duties of trustees, and conflicts of interest regarding trustees and personal representatives.

Expert Witness Testimony:

Mr. Smith has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in areas of attorney professional responsibility, duties of trustees, and conflicts of interest regarding trustees and personal representatives.

Background:

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Smith served as principal trumpet in the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center (N.Y.), the Casals Festival Orchestra and as guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic. As principal trumpet with the New York Chamber Orchestra he is a recorded soloist. While he was still a member of the orchestra, he represented the musicians at Lincoln Center in several contract negotiations, sparking an interest that took him to law school and a legal career.