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Stuart O Simms

Stuart O Simms

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Litigation, Personal Injury

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About Me

Stuart Simms is a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Gilman School, Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

His legal career began in 1975 as an Associate at the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. From 1976 to 1978 he served as Staff Counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes in Washington, D.C. In 1978, he joined the U.S. Justice Department and was appointed as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

In 1983, Stuart Simms was appointed by then State’s Attorney Kurt Schmoke as DeputyState’s Attorney for BaltimoreCity.  In 1987, after Kurt Schmoke was elected Mayor, Mr. Simms was appointed to serve as State’s Attorney for BaltimoreCity.  He was unopposed in his successful elections in 1990 and in 1994 to retain the post.

In January 1995, Governor Parris N. Glendening appointed Stuart Simms as Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services.  In October, 1997, Mr. Simms was appointed Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services where he served for five years as head of one of Maryland’s largest agencies with approximately 12,000 employees.  In February 2003, Mr. Simms joined the law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore where he focuses on civil litigation, criminal defense, legislative and governmental affairs.


Civic Activities:

Chairman, Governor's Task Force on Fair Imposition of the Death Penalty, 1996 - 1997

Governor's Commission on the Arts In Maryland, 1992

Governor's Commission on Alternative Sentencing, 1991 - 1992

Governor's Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1992 - 1993

Governor's Advisory Council On Legal Services and Legal Fees,          1990

Advisory Board, University of Maryland School of Law, 1989 - Present

Board Memberships:

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, 1990 - Present

Baltimore Museum of Art, 1988 - 1995

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1988 - 2001

Baltimore  Zoo, 1984 - 1995

Citizens Planning and Housing Association, 1975 - 1977

Gilman School, 1986 – 1994; 1999 - 2004

Baltimore Curriculum Project, 2008-Present

Sinai Hospital, 1987 - 2000

St. James Episcopal Church, 1986 - 1990

United Way of Central Maryland, 1992 - 2000

Greater Baltimore Medical Center Hospital, 2005 – Present

Baltimore Community Foundation, 2007 - Present


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
  3. Litigation: 33%

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Contact Info

Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

120 East Baltimore Street
Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD, 21202-6701




Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyer n the field of Non-White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2015
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service AwardBoy Scouts of America2014
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2014
Leadership in LawThe Daily Record2013
Thurgood Marshall HonoreeNAACP2013
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2013
Founder’s AwardBaltimore Child Abuse Center2012
Daniel Webster Distinguished Service AwardThe Dartmouth Club of Washington, DC2003
Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Service AwardThe Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBrown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP2002 - Present
Secretary, Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional ServicesState of Maryland1997 - 2002
Secretary, Maryland Juvenile Services AdministrationState of Maryland1995 - 1997
State’s Attorney for Baltimore CityBaltimore City State's Attorney's Office1987 - 1995
Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore CityBaltimore City State's Attorney's Office1983 - 1987
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of MarylandU.S. Department Of Justice1978 - 1982
Staff Counsel to Senator Paul SarbanesUnited States Senate1977 - 1978
Staff CounselCharles Center - Inner Harbor Management1977 - 1977
AssociateSemmes, Bowen & Semmes1975 - 1977


Association NamePosition NameDuration
The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Substance AbuseMember2012 - Present
Monumental City Bar FoundationMember2000 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow1995 - 2000
Bar Association for Baltimore CityCo-Chair, Minority Clerkship Program1992 - 1995
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice CouncilMember1992 - 1998
American Bar Association, Task Force on Criminal Justice Standards - Jury Trial and DiscoveryMember1991 - 1995
Maryland State's Attorneys' AssociationFormer President1991 - 1995
American Bar Association, Task Force on Minorities and the Criminal Justice SystemMember1991 - 1997
Maryland Bar FoundationFellow1989 - 2002
Baltimore City Bar FoundationTrustee1988 - 1998
National Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Joint Maryland State Bar and Monumental City Bar ProgramCo-chair1986 - 1986
Monumental City Bar AssociationPresident1986 - 1987
Maryland State Bar Association, Judicial Selection Education, and Citizenship CommitteesMember1977 - Present
Maryland Public School Labor Relations BoardMemberN/A
Bar Association of Baltimore CityMemberN/A
Monumental City Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Prison Health Services v. Baltimore CountyWon
Ford v. Baltimore City Department of Social ServicesWon
Software Developer v. Government AgencyDeveloped and executed a strategy that convinced the agency to pay the bill in full and cost the client less than $25,000 in fees.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Update on Law-Related EducationJuvenile Justice System at the Crossroads1997
Maryland Law ReviewIntegration of the Bar and Bench and Civil Rights Legislation1993
The BarristerConfronting the Challenge of Juvenile Offenders in the 1990's1991
Business Credit MagazineChecks and Alliances, Stopping White Collar Crime and Business Fraud1988


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawN/ADoctor of Laws1991
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Dartmouth CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Maryland State Bar AssociationTrial Advocacy Training2012
Baltimore County Community CollegeJuvenile Justice2012
National District Attorneys AssociationJuvenile Justice Policy1995
Edna McConnell Clark FoundationCriminal Justice Program1995
National College of District AttorneysOffice Management1994
National College of District AttorneysOffice Policy1992
Harvard Executive Session for ProsecutorsProsecutors1990