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Debora Fajer-Smith

Workers compensation Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 38 years
    Maryland - MD 38 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1985
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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I am dedicated to the overall success of our clients for maximum medical recovery and maximum monetary results, as well as assisting them to return to a successful life after their injuries.

The Chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Group at Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, Debora Fajer-Smith has over 35 years of experience in representing people injured in auto or workplace accidents, and those suffering occupational injury or death. Debora is a passionate advocate for her clients’ rights and takes pride in being able to put severely injured people back on the path to independence, whether through obtaining a lump sum, medical treatment or lining up vocational training for a new job.

Debora’s experience, creativity and skill have made her both a formidable courtroom opponent and an excellent negotiator who has obtained favorable settlements and awards for thousands of clients over three decades of practicing law.

She has represented multi-generations of families and her clients are very loyal, referring coworkers and friends.

Debora is a plaintiff attorney in Maryland with national recognition, named to the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. She has served as an appointed public member on the Senate-House Oversight Committee in the Maryland Legislature on Workers’ Compensation and Insurance for many years. She was awarded several litigant and leader in law awards such as Best Lawyers and Bench Mark Top Litigators.

She has traveled as citizen-ambassador to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Debora is fluent in conversational French and in Portuguese, her native language. She believes in giving back to the community she serves. For this, the Daily Record named her to the Top 100 Women of the Year in Maryland for 2007 and again in 2014. She served 9 years as President of the Maryland Sister States Board under the office of the Secretary of State of Maryland. She served on the University System of Maryland Foundation Executive Board as chairman of the committee on directors.

Debora founded her own law firm in 1988, where she served as managing principal for 21 years, until joining Joseph, Greenwald & Laake. Her law career was chronicled in the book The Road to Independence, produced by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She has led a lifetime believing in mentoring children and young lawyers.

Debora believes whether she’s in Maryland practicing law or in Rio de Janeiro working with a school for disadvantaged children, “it’s all about lifting the lives of others so they can prosper.”

In her private time, Debora enjoyed being a private pilot and raising her two sons.


Joseph Greenwald & Laake
6404 Ivy Ln Ste 400
Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1417
Joseph Greenwald & Laake, Pa
111 Rockville, MD
Rockville, MD, 20850
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Posted by Anthony and Genise Flournoy | June 29, 2021
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Debra Smith has been my Wife & I Attorney over 23years with no regrets from us,her professionalism is the top,she does exactly what she says.Our Coworkers give us Hi five for referring them to Debra,and by the way she won a Landmark Case for us.Other People have Lawers,We have Attorney Debra Smith. Thank you Debra for so many Wonderful years
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Posted by Greg | February 5, 2021
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One of the Best!!!
I highly recommend Attorney Debra Fajer-Smith. She has been an absolute light in times of personal injury / trauma. She actually cares about her clients. One of the absolute best attorneys any where.
Posted by Marion | December 1, 2020
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I was very impressed with the friendly and professional staff. Ms. Fajer stayed on top of my case until the end, making me feel very confident and assured.
Posted by Sean | November 3, 2020
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Caring and informative lawyer. Simply awesome!
Ms. Fajer-Smith is amazing. She is knowledgeable, she cares about her clients, and her staff is thorough as well. You can relax !
Posted by Monty | October 26, 2020
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A Good Lawyer
Compassionate a good listener available when needed she’s honest with you and cares about you as a person first a good lawyer lve been Represented by her for the last 10 years and she’s done in an excellent job each time In every case that I’ve had
Posted by dolores | July 5, 2020
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An excellent lawyer
“When troubles come as they sometimes do you’ll be delighted to have Atty. Debora Fajer-Smith with you.” When I had an injury, a work related one, I got Atty. Debora of Joseph Greenwald & Laake Law Firm in my corner. I had a fabulous experience with her. I was taken cared of. Even the doctor who evaluated my injury said that I was in good hands. That is very true and in no time at all my case was resolved. It had a favorable outcome. I was very satisfied I proudly recommended her to friends and colleagues who need legal assistance. All recommendations had impressive outcome. Because when she says she’ll take care of you she will take care of you - She is an exceptional lawyer, Bar none!!-
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education
  • Seminar - Global Women in Power
  • N/A


  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Workers' C
  • Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Judicial Nominating Committee for Price George's County
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Maryland's Top 100 Women Award
  • Maryland Daily Record
  • 2014
  • Leadership in Law Award
  • Maryland Daily Record
  • 2014
  • Top 150 Plantiff Women Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2013
  • Maryland's Top 100 Women Award
  • Maryland Daily Record
  • 2007
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  • Book
  • The Maryland Automobile Accident Desk Book, 3rd Edition / Co-Editor
  • 2022
  • American Bar Association Publication
  • The Road to Independence - 101 Women Featured
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Ethics and Rehabilitation for injured clients
  • 2022

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Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 26
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"I've known Debora for over a decade and she is a wonderful lawyer. She is caring, compassionate, and works hard to get her clients the results they deserve. I highly recommend Debora to anyone with a workers compensation case in Maryland or the District of Columbia."
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Greenbelt Workers compensation Lawyer Debora Fajer-Smith
Debora Fajer-Smith
Workers compensation Attorney
Greenbelt, MD
Licensed for 38 years