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I am an attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience. As an Assistant State's Attorney, I gained invaluable experience trying cases before Baltimore County Judges & juries. In 1995, I entered private practice, primarily representing members of the Maryland State Teachers Association in criminal and civil matters. In 1996, I joined Bodie, Nagle, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs and initially handled product liability cases while continuing my criminal defense practice. In 2000, I became a partner and was the managing partner in 2002 & 2003. While at Bodie, I developed a close association with Michael Paul Smith, another partner at the firm. In 2011, we merged our practices at Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, where I am focusing on family law and criminal cases. I understand the emotional and financial impact that protracted litigation (especially divorce litigation) can have on a client, and thus I always try to negotiate a fair and amicable resolution of family law matters. I believe that a divorcing couple should make every effort to decide what is in their child's best interest and how to equitably distribute their property. To reach a compromise in a divorce case, the parties and their lawyers must focus on the big picture and negotiate in good faith. I always adopt that approach, but if the opposing party or attorney is unreasonable, I rely upon my courtroom experience to zealously advocate for my clients.   


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
  2. Domestic Violence: 10%
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
  4. Family: 5%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Howard Aaron Brucker

    Michael is a knowledgeable and caring lawyer who represents his clients in the utmost professional manner.


    Howard Brucker Family Attorney
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  • Samantha Protokowicz Rodier

    Mr. DeHaven has the knowledge and experience to represent a client in any family law matter. He is a straight-shooter and easy to get along with as opposing counsel. I endorse this lawyer.


    Samantha Rodier Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Smith, Gildea & Schmidt

600 Washington Ave.
Suite 200
Towson, MD, 21204-5209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Superb RatingAVVO2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBodie, Nagle, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs, PC1996 - 2010
Assistant State's AttorneyOffice of State's Attorney for Baltimore County1988 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationFamily Law Legislative Committee2015 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Baltimore County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Child Custody - allegation of sexual abuseWe won!
Allegation of child abuseFavorable plea bargain
Extant Property ClaimMonetary award granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Daily Record (Maryland)How to admit social media posts into evidence2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Frostburg State CollegePolitical Science & HistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationAdmissibility of Electronically Stored Information2016
NBI seminar, December 4th"How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)"2015
Family Law Committee, evening series CLEWhat to do when DSS becomes involved in your custody case2012