Hon. Carol E. Smith (Ret.)

Services Throughout Maryland and D.C.
Columbia, Maryland 21044


Areas Of Arbitration

Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Real Estate



- Mediator, Court of Special Appeals, State of Maryland, Pilot Appellate Mediation Program
- Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit (including periods of time as Judge-in-Charge of the Civil Division and Asbestos Docket)
- Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, Baltimore City, District 1 (including period of time as Judge-in-Charge of Eastside District Court) 

- Principal, Law Offices of Carol E. Smith, Baltimore, Maryland
- Partner, Matricciani & Smith, Baltimore, Maryland 

- Chief Attorney, Mental Health Law Project, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
- Chief Attorney, Housing Law Center, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
- Staff Attorney, Housing Law Center, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
- Staff Attorney, Domestic Law Center, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.


- J.D., The Catholic University of America School of Law 

- B.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland  ADR Training:

- 40-hour Civil Mediation Training Course, Judicial Institute of Maryland

- Various Continuing Education Courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution

- Presenter, “Medical Malpractice Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Maryland Defense Council, Inc., and Joint Annual Conference for MACRO, Anne Arundel Community College, and the District Court of Maryland

Affiliations and Awards:

- Past President, Maryland Chapter, National Association of Women Judges

- Faculty, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers

- Faculty, Judicial Institute of Maryland - Member, Maryland Judicial Conference: Data Definitions Steering Committee, Medical Malpractice Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee, and Recalled/Retired

Judges Committee

- Member, Lawyers’ Round Table Law Club - Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections

- Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation - Member, Women’s Law Center of Maryland

- Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City - Past Member, Board of Trustees, The Bryn Mawr School - Member, Board of Trustees, The Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women

- Past Member, Board of Trustees, Mercy High School - Past Member, Board of Directors, Library Company of the Baltimore Bar

- Past Member, Advisory Board, Mercy Medical Center, Women’s Center for Health and Medicine

- Founder, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars - Recipient, Board of Directors Award, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 1994 - Recipient, Innovative Program Award, National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges,


- Recipient, Justice Award, Alternative Directions, 2006

- Member, “Maryland’s Top 100 Women,” Daily Record, 2001, 2004, 2007 (Circle of Excellence)

- Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2005

- Bar Leader Award, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, 2009

Creative Dispute Resolutions, LLC provides mediation, Arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services that are designed to help individuals, attorneys, companies, agencies, organizations, and other groups resolve their conflicts and differences without having to rely upon protracted, expensive litigation.

The benefits associated with ADR are numerous. In contrast to litigation, ADR services, such as mediation, often result in substantial savings to the parties in both time and money. Mediation also allows the parties to discuss their issues in a confidential setting, to be creative, and to maintain control of the outcome of the dispute themselves, rather than placing their fates entirely in the hands of someone else.

Our goal is to provide a skilled professional who has the relevant subject matter expertise and the style best suited for each particular, individual situation. We also strive to understand the nature of your dispute and the parties' expectations right from the start so that the right type of ADR service can be recommended and utilized.

Creative Dispute Resolutions proudly presents a dynamic group of retired judges, experienced attorneys, and other dispute resolution professionals throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the group offers a wide array of backgrounds, fields of experience, and styles to choose from. Please review the biographies under the tab "Mediators/Arbitrators," and then contact us so that we can understand your needs, offer suggestions, and otherwise help guide you through the process.

Creative Dispute Resolutions provides Mediators, Arbitrators, and other ADR professionals throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., including the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico.  For certain types of disputes, including intellectual property, commercial,  and environmental claims and/or class actions, our Mediators and Arbitrators will travel to various locations throughout the country.  If you have any questions about whether one of our professionals works in your area or is willing to travel there, please contact us to discuss your particular situation

51 Monroe Street Suite 1102

Rockville, MD. 20850

Phone:   301-637-9205

Fax:       301-977-0585

Email:     [email protected]  

Creative Dispute Resolutions is headquartered in Rockville, but also provides mediation and arbitration services throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.