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Creston P. Smith

Creston Smith is a veteran trial lawyer who has successfully tried hundreds of cases before judges and juries and focuses his practice of the aggressive representation of those accused of crimes ranging from DUIs, domestic violence, murder, armed robbery, drug charges and others. Mr. Smith had an outstanding career in the Baltimore City public defender’s office before joining STSW and was known as one of their leading trial attorneys. Mr. Smith represents individuals criminal grand jury investigations, and in criminal and civil trials and appeals.

Clients not only benefit from Mr. Smith's vast trial experience, but also from the importance he places on protecting his clients' confidences, reputation, and privacy, particularly in high-visibility, high-stakes cases. As a leading criminal defense attorney, Mr. Smith’s courtroom successes have included: successfully obtained acquittal of all charges involving a man charged with first degree murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder and related handgun charges, successfully defended a gentlemen facing 40 years without parole for drug charges and successfully defended hundreds who were wrongfully charged with domestic violence.

In numerous criminal defenses, Mr. Smith has obtained substantial reductions in clients’ bails, helped win dismissal of all clients’ charges and successfully represented clients on appeal.

Mr. Smith has an exceptional range of legal knowledge and experiences and is widely known as a legal scholar who is respected and sought out by his peers.


J.D., University of Baltimore, 1994

B.S., Boston University, 1988
Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Maryland, 1994
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2002
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association

Maryland State Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers