Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers
Maximillian F. Van Orden, Esq.
Max Van Orden graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992. He received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995, passed the Maryland Bar in December of that same year, and has been practicing law exclusively in the state of Maryland ever since. Mr. Van Orden regularly represents individual clients before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, the Social Security Administration, the Workers’ Compensation Commission, and the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland. Currently, Mr. Van Orden is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR).
Mr. Van Orden was born and raised in New York State. He moved to Maryland in 1989, and has lived and worked there ever since. Before embarking on his legal career, Max Van Orden served for four years as a military intelligence analyst in the United States Army, including an 18-month tour in the Republic of (South) Korea. From 1989, until he retired in 2008, he served in the United States Army Reserves, first as a strategic intelligence analyst and later, after receiving his commission in 2001, as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
Paul Tolzman, Esq.
One of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers,” Paul Tolzman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Loyola University Maryland and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was admitted to practice before Maryland Courts in 1977.
Mr. Tolzman has extensive litigation experience in criminal/DUI defense. In addition, in the personal injury arena, his firm has recovered over $250 million for his clients. Mr. Tolzman is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Maryland Association for Justice, and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
Mr. Tolzman was named one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers,” the highest accolade for a practicing attorney. He has also been recognized as one of the country’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”, a “Top Lawyer in Maryland”, and in 2015, he was selected as one of the “10 Best in Client Satisfaction of the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.”
A lifelong Marylander, Mr. Tolzman has a deep commitment to environmental causes, especially the restoration and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoys fishing, boating, gardening and playing guitar. He is a Governing Member of the Baltimore Symphony and he resides in the Baltimore area with his wife, Karen.
Tracey L. Ritter, Esq.
Tracey L. Ritter graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Towson State University in 1996. Following undergrad, she worked as a technical writer. She received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005, passed the Maryland Bar that same year, and has been practicing law in Maryland ever since. Ms. Ritter primarily represents injured workers before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Circuit Courts of Maryland. Ms. Ritter has also been a member of the Maryland Association for Justice since 2005.
Ms. Ritter was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She lives in Baltimore County and has two children.
Bryan J. Chant, Esq.
Bryan J. Chant is a partner in the law firm of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton P.A. Mr. Chant’s practice focuses on the litigation of high exposure personal injury, commercial general liability, and civil rights actions in state and federal court.
Mr. Chant graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where he was an assistant editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. In 2007, Mr. Chant was admitted to the bar of the State of Minnesota, where he practiced between 2007 and 2016.
Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Chant was an associate attorney at a Minnesota law firm where he handled all aspects of automobile liability cases. He also was involved in handling a national product liability case involving over 1,000 plaintiffs. Between 2009 and 2016, Mr. Chant was a senior trial attorney for Liberty Mutual’s High Impact Unit (HIU), handling defenses with exposures in excess of $250,000. In addition, Mr. Chant was the Regional Counsel for the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). In his positions at Liberty Mutual, Mr. Chant was responsible for the defense of complex automobile, commercial vehicle, and product liability cases. Mr. Chant also was involved in cases involving issues such as civil rights, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and organized insurance fraud.
In 2016, Mr. Chant returned to Maryland to practice law. Mr. Chant has extensive experience motion practice, deposition, and bench and jury trial experience in the district, circuit, and federal courts.
Mr. Chant is a Maryland native having grown up in Ellicott City and graduated from Wilde Lake High School. Prior to law school, he was a lieutenant paramedic for the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department and a Contingent Firefighter Paramedic for the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services.
Recreationally, Mr. Chant enjoys playing golf, fishing, and is an avid amateur radio operator. Mr. Chant has a special interest in communicating via high speed Morse code.