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 $100 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.
William R. Schmidt III, Esq.
Rick Schmidt has extensive experience in virtually all facets of personal injury law and has recovered literally millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Schmidt holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Maryland and its School of Law. At Maryland Law, he won the American Jurisprudence Award for Equitable Remedies.
In the 1980’s, Mr. Schmidt was chosen by Us Magazine as one of the 35 most promising Americans under the age of 35. Since then he has co-authored two books: How To Market Your Law Practice (Aspen Press) and Consumer Revenge ( Putman’s). Mr. Schmidt has appeared on over 75 radio and TV shows as both an author and a legal analyst. Additionally, he was a founding partner in the first law firm to advertise in Maryland.
A past member of both the American and Baltimore City Bar Associations, he has served on various charitable and corporate boards. He is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Gerstell Academy. Mr. Schmidt is the father of two young adults, Ricky and Tara. His hobbies include sailing, skeet shooting, golf, tennis and playing with the family’s two French bulldogs, Romeo and Juliet.
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.
Bryan J. Chant, Esq.
Bryan J. Chant is an experienced trial attorney vindicating the rights of injured people in Maryland’s courts. He is an alumnus of the William Mitchell College of Law, where he served as an Assistant Editor on the William Mitchell Law Review.
Bryan is a Maryland native. While attending the University of Maryland College Park, Bryan served as a volunteer firefighter paramedic for the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department and a part-time firefighter paramedic for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
After law school, Bryan worked at a plaintiff’s personal injury firm handling all aspects of automobile liability cases. He also participated in the prosecution of a national product liability case involving over 1000 plaintiffs.
Between 2009 and 2016, Bryan was a senior trial attorney and Regional Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Special Investigative Unit in Minneapolis. Bryan was responsible for handling complex automobile, product liability, and commercial vehicle defenses in state and federal court. In addition, Bryan had the honor of arguing before the Minnesota Supreme Court where he obtained a complete victory for his client.
In 2016, Bryan returned home to Maryland where he applies his experience and knowledge of the insurance industry every day to fight for his clients’ right to be treated and compensated fairly.