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Sarah Smith

Sarah L. Smith


After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Sarah set to work representing plaintiffs and their families in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and lead paint poisoning cases. Sarah joined WVFK&N in 2017 and was made a partner at the firm in 2024. Since then, she has tried malpractice and birth injury cases across the country, including Maryland, Georgia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

Alongside partners Keith Forman and Mary Koch, Sarah represented Erica and Zubida Byrom in the landmark case of Byrom, et al. v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Inc., where the jury awarded Zubida Byrom $229,640,000 for injuries she sustained during labor and delivery.
Her prowess and dedication in the courtroom and the boardroom earned her numerous awards, including:

  • The Daily Record Power List, Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury – 2023
  • MAJ President’s Award – 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 – 2020
  • TopVerdict.com, Top 10 Personal Injury Verdicts, Byrom v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, $229,640,000 – 2019
  • Super Lawyers’ Rising Star 2018-2022
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland Rising Star 2018-2020

Practice Areas:

  • Birth injury
  • Medical Malpractice

Why did Sarah join the WVFK&N team?

“I knew very early that I wanted to spend my career as a trial lawyer, helping families that had endured a needless tragedy. I was drawn to WVFK&N because of their reputation for representing some of the most vulnerable members of our communities and making their lives better. Every success is a chance to support a family that needs it, and each loss is a chance to show that we’re not afraid to fight for our clients. The trust and confidence our clients place in us make this demanding job worth it and allow us to make a difference, one family at a time.”


  • Villanova University, BA 2008 (Dual Major in English & Communications with a Concentration in Rhetoric & Performance)
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, JD 2011

Notable Cases:

  • Byrom v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, $229,640,000, 2019


  • MAJ Trial Reporter Committee Co-Chair, 2023 – Present


  • The Path toward Obtaining Large Verdicts for Serious Injuries, By Sarah L. Smith with Shakétta A. Denson, Briggs Bedigian, Michael V. McCubbin, Brian S. Brown and Samantha Manganaro; MAJ Trial Reporter, Spring 2020

  • The Future of the ACA: Is the Individual Mandate a tax even if it’s $0?, By Sarah L. Smith; MAJ Trial Reporter, Spring, 2021

  • Social Media: Potential Pitfalls and Perils Every Trial Lawyer Must Develop Strategies for Navigating, By Sarah L. Smith; MAJ Trial Reporter, Fall 2021

  • Torts Have Been Reformed – What about the Healthcare System?, By Sarah L. Smith; MAJ Trial Reporter, Fall 2023

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