The purpose of the Hjortsberg Award is to acknowledge, commend, and express our deep appreciation for solo and small firm practitioners who raise the bar of professionalism, civility, intelligence, respect, and community commitment of all – attorneys and non attorneys – though an everyday practice of law.

About the Award

The criteria has been developed from those qualities that David Hjortsberg gave to our profession: a solo or small firm practitioner who is intelligent and knowledgeable in the law, hardworking and tenacious, yet respectful and civil to every party, witness and attorney case, views the practice of law as a profession and takes personal pride in his/her work, and he/she is active in his/her community, their local bar and the State Bar.


Prior David Hjortsberg Award Recipients


  • Roland Bounds, Howard County, 1998-99
  • Neil Helfrich, Harford County, 1999-2000
  • Steve Seltzer, Montgomery County, 2000-01
  • Roger Perkins, Anne Arundel County, 2001-02
  • Kathleen Chapman, Frederick County, 2001-02
  • Mike Jacobs, Talbot County, 2003-04
  • Vince Guida, Howard County, 2004-05
  • Karren Pope-Onwukwe, Prince George’s County, 2005-06
  • Dick Gelfman, Howard County, 2006-07
  • Michael Gordon, Baltimore City, 2007-08
  • Mary Ellen Flynn, Montgomery County, 2008-09
  • David Densford, St. Mary’s County, 2009-10
  • William I. Weston, 2009-10 (posthumous)
  • Marla Zide, Anne Arundel County, 2010-11
  • Jeffrey Letzkus, Howard County, 2011-12
  • Rebecca N. Strandberg, Montgomery County, 2012-13
  • Thomas Matthew Weschler, Montgomery County, 2013-14
  • Robert J. Zarbin, Anne Arundel County, 2014-15
  • Jonathan Shoup, 2015-2016 (posthumous)
  • Peter Ayers Wimbrow, III, Worcester County, 2016-2017



Seeking Nominations for 2018 Hjortsberg Award

The Section is seeking nominations from attorneys, local bar associations and the judiciary recommending nominees for this award. Anyone who has worked with a solo or small firm attorney whom you believe is an exemplary attorney and helped or encouraged you to be a better attorney, who was a gentleman/gentlewoman, who worked hard, who was respectful to your clients and witnesses yet was a tenacious advocate on behalf of his/her client, and is the kind of an attorney with whom all attorneys want to work, and emulate – we encourage you to nominate them for this award.

The award will be presented at the MSBA Legal Summit & Annual Meeting on Friday, June 15, 2018 immediately following the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section’s “Practice Management Software v. None” program.

Nomination Deadline: May 22, 2018