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 Selzer, 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



Presentation of the 2018 Hjortsberg Award


The 2018 Hjortsberg 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.