Chris Smith first joined Franklin & Prokopik in March of 2016. After a brief hiatus, he re-joined the Baltimore office’s workers’ compensation defense and employers’ liability team. Chris has handled hundreds of workers’ compensation cases of varying complexity on behalf of employers and insurers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and on appeal in the circuit courts throughout Maryland.

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Chris served as a prosecutor in Harford County for seven years. During this time, he handled thousands of criminal and serious traffic cases in both the district and circuit courts. He has dealt with all phases of felony prosecution to include criminal investigation, grand jury presentations, motions hearings, and jury trials. He was also called upon to handle particularly sensitive and difficult cases because he was identified as a detail-oriented prosecutor that cared about his victims. In addition, Chris has experience in handling plaintiff’s personal injury matters and claimant’s work, which provides him with valuable insight when defending his cases. Chris also serves as editor of F&P’s insights and blogs for workers’ compensation.

While in law school, Chris worked for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office as a Rule 16 attorney and also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John O. Hennegan in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.


Chris spends almost all his free time with his wife, son, and daughter. Chris also enjoys strength training and listening to audiobooks in his downtime. Chris feels fortunate to have married into a “big fat Greek” family and has become an active member of the Greek community. He is a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and is also a steward at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.