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Next Research, LLC, develops and empirically tests cognitive, social, and behavioral research to create predictive models and personalized trial strategies.

Next Trial Innovation, LLC, focuses solely on the training and education of trial lawyers in how to use this advanced research that is being developed in the research arm.

Stombaugh, Smith & Co. features cutting-edge science based trial advocacy techniques on behalf of injured families or individuals. The firm blends the talents of Wisconsin trial innovator Christopher Stombaugh with one of Maryland's leading litigators, Michael Paul Smith. The trial lawyers at SS&C will apply the advanced advocacy methods to trial, negotiation and legal consulting services.

Maryland: 410.337.2200 | Wisconsin: 608.371.9277

Christopher Stombaugh

Christopher Stombaugh has been a thought leader on applying many of the cognitive neuroscience techniques the Stombaugh and Smith alliance will focus on. As a trial lawyer, Stombaugh's expertise has led to several record setting jury verdicts, often seven and eight figures. The Wisconsin native's professional passion is to empower deserving people to have their stories heard and cared about by juries in courtrooms across America.

Stombaugh concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence and product liability. A Drake University Law School honors graduate, and faculty member at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, Stombaugh was, until recently, a partner at the Keenan Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

A member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice since 1997, Stombaugh was elected as the organization's President for the 2014 term. He is also a member of the Iowa Association for Justice as well as the American Association for Justice.

He has been chosen as a Wisconsin "Superlawyer," (among the top 5% of all lawyers) since 2010 and has a 10/10 Avvo Rating. Stombaugh speaks regularly to state bar and trial lawyer associations nationwide on modern and effective trial advocacy.

For 22 years, Chris has been devoted to his true passions in the law - the service of injured families and the advancement of the art and science of trial advocacy on their behalf and on behalf of others.

Mr. Stombaugh is licensed to practice law in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Michael Paul Smith

Michael Paul Smith has been an active trial lawyer and member of the Maryland Bar since 1992. His practice has been concentrated on areas of complex civil litigation, including personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and business litigation.

Michael Paul Smith has successfully obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards in his litigation career. His peers, opposing counsel and the judges before whom he has appeared have rated Mr. Smith with the highest reviews obtainable by an attorney for his abilities in the following categories:

Legal Knowledge
Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
Analytical Capabilities
Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
Communication Ability
Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
Legal Experience
Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)

He earned an AV Preeminent (with 5.0 out of 5.0) rating with Martindale Hubble, America's leader in Peer Review Ratings. He also has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Smart CEO magazine.

Throughout his time in law school, Michael Paul Smith obtained valuable trial experience serving as a law clerk and court clerk to Judge Joseph F. Murphy (1988-1992). During his tenure as a clerk, Judge Murphy tried some of region's most important cases, ruling the non-economic cap unconstitutional in Murphy v. Edmunds and presiding over Fairfax Savings and Loan v. Ellerin wherein Judge Murphy upheld a $13+ million dollar verdict on the counterclaim, just to name a few.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Smith is active in several charitable and community organizations. He is on the boards of Best Buddies of Maryland and the Martin J. Smith Foundation and has been an active member of the Maryland Catholic Conference Board.

Michael Paul Smith is licensed to practice law in Maryland.