Richard E Schimel

Civil Litigation Attorney in Maryland and District of Columbia

Richard E Schimel represents clients in civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts. He helps his clients in a wide range of civil matters, including, but not limited to: dog and other animal-related injuries, condominium associations, homeowners’ associations, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury, premises liability, probate litigation, nuisance and construction disputes.

An author on condominium rights, pit bulls/breed specific legislation, animal injuries and a variety of insurance issues, Mr. Schimel incorporates his practical experience to help clients and educate the community. He has volunteered as a mock trial judge at the high school and college level and as a moot court (appellate) judge for various law school competitions.  He has also served as a mentor to newly admitted members of the Maryland Bar Association.


  • Montgomery County Inns of Court, Master of the Bench  2017-Present
  • American Inns of Court Pegasus Scholarship Placement Program, Member 2018-Present
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society, Programming Chair
  • Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee
  • Great American Mock Trial Regional Invitation Tournament, Judge
  • Cohen and Cohen Mock Trial Competition, George Washington University National Law Center, Judge
  • Van Vleck Moot Court Competition, George Washington University National Law Center, Judge
  • Public Speakers Program of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Former Chair
  • Mentor-Mentee Program of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Former Chair
  • National Association for Recreational Equality, Director
  • Princeton Internships in Civic Service Alumni Mentor, 2019-Present


  • Post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
  • The Fascinating Story of America’s Primary System
  • The Baseball Rule:  Its Origins and History
  • The Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XLIX – Number 4, July/August 2016
    Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Constitutional Infirmities of the Legislative Override of Tracey V. Solesky
  • The Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XVLI – Number 2, March/April 2013
    Tracey v. Solesky: The Court of Appeals of Maryland Mounts the Pit-Bully Pulpit
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Newsletter, December 2010
    Contingency Fee Agreements Redux


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society


  • “Maryland Dog Law: A Tortuous Tort History” – Personal Injury Section of Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • “The Solesky Decision: The Court of Appeals of Maryland’s Holding That Pit Bulls Are Inherently Dangerous” – Philadelphia Symposium on Breed-Specific Law
  • “Dog Bites Man (Or Woman): Why and What to Do When It Happens” – Montgomery County Bar Foundation CLE Panel Participant
  • “Tree Law” – RTI Group, LLC, Stevensville, Maryland
  • “The Dark Side of the Internet” – Guest Lecturer, Fordham University Course on Understanding Social Media
  • “The First Amendment” – Washington Metro OASIS
  • “The Court System on the United States” – Rotary Club of Montgomery County

In addition, Mr. Schimel has given frequent lectures at the Sunrise House Senior Living Facility on Connecticut Avenue, N.W. on topics of interest to its residents.

Topics have included discussions on:

  • Constitutional Rights of Criminal Suspects:  Gideon & Miranda
  • The Origins and Interpretation of the Second Amendment
  • The Fourteenth Amendment
  • The Right to Vote
  • The Impeachment Process
  • The Historical Progression of LGBTQ Rights
  • Women and the Courts
  • The Lindbergh Kidnapping Trial
  • The Burr Conspiracy Trial
  • The Scottsboro 9 Trial
  • The Pentagon Papers Case
  • The Bush Gore Election
  • Gerrymandering
  • Congressional Contempt Power
  • Whistleblowing Law
  • Space Law
  • Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Twitter and Facebook
  • Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance
  • Police Brutality
  • Wikileaks
Richard E. Schimel, Attorney at Law


  • George Washington University,
    J.D., 1978, with Honors
  • Princeton University,
    B.A., 1975, with Honors


  • Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable William H. McCullough Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, 1978-1979


  • Maryland, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services, 2005