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Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith

Therese M. Goldsmith was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as Maryland’s Insurance Commissioner effective June 13, 2011, for a term ending May 31, 2015. She was confirmed by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee on February 3 2012.  Immediately prior to that appointment, Goldsmith was a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission of Maryland.

Commissioner Goldsmith currently serves as Vice-Chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee and the NAIC's Market Actions Working Group (MAWG). She also chairs the NAIC's Market Regulation Accreditation Working Group. In addition, Commissioner Goldsmith represents the NAIC at the Cybersecurity Forum for Independent and Executive Branch Regulators.

Before entering public service, Goldsmith was a partner at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells). As part of that firm’s white collar litigation group, she concentrated her practice on government investigations of alleged health care fraud and abuse, claims brought by the government or private whistleblowers under the federal and state False Claims Acts, and issues arising under HIPAA and state privacy laws. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson in 2001, she was an associate at the law firm of Venable, Baetjer and Howard, LLP (now Venable LLP). Her practice there focused on federal and state health care regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse investigations, provider reimbursement appeals, rate review matters, medical staff peer review proceedings, licensure board disciplinary actions, patient care issues and corporate transactions.

Commissioner Goldsmith previously worked as a certified speech-language pathologist, focusing primarily on communication and swallowing disorders resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological conditions. She was the Director of Speech-Language Pathology at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the adjunct graduate faculty of Loyola College in Maryland.

Commissioner Goldsmith received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from The University of Maryland School of Law, where she was an articles editor for the Maryland Law Review and was awarded The William Strobel Thomas Prize for the highest scholastic average of the Class of 1998. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, and a Master of Science degree from Towson University.

Last revised November 2014