As the oldest of four children raised by a single mother, Mike Smigiel learned the value of education and strong work ethic at an early age.
In 1975 Mike joined the Marines and was honorably discharged in 1979. In order to pay for college, Mike worked various full-time jobs while also attending college including in construction, retail, restaurant management, mental health, and respite care. In 1981 Mike graduated from Community College with an A. A. in Political Science and Psychology. He furthered his education by graduating in 1985 from Northern Illinois University, with a B.A. in Political Science, and in 1989 received his J.D. from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Mike served as the President of his law school class his final year.
After law school Mike returned to Maryland to set up his law practice on the Eastern Shore, where he built a successful practice by taking on the cases that others would not. Mike is known as “the people’s lawyer”, representing everyday working men and women against government overreach and intrusion into their lives. Mike has worked to help people with “government misconduct” and “consumer matters” in addition to his criminal defense and appellate practice. From 2001 until 2015, Mike served in the Maryland House of Delegates with honor and distinction.