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New Maryland Insurance Commissioner Appointed

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Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the appointment of
Therese Goldsmith as Maryland insurance commissioner.

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In 2009, Gov. O’Malley appointed Goldsmith as
commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Maryland. Her tenure as
insurance commissioner will be effective on June 13, 2011.

“I’m excited to see a new commissioner come into Maryland, as there has been some headway made by a couple of our board members by way of complaints," said Jordan Hendler, executive director of the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association. "My interest was piqued to find out that she’s from outside of the commissioner’s office or insurance industry, something that’s unusual for the position. I look forward to getting to meet with her to discuss issues pertaining to auto physical damage and the problems that are faced in the marketplace. Whenever a new person enters this position, it gives us hope for change!” 

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In January 2007, Goldsmith became a partner at Hogan
& Hartson, LLP, as part of the firm’s white collar litigation practice
group concentrating on government investigations, 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 the HIPAA and state
privacy laws. She had served as an associate for the same division since 2001.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Goldsmith worked as
an associate at Venable, Baetjer and Howard, LLP concentrating on federal and
state 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.

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Prior to obtaining her law degree, Goldsmith served as a
speech-language pathologist at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa.
She also served as a speech-language pathologist, a neurology team leader and a
neurology program coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Goldsmith also held positions at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in
Washington, D.C., serving as a clinical supervisor for the Speech-Language
Pathology Service, assistant director of the Speech Language Pathology Service
and director of the Speech Language Pathology Service.

Goldsmith received her Juris Doctor and graduated Order
of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law. She received her
Bachelor of Science, with a dual major in Speech Pathology and Audiology and
Psychology, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson
University. She was also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District
of Maryland in 1999, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2006,
and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2008.

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