Judge Joel Worshtil is universally known for his patience, understanding, fairness and practical approach to disputes and their resolution.  After 18 years as a litigator he served as a Family Law Master and Maryland District Court Judge for 22 years.  Judge Worshtil practiced mediation in his law practice, has been certified in civil mediation through the Maryland Judiciary and has resolved numerous disputes as a member of the Judiciary.  For ten years he wrote the Personal Injury Verdicts Report for the Prince George’s County Bar Association and arbitrated securities, medical malpractice and human relations cases.

Judicial Experience

  • Retired Judge – Sitting as a Recalled Judge since June 2012
  • Judge – District Court of Maryland 1998 to 2012
  • Master – Family Division of the Circuit Court 1989 – 1998

Previous Legal Experience

  • Private Law Practice (litigation) and Federal government service 1972 – 1990

Experience as an Arbitrator and Mediator

  • National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission
  • Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Office
  • Divorce and Family Mediation Center
  • Certified by Maryland Judiciary in Civil Mediation

Law Foundation and Bar Association Activities

  • Law Foundation of Prince George’s County, President, Treasurer and Board of Director 1989 -1995 (wrote original grant which started the pro bono project)
  • People’s Pro Bono Action Center of the Maryland State Bar Association 1992–1995
  • Maryland Bar Foundation – Lifetime Fellow
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association – President’s Award – 1989, served on various committees and wrote the Personal Injury Verdicts Reports 1987- 1997

Community Activities

  • Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission
  • Chairperson and Vice Chair – 1983 – 1989
  • Prince George’s County Executive’s Human Resource Advisory Committee

Legal Education

  • Ohio State University College of Law – J.D. cum laude 1972
  • Georgetown University Law Center  –  Graduate coursework in tax and securities law