Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1975); University of Texas at Austin (J.D., with honors, 1978). Order of the Coif. Member, Texas Law Review, 1977-1978.

Mr. Smith has been a trial attorney for 25 years. For the past fifteen years he has represented primarily individuals in plaintiff's personal injury litigation. He was recently named one of the Best Lawyers in Tennesse by Business Tennessee, a statewide business journal, in the January, 2004 edition. The Business Tennessee Best Lawyers List for 2004 described Mr. Smith as "An all-star across the state." The list identified 101 attorneys from all regions of the state and recognized Mr. Smith as one of five "best lawyers" in Tennessee in the area of Personal Injury (Plaintiff) practice. He has tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation. He began in private practice with the national law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas (1978-1983). He also served as an Associate Professor of Law teaching Torts, Evidence and Professional Responsibility at Vanderbilt University School of Law (1983-1988).

Certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Mr. Smith is also certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification requires proof that the attorney is in good standing, is substantially involved in litigating and trying cases (including minimum trial day requirements), has met continuing legal education requirements and has been subjected to peer review by persons against whom they’ve tried cases, as well as judges before whom they’ve appeared.

Texas (1978); Tennessee (1985); U.S. District Courts (Middle, Eastern Districts of Tennessee; Southern District of Texas); Courts of Appeals (Fifth Circuit; Sixth Circuit); U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Claims Court.

Research Scholar, Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Clinical and Research Ethics, 1986-1988. Member, Executive Committee, Vanderbilt University AIDS Project, 1987-1988. Member: Nashville, Tennessee and American (Commentator, Law and Medicine Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1987) Bar Associations; Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1992-1993; Consultant, Member, Constitutional Challenge Committee, 1987).


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Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Law; and Complex Civil Litigation.

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