Attorney Smith was born in Auburn, Alabama and grew up in the tri-cites area of NortheasternTennessee. He attained a BS degree from East Tennessee State University and law degree from the University of Tennessee, being admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1976. Additionally, Attorney Smith was admitted to the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.
Attorney Smith is board-certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Association for Justice, Board of Governors of the Tennessee Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and Tennessee Academy of Certified Trial Attorneys. Attorney Smith is AV-rated and was named a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2012.
With nearly 40 years of experience, Attorney Smith has handled more than 1000 personal injury cases, which include product liability, medical malpractice, automobile wrecks, crash worthiness, accidental electrocutions, excessive force, and wrongful death cases. Significant cases include Hambly v. Becton Dickinson, one of the first needle stick injury cases which led to the retractable needle design and instruction changes.
In Montgomery v. Cryolife, Attorney Smith was one of the first attorneys to litigate a Cryolife case involving infections caused by contaminated tissue used in knee reconstruction. Additionally, Attorney Smith successfully tried an excessive force case, resulting in a $10,000,000.00 verdict for his client. Noteworthy defendants have been DuPont, Michelin and Proffitt’s Department Stores.