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Christopher Herndon Smith

Christopher Herndon Smith

About me

Christopher “Smitty” Smith is a partner in the Savannah office. His practice areas include healthcare, commercial litigation and transactions, catastrophic injury, transportation, construction, insurance, and employment law. Representing businesses and individuals in matters ranging from physician recruiting agreements to covenants not to compete, Smitty has an expansive range of experience in business disputes. From breach of contract to chemical plant explosions, he has litigated complex cases from Georgia to California.


A member of the Savannah Bar, the Georgia Bar, and the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia, Smitty has served as a board member of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers and as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar. He is the recipient of Awards of Achievement from both the American Bar Association and Georgia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divisions. Admitted to practice since 1999, he has argued cases in State, Superior, and Federal District Court and in front of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Smitty has served as an expert witness in the area of complex litigation attorney’s fees and is a registered mediator.


Smitty has tried numerous cases to a jury verdict and was nominated to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2012. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite as well as a top attorney by Savannah Magazine. He is a graduate of both Leadership Savannah and the State Bar of Georgia’s Leadership Academy.


Active in the community, Smitty has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club, the Next Generation Advisory Board of Memorial Hospital, and as vice president of the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation. He has taught for Junior Achievement and coached high school teams in the Georgia Mock Trial Tournament. In the past, he has been an active member of the William Jay Society and the Thirteenth Colony Society. A volunteer lawyer for military families as part of Project Lamplighter, Smitty worked with the youth group at Christ the King Cathedral. He also served on the Friends Committee of Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and volunteered as a resume writer and job coach at Atlanta’s Union Mission.


A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Smitty played football and lacrosse while serving as the president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In law school at the University of Georgia, he served on the editorial board for the Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association National Mock Trial Team.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    17 years, 500 cases
  2. Business: 40%
    17 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($275-325/hour), contingent (30-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Allen Sanders Jr.

    Smitty is a great trial lawyer. I endorse him without hesitation.


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  • Richard Allen Sanders Jr.

    Smitty is a great trial lawyer. I endorse him without hesitation.


    Richard Sanders Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


200 E. St. Julian St.
Savanannah, GA, 31401


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199911/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AssociateAmerican Board of Trial Attorneys2012
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Best LawyersThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Best Business Litigation FirmUS News2010
Award of AchievementABA YLD2008
Award of AchievementSBA YLD2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHunterMaclean2015 - Present
PartnerThomerson Macchiaverna Smith & Freeman PC2009 - 2015
PartnerHunter Maclean2006 - 2009
MemberWeinberg Wheeler2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers DivisonPresident2008 - 2009
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionBoard Member2000 - 2001
Savannah Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stanfield v. Waste Management of Georgia, Inc.Defense Verdict
Smith v. Jackson Electric Membership CorpoJudgment for Defense upheld by Supreme Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
The South MagazineEOS in Brief2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawN/AN/A1999
College of William and MaryN/AN/A1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law DayEmerging Trends in Business Law2010
Southeastern Legal Assistants AssociationsHistorical Narrative of the Savannah Trial of the Slave Ship WANDERER2008