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Christopher Herndon Smith

Christopher Herndon Smith

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Personal Injury

About Me

Christopher "Smitty" Smith focuses on litigation, and represents clients in the areas of contract disputes, loan workouts, employment agreements, personal injury, products liability, trucking and transportation law, premises liability, medical malpractice, construction law, and insurance litigation.  Over the past several years, Mr. Smith has conducted complex litigation in a number of forums, including Georgia, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.  He has also argued before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court.  Mr. Smith has been named numerous times as "Rising Star" by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazines, and was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of business litigation and construction law for three years in a row.  His law firm was named one of the top six litigation firms in Savannah.

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Mr. Smith earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  While at William and Mary, Smith was a member of the varsity football team and served as President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He also was a recipient of the Howard Smith Memorial Scholarship.  Mr. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the National Mock Trial Team and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Mr. Smith is actively involved in the community.   He has served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar Association, and as Board Member for the Atlanta Bar Council of Younger Lawyers  as well as the Friends Junior Committee of Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. "Smitty" has been recognized with Acheivement Awards from the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association, and is a graduate of both the State Bar Leadership Academy and Leadership Savannah.  He is also a Board member of the Greater Savannah Boys and Girls Club, the Live Oak Library Foundation, and volunteers with Junior Achievement.   Mr. Smith is a member of the Knights of Columbus and attends St. James Church.  He is married with twin boys and resides in Savannah.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Litigation: 50%
    17 years, 500 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    17 years, 250 cases
  3. Business: 25%
    17 years, 160 cases



Hourly ($225-275/hour), Contingent (30-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • 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

  • 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

Thomerson Macchiaverna & Smith

7 E. Congress St.
Suite 712
Savannah, GA, 31401



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199908/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
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
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