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John C. Ginn is a partner with the law firm of Smith, McDowell, Ginn in Sulphur Springs. He has a general personal injury practice and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate. He has served as chairman of the District 1A Grievance Committee and is a past member of the Professionalism Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and formerly served as a director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. His practice includes catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex criminal and family law litigation. He is responsible for the largest injury jury verdict in Lamar County history.  Several of Mr. Ginn's case results have received statewide and national news coverage. He lives in Sulphur Springs, Texas with his wife, Eydie, and their three children.



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  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    27 years
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    27 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    27 years
  4. Family: 20%
    27 years



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Smith McDowell Ginn

315 South Gilmer

Sulphur Spgs, TX, 75482-2768

315 Gilmer St
Sulphur Springs, TX, 75482



DCActive 199211/29/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198901/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Super LawyerN/A2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2014
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocacyAmerican Board of Trial Advocacy2014
Law and Media in Conjunction with Martindale HubbelTop Personal Injury Lawyer2013
Leading Plaintiff Lawyer's in AmericaLaw Dragon2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith McDowell Ginn1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Baylor Law Alumni AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2007 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationFormer Board of Directors2005 - 2009
Texas Bar FoundationLife Fellow2004 - Present
State Bar of TexasChairman of District 1A Grievance Committee2004 - 2005
State Bar of TexasProfessionalism Committee2001 - 2002
Northeast Texas Bar AssociationPast President1995 - 1996
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Noteworthy Caseswin
Vehicle Collision/Commercial Insurance1.6 million dollar settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Baylor UniversityBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1986