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Larry Dean Smith Jr.

Larry Dean Smith Jr.

also known as L. Dean Smith, Jr., "Dean"

About me

Mr. Smith specializes in matters involving sexual harassment, race/national origin discrimination, disability discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, and catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death.  Mr. Smith has represented numerous plaintiffs resulting in settlements of six and seven figure amounts.  Mr. Smith also has the unique perspective of defending these types of cases, so he has developed and implemented strategies and tactics to combat the well-financed and experienced defense counsel employed by corporations and insurance companies whose primary goal is to defeat your claim or lawsuit. 

Mr. Smith also handles all aspects of family law matters, specializing in high-asset cases with complex division of assets, property and support issues. Mr. Smith routinely works with and retains investigators, forensic accountants, evaluators and appraisers to ensure his clients get everything to which they are entitled. Mr. Smith is tenacious and will leave no stone unturned in locating and seizing any and all assets and property that is rightfully yours.

If Mr. Smith takes on your employment or personal injury case, you will not have to advance any money or pay for Mr. Smith's services until the claim or lawsuit is successfully resolved. Mr. Smith charges hourly for family law matters, and typically requires an initial retainer.  Each case is different and Mr. Smith is flexible in coming up with an arrangement that fits each family's needs.

Time is of the essence so do not delay in getting the advice you need to protect your rights. 

The consultation is free.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    8 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 25%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Lewis Holcomb, Jr.

    Dean is a highly-skilled attorney who fights hard for his clients and results.


    John Holcomb, Litigation Attorney
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  • William W Housley

    I endorse this lawyer. Talented and well versed attorney and well respected in legal community.


    William Housley DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact info

1925 Century Park E Ste 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Herzfeld & Rubin

1925 Century Park East, Ste. 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90067



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising Star 2015Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising Star 2015Super Lawyers2015
Featured Attorney DivorceAvvo2015
Client's ChoiceAvvo2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top Contributor - Sexual HarassmentAvvo2014
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2006
Staff WriterLoyola Law School - Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review2005
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2005
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2004
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2003
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2002
First Honors - Legal Research & WritingLoyola Law School2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHerzfeld & Rubin LLP2010 - Present
Volunteer Deputy City AttorneyLos Angeles City Attorney's Office2013 - 2013
AttorneyKussman & Whitehill2007 - 2010
AttorneyBaker, Keener & Nahra2006 - 2007
Research AssistantLoyola Law School - Professor Laurie Levenson2005 - 2006
Legal InternThe Disability Rights Legal Center2005 - 2006
Litigation ParalegalBaker, Keener & Nahra1998 - 2006
Litigation ParalegalGordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein1996 - 1998
Litigation ParalegalLaw Offices of Richard M. Lester1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alliance for Children's RightsPro Bono Volunteer Attorney2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionMember2007 - 2010
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMember2007 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
Loyola Law School - Entertainment Law ReviewStaff Writer2005 - 2006
American Trial Lawyers Association chapterMember2002 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2006
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motorcycle v. AutoSettled $100,000 policy limits
Wrongful TerminationConfidential Settlement - Settled for in excess of 10 times client's annual income.
Severe Burns - Product Liability$1,000,000 - Policy Limits
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesCar Accident Guide2015
AVVO Legal GuidesWorkplace Investigation/Complaint Guide2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/ATrial Advocacy Project2013
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
California State University, NorthridgeLiberal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Consumer AttorneysLitigation - Discovery2013