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In his 30-year legal career, attorney David Smith has learned that when people are seriously injured, or have lost a family member because of someone's negligence or carelessness, they want their attorney to possess three essential qualities: Experience, Compassion, and Integrity, as well as a track record of proven results in tough cases in the courtroom.


David's experience spans decades of providing aggressive and effective advocacy for seriously injured plaintiffs throughout California and all 50 states. In recognition of his many significant jury verdicts and settlements in a wide range of serious injury cases, David Smith has been selected for membership in ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocacy. Membership in ABOTA is an honor which is granted only to those advocates and trial attorneys who are recognized by their peers in the legal community to possess the highest level of trial advocacy skills and professional ethics.


Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, burns, medical malpractice, disability discrimination, birth injuries, nursing home and elder abuse, and medication error cases are among the most complex and challenging types of personal injury cases for an attorney to effectively litigate or take to jury trial. The trial attorney must master the complex medical issues, communicate to the jury the catastrophic effect of serious injuries upon human lives, and possess the ability to credibly establish the financial loss and damages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering experienced by accident victims.


David is widely recognized and respected for his hard-earned medical and pharmaceutical knowledge and experience. He has been a frequent lecturer to other attorneys, as well as to health care providers, on a wide range of medical topics and the handling of complex medical issues. This experience provides him with a keen understanding of the causes as well as the long term consequences of catastrophic physical injuries.


He has lectured on a wide range of medical-legal issues including the cross examination of medical expert witnesses, the effective presentation of medical evidence at trial, medication and drug errors, the trial of medical and pharmacy malpractice cases, internet medical research, and medical technology, including the obtaining and effective use of electronic medical records (EMR).



Most importantly, David puts his experience and expansive medical knowledge to work for each and every one of his clients to insure that they receive the maximum compensation possible for their injuries and losses.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    41 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    41 years
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    41 years
  4. Spinal Cord Injury: 10%
    41 years
  5. Brain Injury: 10%
    41 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Douglas P. Adams

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known David for many years and have been his adversary on many cases. He is not only very skilled but is extremely ethical and works hard for his clients. His skills as a trial lawyer have earned him election in to ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), which is known as the Hall of Fame of trial lawyers. David is also a bit of a renaissance man, as he is a master gardener and accomplished sailor. His clients are lucky to have him on their side.


    Douglas Adams Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tom Royse Johnson

    I endorse this lawyer. Dave Smith is a hard working and extremely competent medical malpractice and personal injury attorney. He is a walking encyclopedia on all medical matters. I have noticed the extra care, and genuine compassion he provides to his clients.


    Tom Johnson Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP

641 Fulton Ave
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA, 95825


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Award of MeritCapital City Trial Lawyers2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeCo-chair2009 - 2009
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2005 - Present
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2001 - 2001
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Directors1990 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anesthesiology negligence$2,150,000
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)$2,100,000
Birth injury/cerebral palsy$1,750,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of San FranciscoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing CommitteeTort & Trial Practice, 27th Annual Recent Developments2012
College of Trial ArtsKaiser Medical and Nursing Protocols – How to Find Them and Use Them for Maximum Impact2012
Kaiser ArbitrationsNew Prescriptions for the Care and Treatment of Kaiser Malpractice Claims2011
CAOC Winter ConventionElectronic Medical Records (ERM) - Why you need them; How to obtain them; How to Read them.2011
National Live Web Seminar12 Common Medication Error Cases Every Savvy Litigator Can Handle2010
College of Trial ArtsKaiser Arbitrations: Even the Playing Field – What You Need to Know to Handle a Kaiser Medical Malpractice Arbitration2010
28th Annual Recent DevelopmentsCivil Litigation Practice2010
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMedicare MSP “Hidden Remedy”Private Cause of Action2009
Consumer Attorneys of California Winter Convention“A Practical Lien Handbook: Formulas, Phone Numbers, and Form Letters that Every Practitioner Can Use2009