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.
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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
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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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Award of Merit||Capital City Trial Lawyers||2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||Co-chair||2009 - 2009|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2005 - Present|
|Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association||President||2001 - 2001|
|Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Board of Directors||1990 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1990 - Present|
|Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)||$2,100,000|
|Birth injury/cerebral palsy||$1,750,000|
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|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|University of San Francisco||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing Committee||Tort & Trial Practice, 27th Annual Recent Developments||2012|
|College of Trial Arts||Kaiser Medical and Nursing Protocols – How to Find Them and Use Them for Maximum Impact||2012|
|Kaiser Arbitrations||New Prescriptions for the Care and Treatment of Kaiser Malpractice Claims||2011|
|CAOC Winter Convention||Electronic Medical Records (ERM) - Why you need them; How to obtain them; How to Read them.||2011|
|National Live Web Seminar||12 Common Medication Error Cases Every Savvy Litigator Can Handle||2010|
|College of Trial Arts||Kaiser Arbitrations: Even the Playing Field – What You Need to Know to Handle a Kaiser Medical Malpractice Arbitration||2010|
|28th Annual Recent Developments||Civil Litigation Practice||2010|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Medicare MSP “Hidden Remedy”Private Cause of Action||2009|
|Consumer Attorneys of California Winter Convention||“A Practical Lien Handbook: Formulas, Phone Numbers, and Form Letters that Every Practitioner Can Use||2009|