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Colin Smith

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as W P Colin Smith Jr

  • Licensed for 54 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1969
    Active No misconduct found

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Attorney W. P. Colin Smith Jr. of SmithMcNeill PC in Boston brings pragmatic sophistication to his practice. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University, where he was captain of the ski team and a letter winner in sailing. He completed his J.D. at the Boston University School of Law, cum laude. Colin was a law clerk on the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia. After clerking, he was an associate at the Boston law firm Nutter, McClennen and Fish in the litigation department. Colin served as a full professor at the New England School of Law for more than 25 years and taught graduate-level courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his years of teaching, he practiced as of counsel to Bradley, Barry & Tarlow in Boston and practiced at The Egan Building in Gloucester. As a result, Colin has established strong relationships in the legal profession, business, academic institutions and government.

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SmithMcNeill PC Attorneys at Law
10 Post Office Sq
8th Floor South
Boston, MA, 02109-4603

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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A strategic, thorough, and knowledgable attorney who puts his clients first.
My husband and I hired Mr. Smith after being involved in an auto accident that left us with long-term effects sustained from head injuries. We were impressed by his thorough, strategic, approach to our case, and particularly with his experience on TBI's (Traumatic Brain Injuries). We deeply appreciate Mr. Smith's professionalism and the personal consideration he showed to us. He has helped us make the best of bad situation. We strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Fred | August 29, 2015
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Cool under pressure. And clever.
Attorney Smith represented me for several years in an unfriendly corporation breakup which included, among other things, the disposition of Intellectual Property. He proved to be a quick study. We were opposed by a well known Boston law firm, now defunct. Better them than us. He brings a wealth of experience which lets him present you with a range of options, but he won't try to decide for you what you have to decide for yourself. Obviously, I was a happy client.
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Posted by Robert P. | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Talented, Practical, very effective
For the last three decades I have been in a business that sometimes requires complicated and difficult litigation. It is simply the nature of this business. We have always prevailed both in local courts and Federal Court. A very significant victory happened for an elderly friend who was in a severe car crash. Mr. Smith negotiated a settlement that was beyond any expectations.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer; Excellent Result
I was sued for breach of contract by a shady character looking for a shakedown payment. Attorney Smith calmed me down, analyzed the documents and won the case on a summary judgment motion.
Posted by Michael | August 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Practical problem-solver
Colin Smith has provided excellent help for me in two very different matters. One time was when our home heating oil tank ruptured, spilling 200 gallons of oil onto our property. The delivery company apparently filled it improperly, but they removed the tank and destroyed it (without our permission) before we could diagnose the problem. We had to pay $70,000 for the state-monitored clean-up. Unfortunately our home-owners insurance policy explicitly excluded coverage for this kind of accident. Our only recourse was the delivery company. It’s a mom-and-pop operation with minimal insurance. After a careful investigation, Mr. Smith advised us that although we had a strong case legally, collecting a judgment would be difficult and could take years. Instead he negotiated a settlement that covered much of our loss, and did so at far less expense to us. I turned to him again for help on another problem. For a number of years I received an avalanche of harassing phone calls and letters from a person I barely knew. Many mornings my office voice mail would be clogged with dozens of hostile messages. Several other people I knew were having the same problem. Rather than have me to go to court on my own, Mr. Smith discovered that a local institution was seeking a restraining order against this person for similar reasons. He had me join that suit, which gave my complaints more weight with the judge (and perhaps with the person, as well). Ever since the judge issued his order almost ten years ago, there hasn’t been one single call, email, or letter. I’m impressed with Mr. Smith’s sound judgment and keen understanding of the legal system. He was prepared to go to full trial in both cases, but he found ways to solve serious problems more quickly (and at much less cost). I recommend him very highly.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Smith McNeill PC Attorneys at Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • President
  • EGlobe, Inc.
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Professor
  • New England School of Law
  • 1972 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Clerk
  • District Of Columbia Court Of Appeals
  • 1969 - 1970
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  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1969
  • Boston University
  • Cum Laude
  • 1966


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Durand v. IDC Bellingham 440 Mass
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (17)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Colin for almost 20 years. He is a fierce litigator who knows his way around a courtroom. He has a wealth of experience and professional contacts that enable him to assist his clients in any litigation. He is a proven winner."
Litigation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was introduced to Attorney Smith by my father, a practicing lawyer for over 50 years. After speaking with him in reference to an extremely complicated case, my thought was that he was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers. His years as a law professor give him a distinct analytical advantage over virtually all other attorneys."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Smith for over 20 years in many different contexts. He is professional, thorough, thoughtful and dogged in all that he undertakes. With Attorney Smith on your side you will have a truly experienced and talented advocate."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is a litigator; in the truest sense of the word. Whatever you are thinking, trust that he is always ten steps ahead. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Colin is an outstanding litigator who drills down deep into the facts to find that crucial piece of evidence to "make" his case. We have worked together on several matters and his insights are second to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is a seasoned attorney with decades of civil litigation experience. He is particularly adept at handling complex personal injury cases. I endorse this lawyer."
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Boston Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Colin Smith
Colin Smith
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 54 years
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