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Francis M Smith

Car accident Attorney at Mountainside, NJ

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1976
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Francis

Learn Francis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Resolving auto accident cases for over 30 years. Over $34 Million recovered for clients since 1996

    45 years

  2. Slip and fall accident
    Resolved many cases, including 2 over $2 Million; ice cases a specialty, trip and fall cases, dangerous premises cases

    45 years

  3. Brain injury
    Brain injuries caused by slip and fall trauma, auto accident trauma

    45 years

  4. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    $825,000 recovery for elderly client in rehab center after surgery

    45 years

  5. Wrongful death
    $2 Million wrongful death v. Postal Service; Death of 19 year old you man at party: death of auto accident victim after surgery.

    45 years

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You can make better decisions as your case develops and can contribute to presenting a strong case when you have been informed and educated about the legal process.

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Mountainside Office
928 Mountain Ave
PO Box 1400
Mountainside, NJ, 07092-0400

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Posted by Derrick & Cemoan | December 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
down to earth professional!
frank smith was recommended to us, now we have the pleasure of passing that recommendation forward. if your looking for a lawyer that tells you the facts, while keeping you informed every step of the way, Frank Smith is that Lawyer! thank you frank for your comforting professionalism.
Posted by Nancy | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellence lawyer... will fight to the end!
When I first met Frank about 3-4 yrs ago, I was kind of nervous because we didn't known him nor was he recommended either. I found him online and after a brief interview @ his office, I realized he was the one to represent my husband and I....
Posted by Judi | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Traumatic Brain Injury
I was referred to Frank by a friend and Thank God for him. I slipped on ice and had a traumatic Brain Injury. Sadly' these were not recognized with ins co. Frank, made it recognized and sent me to all the right Doctors. It is a permanent disability for me. Frank worked with me himself through the whole thing and got a great settlement. He cares!! He works hard for his clients.
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Posted by Tom | July 1, 2015
Claim settled
My family had a claim for an accident that happened off of our property. Frank explained the law in great detail and an easy to understand way. Our claim was certainly not a sure win, but Frank was truthful and agreed to pursue the case. Frank was able to settle the case quickly, for an amount we thought was fair to be able to pay for future medical bills down the road. He was able to double the original offer from the insurance company and most importantly was in contact with us through the entire process. I would often find myself emailing Frank in the middle of the night with questions, or answers to questions only to find his reply in my mailbox each morning. We are very pleased with his service and would certainly retain his services if ever needed again.
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Posted by marie | May 2, 2015
Frank handled my golf course acident with immense knowledge in presenting my case and care for me. We corresponded regularly. Each and every time Frank responded immediately. He was able to enlighten me about all aspects of the case going forward. In the end, I was most satidfied with the results that Frank was able to render for me. I would MOST certainly recommend Frank in any future case I may need his services.
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Posted by shabida | April 20, 2015
my auto accident settlement
I was very satisfied with how Mr. Smith handled my auto accident case. He was very reponsive to any questions or concerns that I had about my case, and kept me inform while the case was ongoing. I highly recommend any one who needs this kind of assistance to call Mr. Smith
Posted by Stan | April 13, 2015
Serious auto accident injury
I retained Frank Smith when my 85 year-old mother was severely injured as a passenger in an auto accident. The case was sensitive because of my mother's advanced age; her close personal friendship with the driver and her extraordinary fear of the legal process. Since many of the initial interviews took place while my mother was recovering from injuries that included a brain bleed, micro fractures and internal organ trauma, Frank visited her in the hospitals and rehabilitation centers. From the first meeting Frank's professionalism and friendly personality put her at ease. Frank was able to alleviate her fear of involving a close personal friend in the case. He explained every detail of how he intended to pursue the case and he hired an investigator who managed to secure eye-witness testimony that attested to the fact that drive who struck the car in which my mother was riding was driving recklessly. This was very important because the vehicle in which my mother was a passenger was making a left turn across a busy intersection and the first reports indicated that my mother's friend was at fault. By establishing that the other driver was at fault Frank not only strengthened our case but the alleviated tension between my mother and her friend. Over the course of the next two years Frank was attentive to my mother's needs and patiently walked her through every step of the process. From depositions to arbitration Frank's command of the nuances of the case were more than impressive. Frank secured the maximum settlement from the drive at fault, who was under insured to meet the award set forth by the arbiters. Frank then pursed my mother's insurance carrier for the balance of the settlement and was once again successful. Aside from winning an award that compensated my mother for her pain, suffering and inconvenience, Frank was able to comfort a frightened senior citizen through a long and difficult ordeal. She has become Frank's biggest fan. Anytime the subject of the accident comes up, she always says that she wouldn't have made it through experience without Frank. We are all grateful for the kindness he has shown our family and excellent manner in which Frank resolved this case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2015
Frank knows best!
I was in a non-fault car accident in 2012. Frank Smith's office was suggested to me by a family friend and im so glad he was. I have no legal background but he made sure I was aware and understood every upcoming step in my case. I felt comfortable contacting Frank's office whenever I had questions and his friendly receptionists were always abreast of the information I needed if Frank was unavailable. Although, it's been a while since the accident I have appreciated Franks commitment to seeing my case through to the end. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Shawn | February 11, 2015
Frank handled two cases for me with the utmost professionalism, pristine knowledge, and compassionate cooperation. I can attest that he surely deals with an array of emotions due to frustration, pain, anxiety, and fear, just to name a few. I would and have referred others to him for his possible services. Keep helping others Frank, because its clearly your God given gift :)
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Posted by Margaret | December 30, 2014
Frank Smith puts his clients needs first and foremost!
I have dealt with several attorneys and Frank is one of the best. Listens and makes recommendations in order to promote his client. My best advise is see him as soon as you are injured so he can handle the case from day 1 verses waiting to see if you need an attorney. In todays insurance market you need advise from day 1 not day 180. Frank puts his clients needs first and foremost not like others in the personal injury field.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
Highly Experienced Pro
I was injured in a trip-and-fall accident requiring hospitalization. Subsequently I visited Frank seeking answers to several questions I had relating to the accident. I selected Frank after seeing his advertisement in a local newspaper. I was impressed by Frank and his answers to my questions. After he explained I had a viable case, I asked him to handle it. I found Frank very professional, easy to deal with, and most importantly, very effective. He go me a great settlement.
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Posted by Judith | December 20, 2013
Reliable & trustworthy!
I called several attorneys when I fell and broke my arm. They all told me it was a waste of time and it would be very hard case. Now Frank told me It would be a hard case, but he would do everything in his power to help me. He did not disappoint! He acted swiftly and firmly. He took what we thought was probably nothing and turned it Into something. He handled this case even though it was small as if was one of his biggest cases. Every single time I called, emailed or texted the reply followed shortly after. He kept us informed at every turn. For me personally, I felt comfortable talking to Frank about anything. He was very down-to-earth and a regular guy yet extremely professional every step of the way.. Most of the time we spoke only with Frank but on the rare occasion we spoke with his staff we were treated with the same respect and courtesy, This experience has been All positive . I felt like talking to Frank was like talking to a friends and I knew he had my best interest at heart at every turn. We could not be happier!
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Posted by Danny | October 11, 2013
Being new to avvo, I didn't know what to expect.Frank Smith answered my question to the point and with 100% respect and knowiedge!!! I also had other response's with one that was fair but should have kept some of his remarks to himself...BUT NOT MR SMITH, It appeared to me that Mr Smith actually researched my the information in the body of my question before responding...I COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED WITH MR SMITHS RESPONSE... I wish I knew of him 4 years ago, And then again 11 years ago when my daughter was hit ba a suv while walking in a major snowstorm... IF I EVER NEED AN ATTORNEY WITH MR SMITHS AREA OF EXPERTISE I WILL BE SURE TO CALL HIM FOR REPRESENTATION!!!! Thank you for your help "U R THE BEST"
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2009
Excellent Service
Excellent service. Very professional,helpful and easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2009
great results, great to deal with
Frank he got me a great settlement because he really knows how to deal with insurance companies. When I called I spoke with Frank directly--no other attorney. And he made everything easy for me to understand, which I really appreciated. And a few times he had to come see my, due to my injury, and he was very accomodating. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2009
I spent my time with Frank, not with another attorney or some paralegal
I didn't know if I had a case or not, so I found Mr. Smith on and finally his website. After speaking with his staff we met in person. He is the only person I dealt with on my case, and really did explain things "in plain english". His office is comfortable and overall I couldn't have asked for a better experience. After all of the things you hear about lawyers, Frank Smith was refreshing to work with. I have and would recommend him to family and friends as well as anyone else.
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  • Contingency 30%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Francis M. Smith,Esq. P.C.
  • 1996 - Present


  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Motorcycle accident, fractured leg
  • $200,000 - policy limits paid


  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Chief Justice Hughes Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 1998 - Present
  • Union County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 1978 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Auto Reparations Committee
  • 1976 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2008
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (29)
Endorse Francis
Slip and fall accident Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Frank is one of the most knowledgeable and respected attorneys in all areas of personal injury law. I refer him clients whenever I can and he always achieves tremendous results. He is dedicated and highly ethical."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is a fierce advocate for his clients. He is tough adversary who is extremely passionate about his work. Frank's clients have hired an honest, tenacious lawyer who will fight for them to the end. He is one of the best in the profession!"
Car accident Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is a skilled, dedicated lawyer who provides great answers to Avvo users. I fully endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank smith is a first rate personal injury trial lawyer who I have known for many years. He is very knowledgeable and does a great job for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Wrongful death Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is always helpful on AVVO with his honest and sincere answers to questions posted. I endorse this lawyer. I think his knowledge an experience would make him a great choice for anyone needing a trusted advocate for them when they are hurt."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent, ethical, professional, people oriented, respected by other lawyers and judges."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well experienced and knowledgeable trial lawyer who serves clients well."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank Smith is an outstanding personal injury lawyer. Mr. Smith has many years of experience in many types of personal injury cases. He is well-respected by both the bench and the bar. No one out-prepares Mr. Smith. He gets excellent results for his clients and has a very nice demeanor."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank has a sterling reputation in the community as a zealous ethical and compassionate advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Respected adversary; diligently represented his client in professional manner."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a credit to the profession and always works relentlessly for his clients. As a result, his reputation in the profession is impeccable."
Brain injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an expert in his field. I have learned from his responses to questions from others."
Brain injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Francis is a strong advocate for his clients. His results speak volumes about his abilities. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I love Frank Smith. Love him. Great guy and great attorney. I have referred clients to Frank, especially in dog bite cases, and will continue to do so. Can't say enough good about Frank."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is a dedicated, hard working professional who maximizes recoveries on behalf of his clients. I'm happy to endorse him."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is one of the best attorneys in the personal injury field. He provides caring service and gets great results."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Smith is an excellent lawyer who does a great job in achieving excellent results for his clients."
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Mountainside Car accident Lawyer Francis M Smith
Francis M Smith
Car accident Attorney
Mountainside, NJ

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