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Nathaniel Coates Smith

Litigation Attorney at Chapel Hill, NC

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Nat Smith

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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I have enjoyed the privilege of representing individuals, families, and businesses throughout North Carolina for over 20 years. I look forward to continuing to provide competent, conscientious, and ethical legal services to our firm's clients in the years ahead.

When I'm not in court or in the office, I love to hang out with my family or play bass in my bluegrass/old time string band, the Guilty Pleasures. Everyone needs balance in their lives, and playing music helps keep me sane. Most of the time, anyway.


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Bagwell Holt Smith P.A.


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Posted by David | November 10, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer.
Nat deservedly has an outstanding reputation and is highly capable of litigating a breadth of cases - commercial and corporate litigation, land use, real estate, serious personal injury and death cases. He is universally respected and does a tremendous job.
Posted by Darra | February 22, 2015
Review on services rendered by Nathaniel Smith
Nat Smith is the most informative, knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer I have ever encountered. He always kept me well informed on what was happening. I used him for several different legal problems. He really cares for the individuals he represents. I can not imagine hiring a better lawyer than Mr. Smith.
Posted by Donna | February 19, 2015
Compassionate and Determined to Win!
Nathaniel (Nat) was recommended to me following a falling accident that resulted in two surgeries for repair of broken bones. Once we met, he listened carefully and took the time to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident, looked at pictures and reviewed the medical issues. He was compassionate but realistically honest in advising me that this would be a tough case to win. After several meetings and a through review of many facets, he took the case and was diligent in dealing with the insurance companies, the property owners and witnesses. He consistently exhibited the highest moral and ethical standards, believed in the legal process and strived to represent fairness to all parties. Nat always communicated with me about " the current status of things and included me on how I wanted to proceed". He made the entire experience understandable, less stressful , and I knew I could trust him to represent me in the most professional manner possible. The outcome was definitely favorable and fair to all parties. I am very grateful for his support, compassion, knowledge and experience. I highly recommend Nathaniel Smith to anyone seeking a qualified attorney that will work hard for his client. He will be my "go-to" attorney for all future legal issues!
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Posted by Elizabeth | February 16, 2015
Recommendation for Nathaniel Smith
Mr. Smith was very helpful in settling my claim with an automobile insurance company. He was fair, honest, and extremely competent.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bagwell Holt Smith P.A.
  • 1993 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Postal Service Labor Law Department
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland
  • 1991 - 1992


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Carsanaro v. Colvin
  • Successfully reversed trial court
  • Murdock v. Chatham County
  • Successful reversal
  • Harris v. Stewart
  • Successful at trial and on appeal


  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • 15-B Judicial District Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • N/A
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • N/A
  • 15th Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Litigation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Our firm recently had the pleasure of working with Mr. Smith in a long and difficult Estate litigation which culminated in a week long jury trial, tried to a verdict (in Mr. Smith's favor). As a young lawyer I learned a great deal just observing Mr. Smith. His reputation preceded him and his performance did not disappoint. He was compassionate and precise, ingredients of the consummate litigator."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Friend
"Nat is a kind, thoughtful, ethical and intelligent attorney. He has my strong endorsement."
Construction and development Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nat was a pleasure to work with, as he acted reasonably throughout the case. Our clients certainly had their differences. Nat represented his client's interests zealously while maintaining a professional tone during our dealings."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart, hard-working, kind, and rational."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nat is a true professional. Not only is he highly competent in his areas of practice, he is smart, compassionate, and well-regarded by colleagues and clients alike. I highly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tremendous client advocate."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Nat Smith for 22 years and recommend him wholeheartedly. He is smart, compassionate, and determined to do a good job of representing his client. I have referred cases to him many times over the years and have served as co-counsel with him on several cases. Every client I have referred has reported to me that they were highly satisfied with his work. He is adept, quick-witted and thorough. You will be well-represented by Nat."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nathaniel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nat Smith is as good as they come. He is honest, trustworthy, prompt, uber-competent, and just an all around super person. If you are considering hiring him, stop considering and just do it."
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