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Adam Smith

Workers compensation Attorney at Raleigh, NC

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2003
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Adam A. Smith, an attorney and Board Certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law, practices in our Goldsboro and Raleigh offices.  He dedicates his practice to representing victims of serious personal injuries.

Originally from Boston, Adam relocated to North Carolina in 1996 when he received the Garda scholarship to attend Duke University.  At Duke’s Trinity College, he was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society, and graduated cum laude with a major in political science and minor in religion.  He received the W.B. McGuire scholarship to attend the Duke University School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and received his Juris Doctor in 2003.

Adam has dedicated his career to helping ordinary people achieve the justice they deserve.  Adam was honored to share in Public Counsel 2003 National Volunteer of the Year Award after successfully representing a group of Spanish-speaking claimants who had been the victims of fraud.  Since becoming admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 2003, he has successfully tried cases before juries in Superior and District Courts, represented clients in arbitrations, and litigated state tort claims before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. 

Adam also handles appellate matters, including his successful appeal in Jarvis v. Stewart, which was recognized by N.C. Lawyers’ Weekly as one of the 50 “Most Important Opinions” of 2005.  Adam has also represented numerous worker’s compensation claimants, and in 2011 he was recognized as a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law. 

Adam is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.  He is an active member of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice, and has served as Vice-Chair of the Products Liability Section. He has been actively involved in speaking at numerous Continuing Legal Education events, including “Admissibility of Evidence in Personal Injury Trials,” “Battery Ingestion Injuries,” and “Bulletproofing Your Expert from Daubert Attacks.” He has also been published in Trialbriefs magazine, including “Products Liability Claims, In Camouflage” and “Evidence, Getting It In or Keeping It Out.”

Adam holds a prestigious AV Preeminent peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and is also a member of Super Lawyers and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing soccer competitively on his men’s team, Sporting Raleigh SC, and his co-ed team, the Angry Pandas.  His teenage daughter plays softball and is an award-winning competitive Irish dancer. They are both covenant partners at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ.  Adam is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and, being a Duke alum, he is of course a huge college basketball fan.


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Riddle & Brantley
Riddle & Brantley
601 N. Spence Ave.
PO Box 11050
Goldsboro, NC, 27532
Riddle & Brantley
100 E Parrish St
Suite 200
Durham, NC, 27701
Riddle & Brantley
511 N Reilly Rd
Suite A-82
Fayetteville, NC, 28303
Riddle & Brantley
3391 Henderson Drive
Jacksonville, NC, 28546
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Riddle & Brantley
  • 2015 - Present


  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • National Volunteer of the Year
  • Public Counsel
  • 2003
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  • Trialbriefs
  • Evidence: Getting It In and Keeping It Out
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff Strategies
  • Maximizing Pain & Suffering & Lost Earnings
  • 2015
  • Using Daubert as a Sword and a Shield
  • How to Bulletproof Your Expert
  • 2014
  • Damages in Personal Injury
  • Negotiating and Litigating the Damages: Plaintiffs' Tactics
  • 2014
  • Mountain Magic
  • Button Cell Battery Litigation & Other Consumer Products
  • 2013
  • annual convention
  • Avoiding Malpractice Traps
  • 2010
  • Advanced Strategies for Civil Trials
  • Evidence, Getting It in or Keeping It Out
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adam Smith is an excellent personal injury and worker's compensation attorney based in North Carolina. He is particularly skilled and well suited to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases. His attention to detail and analytical skills serve each client well. With Adam Smith, you will get stellar representation and the advocacy you need to enforce your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve."
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Adam. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury

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Raleigh Workers compensation Lawyer Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Workers compensation Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available