South Carolina lawyer Danny R. Smith focuses his practice primarily on assisting injured and disabled working men and women who are seeking Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation benefits.
In doing so, Smith brings 39 years of experience handling thousands of these claims. He has taken many of them to the hearing stage before administrative judges. It’s a process that’s oftentimes time-consuming and frustrating, but Smith says there’s nothing more personally fulfilling for him than a satisfactory final result.
“We can help somebody who’s waited two years for Social Security Disability after they’ve worked 20-30 years,” he says. “They are about to lose everything -- and suddenly you’ve given them the ability to make it. They are some of the most grateful people in the world you could ever represent. So that’s a very gratifying result.”
A native of Spartanburg County, Smith received a B.S. degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and then immediately enrolled in the university’s School of Law. After getting his law degree in 1974, he worked for a year in the Columbia office of the Veterans Administration before returning to Spartanburg, where he has practiced law ever since.
He established several law firms, concentrating his practice on plaintiff’s personal-injury work but with an ever-present Social Security Disability and workers’ comp practice as well. After he and his partners formed Harrison, White, Smith, Hayes & Coggins in 2000, Smith took the role of managing partner for 10 years. He focused his practice more narrowly on Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation law while also assisting on significant personal injury cases.
He considers his long legal career to be everything he ever wanted.
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be an attorney,” he says. “So to be able to do that has been the fulfillment of what my professional plans always were. You never know when you start a practice how you’re going to evolve and what the practice will be. But this has turned out to be the right niche for me.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Laweyrs||2009|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2009|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2008|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Spartanburg County Council||Member||1983 - 1987|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|University of South Carolina||BS - Bachelor of Science||1971|
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