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Woodrow Scott Smith

DUI and DWI Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   81 reviews

also known as W. Scott Smith, Scott Smith


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About Woodrow

Learn Woodrow’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%

    22 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%

    22 years, 2,000 cases

Attorney W. Scott Smith is the Founder and Principal of W. Scott Smith P.C. law firm in Atlanta, GA. Scott has quickly become recognized as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State and has expertise in DUI and Drug related cases. His down to earth approach and compassionate demeanor are widely applauded by clients and peers alike. His incredible 90% win record for trial cases and consistent recommendation from satisfied clients, continue to drive his firm’s meteoric growth in the greater Atlanta area.

 

Scott’s educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a law degree from the esteemed Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There he excelled in the top of his class and was involved as a Member of Moot Court Honor Society and was the Academic Development Chairman and Internal Competition Chairman.

After finishing law school, Scott continued to refine his foundational understanding of the legal process in the Trial Advocacy Program at the National College of District Attorneys, he also attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, in Boulder Colorado, and was a Trial Advocacy Participant with BASIC Litigation in Forsyth, Georgia. Scott also studied Mediation and Negotiation at the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Scott contributes much of his success, to his early career decision to work for the State. During his tenure with the State he served as a prosecutor for both, Cobb County and the Solicitor Generals office of Fulton County. It was during his time as a prosecutor that he co-authored the manual on “Voir Dire” questioning, the questioning used to interview potential jury candidates.

During these first years, Scott immersed himself in the methods the State used to build their cases against each defendant. He rode along with police officers, worked with other prosecutors and became acquainted with judges, learning how they thought and what they looked for in each case. Scott gained valuable insight into the intrinsic detail of the legal process.

 

After many years of working as a prosecutor Scott realized his strengths and desires were more in line with peoples’ rights than the laws of the state. He earnestly wanted to help defend those rights, as given by the Constitution. He understands that most people who have received a DUI are not bad people, but that they have just found themselves in a bad situation. Today, he uses the knowledge gained as a Prosecutor to go to bat for his clients.

 

As recognized by his peers, Attorney Scott Smith has been the recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star award for the past two years. As recognized by his clients, he is “the only lawyer for the job when it comes to DUI defense.”

One client enthused, “The results of my case left me very happy, and I was able to get on with my life. I would sincerely recommend Scott to anyone looking for an attorney in his area of expertise”. Another wrote “it was my first DUI and I had no idea what to do…He knew exactly what steps to take and when to take them…I highly recommend Scott’s services.”

 

Scott has also had many high profile clients, including local sports celebrities and other high net worth individuals in the Atlanta area. All of which have praised him for his tireless efforts on their behalf and his solid results.

Scott wants to work with you and treats every case as if its his future on the line, because he knows that the client’s is. He understands that the burden of proof is on the state, and will work hard for you to hold the state to that standard. Talent, expertise and consistent results are hallmarks of Attorney Scott Smiths career.

Despite his busy work schedule, Scott still finds time to contribute as an active member of The National College of DUI Defense, Georgia Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Lawyer Club of Atlanta, the Cobb County Bar Association and the Sandy Springs Bar Association.

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Licensed for 22 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Woodrow

Woodrow Scott Smith
2060 Equitable Building
100 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA, 30303-1911

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Praises to The Most High! What an Awesome Attorney!
"If you find yourself in a very hard place and is exigency need of a good Attorney Scott is an awesome attorney!" "He listens well to his potential clients concerns and once he takes your case he works diligently for a reasonable outcome." "I can tell that Attorney Scott has true passion for helping others; it seems like a duty rather than a job for him." "I myself hired Attorney Scott to represent my husband on a criminal charge in which my husband and I felt very comfortable with the way he preceded." "All praises to the Most High!" "Attorney Scott really does have empathy for his clients. So, like I side before if your in the Atlanta area and find yourself in need of a great criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Scott is definitely "the man!" "Hear me out don't trust anyone else but Attorney Scott to handle your case!" "He is professional, dependable, intelligent and loyal. He's highly recommended!" Sincerely, S. Royster
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Posted by Edward | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Truly a Great Lawyer
Scott Smith is a true professional and got me great results in my case. I can't recommend him highly enough, and he's provided immense relief to my life. He is friendly, and makes sure you feel comfortable with all the legal jargon and the intimidating proceedings in court. Thanks Scott, easily 5 stars.
Posted by Betty | February 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Woodrow Scott Smith is an awesome lawyer he is a god-sent lawyer came from nowhere I love the way you I have never seen do you saved my family
Posted by Krystal | February 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
He can win the unwinnable!!!!
If you ever need an attorney Scott smith is a beast he is amazing. In my opinion he can win the unwinnable. my brother was facing over 200 years and with all odds against him Scott came along and fight through everything beside him. we are so grateful the have him fight on my brothers behalf. this man is incredible. his not like these other attorneys. his the best of the best.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Such a great experience!
I called him on a whim based on a flyer that I received. I found myself in a position that I thought I would never be in. He and his firm were always professional and respectful. They answered my calls and emails in a timely manner. I felt like I had someone in my corner. Without question, I would hire this firm again.
Posted by Loren | September 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Scott was great! I hired him to represent me in my DUI case. He always had my best interest in mind and got me the best result possible. I highly recommend Scott Smith!
Posted by Z.J. | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed !
I believe it was God's timing that I met Scott when I did. After being connected with Scott through a mutual associate, Scott made me feel confident hiring him as my lawyer. I have never been in legal trouble before so of course, I was nervous. Scott did a great job outlining my case, communicating with me and also acknowledged the fact that I am a truly a good citizen. I have had several questions along the case both pertaining to the legal system and society in general. I have felt comfortable and have been able to be my true self within interaction. Scott has been able to answer all of my questions thoroughly and within a timely manner. When contacting the office, someone always answered the phone and directed me in the right direction never leading me astray. The actual law office is welcoming and nice in environment. Also upon court appearance, my lawyer was always there early and on time to represent me and provide feedback. I am truly thankful for Scott and will be recommending him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Beth | March 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hardworking, compassionate attorneys
Scott and his team handle every case with dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism. I would highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Damon | February 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Law Firm
Scott Smith and his team are an amazing group of lawyers to have on your side, I hired Mr.Jacobs as my attorney when I found myself in a legal situation that didn’t look good for me. Mr.Jacobs was there anytime i had questions or concerns, he talked over all possibilities, looked over the ins and outs and ended up getting my record sealed and eventually a case dismissal. I’d recommend this law firm, and especially Mr.Jacobs to anyone in need of Any legal help and want the best results for your case.
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Posted by Ashley | October 20, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Amazing service
My lawyer; Mike Jacobs was consulted to my case, he was very responsive and attentive. He let me know he was going to try to get my case dropped and that's exactly what he was able to do. Thanks so much
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charges Gone!
I was charged with a felony through a text message sent on a smart phone. I’d never been in trouble before. This charge could have involved prison time. I had never been in trouble before. It scared the hell out of me. My bail bondsman said call Scott Smith and he will fix this. I met with him and he said-This is what I can do. He gave me my options and recommended my best course. I had to appear in court several times. He always had a representative there. I never spoke to the judge. His firm maintained constant communication throughout the process. They are very professional and don’t treat you like a criminal. If you call with questions, they respond very quickly. He is very well versed in all aspects of the court system. The court system knows him and respects him as a solid attorney. My end result was all charges dropped and record clean.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Felt like they were ready to go to war for me.
They had multiple people working on my case, with Casey Cleaver as the lead. It was easy to get into contact and get responses from him. They let me decide everything along the way and kept me well informed on all the information and choices and options. I ultimately decided to settle but Casey was fully prepared to take it to trial and told me my chances were favorable. I felt like I was in very capable hands.
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Posted by Niki | March 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Casey is on the case
Dealing with legal problems will always be a headache no matter what. It can be a constant emotional roller coaster with or without an attorney. There is no button you can press to make it easy. BUT, with Peach State Lawyers, specifically Casey Cleaver, you feel like there is a light at the end of the long arduous tunnel. In the course of dealing with my situation I had one child and got pregnant with my second. It was a long process, but each and every step I had Casey there to make me feel a little less lost. To say Casey is thorough is an understatement. Let me break it down for you: Casey was handed my case pretty early on, he learned the name I prefer and never forgot. He asked me about my (1st and 2nd) pregnancy during every call. Casey made sure that my drivers license was safe, spoke to every important person, and eventually helped me to get my charges reduced without trial, but we were ready for trial. He even pointed me in the right direction to get my community service and risk reduction course done before my court date. Make no mistake, there is work you must do as a client, you made your mistakes and must handle them, but with Peach State, you are not alone. When I called around in search of an attorney, most wanted full upfront payment, which is not an easy thing. Peach State kindly allows you to make monthly payments, and when you’re done, they have your back through it all. By the end, I would like to think Casey became a friend! Dare I say I enjoyed my time taking with him. Every-time I called in, I felt heard, and supported, and NOT ONCE judged. So, look no further because Peach State has got you... and Casey is on the Case ;)
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Posted by Kirill | December 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer I had the pleasure of working with.
Scott Smith did an amazing job with my case all charges have been dismissed and I'm a free man, no probation no fines. He is an amazing lawyer and a great person as well. He kept me informed of my case and assured me that he was going to take care of everything.
Posted by Adrian | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and Comforting and Incredible Advocacy
Attorney Cleaver was an amazing lawyer! He absolutely supported me through all the stages of the court processes. I had complete trust and faith in his ability to get me the very best outcome and he did!
Posted by Rick | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Law Firm
I had a fraudulent charge brought against me from a former client and the law firm met with me on several occasions and worked hard on the case. They defended me properly and believed in me. They kept in contact me throughout the process and the case was dismissed. I would highly recommend them to anyone and would use them again.
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Posted by SHAMEKA | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
WHEN I TELL YOU SCOTT IS THE BEST ATTORNEY THAT MONEY CAN BUY-PLEASE TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. I GOT CAUGHT UP IN A SITUATION AND JUST KNEW THAT I WOULD EVENTUALLY BE SPORTING AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT-BUT SCOTT ASSURED ME THAT WOULDN'T HAPPEN AND HE STOOD BY HIS WORD. HE DEFENDED ME TO THE END. WE WERE UP AGAINST TWO BULLIES (PROSECUTER AND JUDGE) AND HE FOUGHT FOR ME. HE GOT ME THE BEST SENTENCE I COULD HAVE ASKED FOR AND FOR THAT HE HAS DEFINITELY WON A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART, HE IS DEFINITELY THE LAWYER OF ALL LAWYERS. HE WILL GO ALL THE WAY FOR YOU!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
I was frustrated with the legal system and its painful "guilty until proven innocent" infliction. I was losing hope. Peachstate Lawyers, Mike and Scott were amazing. Case dismissed!
Posted by Chris | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great team, highly recommend!
These guys saved my behind when I needed help. I had a very unique case dealing with a medical issue, and they helped me navigate the complicated legal system and get the result I wanted. Highly recommend!
Posted by John | December 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Douglas County Court
Attorney Mike Jacob handle the case and done an awesome job, it did take a long time to get the job done but in the end we were satisfied with the results
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cobb County Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Solicitor General
  • Fulton County Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2003

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Alabama
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Woman acquitted in murder of local mother outside restaurant leaves jail
  • Won/ Acquittal / Not Guilty

Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD)
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • The Top Young Lawyers in Georgia
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Voir Dire Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office
  • Vior Dire Manual
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia State University
  • Fourth Amendment
  • 2010
  • Georgia Public Safety
  • DUI
  • 2010
  • Fulton County Training Center
  • Law Enforcement Training on DUI Report Writing
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (24)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is always prepared and passionate about what he does. I have been opposing counsel to him on several matters from my time as a prosecutor. Scott is not afraid to take a case to trial and he has a proven track record of success."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Professional through and through. Very knowledgeable and experienced attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a well respected lawyer in the community. He knows the law and has a sharp mind. I endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Scott. He is a superb attorney with a great reputation. Scott looks out for his clients' best interests. He also obtains great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott works hard for his clients and has extensive knowledge on the law to better the outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a lawyer who is always seeking to better himself. He has a great legal mind and a very good courtroom disposition. He gets results for his clients and no one out works him on his cases. He is honest loyal and compassionate. I would recommend him to anyone facing a criminal charge. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is one the best lawyers I know. He knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. Scott has a great reputation as a fighter for his clients. He even has his own court room for practice. A TOP GUN!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Smith for more than a decade. He is knowledgeable and maintains an excellent work ethic. Mr. Smith also has a true compassion for the needs of his clients and a strong desire to secure the best results for them. I am confident in his service when I refer clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is extremely passionate about defending his clients with every ounce of his skill and energy. I have observed Scott for many years give 100% to his cases. It is highly unlikely that any prosecutor will be as prepared as Scott when it comes time for a motions hearing or trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Woodrow. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott Smith is my attorney and I strongly endorse him. I have the privilege of working with Scott on a daily basis. He is motivated to be the best and sets out every day to achieve that goal. On every case, Scott is more prepared than his opposition. He spends every day making himself a better attorney: reading and discussing new case law, attending seminars, reaching out to other attorneys to learn how to be a better attorney, and making sure his clients are getting the best possible representation. Scott achieves amazing results for his clients through his hard work, preparation, and his ability to connect with anyone on a personal level within minutes of meeting of them. You are immediately struck by the dedication he puts into his work and by how much he cares for his clients and achieving the best result for them. I learn from Scott everyday because he makes everyone around him better...a better attorney and a better person.-"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Smith on both a personal and professional level. I have had the fortunate opportunity to observe and learn from Mr. Smith in court. He is an accomplished trial lawyer handling thousands of criminal defense cases. He fights hard for his clients to get the best possible results. He never settles for less than the best for his clients. He wants the accused to be treated fairly and will never sleep until this is accomplished. I highly admire Mr. Smith for his dedication to his clients and to the practice of criminal defense law. Do not hesitate to hire Mr. Smith for any criminal defense matter. You cannot go wrong!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Oftentimes working side by side with Scott, I am able to see him effectively negotiate on his client's behalf time and time again. From Atlanta's municipal court, to the state courts of Gwinnett, Cobb, etc., Scott is always in court, and always achieving great results for his clients. I would not hesitate to refer Scott anyone with any legal issue, big or small, as I know he and his firm put 110% into every case they touch."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an experienced, talented, and dedicated DUI and criminal defense attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients. Scott is committed to client communication and helping his clients navigate the complex world of courts and criminal justice. Scott is also well know and respected throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area by both opposing counsel and the judges before whom he practices. I am proud to endorse Scott Smith and highly recommend him for all your DUI and criminal defense needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is known as one of the top DUI lawyers in the State. He is fights hard for his clients, and he leaves no stone unturned. I strongly endorse Scott's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an extremely knowledgeable and very accomplished trial attorney who is able to achieve incredible result. He takes on cases other attorneys view as impossible and somehow finds a way to a successful resolution. He is fearless and zealous in the representation of his clients and is well respected by judges, prosecutors and his fellow defense attorneys. I highly recommend him and his law firm to anyone seeking a powerful defense to serious criminal charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have a DUI charge in metro Atlanta, W. Scott Smith has to be at the top of your list if you are looking for a lawyer who can make a difference in the outcome of your case. Scott has been successful not only because he is a former prosecutor and knows his way around the courthouse, but because of his caring nature and his unique ability to sway prosecutors, judges, and jurors. I recommend you call Scott to see if he will take your case."
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