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Chris Smith is a co-founding member of Smith & Holder, PLLC, a Mississippi Gulf Coast litigation law firm handling cases throughout Mississippi and Northwest Florida.  Mr. Smith specializes in accident and injury law, along with a thriving criminal defense practice.  Simply put, Smith & Holder, PLLC is a law firm of Trial Lawyers, specializing in trial practice before juries and judges in the state and federal courts.   


Mr. Smith began his career as a state prosecutor, and he has tried numerous cases to verdict before judges and juries.  He has handled a variety of cases at the trial court and appellate court level.  Smith & Holder, PLLC gives each and every client's case the careful attention it, and they, deserve.  Whether injured through the negligence of others, injured on the job, or charged with a crime, Mr. Smith and the team at Smith & Holder, PLLC uses our significant resources and skill to generate the best result possible for each client. 


A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Mississippi and Florida.  He is also licensed to practice before the Federal Courts of the Northern District of Florida, the Northern District of Mississippi, the Southern District of Mississippi and the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    7 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    7 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    7 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Thomas Rich

    Skilled personal injury lawyer and local Gulfport attorney. Highly recommended.


    Robert Rich Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Travis Ashley Newton

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Travis Newton DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Smith & Holder, PLLC

2209 23rd Avenue
Gulfport, MS, 39501


MSAuthorized to practice law201305/08/2013
FLMember in Good Standing200906/27/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 LitigationAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith & Holder, PLLC2014 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Chris E. Smith, PLLC2013 - 2014
Associate AttorneyCotton & Gates, P.A.2011 - 2013
Assistant State AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harrison County Young LawyersVice President2014 - Present
Mississippi BarMember2013 - Present
Harrison County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Mississippi Association for JusiticeMember2013 - Present
Gulfport Gridiron ClubMember2013 - Present
Florida BarMember2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Mississippi School of LawBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2006