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Chris E. Smith

Personal injury Attorney at Gulfport, MS

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Mississippi - MS 10 years
    Florida - FL 14 years
    Tennessee - TN 12 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MS
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2012
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Chris

Learn Chris’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Auto Accidents; Workers' Compensation Claims; Jones Act; Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act; Premises Liability Injuries; 18-Wheeler Accidents; Defective Product Injuries; Bike Accidents; Pedestrian Accidents; Wrongful Death; Workplace Injuries; Slip and Fall Injuries; Maritime Injuries; Insurance Bad-Faith; Insurance Litigation

    15 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Federal and state criminal defense: drug offenses; white collar offenses; property offenses; assault

    15 years

  3. DUI and DWI

    15 years


Chris Smith is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful-death, auto and trucking accident and injury litigation, and criminal defense. He is known for his creative and detailed approach to cases, which has led to outstanding results for clients at both the trial and appellate level. His experience, legal acumen, and ability to translate complex facts into comprehensive and engaging narratives captures the respect of clients, judges, opposing attorneys, and jurors alike. 

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Smith served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial District of Florida. While a prosecutor, he served as the lead trial attorney in dozens of felony criminal jury trials, including cases involving drug distribution conspiracy, armed robbery, manslaughter, and financial crimes such as fraud and embezzlement. 

Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before all state courts in Mississippi and Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Mississippi and Florida State Bar Associations, the Mississippi Association for Justice, the American Inns of Court, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Harrison County Bar Association

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Smith & Holder, PLLC


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Cherylise Jonathan | December 16, 2022
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2015
Very Dedicated Attorney
I have Chris Smith as one of my attorneys and he is working on a complicated federal case for me. He is an extremely prepared lawyer who thinks 3 or more steps ahead of the situation. He is hard-working and thinks of the broad picture in the legal strategy. He is good at communication and also very easy to talk to as he gets right to the points which are important. I highly recommend him if you need a sharp lawyer to fight a tough legal case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2014
Excellent and responsive lawyer
Chris helped me through tough times. He is our best lawyer in Gulfport. He gets things immediately, and he is the most prepared lawyer you will find. We worked with a lawyer who was also a DA. None of these lawyers compare to Chris. I am happy with the excellent service.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith & Holder, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Chris E. Smith, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cotton & Gates, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Mississippi
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006


  • Harrison County Young Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Mississippi Association for Jusitice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Gulfport Gridiron Club
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Litigation
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016

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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Skilled personal injury lawyer and local Gulfport attorney. Highly recommended."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Gulfport Personal injury Lawyer Chris E. Smith
Chris E. Smith
Personal injury Attorney
Gulfport, MS
Licensed for 14 years