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S. Christie Smith IV is the Senior Partner of SmithBush, LLP, a regional Louisiana law firm originally established in 1911 to represent laborers--and too often their widows and children--who were harmed by the burgeoning and unregulated timber industry in the rural South.  Mr. Smith's work today is the modern extension of that practice.  As a consumer advocate and lawyer-in-the-trenches, he has spent his career representing regular people in the fight for safer working conditions, reliable products, civil rights, and fair access to the courts.


His practice focuses on litigating wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases resulting from defective products and drugs, automobile collisions, motorcycle accidents, industrial incidents, and Federal Tort Claims liability.  On occasion, he defends individuals in the most serious types of criminal charges or in cases where their Constitutional rights have been intentionally or systemically abridged.  One of only a few lawyers dually board-certified in both Civil and Criminal Trials by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, he is widely-published and frequently lectures on emerging issues in trial law and technique.


Languages spoken: French, English

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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    19 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    19 years
  4. Car Accident: 20%
    19 years
  5. Constitutional: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

SmithBush, LLP -- Leesville Office

300 Courthouse
Post Office Drawer 1528
Leesville, LA, 71446

SmithBush, LLP -- Alexandria Office

CapitalONE Bank Tower, Suite 1003
934 Third Street
Alexandria, LA, 71309

Louisiana Expungement Assistance Advocacy Center, LLC

934 Third Street, Suite 1001
Alexandria, LA, 71309



DCActive 201007/10/2016
LAEligible to practice law199708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected for inclusionMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Selected for inclusionBest Lawyers in America2014
"Top 50" Louisiana Super LawyersSuperLawyers, Thomson Reuters Publishing2013
"100 Top Trial Attorneys"The National Trial Lawyers2011
Selected for inclusionLouisiana SuperLawyers Publication--Key Professional Media Inc.2008
Selected for InclusionBar Register of Preeminent Attorneys2006
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2005
Board Certified Criminal Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2005
InductionMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2004
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-HubbellN/A
AV-"Preeminent" Rated (R) and (TM)Martindale-Hubbell Law DirectoryN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerSmithBush, LLP2008 - Present
PartnerThe Smith Law Firm, L.L.P.1998 - 2008
MemberSmith, Ford, & Clark1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana Bar Foundation, Central Community PanelDirector2015 - Present
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumFellow2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationDiplomat2015 - Present
Central Louisiana Pro Bono ProjectBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Louisiana Bar FoundationFellow2007 - Present
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amicus Curiae CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumFellow2002 - Present
Roscoe Pound FoundationFellow2000 - Present
American Association for JusticeLife Member2000 - Present
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member1998 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Louisiana Association for Justice, Auto Torts SectionMember1997 - Present
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Louisiana Association for Justice, Criminal Law SectionChairman2009 - 2011
Louisiana Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2006 - 2008
Louisiana State Bar Association, House of DelegatesDelegate2004 - 2011
Thirtieth Judicial District Bar AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Louisiana Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1997 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Vidal Skinner, et al. v. State of Louisiana, et al. ,149 So.3d 342 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2014)N/A
Waterstraat, et vir. v. Vernon Parish School Board, et al., 2014 WL 7383852, 2014-623 (La.App. 3 Cir. 12/30/14)N/A
Sexon v. Boise Cascade Corporation, 2013 WL 3894106 (Western District of La.)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
Louisiana State University, Baton RougePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationThe Safeguards of Liberty Are Frequently Forged in Disputes Involving Not-Very-Nice People2014
Continuing Legal EducationConducting Discovery Against Governmental Entities: The Touhy Situation2013
Continuing Legal EducationHedonic Damages: the Value of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness2012
Continuing Legal EducationThe Word ‘Automobile’ Is Not a Talisman in Whose Presence the Fourth Amendment Fades Away and Disappears2010
Continuing Legal EducationThe Collateral Source Rule in Retreat2009
Continuing Legal EducationConstitutional Considerations in Trial Practice2008
Continuing Legal EducationStraining Patriotism Under the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT ACT)2007
Continuing Legal Education"Colossus" and other Fallen Wonders2006
Continuing Legal EducationRecent Developments in Personal Injury Law2005
Continuing Legal EducationUnderstanding the "Minor Impact Soft Tissue" Injury Defense2002
Continuing Legal EducationNuts and Bolts of Appellate Argument1998