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Dawn Marie Smith

Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney at Dallas, TX

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 7 years
    Texas - TX 12 years
    California - CA 21 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Dawn

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I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, guided by a strong single mom and supportive grandparents. I learned early that hard work and ambitious goals were expected in our family, and I was always encouraged I could achieve anything I believed. An eighth-grade visit to the U.S. Supreme Court ignited my passion for driving positive change through the law, as I watched the lawyers’ skillful and relenting arguments rise upward toward the nine Justices. I realized then, one person could make a lasting impact on many through an argument in one case. I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, and I knew law school was my path.

After earning a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas and graduating from Whittier Law School in Southern California, I was lucky to start my practice with a plaintiff’s firm who represented victims of abuse and neglect. I immediately began trying cases and learned I was a trial lawyer. From 2002 to 2010, I played a key role in securing over $60 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. I learned systemic change was possible at the highest levels. One lawsuit at a time, we could protect the most vulnerable members of our society from abuse and neglect now and in the future.

In 2011, I moved back to Texas with my family where I accepted a new role managing a litigation docket of over 500 asbestos cases. In that role my trial team achieved a $322 million verdict, which was the largest single-plaintiff asbestos verdict in history at that time. One of my proudest moments, however, took me back to Washington D.C. where I stood before the U.S. Supreme Court and was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court Bar. Years later, in 2019, I stood before the Court again where I had the honor of making a motion to admit two of our litigation associates to the same Supreme Court Bar. This moment marked the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and an unwavering belief in the law's power to effect positive change.

Currently I am an owner and the Managing Partner of Smith Clinesmith LLP. We focus exclusively on national healthcare liability law in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect. We practice in 18 states to effect systematic change for our elderly living in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities. This role enables me to continue searching for justice by protecting the rights and dignity of our most vulnerable population - our disabled elderly.

Beyond the courtroom, I am driven by a deep passion for imparting the lessons of hard work and unwavering dedication to my children, so they also know they can achieve whatever they believe. I hope to inspire not only my family but those around me. Dedication and resilience can leave a lasting impact, not only within the legal profession but on our clients, their families and all we touch along our journey to influence change.

 

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE:

Achieved over 350 million dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients;
Successfully litigated a variety of personal injury cases involving asbestos exposure, medical malpractice, elder abuse, employment law, and child abuse and neglect including high-profile cases against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a national youth sports organization, and the County of Orange-Department of Children and Family Services; Class action lawsuits 

 

Specialization:

Litigation attorney specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. 

 

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • USDC Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • USDC Northern District of Texas
  • USDC Northern District of California
  • USDC Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

 

Memberships:

  • American Association of Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)

 

Awards:

  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Civil Plaintiff - Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Civil Plaintiff - Top 100 – Executive Committee
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Nursing Home – Top 10
  • National Women Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25

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Location

Smith Clinesmith LLP
325 N. Saint Paul St.
29th Floor
Dallas, TX, 75201

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Posted by Jessica | August 20, 2014
She Saved Me
Dawn Smith came into my life when I was very scared and very alone. Dawn has helped me fight for justice, and peace after a great injustice was done to me in a hospital. The one place you are suppose to be safe! My fight is far from being over, and Dawn is always there.. I wouldn't have made it threw what happen to me if not for Dawn and the amazing people in her office. She has helped me get my life back. Dawn is not just a my lawyer, she has become my friend. And I would be lost with out her. Thank you so much Dawn Smith. I love ya, Like a fat kid loves cake!!!!!!!!!!
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Cost

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  • Contingency 40%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Smith Clinesmith LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cifarelli & Cifarelli
  • 2002 - 2011

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2002
  • Univ of North Texas
  • Economics
  • 1999

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
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  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
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  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation Group
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Top 10 Nursing Home Negligence Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Top 25 Attorney
  • National Women Trial Lawyers Association
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Dawn
General practice Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dawn is steadfast and professional litigator with a proven track record of success and diligent representation of her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this lawyer. She is a smart, diligent and effective advocate for her clients."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Smith is highly motivated and dedicated to achieving justice for victims of nursing home negligence."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dawn for several years. She is one of the most competent attorney's I know. Dawn represents her clients with passion and true competence."
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Dallas Nursing home abuse and neglect Lawyer Dawn Marie Smith
Dawn Marie Smith
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 21 years