Hi and Thanks for checking my profile. I'm an experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Sacramento and Elk Grove since 1982.
I’m also the founder of www.AutoAccident.com, one of the most comprehensive motor vehicle accident websites in California.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York to a working class family. My dad was a plumber with a 3rd grade education. My uncles were Irish cops. Which is to say, I understand and work well with people who work for a living.
I enjoy law because it gives me a continual opportunity to learn new skills and disiplines. Personal injury law touches on medicine, psychology as well as accounting and engineering. I'm grateful to be in a field where I have
the opportunity for continued personal growth.
You may be wondering the best way to find a good personal injury lawyer.
I wrote a good guide on that subject at http://www.autoaccident.com/7-mistakes-in-selecting-an-accident-lawyer.html.
The best way to select any lawyer is meet him in person & trust your gut. Look at past results. Speak to his past clients.
From personal experience, I know that what appears at first glance to be a setback can often be turned into a breakthrough experience.
As someone who has had several near death experiences and serious injuries myself, I understand how difficult unexpected circumstances can be.
If you come to me, I’ll try to help you navigate this possibly unfamiliar ground.
In my leisure time, I enjoy hiking, music, reading, travel (Can you say Fiji!) art and good wine. Weekends you will often find me in the ocean on the north coast, spearfishing or going for abalone.
Languages spoken: Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Hmong, Armenian, English, Korean
Contingent (29-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Nominated for Advocate of the Year||Capital City Trial Lawyer Advocate||2015|
|Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer||Google Plus||2015|
|Top Rated Injury 5 Star Attorney||Yelp||2015|
|Top Attorney Car Accident||Avvo||2015|
|Top Attorney Trucking Accident||Avvo||2015|
|Clients Choice Award||Avvo||2015|
|California Member||Million Dollar Forum||2015|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Outstanding Graduate Award||Bank of America||1972|
|Vietnam Service Medal||U.S. Armed Forces||1968|
|Airman's Medal||U.S. Airforce||1968|
|Owner||Law Offices of Ed Smith||1982 - Present|
|Attorney||Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency||1980 - 1982|
|Intern||Joaquin County Counsel's Office||1978 - 1980|
|Sales Manager||Jay Gleason Advertising||1974 - 1978|
|Airborne Combat Support||US Air Force||1966 - 1970|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Assn||Member||2008 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2005 - Present|
|LA Trial Lawyers Assn||Member||2005 - Present|
|Allexperts.Com||Personal Injury Volunteer 9.90 Rating||1998 - Present|
|Capital City Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|Consumer Attorney's of California||Member||1987 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1982 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Rear-end Motor Vehicle Collision||$250,000.00|
|Motor vehicle collision - Headlights Off||$300,000.00|
|Folsom Car Accident||$4,200,000.00|
|See all legal cases|
|Legal Guide||The Attorney's Guide to Traumatic Brain Injuries||2015|
|Legal Guide||California Motorcycle Accident Handbook||2013|
|Legal Guide||The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook||2010|
|California AutoAccident Guide||A Consumers Guide to California Accident Law||2008|
|Law Office Computing||20 Web Sites All Injury Attorney's Should Know||1999|
|Law Office Computing||Top 20 Internet Sites For Attorneys||1996|
|Institute of Brain Potential||Behavioral Medicine: Managing Chronic Disease||Certificate||2004|
|University of Northern California||Biomechanics of Injury Causation||Certificate||1994|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of California - Davis||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|St. Mary's College of California||Preparing Medical Aspects of Legal Cases||2010|
|Sacramento's Small Business Meet-Up Group||Small Business Masterminds||2009|
|Continuing Education for the Bar Lecture||Investigation of Personal Injury Cases||2006|