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Edward Albert Smith

About me

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, 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



 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

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    34 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    34 years, 125 cases
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
    34 years, 25 cases
  4. Trucking Accident: 13%
    29 years, 15 cases
  5. Other: 12%
  6. More 



Contingent (29-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Hansen Turner

    Worked with Ed on a car accident case. He was very knowledgeable and has been a great mentor. Excellent attorney.


    Brian Turner Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher John Fry

    I endorse this lawyer. A great lawyer and a great person. Well respected in the legal community for his zealous representation of injured Californians. A+


    Christopher Fry Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Edward A. Smith

1900 Point West Way #200
Sacramento, CA, 95815



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nominated for Advocate of the YearCapital City Trial Lawyer Advocate2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Rated Personal Injury LawyerGoogle Plus2015
Top Rated Injury 5 Star AttorneyYelp2015
Top Attorney Car AccidentAvvo2015
Top Attorney Trucking AccidentAvvo2015
Clients Choice AwardAvvo2015
California MemberMillion Dollar Forum2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Outstanding Graduate AwardBank of America1972
Vietnam Service MedalU.S. Armed Forces1968
Airman's MedalU.S. Airforce1968
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Ed Smith1982 - Present
AttorneySacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency1980 - 1982
InternJoaquin County Counsel's Office1978 - 1980
Sales ManagerJay Gleason Advertising1974 - 1978
Airborne Combat SupportUS Air Force1966 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssnMember2008 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2005 - Present
LA Trial Lawyers AssnMember2005 - Present
Allexperts.ComPersonal Injury Volunteer 9.90 Rating1998 - Present
Capital City Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
Consumer Attorney's of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Multiple Semi Trucks and Trailers Colliding After Sliding on Black Ice$4,100,000.00
Motor vehicle collision$1,900,000.00
Multi-motor vehicle collision$1,697,273.26
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal GuideThe Attorney's Guide to Traumatic Brain Injuries2015
Legal GuideCalifornia Motorcycle Accident Handbook2013
Legal GuideThe Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook2010
California AutoAccident GuideA Consumers Guide to California Accident Law2008
Law Office Computing20 Web Sites All Injury Attorney's Should Know1999
Law Office ComputingTop 20 Internet Sites For Attorneys1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Institute of Brain PotentialBehavioral Medicine: Managing Chronic DiseaseCertificate2004
University of Northern CaliforniaBiomechanics of Injury CausationCertificate1994
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of California - DavisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
St. Mary's College of CaliforniaPreparing Medical Aspects of Legal Cases2010
Sacramento's Small Business Meet-Up GroupSmall Business Masterminds2009
Continuing Education for the Bar LectureInvestigation of Personal Injury Cases2006