|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorneys in Sacramento||Sacramento Magazine||2016|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Award of Merit||Capital City Trial Lawyers||2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2005 - Present|
|Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Board of Directors||1990 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Co-chair||2009 - 2009|
|Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association||President||2001 - 2001|
|Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)||$2,100,000|
|Birth injury/cerebral palsy||$1,750,000|
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|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|University of San Francisco||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing Committee||Tort & Trial Practice, 27th Annual Recent Developments||2012|
|College of Trial Arts||Kaiser Medical and Nursing Protocols – How to Find Them and Use Them for Maximum Impact||2012|
|Kaiser Arbitrations||New Prescriptions for the Care and Treatment of Kaiser Malpractice Claims||2011|
|CAOC Winter Convention||Electronic Medical Records (ERM) - Why you need them; How to obtain them; How to Read them.||2011|
|National Live Web Seminar||12 Common Medication Error Cases Every Savvy Litigator Can Handle||2010|
|College of Trial Arts||Kaiser Arbitrations: Even the Playing Field – What You Need to Know to Handle a Kaiser Medical Malpractice Arbitration||2010|
|28th Annual Recent Developments||Civil Litigation Practice||2010|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Medicare MSP “Hidden Remedy”Private Cause of Action||2009|
|Consumer Attorneys of California Winter Convention||“A Practical Lien Handbook: Formulas, Phone Numbers, and Form Letters that Every Practitioner Can Use||2009|
Posted by Maureen
David was always right there whenever we had any questions or concerns. His office staff was always very professional and available as well. It is never an easy journey to decide that a medical professional has missed a diagnoses but David was with us every step of the way. His guidance and insight helped our family feel a little easier about the whole process. He was our friend in the end and a good lawyer.
Posted by Deborah
Top notch lawyers with vast personal injury experience. Handled an admitted liability roll over case for me. Insurer was refusing to negotiate a reasonable settlement. David was successful in negotiating my medical lien by 30% which went straight into my pocket and ultimately made the overall settlement acceptable, even though the insurer was not negotiating in good faith. Had that not happened we were ready to file suit which is ridiculous on such a case. David and his partner Elisa Zitano will take great care of you. They return calls and e-mails and will keep you informed as needed.
Posted by Ed
David and Elisa were very easy to work with. From the first time I talked with David I felt at ease with his approach to my matter. David was direct yet not forceful. He explained everything to me and my wife as we moved forward with my case as to what to expect, and any matters that arose along the way. I always felt complete confidence in his professional knowledge and actions. I would highly recommend the Smith and Zitano Law firm to anyone who would ask me for an opinion. The outcome of my case has no bearing on this review. My appreciation stems from the excellence in which this matter was handled.
Douglas Adams, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I have known David for many years and have been his adversary on many cases. He is not only very skilled but is extremely ethical and works hard for his clients. His skills as a trial lawyer have earned him election in to ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), which is known as the Hall of Fame of trial lawyers. David is also a bit of a renaissance man, as he is a master gardener and accomplished sailor. His clients are lucky to have him on their side.
Tom Johnson, Workers compensation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Dave Smith is a hard working and extremely competent medical malpractice and personal injury attorney. He is a walking encyclopedia on all medical matters. I have noticed the extra care, and genuine compassion he provides to his clients.