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J.D. Smith

Personal injury Attorney at Mercer Island, WA

5.0   4 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About J.D.

Learn J.D.’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    35%

  2. Car accident
    25%
    My settlements and verdicts have been among some of the largest in Washington state.

    26 years, 300 cases

  3. Motorcycle accident
    15%
    I started riding motorcycles when I was a teenager and I personally a motorcycle accident. If you have been injured on a motocycle, I truly understand what you are going through. I welcome your call.

    26 years, 50 cases

  4. Trucking accident
    10%

    26 years, 39 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    10%

    26 years, 43 cases

  6. Animal and dog bites
    5%

J.D. SMITH IS AN AWARD WINNING PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY WITH 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. FORMER INSURANCE DEFENSE ATTORNEY, CLAIMS ADJUSTER AND UNDERWRITER WITH 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. NO FEE UNTIL WE SECURE A RECOVERY! CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATION!

With over 50 years of combined experience, our legal team stands at the ready with the skills required to present an aggressive and effective case on your behalf. We believe injury victims deserve to be compensated to the fullest extent.

Each of our clients receives the same degree of attention because we see them as individuals rather than cases. Additionally, we are personally invested in the cases we handle and take pleasure in seeing client goals met.

With prior experience as an adjuster, underwriter and defense attorney, you will get the most well-rounded legal representation because we know all sides of the legal system. To receive the tailored legal solutions you need and the supportive assistance you deserve, contact our trusted personal injury law firm.

Awards

Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Strictly professional

Location

Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC
8015 SE 28th St Suite 212
Suite 212
Mercer Island, WA, 98040

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2008
Life Coach
Very responsive and conscientious, puts his client first. Cares about the outcome and strives to make sure that his client is satisfied. Respect his profession and has very high ethical standards. Would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
I highly recommend! I felt really well taken care of and that my best interest was always in mind. If I ever need a lawyer again I’ll call J.D! Thanks for all your help.
Posted by Youlanda | July 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Youlanda Allen, MSSW
J.D. Smith – This firm was excellent! They worked with me, answered all my questions and walked me through each process. I was very happy with their service and I refer them to others all the time, #Very Grateful!
Posted by Monica | January 7, 2015
Excellent representation!
I hired this firm to represent my daughters in a m/v accident case that occured about a 1 1/2 ago. JD Smith kept me informed on every aspect of the case as it moved forward. He was extremely professional and always prompt in answering my phone calls and emails. He worked swiftly and efficiently to bring this case to a close that was in the best interest of his clients. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone needing legal representation! Great job Ward Smith and thank you!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Senior Associate
  • Bullivant Houser Bailey
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Cusack Knowles Ferguson
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Underwriter/Claims Adjuster
  • Safeco Insurance Company
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Multi Line Insurance Claims Adjuster
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • 1993 - 1996
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Education

  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hemphill v. Maryland Casualty
  • $45K settlement
  • Ramey v. Knorr
  • $497,000 jury verdict affirmed on appeal

Associations

  • Washington State Equal Justice Coalition
  • Advisory Council
  • 2006 - Present
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Public Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Loren Miller Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Association for Justice
  • State Delegate
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Commission on Youth at Risk
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Select Committee of the House of Delegates
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Judicial Recommendation Committee
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Resolutions Committee
  • 2004 - 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • President's Advisory Council on Diversity
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • YLD President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Annual Awards Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2005
  • King County Bar Foundation
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2003 - 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • House of Delegates
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Loren Miller Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Vice President
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • YLD Board of Trustees
  • 1999 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Chairman Emeritus
  • Youth and Law Forum
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2003
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2002
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2001
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2000
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Publications

  • American Bar Association newsletter
  • Friends can sometimes be your best Mentors; A Special Thank you to my friends Ron Ward and James Williams
  • 2008
  • WSTLA in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Recent Developments on taxability of personal injury settlements
  • 2006
  • De Novo
  • A Tribute to a Legend
  • 2003
  • WSBA Civil Desk Handbook
  • Chapter Editor
  • 2002
  • Seattle Claims Adjusters Association
  • Caution when Buying Property on a Slope
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Ethical Considerations
  • 2009
  • Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers
  • Experts: Finding the Right Ones, Affordability, and Strategies
  • 2009
  • Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers
  • Auto Insurance Policies: Interpretation, Issues and Hidden Treasures
  • 2009
  • WSBA Leadership Institute
  • Young Lawyer Division: An Overview
  • 2008
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles Seminar
  • Railroad Injuries; from injured employees to grade crossing crashes
  • 2008
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Guaranteed Ways to Improve Presentation Skills
  • 2008
  • Damages: Everything but the Kitchen Sink Seminar
  • Family Services; the Most Under-Utilized Damages
  • 2008
  • YLD Bar Leaders Academy
  • Motivating and Recruiting Volunteers
  • 2007
  • Washington Leadership Institute
  • How the Bar Works: Washington's ABA Delegation
  • 2007
  • Pre Trial Discovery
  • Bring in the Album; Finding the Story
  • 2007
  • Career Panel
  • Being a Champion for the Underdog and Still Paying the Bills
  • 2007
  • Pre Law Leadership Conference
  • Everyone will stumble and fall but only Winners Get Up
  • 2006
  • Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar
  • Rebuilding Our Communities; Hurricane Katrina catastrophe and its impact on the minority community
  • 2006
  • Litigation in the 21st Century
  • Recent Developments on taxability of personal injury settlements
  • 2006
  • Future of the Law Institute
  • Mock Trial Demonstration
  • 2006
  • Building a Book of Business
  • Panelist
  • 2006
  • Annual Convention
  • Juror Perceptions and Responses to the Use of Technology and How to Deal with Them
  • 2006
  • Not Paris but Quebec City, Canada
  • Gastric Bypass Litigation
  • 2005
  • National Conference for Minority Attorneys
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2005
  • Handling Death Cases
  • Jury [De]Selection Today”, Winning Your Product Liability Case
  • 2005
  • Damages Essentials
  • Plaintiff's Testimony
  • 2005
  • Youth and Law Forum
  • Civil Liability: What you Should Know
  • 2004
  • Trial Advocacy for the 21st Century
  • Summation in the Modern World
  • 2004
  • Trial Advocacy for the 21st Century
  • Litigating Against the Government; the Nuances of the Government as a Defendant
  • 2004
  • National Conference for Minority Attorneys
  • The Art of Cross-Examination
  • 2004
  • National Business Institute
  • Damages in Washington Civil Trial Practice
  • 2004
  • Bridging the Gap Conference
  • Developing a Network
  • 2004
  • Mid Year Meeting
  • Jury Selection/Cross Examination
  • 2000
  • Law School Dean’s Forum1999
  • Strategies for Lawyer Development
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (19)
Endorse J.D.
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. JD is an incredible and exceptional lawyer, who cares about his clients cause and works hard not only to meet but to exceed their expectations. I highly recommend JD for any trial for his superb and unmatched skills."
Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JD is a terrific advocate for his clients and a great asset to the legal community in Washington. I endorse him."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"J.D. Smith is a works tirelessly for his client and is excellent in the courtroom. He gives 100% to every client and every case."
Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JD is bright, hardworking, and cares about his clients. He is a great example of a lawyer who proves that good guys really can do a great job without sacrificing ethics or integrity."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"J.D. is a highly-skilled advocate. He approaches cases with professionalism, confidence and talent. He has a great reputation among attorneys. I recommend him."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse J.D. He is dedicated to providing his clients with the best possible representation. He is experienced in the area of automobile accidents and skilled to bring his clients justice."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JD Smith certainly has the legal skills, and more importantly the experience, to handle a personal injury case. But JD has a rare quality that is far more important. JD cares. JD is one of the most warm and friendly people you will meet. From the first moment you shake JD's hand you will feel like an old friend. Don't let his caring and friendly demeanor fool you though, he's a tenacious litigator who doesn't back down to even the biggest insurance companies and the army of lawyers those companies hire. JD is my "go to" guy for all Puget Sound injury cases."
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.D. Smith is a constant and instrumental contributor to the legal community. I admire his dedication to the improvement of the legal field. This is evident by J.D.'s encouragement and support of my legal endeavors in beginning my own private practice. He is advocate in the truest notion. I highly endorse this lawyers work and would undoubtedly recommend his services."
Personal injury Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.D. is involved at every level in the legal community of Washington State. His commitment to being the best attorney he can be is evidenced by the number of causes he supports with his time and attention. He is well known and respected by many of the judges and fellow members of the bar. I had the good fortune of learning from his example while serving on the same board, under his leadership, and utilize the lessons learned from that experience in my practice to this day. I am honored to have the privilege of his association."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"JD is a phenomonal attorney and has magical trial skills. He knows how to captivate a jury and can present a case in a way that results in tremendous victories for his clients. He is trusted and respected by clients, jurors, judges and opposing lawyers. If I needed help, I would hire JD without hesitation. He is an absolute winner."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.D. Smith is one of the best personal injury trial lawyers in Washington. With his prior experience in the insurance industry, his statewide profile and his reputation for winning trials, he consistently gets excellent results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I first met JD when he was an insurance defense lawyer honing his trial skills. Several years passed since then, and now he works down the hall from me. JD is a joy to be around, dedicated to his clients, looks forward to the challenges of a good legal fight and will do what it takes to win."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2012
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Mercer Island Personal injury Lawyer J.D. Smith
J.D. Smith
Personal injury Attorney
Mercer Island, WA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available