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About me

I was born in Boston, but lived in Spokane for more than 20 years and now live and work in Seattle.  I went to St. George's High School, Whitworth University, and Gonzaga University Law School.  I have been happily married to my wife Jasmina for 15 years.  We have two beautiful girls, Natalie and Emilie.  I love playing sports, spending time with my family and traveling.  In my work I specialize in medical malpractice defense and commercial litigation.  I am licensed in the state and federal courts of Washington. 


Languages spoken: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

Practice areas

  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Business: 20%



Hourly ($190-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Joseph Dixson

    I endorse this lawyer. Ben is a great advocate for his clients.


    Steven Dixson Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I endorse Ben Coleman in the area of medical malpractice defense work. He is a superb advocate for his clients.


    Megan Murphy General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lee Smart, PS, Inc.

701 Pike Street, Suite 1800
Seattle, WA, 98101-3929


WAAdministrative Suspension200207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
100 Best Lawyers in Spokane Coeur d'AleneSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Super Lawyer Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Pro Bono Publico CommendationWSBA2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2009
Super Lawyers Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Legal SupportSpokane Guild's School2004
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2003
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2002
Moot Court Academic Excellence AwardGonzaga University School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLee Smart2012 - Present
PrincipalWitherpoon Kelley2002 - 2011
Law ClerkWitherspoon Kelley2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember2003 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2003 - Present
Inland Northwest Health Services Foundation BoardBoard Member and Treasurer2010 - 2011
Spokane Salvation Army Board of AdvisorsTreasurer2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hill v. Sacred Heart Med. Ctr.On-going scheduled for seven week jury trial.
Joseph Melder et. al. v. Joel Molander et. al.defense Verdict in favor of my client
Turner v. StimeJury Defense Verdict for Client Dr. Stime
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Internal Medicine PractitionersPreventing Malpractice Claims in Internal Medicine2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Whitworth CollegeHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Joint Idaho Washington Trial PracticeDamages in Washington v. Idaho2010
Risk Management and Best Practices for PhysiciansPhysician Risk Management2008
Construction and Business Litigation for the General PractitionerBusiness Litigation2008
Business and Commercial Litigation CLEBusiness and Commercial Litigation2008
Risk Management and Best Practices for PhysiciansRisk Managment for Physicians2007
Northwest Human Resource Managers Annual ConferenceUnderstanding the ADA2007
Risk Management and Best Practices for PhysiciansRisk Management for Physicians2006
Handling Medical RecordsManagement and Release of Medical Records in Washington2005
Employment Law & Legislative ConferenceUnderstanding the ADA and WLAD2005
HIPAA Compliance: Understanding the Security and Privacy RegulationsHIPAA Compliance: The Privacy Regulations2004
Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations, and Holidays in washingtonUnderstanding the Famly Medical Leave Act2003
The Changing World of Medical RecordsLegalities of Utilizing and Maintaining Computerized Medical Records in Washington2002