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About me

I appreciate this opportunity to express how much I enjoy practicing law. I consider it a privilege to be a member of the Washington legal community. I enjoy my work and I have a passion for working with children and supporting local arts.

If you have been injured, I will be honored to personally explain how I can assist you. I am available evenings and weekends.  If your need is urgent, please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (206) 898-4839.


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Practice areas


  1. Motorcycle Accident: 25%
    18 years, 50 cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 25%
    18 years, 39 cases
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    18 years, 300 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 15%
    18 years, 43 cases
  5. Maritime: 10%
    17 years, 17 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    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.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    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.


    Joann Pheasant Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ward Smith PLLC

1000 2nd Avenue, Suite 4050
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Chairman EmeritusYouth and Law Forum2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWard Smith, PLLC2008 - Present
AttorneyStritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio2006 - 2008
PartnerGordon Thomas Honeywell2002 - 2006
Senior AssociateBullivant Houser Bailey2000 - 2002
AssociateCusack Knowles Ferguson1998 - 2000
Underwriter/Claims AdjusterSafeco Insurance Company1996 - 1998
Multi Line Insurance Claims AdjusterNationwide Insurance1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northwest African American MuseumBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Washington State Equal Justice CoalitionAdvisory Council2006 - Present
Public JusticeMember2005 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Loren Miller Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2007 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors2006 - 2007
American Association for JusticeState Delegate2006 - 2007
American Bar AssociationCommission on Youth at Risk2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationLegislative Committee2005 - 2006
American Bar AssociationSelect Committee of the House of Delegates2005 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationJudicial Recommendation Committee2004 - 2007
American Bar AssociationPresident's Advisory Council on Diversity2004 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationResolutions Committee2004 - 2005
N/AMember2003 - 2005
Washington State Bar AssociationAnnual Awards Committee2003 - 2004
Washington State Bar AssociationYLD President2003 - 2004
King County Bar FoundationBoard of Trustees2003 - 2005
American Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2003 - 2007
Washington Defense Trial LawyersBoard of Trustees2001 - 2002
Loren Miller Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees, Vice President2000 - 2004
Washington State Bar AssociationYLD Board of Trustees1999 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ramey v. Knorr$497,000 jury verdict affirmed on appeal
Hemphill v. Maryland Casualty$45K settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association newsletterFriends can sometimes be your best Mentors; A Special Thank you to my friends Ron Ward and James Williams2008
WSTLA in Lisbon, PortugalRecent Developments on taxability of personal injury settlements2006
De NovoA Tribute to a Legend2003
WSBA Civil Desk HandbookChapter Editor2002
Seattle Claims Adjusters AssociationCaution when Buying Property on a Slope2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas A&M University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Texas Wesleyan UniversityMass CommunicationBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial AdvocacyEthical Considerations2009
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and AnswersExperts: Finding the Right Ones, Affordability, and Strategies2009
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and AnswersAuto Insurance Policies: Interpretation, Issues and Hidden Treasures2009
WSBA Leadership InstituteYoung Lawyer Division: An Overview2008
Planes, Trains and Automobiles SeminarRailroad Injuries; from injured employees to grade crossing crashes2008
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationGuaranteed Ways to Improve Presentation Skills2008
Damages: Everything but the Kitchen Sink SeminarFamily Services; the Most Under-Utilized Damages2008
YLD Bar Leaders AcademyMotivating and Recruiting Volunteers2007
Washington Leadership InstituteHow the Bar Works: Washington's ABA Delegation2007
Pre Trial DiscoveryBring in the Album; Finding the Story2007
Career PanelBeing a Champion for the Underdog and Still Paying the Bills2007
Pre Law Leadership ConferenceEveryone will stumble and fall but only Winners Get Up2006
Mid-Summer Professional Development SeminarRebuilding Our Communities; Hurricane Katrina catastrophe and its impact on the minority community2006
Litigation in the 21st CenturyRecent Developments on taxability of personal injury settlements2006
Future of the Law InstituteMock Trial Demonstration2006
Building a Book of BusinessPanelist2006
Annual ConventionJuror Perceptions and Responses to the Use of Technology and How to Deal with Them2006
Not Paris but Quebec City, CanadaGastric Bypass Litigation2005
National Conference for Minority AttorneysClosing Arguments2005
Handling Death CasesJury [De]Selection Today”, Winning Your Product Liability Case2005
Damages EssentialsPlaintiff's Testimony2005
Youth and Law ForumCivil Liability: What you Should Know2004
Trial Advocacy for the 21st CenturySummation in the Modern World2004
Trial Advocacy for the 21st CenturyLitigating Against the Government; the Nuances of the Government as a Defendant2004
National Conference for Minority AttorneysThe Art of Cross-Examination2004
National Business InstituteDamages in Washington Civil Trial Practice2004
Bridging the Gap ConferenceDeveloping a Network2004
Mid Year MeetingJury Selection/Cross Examination2000
Law School Dean’s Forum1999Strategies for Lawyer Development1999