Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.
In 2017, he began representing Michigan cities and counties in what has shaped up to be one of the largest pieces of litigation ever in the history of our federal court system. The majority of Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula counties retained Mr. Smith and his team to represent their interests in MDL 2804, in RE: National Prescription Opioid Litigation currently pending in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is also active in both the Hernia Mesh MDL 2846 and Roundup Cancer cases.
In addition to complex Federal Court MDLs, he represents individuals in a broad array of cases. In 1998, in Oscoda County, he obtained the highest plaintiffs verdict in the history of that county. He has a proven track record not only in injury cases, but divorce, criminal, and complex commercial litigation.
In 2002, at 34 years of age, he was one of the youngest attorneys in the state to receive an AV-rating, the highest rating, from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2018 and 2019, Best Lawyers listed Mr. Smith as the Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year for Northern Michigan. Both Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell rely on peer review from other attorneys and local judges as to these rankings, which, represent the highest level of professional excellence in the field.
Mr. Smith has sat on the Board of Directors for the Father Fred Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice, aka – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. He currently sits as a director on the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Board.
Mr. Smith was a licensed fly fishing guide from 1999 to 2009, spent many evenings coaching kids basketball, softball and volleyball, enjoys hunting and fishing throughout Northern Michigan and currently enjoys being an empty nester with his wife now that his three children have headed off to college.