Attorney J.D. Smith
Experienced Litigator in Seattle
Personal Injury Attorney J.D. Smith has offered representation to injury
victims for more than 16 years. Before partnering with Attorney Ronald
R. Ward, he practiced law in several prominent firms, developing his legal
knowledge in civil defense and insurance adjustment/claims before honing
his skills as an injury litigator. Mr. Smith's work in tort cases
has earned him a favorable reputation in the state as well as the nation.
His focus is serious personal injury, wrongful death cases and risk management.
Prior to and during law school J.D. worked as a claims adjuster and underwriter.
It was a natural transition for him to practice law in the personal injury
area. He is passionate about working with children and supporting local
arts. J.D. is a former member of the ABA House of Delegates and a former
President of the WSBA Young Lawyers Division.
Attorney Smith has secured favorable and substantial settlements on behalf
of his clients, including jury verdicts for motorcycle and car accident
cases worth $300,000 and $497,000, respectively—some of the largest
verdicts of their kind in Washington. He has also secured several seven
figure settlements and to date, he has tried 47 civil jury trials to verdict.
J.D. offers his utmost to ensure that clients receive the compensation
they deserve for their case. It is this commitment to serving clients
that earned his recognition as one of Washington's Super Lawyers®
for the past 10 years, and has allowed him to earn a strong reputation
in the legal community. He also has an Avvo Rating of 10.0 "Superb."
J.D. has also received the Professionalism award from the local Trial
Lawyers Group, WSAJ (Washington Association of Justice). This award is
given to a lawyer who conducts leadership, promotes professionalism, and
brings dignity and pride to the legal profession. This award was also
given to a lawyer that represents courtesy and honor amount lawyers.
Attorney Smith's Memberships
In addition to extensive trial practice, Mr. Smith has participated in
numerous associations. He was a leader among his peers during law school,
holding notable roles such as Chairman of the Moot Court Honors Society
and Vice President of the Student Bar Association; and he continues to
stand as a leader in local and legal communities.
Attorney Smith's memberships, past and present, include:
- YLD President of the Washington State Bar Association
- President-Elect of the Loren Miller Bar Association
- Board of Directors at the Northwest African American Museum
- House of Delegates in the American Bar Association
- Board of Trustees for the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
- Various roles and committees in the Washington State Bar Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
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J.D. brings the knowledge gained through these experiences to frequent
speeches and lectures, in addition to ongoing litigation. He also offers
risk management and consulting services to local firms. To speak with
J.D. Smith, call
(206) 588-8530 or
email him today!