R. Scott Smith

Attorney in Independence, MO
R. Scott Smith was born June 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C., and raised in Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Christian Brothers Military College. It was during these early years that he performed mammary cancer research under a Ford Foundation Grant to the Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. During his law school tenure, he taught graphic arts in the School of Journalism. Smith's first post-graduate employment was with The Missouri Bar as Field Director of the Citizenship Education Program. He authored and edited books, television shows and newsletters and shepherded an in-service education program in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program was designed to teach teachers how to teach the basic tenets of law to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1976, Smith came to Kansas City to become law clerk to a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District. Thereafter, he joined a small plaintiff's litigation firm. He soon moved to a fast-growing insurance defense firm where he practiced for nearly eight years. During this period he participated in the International Association of Insurance Counsel Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado, and attended the University of Miami Medical Institute for Attorneys-- Orthopedics & Rehabilitation in Miami Beach, Florida. He resigned his partnership position as a lead trial attorney and became counsel to the firm of Birmingham & Furry in 1984. Smith joined the re-named partnership of Birmingham, Furry & Smith in 1986. In 1991 he became managing partner. Throughout his professional life Smith has represented individuals, insurers, insureds and self-insureds in automobile liability, product liability, personal injury, fire and casualty, speedometer rollback, E.E.O.C., financial institution liability cases and bad faith insurance litigation in Missouri and Kansas. He has represented manufacturers in multi-district litigation and represents manufacturers, re-sellers and premises owners in toxic tort multi-party cases in which there are as many as two hundred plaintiffs. Smith has written and lectured locally and nationally on topics as varied as The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship in a Free Society to Vexatious Refusal/Bad Faith Litigation. He has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell before age 40 and was first named to Who's Who in American Law in 1989 and Who's Who in the World in 1995. He is a member of Defense Research Institute.
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Areas of Law

  • Trial Practice
  • Civil Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Expungements
  • Hit and Run
  • Misdemeanors
  • Shoplifting
  • Traffic Violations
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Personal Injury
  • Accidents
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Personal Injury Mediation
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Psychological Injury
  • Rental Vehicle Litigation
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Tourist Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Unintended Acceleration
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful Death
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Civil Practice
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Breach of Contract
  • Contract Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • Contracts


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Experience & Credentials


Senior Attorney

Admission Details

Admitted in 1973, Missouri

Law School Attended

University of Missouri at Columbia
Class of 1973

University Attended

University of Missouri at Columbia
Class of 1970

Birth Information

Born in 1947
Washington, D.C., June 30, 1947

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Office Information
R. Scott Smith
Senior Attorney
Building 5 Hidden Creek Office Park 4215 S. Hocker Drive, Suite 300,
Independence, MO 64055


Furry and Smith, P.C. (Independence, Missouri)

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